In her revelatory and deeply personal memoir (Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs), Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amidst personal and professional tumult. Readers will follow Cleage’ s journey of growth from columnist for a local weekly paper (which was bought by the notorious Larry Flynt) and local playwright to Hollywood script writer. Her life over these years was at crossroads of culture and politics whose circle came to include luminaries like Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson. By the time Oprah Winfrey picked What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day as a favorite, Cleage had long since arrived as a writer of renown. In the tradition of greats like Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron, Cleage’s self-portrait raises women’s confessional writing to the level of great literature.
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