Ma's Dictionary: Straddling the Social Class Divide

 
Ma's Dictionary: Straddling the Social Class Divide
Author: Milan Kovacovic

Ma's Dictionary is a memoir about an improbable journey through radically different sectors of society—from the "lowest" to the "highest" and back—in France, Slovakia, and the United States. The manuscript itself has a long and unusual French-English bilingual history, with numerous public readings along the way and several chapters receiving literary awards, most notably from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The book is a Publishers Weekly Staff Pick for "Best Read of the Year" and has been selected by the Library of Congress for its permanent collection.

Illustrated. 338 pp. $14.95

Prologue/Synopsis

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Contents

I. Midwest Trilogy

1. Chicago Blues
2. The North Country
3. Ma’s Dictionary

II. Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy-sur-Eure, my Beautiful Village

4. Slovakia, a Shattered Idyll
5. Madame Mercier, Schoolteacher
6. Laundry Day by the River
7. Payday at the Village Tavern
8. To the Source                                            
                       
III. Paris, the Bewitching City

9.   Lycée de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Scholarship Student
10. 51 Rue Raynouard, “Olga’s Brother”
11. 64 Avenue Henri-Martin: “…Ordre et beauté / Luxe, calme et...”  
             
IV. U.S.A., a Jagged Journey     

12. Americas
13. School Daze
14. Narrow Escape
15. Hobo Junction
16. Earn your Living, Botch your Life—The Brutal Way
17. Earn your Living, Botch your Life—The Gentler Way
18. U.S. Army
19. Peace, Love, and Body Bags: San Francisco International Airport, Summer 1967
20. “Oxford-by-L.A.”, the Oasis at Claremont
                                                            
V. Fast Forward

21. Disentangling the Psyche
22. Workin’ at the U.


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