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Date:
February 8, 2020
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
Library
Address:
6620 University Drive
Parkland, FL 33067
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Parkland Library Book Club: Southern Discomfort: A Memoir by Tena Clark

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Tena Clark recounts her chaotic childhood in a time fraught with racial and social tension. Tena was born in 1953 in a tiny Mississippi town close to the Alabama border, where the legacy of slavery and racial injustice still permeated every aspect of life. On the outside, Tena’s childhood looked like a fairytale. Her father was one of the richest men in the state; her mother was a regal beauty. But behind closed doors, Tena’s family life was deeply lonely and dysfunctional. On Tena’s tenth birthday, her mother, emboldened by alcoholism and enraged by her husband’s incessant cheating, walked out for good, instantly becoming an outcast in their society. Tena was left in the care of her nanny, Virgie, even though she was raising nine of her own children and was not allowed to eat from the family’s plates or use their bathroom. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call (954)757-4214.