Bound Like Grass is McLaughlin's account of her own — and her family's — struggle to survive on their isolated wheat and cattle farm. With acute observation, she explores her roots as a descendant of Swedish American grandparents who settled in Montana at the turn of the twentieth century with high ambitions, and of parents who barely managed to eke out a living on their own neighboring farm.
In unvarnished prose, McLaughlin reveals the costs of homesteading on such unforgiving land, including emotional impoverishment and a necessary thrift bordering on deprivation. Yet in this bleak world, poverty also inspired ingenuity. Ruth learned to self-administer a fashionable razor haircut, ignoring slashes to her hands; her brother taught himself to repair junk cars until at last he built one to carry him far away. Ruth also longs for a richer, brighter life, but when she finally departs, she finds herself an alien in a modern world of relative abundance. While leaving behind a life of hardship and hard luck, she remains bound — like the long, intertwining roots of prairie grass — to the land and to the memories that tie her to it.
She has worked in films and television since 1969, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking.
She had also been nominated for the award for four films before that and has received other recognition for her work.
She is also noted for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.
This book is your ultimate resource for Susan Sarandon. Here you will find the most up-to-date information, photos, and much more.
In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about her Early life, Career and Personal life right away: King of the Gypsies (film), Something Short of Paradise, Atlantic City (1980 film), Loving Couples (1980 film), Tempest (1982 film), The Hunger (film), Who Am I This Time? (film), The Buddy System (film), Compromising Positions, Women of Valor, The Witches of Eastwick (film), Bull Durham, Sweet Hearts Dance, The January Man, A Dry White Season, White Palace (film), Thelma & Louise, The Player, Light Sleeper, Bob Roberts, Lorenzo's Oil, The Client (film), Little Women (1994 film), Safe Passage (film), Dead Man Walking (film), James and the Giant Peach (film), Twilight (1998 film), Illuminata (film), Stepmom (film), Our Friend, Martin, Cradle Will Rock, Anywhere but Here (film), Joe Gould's Secret (film), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Cats & Dogs, Igby Goes Down, Moonlight Mile (film), The Banger Sisters, Ice Bound, Noel (film), Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, Shall We Dance? (2004 film), Alfie (2004 film), Elizabethtown (film), Romance & Cigarettes, Irresistible (film), Mr. Woodcock, In the Valley of Elah, Enchanted (film), Emotional Arithmetic, Bernard and Doris, Speed Racer (film), Middle of Nowhere (film), The Greatest (2009 film), Peacock (2010 film), Leaves of Grass (film), Solitary Man (film), The Lovely Bones (film), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
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