Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal

By Jeanette Winterson

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Jeanette Winterson (author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit) was adopted as a baby by Pentecostal parents to a house devoid of books other than the Bible. She was supposed to grow up to be a missionary.

Instead she fell in love with another woman, was forced to leave home, and embarked upon an artistic life. This memoir explores everything from Winterson’s search for identity and happiness, remembering life with her tyrannical adoptive mother (who kept a revolver in the duster drawer, among other eccentricities), her A to Z education at the local library, escaping industrial Manchester for Oxford and her search for her birth mother.

Perfect for:

  • Anyone who had to break from imposed identity at some point.
  • Lovers of thought-provoking memoirs about identity
  • Those interested in LGBTQ issues.
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