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Innocent ❰BOOKS❯ ⚦ Innocent Author B. Morrison – Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However when her marriage soured she Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However when her marriage soured she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons she was forced to accept the handout so disdained by her parents and their world welfare This dramatic memoir tells how one woman finds and grasps the lifeline that ultimately enables her to become independent B Morrison is the author of a poetry collection entitled Here at Least and is currently working on a novel Visit her website and blog at wwwbmorrisoncom.

  • Paperback
  • 342 pages
  • Innocent
  • B. Morrison
  • English
  • 02 September 2014
  • 9781934074657

10 thoughts on “Innocent

  1. Margo Christie Margo Christie says:

    Although my politics are liberal and my attitude toward the disenfranchised is generally sympathetic this memoir by Balti writer B Morrison was a real eye opener I doubt I'm alone in my perception of a certain type of single Welfare mother uneducated unskilled and unsophisticated Morrison's touching tale blew that perception to smithereens with details such as community vegetable gardens as a way of putting healthy food on the table bananas as occasional treats and learning how to work on one's own car so as to maintain a mode of transportation The characters and their motivations were compelling and sympathetic Since I have no children it's sometimes hard for me to relate to motherhood tales especially when those tales are commonplace or cliche Morrison's tale is so uniue that I couldn't help be moved by her struggle to be the best mother she could be under such adverse circumstances

  2. Carolann Carolann says:

    ‘Some changes are deliberate only made after much weighing of pros and cons while some are decided in an instant Still others are the merest accident ’As you can guess from the title of this memoir this book is about a mother on welfare The book’s author Barbara Morrison was raised in a family that abhorred the idea of welfare and looked down in disgust upon those whom collected it Additionally Morrison is not the stereotypical ideal of a welfare mom being college educated raised in an affluent neighborhood and having lived through a generally pleasant childhood She was a women who fell in love got married got pregnant and then got smacked in the face with reality Her happily ever after came crashing down around her s Morrison’s husband left her with a newborn son pregnant with a second child unable to work unable to find child care and unwelcome by her affluent parentsIn ‘Innocent’ Morrison writes an open and candid account of her time as a welfare mother Her account is blunt and realistic and without flowery language or excuses – she simply tells her truth as she lived it READ MORE

  3. Paula Paula says:

    As a highly educated woman who had to go on Welfare when my second son was a baby and his dad left us I identified strongly with the desperate and loving womanmother narrating this memoir Every difficulty every self doubt every struggle with the petty and crucial hardships the demeaning bureaucratic barriers the middleclass onlookers' disgusting and would be debilitating insults and yet also those moments of sharing and winning some small step forward in real sisterhood with other struggling mothers and especially the moments of joy with one's beloved child all these aspects of Welfare motherhood so solidly recounted by Morrison on these pages rings true I have been in these places; I recognize a sister in single motherhood in a hard time and place If you want to know what it's like or rather what it was like before most of this nation's already shockingly limited AFDC benefits were reformed away so that the struggles involved must be even harder now read this book It is very very good

  4. Guillaume Marceau Guillaume Marceau says:

    What a charming book What a auspicious find Barbara speaks of her life in Worcester where she got involved in the dancing troupe She speak of the same street Linnea and I walked the same parks where we spent our time while in Worcester She even went to Pinewoods this dear dancing community I had to chance to visit where Linnea worked as a cook It was this community which supported her so much during hard times What a treat to find it appear in a bookHer reflection on welfare put faces and personality to the daily toll of being on welfare We get to know the counterproductive cruelty brought about by unsteered regulation and bureaucratic apathy A large part of the book is simply domestic We spend some time among Barbara's family and her friends At first it seemed offtopic but as a progresses through the pages I enjoyed my time spent in her company

  5. LC Curtis LC Curtis says:

    A story by a local author with a mission to rectify the erroneous myth that parents who accept welfare are all ne're do wells Barbara Morrison writes thoughtfully exhibiting humor and self control as she remembers what her days were once like I was so pleased to hear her speak and read from her memoir and books of poetry at the Roland Park Branch of Enoch Pratt Take note She is available to speak at local book clubs

  6. Gayle Pace Gayle Pace says:

    POVERTY IS NO SIN by George HerbertBLURBGrowing up in a prosperous neighborhood B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However when her marriage soured she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons she was forced to accept the handout so disdained by her parents and their world welfare This dramatic memoir tells how one woman finds and grasps the lifeline that ultimately enables her to become independentEXCERPTWhy don't they pick up that trash? The thought skittered across my mind almost as though someone else were speaking Then I heard myself and appalled braked the car and pulled over even before my mind caught up with my hands and feetTrash littered the sidewalk on both sides of Monroe St soda bottles chicken boxes and newspapers caught between the front stoop On the sunny side of the street the harsh lines of the brick houses and store steps shimmered in the Balti heat The flat face of the houses boasted no ornamentation merely crumbling mortar and discolored brick Four were boarded up one stained by smokeOn the shaded side of the street several people sat on the stoops not moving not even talking sittting as though hypnotized by the heatThey just sat there the didn't read didn't look at the passing cars Just satLocked in my car protected from the smells and sounds of the street by sealed windows I closed my eyes briefly and then looked around On the house nearest me the diry white paint on the door was cracked and chipped A drooping bed sheet hung inside the front window while the upper two were covered by shades that were curled and brown at the edgesA few cars went by The street light changed and changed again In my Honda visor angled against the sun the air conditioning still blowing at my fingers as they gripped the wheelNo matter how isolated I was sitting there in the arificial chill I could not believe that I had even for a moment thought that the only problem with the people who lived on this street was laziness It wasn't very long ago that I too sat on the front stoop no job to go to no money in my pocket staring at the sidewalkThose years on welfare should have taught me once and forever to look beyond the stereotypes of poverty but here I was like any tourist who got lost with my windows shut and doors locked safe in my middle class world looking out and seeing only trash and the stoop sittingWhy don't they pick that trash up?It was the sort of comment anyone might make the sort of comment I heard all the time from people around me But I knew better I knew about the inertia that kept people like the man and two women sitting there on Monroe Street from getting up off the stoop and cleaning up the trash cleaning up their lives working their way to something betterREVIEWThis book was about poverty and choices or maybe no choices What do you do when you have nothing? Where do you go for solace and help? This was such a very well written memoir People who out of the blue find themselves with no choice other than welfare The author B Morrison showed such perfect descriptions of the surroundings and the people who were facing and on welfare Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down It shows another side of our world A side we always seem to think that it's nothing than laziness that keeps these people from moving up finding a better life and better way Single mothers faced with loneliness poverty fear abandonment and worry Being disowned by your family deserted by your husband and left with children to care for would so overwhelming and lonely It puts you in a lost position You feel like no one cares; that you are ALONE And you are Even with the welfare system that penalizes you for being poor and needing help Welfare has nothing to do with white and black It has to do with people needing a little help to get through They don't understand the system and the poverty; how do they expect the recipients to understand So many obstacles to face with little tiny children who needed not only love but food shelter and security The author tells of how a single mother could break free from the welfare system and become a well rounded productive citizen Not easy by far but with the determination and the struggle it can and does happen There are some very heart breaking and heart warming parts to this story As B Morrison tells this story she tells of trying to hide the fact that she is on welfare from her friends She felt as much of society feels that welfare was a disgrace and a sin This book will break your heart in ways and then it uplifts you the reader as it did the welfare mother Sometimes all that is needed to keep you going on the right path is a simple kind word or deedYou have to look on the other side of this There are people who use and abuse the system They take and take all they can without trying to pull themselves out of the poverty I believe this is why the system is so messed up There are people who are getting welfare who have no right to be receiving that help They can help themselves They don't need the help They have People who genuinely need help to pull themselves out should get that help But the users and abusers should be dropped and dropped today I feel that there are those that DO choose to live on welfare; they want nothing else It's so much easier to do nothing than to struggle and do somethingMs Morrison tells not only her story but those of the women she meets during her poverty years There was Jill who knew the welfare system; Sherry who had so many interests; Amy who was so stunted in every way would never be able to hold a job; Gloria whose pride keeps her from seeking help and then there was FayMs Morrison wrote an outstanding story of the life of poverty and the steps she took to get out This book should be read by everyone It might open some people's eyes on the meaning of WELFAREThis book was Finalist for ForeWord Review's Book of the Year in the AutobiographyMemoir categoryThis book was a solid 5 star book Please read it and take it to heartI received this book from the author Ms Barbara Morrison for this unbiased reviewI would like to thank Ms Morrison for writing this book and placing an awareness in the readerhttpbemiownblogspotcomhttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewslisthttpwwwcomgpcdpmember rhttpwwwshelfaricombemiownwwwbmorrisoncomblog

  7. Chrisiant Chrisiant says:

    It’s so funny to read a story you didn’t know about people you do Barbara writes beautifully and honestly about her years as a single mother of young children receiving welfare Her depictions of the constant battles for basic needs and dignity are stark but the women she met along the way are a fierce and varied group and she sings their strengths

  8. Steph Steph says:

    Innocent Confessions of a Welfare Mother is an enlightening account of true experiences from a woman and her community most welfare recipients It pulls at the heartstrings and I will be recommending this book to many

  9. Joe Rodeck Joe Rodeck says:

    I could not embrace this diarist because of her 99% negativity and poor judgment Ex inexplicable choices in schools and boyfriends The no fun at all in life makes for mundane reading Two stars for unfinished

  10. Ann Bracken Ann Bracken says:

    B Morrison gives us an unflinching and sensitive look at what it means to live on welfare and raise children You won't forget her portrayal of this difficult and life shaping period of her life

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