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If only you people could follow directions: a memoir

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"If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut by Jessica Hendry Nelson. In linked autobiographical essays, Nelson has reimagined the memoir with her thoroughly original voice, fearless writing, and hypnotic storytelling. At its center, the book is the story of three people: Nelson's mother Susan, her brother Eric, and Jessica herself. These three characters are deeply bound to one another, not just by the usual ties of blood and family, but also by a mother's drive to keep her children safe in the midst of chaos. The book begins with Nelson's childhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia and chronicles her father's addiction and death, her brother's battle with drugs and mental illness, her own efforts to find and maintain stability, and her mother's exquisite power, grief, and self-destruction in the face of such a complicated family dynamic. Each chapter in the book contends with a different relationship-friends, lovers, and strangers are all play-but at its heart the book is about family, the ties that bind and enrich and betray us, and how one young woman sought to survive and rise above her surroundings. "--
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subject_facetAutobiography
Children of drug addicts -- Biography
Children of parents with mental disabilities -- Biography
Families -- United States -- Biography
Interpersonal relations -- United States
Nelson, Jessica Hendry
Nelson, Jessica Hendry -- Family
title_displayIf only you people could follow directions : a memoir
title_fullIf Only You People Could Follow Directions A Memoir
If only you people could follow directions : a memoir / Jessica Hendry Nelson
title_shortIf only you people could follow directions
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Children of drug addicts
Children of parents with mental disabilities
Families
Family
Interpersonal relations
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Nelson, Jessica Hendry
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