Bastards, a Memoir: A Polymathic Exploration of Life with Mary Anna King

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 17:00

Being polymathic extends far beyond mastery of multiple disciplines in school -- to be truly well-rounded, one must also possess life experience that informs your world view and approach to life. Join us as we welcome Mary King, author of the forthcoming memoir "Bastards," as she reads selected passages from her upcoming debut and discusses how her life experiences made her a polymathic author and thinker.

About "Bastards":

Born into poverty in southern New Jersey and raised in a commune of single mothers, Mary Anna King watched her mother give away one of her newborn sisters every year to another family. All told, there were seven children: Mary, her older brother, and five phantom sisters. Then one day, Mary was sent away, too.

Living in Oklahoma with her maternal grandfather, Mary gets a new name and a new life. But she’s haunted by the past: by the baby girls she’s sure will come looking for her someday, by the mother she had to leave behind, by the father who left her. Mary is a college student when her sisters start to get back in touch. With each reunion, her family becomes closer to whole again. Moving, haunting, and at times wickedly funny, Bastards is about finding one’s family and oneself.

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