Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir by Kambri Crews

By Kambri Crews

In this robust, affecting, and unflinching memoir, a daughter seems again on her unconventional early life with deaf mom and dad in rural Texas whereas attempting to reconcile it to her current life—one during which her father is serving a twenty-year sentence in a maximum-security prison.
 
As a baby, Kambri Crews wanted that she’d been born deaf in order that she, too, may possibly totally belong to the tight-knit Deaf group that embraced her mom and dad. Her appealing mom was once a saint who could speedily right anyone’s proposal that deaf equaled dumb. Her good-looking father, however, used to be likely to be stumbled on striking out with the sinners. robust, gregarious, and hardworking, he controlled to show a wild plot of land right into a family members domicile whole with operating water and electrical energy. To Kambri, he used to be Daniel Boone, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ben Franklin, and Elvis Presley all rolled into one.
 
But if Kambri’s dad was once Superman, then the listening to international was once his kryptonite. The isolation that followed his deafness unlocked a fierce temper—a rage teenage Kambri witnessed while he attacked her mom, and that culminated fourteen years later in his conviction for an additional violent crime. 
 
With a wise mixture of brutal honesty and blunt humor, Kambri Crews explores her advanced bond along with her father—which starts off with adoration, strikes to worry, and eventually arrives at understanding—as she attempts to forge a brand new connection among them whereas he lives at the back of bars. Burn Down the Ground is an excellent portrait of dwelling in worlds—one listening to, the opposite deaf; one lower than the laid-back Texas sunlight, the opposite in the vigorous pulse of latest York urban; one mired in violence, the opposite rife with possibility—and heralds the coming of a charming new voice.

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Ideal for a long night of smiling and nodding and being a good sport at the annual press, showbiz, and politics bunfight that is the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. I was there in my capacity as vulgar lounge entertainer. Megan, my date, was there because she loves me and was proving it again. I had been asked to be the guest speaker by the chair of the entertainment committee. I wasn’t their first choice, but after Steve Carell and Ellen DeGeneres turned the gig down I think I became a little more appealing.

And Mrs. Cheney and being introduced. I felt a little awkward; I’m always a bit shy around evil people, so Megan took the lead. She has a knack for dealing with difficult men and is very knowledgeable about fine art, having worked for a time as an art dealer in New York. She and Mrs. C struck up a conversation about Picasso—the Cheneys were the proud owners of a few of his sketches. ” asked Megan. “Oh, we don’t,” replied Mrs. C. “They’re nudes, and we have grandchildren. ” “But they’re Picassos,” protested Megan.

Sweet revenge. The family now numbered six in total, and although financially it must have been a struggle for my parents, the kids were never really aware of it. I knew we couldn’t afford a lot of luxuries, but neither could anyone else around us. It wasn’t as if we lived in Beverly Hills. In fact, when we got our hallway carpeted—a scary vomity-colored tweedish patterned thing supplied by a friend of my father who worked in the shipyards and got a cutting from a luxury liner—neighbors came from far and wide to gaze at its amazing splendor.

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