The ugly cry : a memoir / Danielle Henderson.
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- ISBN: 0525559353 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780525559351 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780525559351
- ISBN: 0525559353
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, 
"A sharp, hilarious memoir about a nontraditional upbringing and growing up Black in a predominantly white community"-- Provided by publisher.
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The Ugly Cry : A Memoir
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Henderson (host of the podcast I Saw What You Did) spent years of her childhood trying to earn the affection of her distant mother and dodging the anger and attentions of her mother's abusive boyfriend. When her home life boiled over into a level of violence that couldn't be ignored, Henderson and her brother were swept into the care of their no-nonsense grandparents. The epitome of tough love, Henderson's grandmother provided guidance as Henderson found herself navigating Black girlhood in a mostly white upstate New York town. Henderson's personal journey, from wounded uncertainty to determined self-confidence, is moving, and her skill as a writer lets her balance the darker moments of her childhood with diverting recollections of all-day banishments from the house during the summer and catastrophic teenage trips to concerts in New York City. The narrative moves seamlessly from childhood to adulthood, and Henderson recounts her college years with a combination of fondness and regret. Ending with a chapter about the memory of her grandparents, she writes powerfully about the slow reversal of their roles, with Henderson eventually becoming her grandparents' caretaker. VERDICT An honest account of an unconventional childhood, and of learning to accept the hard truths of loving people who disappoint you. Henderson's debut is a treat for memoir fans. --Kathleen McCallister, William & Mary Libs., Williamsburg, VA
The Ugly Cry : A Memoir
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Just when it seemed seven-year-old Henderson, her older brother, and their mom had found a new level of stability, her mom met Luke, whose arrival marked the beginning of the end for their little family. He terrorized the kids, including molesting the author, while their mom worked long hours. After Luke's horrifying abuse of his own son landed him in jail, Henderson and her brother were sent to their grandparents' house. They'd previously spent plenty of time with their granddad and their smoking, cursing, horror-movie-watching, Nintendo-playing grandma, but this move would turn out to be permanent. Henderson--a TV writer, podcast host, and the genius inventor of the viral Feminist Ryan Gosling meme--recalls growing up in 1980s upstate New York, usually as the only Black kid navigating a sea of whiteness, with focus, crystal clarity, humor, and care. New York City beckons teenage Henderson with its possibilities, and her hilariously no-nonsense grandma, who young Henderson thought was "the meanest, craziest person I'd ever met," becomes the fiercely loving heart and undisputed star of this book. A story of learning to survive trauma and an inventory of love's many guises, Henderson's memoir ends as she starts college, leaving readers hoping there's much more to come.