Born bright : a young girl's journey from nothing to something in America
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
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Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
242 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Status:
Hume-Fogg High Magnet - Teen Biography
B MAS
Description
"Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life..."So begins C. Nicole Mason's compelling memoir, which gives us a rare insider's look into the lives of the American poor. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a 16-year-old single mother who dropped out of high school. From wondering where her next meal would come from to learning the deadlines for college entrance exams by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino high school, Mason describes in vivid detail the chaos, failing systems, isolation, and violence that make the American Dream out of reach for so many. While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make poverty nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many-that the poor don't help themselves enough. In truth, the convoluted, bureaucratic lattice of societal rules that govern everything from education to criminal justice is structurally impenetrable by the poor. With first-hand experience learning these rules for herself, Mason illuminates the sheer fortitude that it takes to navigate systems designed only for the success of the few. This book will change how you see the poor.
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Street Date:
1608.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250069924, 1250069920

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-242)
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-242)
Description
"'Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life ... ' So begins C. Nicole Mason's powerful memoir, a story of reconciliation, constrained choices and life on the other side of the tracks. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful, but volatile16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school where she excelled. By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds. The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness and the ability to survive won the day. The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success. In her Advanced Placement classes and outside of her neighborhood, she felt unwelcomed and judged because of the way she talked, dressed and wore her hair. After moving to Las Vegas to live with her paternal grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the Mega Casinos while finishing school. Having figured out the college application process by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino school along with the help of a long ago high school counselor, Mason eventually boarded a plane for Howard University, alone and with $200 in her pocket. While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many--that the poor don't help themselves enough"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Mason, C. N. (2016). Born bright: a young girl's journey from nothing to something in America. First edition. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Mason, C. Nicole, 1976-. 2016. Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey From Nothing to Something in America. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Mason, C. Nicole, 1976-, Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey From Nothing to Something in America. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2016.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Mason, C. Nicole. Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey From Nothing to Something in America. First edition. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2016. Print.

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