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BORN ON the BAYOU

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about the book

In the tradition of the modern classics The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer and The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr, Blaine Lourd’s Born on the Bayou is a powerful gothic memoir set in the bayous and oil towns of 1970s Louisiana. Coonass: [koon-as] (noun, slang, from the French conasse) A term of endearment and an expression of cultural and ethnic pride. So echoes this all-important definition throughout this good-humored memoir of growing up in the South. A rollercoaster rags-to-riches story…

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