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What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

(1997)
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Awards
Oprah's Book Club Best Book (nominee)
At first glance Pearl Cleage's What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day seems pretty heavy going: HIV, suicide, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and drunk driving all figure prominently in the lives of narrator Ava Johnson and her older sister Joyce. It isn't long before crack addiction, domestic violence and unwed motherhood have joined the list--so, where's the pleasure? The answer lies in the sharp and funny attitude Cleage brings to her depiction of one African-American community in the troubled 1990s. Ava Johnson, for example, might be HIV-positive, but she's refreshingly forthright about it:
"Most of us got it from the boys. Which is, when you think about it, a pretty good argument for cutting men loose, but if I could work up a strong physical reaction to women, I would already be having sex with them. I'm not knocking it. I'm just saying I can't be a witness. Too many titties in one place to suit me."


As the trials and tribulations pile on, the experiences of Cleage's characters prove to be universal: death, love, second chances. Ava's acerbic, smart-mouthed narrative keeps the story buoyant; by the time this endearingly imperfect heroine and her cohorts have negotiated the rocky road to a happy ending, readers will be sorry to see her go, even as they wish her well. --Alix Wilber, Amazon.com

 
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Used availability for Pearl Cleage's What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day


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Hardback Editions

November 1998 : USA Library Binding
Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-613-12264-X / 978-0-613-12264-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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March 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day-- (Thorndike Americana)
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-7862-1759-6 / 978-0-7862-1759-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-380-97584-X / 978-0-380-97584-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: What Looks LIke Crazy On an Ordinary Day (Idlewild)
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-06-171038-5 / 978-0-06-171038-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-380-81771-3 / 978-0-380-81771-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books (Mm)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

August 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-7528-4159-9 / 978-0-7528-4159-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1999 : USA Paperback
Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (Thorndike General)
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-7862-1760-X / 978-0-7862-1760-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Five Star Westerns
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-380-79487-X / 978-0-380-79487-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperPB
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: What looks like Crazy on an ordinary day ...a novel
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-7394-3160-9 / 978-0-7394-3160-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

April 2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-7927-9887-2 / 978-0-7927-9887-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

March 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-7927-2439-9 / 978-0-7927-2439-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
ISBN: 0-671-04470-2 / 978-0-671-04470-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day (Idlewild)
Author(s): Pearl Cleage
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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