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An Excellent Memoir,
This review is from: Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion (Paperback)
Constance Bumgarner Gee's epigraph for Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion is appropriately chosen. Quoting from P.D. Wodehouse she writes. "I am not always good and noble. I am the hero of this story, but I have my off moments." Gee attempts in this compelling and entertaining memoir to make clear the role she played (and did not play) in the controversial situations at Brown and Vanderbilt universities when her husband served as their chancellors. A major purpose behind her painfully honest accounts may be to give the straight facts about her marijuana use; however, her painfully honest accounts both of life in a restrictive, provincial hometown with an abusive alcoholic father and of her difficult, demanding marriage to the president of Ohio University show wisdom and self-knowledge making this book a significant contribution to literature about women's issues. Perhaps more obvious a contribution is the information readers gain about Meniere's disease and the medical use of marijuana. At any rate readers will learn from this book.
Gee's academic focus is art policy, but she might well consider writing more. This is a remarkable memoir, very well-written, with an ironic tone that is often quite humorous. There is rarely a page without at least a phrase or two the reader feels compelled to read aloud to someone with the comment, "She expressed that so well!" I strongly recommend this book!
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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 7:20:57 PM PST
Constance B. Gee says:
My sincere thanks, Carolina Grandmother - whoever you are.
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