The perfect plan for booklovers!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
Stone Motel - Memoirs of a Cajun Boy - cover

Stone Motel - Memoirs of a Cajun Boy

Morris Ardoin

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

  • 1
  • 5
  • 0

Summary

In the summers of the early 1970s, Morris Ardoin and his siblings helped run their family's roadside motel in a hot, buggy, bayou town in Cajun Louisiana. The stifling, sticky heat inspired them to find creative ways to stay cool and out of trouble. When they were not doing their chores—handling a colorful cast of customers, scrubbing motel-room toilets, plucking chicken bones and used condoms from under the beds—they played canasta, an old ladies’ game that provided them with a refuge from the sun and helped them avoid their violent, troubled father. Morris was successful at occupying his time with his siblings and the children of families staying in the motel’s kitchenette apartments but was not so successful at keeping clear of his father, a man unable to shake the horrors he had experienced as a child and, later, as a soldier. The preteen would learn as he matured that his father had reserved his most ferocious attacks for him because of an inability to accept a gay or, to his mind, broken, son. It became his dad’s mission to “fix” his son, and Morris’s mission to resist—and survive intact. He was aided in his struggle immeasurably by the love and encouragement of a selfless and generous grandmother, who provides his story with much of its warmth, wisdom, and humor. There’s also suspense, awkward romance, naughty French lessons, and an insider’s take on a truly remarkable, not-yet-homogenized pocket of American culture.

Other books that might interest you

  • Once in a Lifetime - cover

    Once in a Lifetime

    Harper Bliss

    • 2
    • 6
    • 0
    True love deserves a second chance.Leigh Sterling and Jodie Whitehouse share a passionate connection. Unfortunately, their differing visions of the future force them apart. Life goes on, but their attempts at other relationships fail to measure up to the love they once shared. When they see each other again after more than a decade apart, they realize they may be soulmates. Can they ever find their way back to one another?If you enjoy passionate romance that brings the heat, don't miss this scorching story of second chance by chart-topper Harper Bliss..
    Show book
  • This Foreign Affair - cover

    This Foreign Affair

    Harper Bliss

    • 3
    • 3
    • 0
    Can passion bridge ten thousand miles?Television presenter Zoya Das is reeling from a painful breakup. When she's called to solve a problem at a rental flat she owns, sparks fly between her and French guest Camille Rousseau.A short holiday fling before Camille flies back to Paris could be just the thing to help Zoya's recovery from heartbreak. But what happens when Zoya and Camille develop deeper feelings for each other and are faced with the prospect of being in love on opposite sides of the world? Don't miss this world-spanning instalment of best-selling lesbian romance author Harper Bliss' much-loved Pink Bean series.Every book in this series can be read as a stand-alone without having read the other instalments.A 2018 GCLS ‘GOLDIES’ FINALIST!★★★★★ "A magnificent romance novel!"THE PINK BEAN SERIES:1. No Strings Attached2. Beneath the Surface3. Everything Between Us4. This Foreign Affair5. Water Under Bridges6. No Other Love7. Love Without Limits8. Crazy For You9. More Than Words
    Show book
  • Next Lesson - cover

    Next Lesson

    Chris Woodley

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE
     
    Next Lesson is a new play by Chris Woodley, about the challenges of growing up gay. 
     
    In 1988, 14-year-old Michael comes out as gay. Later he returns to the same school as a teacher. In the background: the notorious Section 28 of Thatcher’s Local Government Act, which prohibited schools from “promoting homosexuality” and divided teachers and parents.
     
    The narrative of the play spans from 1988 to 2003.
     
    Ideal for drama students, colleges, amateur theatre groups, local theatres. Publishing to coincide with LGBTQ History Month, February 2019.
     
    Reviews
     
    'How has being queer in the classroom changed over the pastthirty years? This informative play is your revision guide.Next Lesson is one school play that you won’t want to miss.'***** ‘A Masterpiece’ – Gay Times
     
    'Section 28 was one of the most hateful pieces of legislationbrought in by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. Next Lesson byChris Woodley looks at the knock-on effects of this legislationin the same school between 1988 and 2006. It’s funny, movingand heartwarming stuff. This excellent play is a great reminderof how fear and oppression can cause untold damage amongstvulnerable teenagers and that with love, honesty and unity wecan overcome the curveballs life throws at us.'***** ‘Incredible’ – attitude
     
    'Definitely worth going back to school for.'**** – DIVA
     
    'The first thing to say about Chris Woodley’s play NextLesson is that it is very good. An A+, 10 out of 10, top marks,gold star and any other educational phrase that can beapplied to 75 minutes of how relationships work: motherto son, teacher to pupil, friend to friend and lover to lover.'**** ‘A+’ –Boyz
     
    'What Woodley has achieved in his debut play is remarkable…Next Lesson is informative without being didactic, telling avery personal story as well as having clarity of the world atlarge, all the while wearing its heart on its sleeve.'**** ‘Remarkable’ –Female Arts
     
    'Brought in by the Thatcher regime, Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act forbade local authorities from promoting homosexual relationships as equal to heterosexual ones. This hated piece of legislation created confusion and caution in schools, undoubtedly prevented teachers from addressing homophobic bullying, denying lesbian and gay pupils appropriate sex and social education. Chris Woodley’s excellent play charts the education system through those years, creating lesbian, gay and bi characters from both sides of the classroom and staff room.'**** ‘Highly entertaining’ –British Theatre
     
    'This short production touches on a number of key issues that affected countless people within the LGBT+ community (and their loved ones), not just in the wake of Section 28 but throughout history. ‘Next Lesson’ is an educational piece devoted to the examination of this vital part in legal discrimination’s history, and will be eye- opening to many who perhaps did not know about this law and its damaging legacy.'**** ‘Impressive’ –West End Wilma
     
    About the author
     
    Chris Woodley is an actor, writer, teacher and co-founder of Hyphen Theatre Company. Chris trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.As a writer, his credits include: The Soft Subject (A Love Story) (Assembly Hall), Bedtime Story (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Next Lesson (The Pleasance) and co-writer for My Boyfriend Jesus Christ (Karamel Klub) and When The Lights Went Out At Christmas (The BRIT School).His recent theatre credits include: KATE (Greenwich Theatre), You Should Be So Lucky (Above The Stag), Walking: Holding (The Yard), From Russia, For Love (Theatre Deli), An Enemy of the People (New Diorama), The Gay Naked Play (Above The Stag), This Child (The Bridewell Theatre) and Rainman (Karamel Klub).Television credits include: Extras.
    Show book
  • A Swing at Love - cover

    A Swing at Love

    Harper Bliss, Caroline Bliss

    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    On the fairway of life, love comes when you least expect it.
     
    Diane Thompson is happy enough. Her successful accounting firm allows her plenty of time to play all the golf she wants and enjoy her life in small Sussex village Tynebury. She’s finally over the divorce from her husband, but potential suitors are few and far between for a fifty-something woman in the English countryside.
     
    Tamsin Foxley is determined to keep matters of the heart separated from her new teaching job at the Royal Tynebury Golf Club after a disastrous romantic experience put an end to her previous employment. She has also vowed to no longer fall for women almost half her age.
     
    When the new season starts at the golf club, Diane and Tamsin become fast friends. Their feelings for each other quickly go in an unexpected direction and they both have to reevaluate what it is they want from life.
     
    Can Diane overcome her fear of falling for a woman? And can Tamsin accept her taste in women may have changed?
     
    Find out in this sweet romance by best-selling lesbian romance author Harper Bliss and her wife Caroline in her debut effort.
    Show book
  • Outrageous Misfits - Female Impersonator Craig Russell and His Wife Lori Russell Eadie - cover

    Outrageous Misfits - Female...

    Brian Bradley

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Extensively researched biography of Canada's first drag superstar
    Female impressionist Craig Russell starred in the cult film Outrageous! and its sequel
    Explores stage successes as well as struggles with mental health, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and HIV/AIDs
    Delves into themes of gay history, mental health, drag history and theatre history
    Show book
  • No Other Love - cover

    No Other Love

    Harper Bliss

    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    The story of your life is the hardest one to write
     
    Annie McLean's struggling book shop has been saved by joining forces with the Pink Bean.
     
    Her wife, lesbian romance author Jane Quinn, finds her quiet life and steady routine challenged by the introduction of the Pink Bean and its many colorful characters. Both her mind and body seem to be struggling with the new situation.
     
    While Jane figures out how to navigate and adjust to the many changes affecting her, Annie has developed more than a keen interest in Pink Bean owner Kristin.
     
    What happens when a long and enduring relationship is put to the test? Can Annie and Jane rescue their marriage and in the process find themselves, and each other, again?
     
    Find out in book six of best-selling lesbian romance author Harper Bliss' Pink Bean series!
     
    Every book in this series can be read as a stand-alone without having read the other instalments.
     
    ★★★★★ "The Pink Bean series is amazing. Great writing, loveable characters and beautiful stories."
     
    THE PINK BEAN SERIES:
     
    1. No Strings Attached
     
    2. Beneath the Surface
     
    3. Everything Between Us
     
    4. This Foreign Affair
     
    5. Water Under Bridges
     
    6. No Other Love
     
    7. Love Without Limits
     
    8. Crazy For You
     
    9. More Than Words
    Show book