Don’t Lift Up Your Head and Cuss: The Personal Memoir of an “Unknown”, Has Been Published by Author Bonnie E. Harrington

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Don’t Lift Up Your Head and Cuss: The Personal Memoir of an “Unknown”, Has Been Published by Author Bonnie E. Harrington

‘Don’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss’, candidly recounts the loving, humorous, difficult and unexpected turns in the life of an overweight, shy and sheltered child of Chicago’s late 1940s Southside Pilsen neighborhood. After starting life in a City of flats, horse-drawn wagons, street ball, penny candy stores, Maxwell Street and black snow, she moves to a tiny cottage in rural La Grange, IL, offering a much less congested and cleaner place than the Southside of Chicago.

Bonnie survives bullying and body shaming throughout school and during job hunting. After determinedly losing 60 pounds, she becomes a USO hostess and meets her soulmate, a US Navy Petty Officer. They date during 1968 Chicago’s tumultuous racial violence and Democrat convention and marry six months later.

The Navy moves her life from Illinois to Pensacola, Florida and having a son, Brian; to living a primitive lifestyle on the Island of Adak, Alaska; and finally coping with loneliness, earthquakes and a completely different culture in Misawa, Japan. Her experiences graphically illustrate the hardships of “military family life”. “Don’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss” ends with the Harringtons return to civilian life and Bonnie’s redemption at her 10th High School Reunion. It becomes quickly evident to her and everyone else that much had changed in her life. No one recognized her with her slimmer figure and when she was presented with the most traveled award, the buzz was, “that’s Bonnie?” With just a few changes a person’s life can go in a totally different direction!

Michelle Burwell, Chicago Writer’s Association says, “the thing that makes Bonnie and her memoir stand out is her enduring optimism. She finds humor in daunting and difficult situations. In ‘Don’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss’, Bonnie is open, honest, and endearing as she depicts her transformation from a shy, naïve schoolgirl from humble beginnings, to a woman capable of exploring the world and herself. It is overall a great, uplifting read. I would recommend this memoir, especially to anyone who may be deployed in the military or are hoping for some sort of dynamic life change”.

“Don’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss” is available on Amazon in Trade Paperback or Kindle. Just click on the below link to order.


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