Bonnie E. Harrington Releases a New Book: ‘Don\’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss: A Southsider\’s Journey to Redemption: The Personal Memoir of an \”Unknown\”’

Wherever you choose for a reading locale, be it the beach, a park bench, an airplane, or an air-conditioned living room, make sure you’re curling up with a copy of ‘Don’t Lift up Your Hood and Cuss’. Author Bonnie E. Harrington shares with her readers a candid and humorous retelling of her life and times.

“Don’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss”, candidly recounts the loving, humorous, difficult and unexpected turns in the life of an overweight, shy and sheltered child of Chicago’s late 1940s Southside Pilsen neighborhood. After starting life in a City of flats, horse drawn wagons, street ball, penny candy stores, Maxwell Street and black snow, she moves to a tiny cottage in rural La Grange, IL, offering a much less congested and cleaner place than the Southside of Chicago. She survives bullying and body shaming throughout school and during job hunting.

After determinedly losing 60 pounds, she becomes a USO hostess and meets her soulmate, a U.S. Navy Petty Officer. They date during 1968 Chicago’s tumultuous racial violence and Democrat convention and marry six months later. The Navy moves her life from Illinois to Florida and having a son, Brian, to living a primitive lifestyle on the Island of Adak, Alaska and finally coping with loneliness, earthquakes and a completely different culture in Misawa, Japan. Her experiences graphically illustrate the hardships of “military family life”.

“Don’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss” ends with the Harringtons back in civilian life and Bonnie’s redemption at her 10th High School Reunion. It became evident to her and everyone else that so much had changed in her life; no one recognized her with her slimmer figure and she was presented with the most traveled award to a buzz of, “That’s Bonnie?” With just a few changes a person’s life can go in a totally different direction!

“Don’t Lift Up Your Hood and Cuss”, is available in Trade Paper and Kindle formats from Amazon via

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