My Mama's Dead Squirrel: Lesbian Essays on Southern Culture
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My Mama's Dead Squirrel: Lesbian Essays on Southern Culture

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A down-home insider's look at the South she lives in, struggles with and loves.
Paperback, 237 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Firebrand Books (first published October 1985)
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Zillah Gashleycrumb
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I learned that poor reviews of this book prompted Dorothy Allison to write "Trash", a collection of short stories that I love. I feel obliged to read this, too.
A. Gamble
Truly, I thought this book would be a collection of humorous and heart-breaking memoirs, so the inclusion of, among other works, criticism of the Southern Gothic genre from a lesbian feminist point of view surprised and unnerved me. Segrest's personal accounts of her family and childhood are often hilarious and serve as much-needed buffers between thought-provoking essays. While I remain a fan of Faulkner and O'Connor, not to mention modern Southern Gothic authors not considered in these essays...more
Mab Segrest is one of my heros! esp with a title like this one. She tracks her development of analysis from '77 to '85 though this series of essays. I respect her for including perspectives that she moved on from later, esp around her broadening feminism. It's amazing to read feminist lesbian anti-racist southern white work from that era. I keep learning more about the rise of gay bashing and KKK influence in central North Carolina as I was running around pre-school playgrounds nearby.
If I remember correctly, I picked up a copy of this book at a used bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island.

I think this book is a good companion read with the essays of Minnie Bruce Pratt, another white Southern who is also a lesbian and an anti-racist.

I remember these essays were both funny and thought provoking.
This is the 2nd book I've read by Ms. Segrest and I found this one a bit easier to get through and also it held my attention longer. Short essays, written by Mab about being a lesbian in the South. While it was published in 1985, much of what she writes about it still relevant today.
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Mabelle ("Mab) Massey Segrest is an American feminist, lesbian, writer, and activist.

Born in Alabama, Segrest received her Ph.D. in Modern British Literature from Duke University in 1979 and was appointed the Fuller-Matthai Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at Connecticut College in 2004.

Segrest is often recognized for her efforts combatting sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, and other...more
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