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Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty

3 Ratings: 3.3
A book by Katherine R. Bateman

"With wit and candor, Bateman reveals her lifelong struggle to avoid the disturbing patterns of [her family's colorful] legacy, while mining the emotional gifts passed on to her."  —Nancy Horan, author, Loving Frank    "With … see full wiki

Author: Katherine R. Bateman
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
3 reviews about Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern...
review by . October 25, 2008
The author's photo on the inside back flap shows a strong, handsome older woman with striking dark eyes and a faint smile that speaks of wry humor and dry pain. In "Kentucky Clay", we will learn that the eyes, along with the humor and the pain, are family traits well-earned and well-honored.    Bateman has ancestors from both the Clays (founding families of Virginia and Kentucky) and Cecils (founding families of Maryland and Virginia), placing her in the direct lineage of American …
review by . November 11, 2008
Both in fiction and in nonfiction, I tend not to be into "sweeping family sagas that span the generations" (as they so often seem to be described). Authors' celebrations of their own ancestry and heritage seldom fascinate me as much as it does them. That's why I was pleasantly surprised by what a good read "Kentucky Clay" turned out to be. While I'm not sure how accurate the description of the family as a "dynasty" really is, it seems pretty clear they certainly thought (think?) of themselves that …
review by . October 23, 2008
This is a great book for any history buff's out there (and I am one). Great background look at the Southern psyche. Good historical notes and first person notes. Very enjoyable.
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