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Burn Down the Ground

A Memoir
Crews, Kambri (Book - 2012)
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In this memoir, a daughter looks back on her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas while trying to reconcile it to her present life, one in which her father is serving a twenty-year sentence in a maximum-security prison. As a child, she wished that she had been born deaf so that she, too, could fully belong to the tight-knit deaf community that embraced her parents. Her beautiful mother was a saint who would swiftly correct anyone's notion that deaf equaled dumb. Her handsome father, on the other hand, was more likely to be found hanging out with the sinners. Strong, gregarious, and hardworking, he managed to turn a wild plot of land into a family homestead complete with running water and electricity. To Kambri, he was Daniel Boone, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ben Franklin, and Elvis Presley all rolled into one. But if Kambri's dad was Superman, then the hearing world was his kryptonite. The isolation that accompanied his deafness unlocked a fierce temper, a rage that a teenage Kambri witnessed when he attacked her mother, and that culminated fourteen years later in his conviction for another violent crime. In this memoir she explores her complicated bond with her father, which begins with adoration, moves to fear, and finally arrives at understanding, as she tries to forge a new connection between them while he lives behind bars. This book is a portrait of living in two worlds, one hearing, the other deaf; one under the laid-back Texas sun, the other within the energetic pulse of New York City; one mired in violence, the other rife with possibility.
Authors: Crews, Kambri
Title: Burn down the ground
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiv, 334 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kambri Crews
Contents: Boars Head, 1978-1986. Kingpin ; Montgomery hillbillies ; You're the one that I want (Oooh, Oooh, Oo oh) ; The man of steel ; Half baked ; Showcase showdown ; Oklahoma! ; Workin' for a livin' ; Hellcat under a hot tin roof ; Repo man
Grove Street, 1986-1987. The miracle worker
Weyland Drive, 1987-1989. Sixteen candles ; A petty officer and a gentleman ; Excessive noise disturbance ; Come sail away
New York City, 2002-2008. Overboard ; Witness for the prosecution ; Nothing but the truth
Summary: In this memoir, a daughter looks back on her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas while trying to reconcile it to her present life, one in which her father is serving a twenty-year sentence in a maximum-security prison. As a child, she wished that she had been born deaf so that she, too, could fully belong to the tight-knit deaf community that embraced her parents. Her beautiful mother was a saint who would swiftly correct anyone's notion that deaf equaled dumb. Her handsome father, on the other hand, was more likely to be found hanging out with the sinners. Strong, gregarious, and hardworking, he managed to turn a wild plot of land into a family homestead complete with running water and electricity. To Kambri, he was Daniel Boone, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ben Franklin, and Elvis Presley all rolled into one. But if Kambri's dad was Superman, then the hearing world was his kryptonite. The isolation that accompanied his deafness unlocked a fierce temper, a rage that a teenage Kambri witnessed when he attacked her mother, and that culminated fourteen years later in his conviction for another violent crime. In this memoir she explores her complicated bond with her father, which begins with adoration, moves to fear, and finally arrives at understanding, as she tries to forge a new connection between them while he lives behind bars. This book is a portrait of living in two worlds, one hearing, the other deaf; one under the laid-back Texas sun, the other within the energetic pulse of New York City; one mired in violence, the other rife with possibility.
ISBN: 0345516028
9780345516022
Branch Call Number: B-C927b 2012
Subject Headings: Texas Biography Children of deaf parents Biography Crews, Kambri
Topical Term: Children of deaf parents
LCCN: 2011040828
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In this memoir, a daughter looks back on her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas while trying to reconcile it to her present life, one in which her father is serving a twenty-year sentence in a maximum-security prison.


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Mar 20, 2013
  • Esther77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book and a fast read. Primarily focuses on the experience of being in an abusive family and growing up in poverty, with the unique perspective that her parents are deaf.

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