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Searching for Nannie B.: Connecting Three Generations of Southern Women by [Nelson, Nancy Owen]
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How do our lost ancestors touch us? Do they inform our consciousness? Nelson's voice of longing permeates this account of her search for a relative she never knew, a grandmother who died in childbirth. The mystery of why little is known about Nelson's maternal grandmother colors this highly readable exploration of self--a questioning of names, motives, and voices so close to Nelson's heart.

Elaine Greensmith Jordan, M.A., M.Div. is the author of Mrs. Ogg Played the Harp: Memories of Church and Love in the High Desert

In Searching for Nannie B, readers follow a fascinating trail as Nancy Owen Nelson searches out the mystery of a gap in her own female linage, a grandmother who is never spoken of. The journey starts with her mother, the second Nannie B., then winds through real places and graves, through Ancestery.com, and through countless conversations as she tries to solve the enigma of the first Nannie B., her mother's mother. It is a trail that, at its end, cannot help but lead her to a better understanding of herself.

Susan Lang, author of the trilogy Small Rocks Rising

Nancy Owen Nelson's memoir, Searching for Nannie B, teaches us how to do family history and what we can learn from it. It is also a moving tale, simply told, of the everlasting connection between mothers and daughters. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Judith Hillman Paterson, author of Sweet Mystery: A Southern Memoir of Family Alcoholism, Mental Illness, and Recovery

Nancy Owen Nelson's memoir tells the story of three generations of amazing women whose lives are shaped, but not controlled, by early loss. Nelson's search for her grandmother's story touches the deep longing in all of us to discover who and whose we are. In the process, she discovers that the theological spectrum their life journeys span is shorter than she thought as she, Unitarian Universalist, is welcomed and embraced by the Primitive Baptist congregation where her grandmother worshiped.

My own adolescent years were enriched by friendship with Nancy and her Methodist mother. Her story evokes memories of early losses and the loving people who shaped my life. My hunch is it will do the same for other readers.

The Rev. Paige Maxwell McRight, Doctor of Ministry, Presbyterian minister, Consultant to pastors and presbyteries and proud high school classmate of the author

Nancy Owen Nelson's memoir, Searching for Nannie B, is an engrossing story of three generations of women, starting from a grandmother who died giving birth to Nelson's mother, also named Nannie B. In fascinating detail we come to understand the women, their culture, their values, and the impact the loss of one of them had on the others.

Nahid Rachlin, author of Persian Girls



SEARCHING FOR NANNIE B by Nancy Owen Nelson-2017 National Winner for the Family Book Category of the Book Excellence Awards and Semifinalist for the National Kindle Book Awards

How do our lost ancestors touch us? Do they inform our consciousness? Nelson's voice of longing permeates this account of her search for a relative she never knew, a grandmother who died in childbirth. The mystery of why little is known about Nelson's maternal grandmother colors this highly readable exploration of self--a questioning of names, motives, and voices so close to Nelson's heart.

Elaine Greensmith Jordan, M.A., M.Div. is the author of Mrs. Ogg Played the Harp: Memories of Church and Love in the High Desert

In Searching for Nannie B, readers follow a fascinating trail as Nancy Owen Nelson searches out the mystery of a gap in her own female linage, a grandmother who is never spoken of. The journey starts with her mother, the second Nannie B., then winds through real places and graves, through Ancestery.com, and through countless conversations as she tries to solve the enigma of the first Nannie B., her mother's mother. It is a trail that, at its end, cannot help but lead her to a better understanding of herself.

Susan Lang, author of the trilogy Small Rocks Rising

Nancy Owen Nelson's memoir, Searching for Nannie B, teaches us how to do family history and what we can learn from it. It is also a moving tale, simply told, of the everlasting connection between mothers and daughters. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Judith Hillman Paterson, author of Sweet Mystery: A Southern Memoir of Family Alcoholism, Mental Illness, and Recovery

Nancy Owen Nelson's memoir tells the story of three generations of amazing women whose lives are shaped, but not controlled, by early loss. Nelson's search for her grandmother's story touches the deep longing in all of us to discover who and whose we are. In the process, she discovers that the theological spectrum their life journeys span is shorter than she thought as she, Unitarian Universalist, is welcomed and embraced by the Primitive Baptist congregation where her grandmother worshiped.

My own adolescent years were enriched by friendship with Nancy and her Methodist mother. Her story evokes memories of early losses and the loving people who shaped my life. My hunch is it will do the same for other readers.

The Rev. Paige Maxwell McRight, Doctor of Ministry, Presbyterian minister, Consultant to pastors and presbyteries and proud high school classmate of the author

Nancy Owen Nelson's memoir, Searching for Nannie B, is an engrossing story of three generations of women, starting from a grandmother who died giving birth to Nelson's mother, also named Nannie B. In fascinating detail we come to understand the women, their culture, their values, and the impact the loss of one of them had on the others.

Nahid Rachlin, author of Persian Girls

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How would you be affected if your mother died giving you life? And how would such a loss affect your children? These questions are the foundation of many issues raised by the author, Nancy Owen Nelson, in her search for the missing pieces of a grandmother who in 1905 died giving the author’s mother life, all told in her wonderful memoir, Searching for Nannie B. It was a tragedy that seemed to affect multiple generations, the voids in identity and ill-spent guilt flowing from the stream of blood that kept mother from daughter, and then from granddaughter. But it was a search well-spent.


The Reverend Roger Mohr, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, may have said it best. “Often the tapestry of family history does not seem to offer us the sort of clarity about who we have become, and why. And sometimes the narrative tells us a story about ourselves that we do not wish to accept.”


Nancy Owen Nelson’s search resulted in raising more questions about herself, even as it answered questions about her mysterious grandmother. Nonetheless, in the end her journey toward discovery was one of startling self-awareness and connection. No matter whether you feel connected or lost in family, you will be unable to avoid the heartfelt pleasure and pain that comes from the author’s brave attempt to connect three generations of Southern women.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3739 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938667670
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Ardent Writer Press; 1 edition (18 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XW9ZV2I
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