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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rosemary L. Bray  

Pen Name: None


Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Rosemary L. Bray on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt is minister of The Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York. She was born and raised in Chicago and is a graduate of Yale University, Drew Theological Seminary, and an MPA candidate at Baruch College of the City University of New York. An editor and widely anthologized writer for more than 20 years before answering the call to ordained ministry, The Rev. Ms. McNatt is a former editor at the New York Times Book Review; author of three books, including her memoir, "Unafraid of the Dark," a contributing editor to UU World, the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and a contributing columnist for She lives in New York City.

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Titles At Your Library

Unafraid of the Dark: A Memoir
ISBN: 0385494750

Anchor. 1999

In her deeply affecting, vividly written memoir, Rosemary L. Bray describes with remarkable frankness growing up poor in Chicago in the 1960s, and her childhood shaped by welfare, the Roman Catholic Church, and the civil rights movement.

Bray writes poignantly of her lasting dread of the cold and the dark that characterized her years of poverty of her mother's extraordinary strength and resourcefulness and of the system that miraculously enabled her mother to scrape together enough to keep the children fed and clothed. Bray's parents, held together by their ambitions for their children and painfully divided by their poverty, punctuate young Rosemary's nights with their violent fights and define her days with their struggles.

This powerful, ultimately inspiring book is a moving testimony of the history Bray overcame, and the racial obstacles she continues to see in her children's way.

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