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Coming of Age in Mississippi Paperback – February 3, 2004
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“A history of our time, seen from the bottom up, through the eyes of someone who decided for herself that things had to be changed…a timely reminder that we cannot now relax.” —Senator Edward Kennedy, The New York Times Book Review
“Something is new here…rural southern black life begins to speak. It hits the page like a natural force, crude and undeniable and, against all principles of beauty, beautiful.” —The Nation
“Engrossing, sensitive, beautiful…so candid, so honest, and so touching, as to make it virtually impossible to put down.” —San Francisco Sun-Reporter
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In this now classic autobiography, she details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidily reveals the soul of a black girl who had the courage to challenge it. The result is a touchstone work: an accurate, authoritative portrait of black family life in the rural South and a moving account of a woman's indomitable heart. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
However, upon reading it, I had a pleasant surprise. It was such an insightful, moving, and eye-opening book. It had me glued from page one.
As a book about a young black girl's (the author) struggle to overcome racism in the south, it is a very potent history lesson. I had thought that I understood what it was like for young African-Americans of the 1950's and '60's, but I couldn't have been more wrong. This book opened up my eyes and made me truly see the harsh reality of growing up as Anne Moody did. She has many recollections of childhood and adult aquaintances murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the story of her Mississippi Freedom Summer when she had to hide at night in high grass to avoid the Klan. It was at this time that she realized that she was on their so called "Black List." These very vivid circumstances were a slap in the face that almost made me tremble right along with the characters. Furthermore, Ms. Moody's use of common language, and the very realistic way in which she describe's her life, greatly aided me in fully understanding the enormity of the situation at that time.
Another book that can be compared to this one is, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou. Although this book is much more harsh and gritty than Ms. Moody's, it gave me much of the same feeling of insight.
The only disappointment in Anne Moody's book to me was that the ending left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied.Read more ›
The book Coming Of Age In Mississippi is separated into 4 different sections that each tell about a different time in Anne's life. The first section of the book deals with Anne's childhood. When Anne was 4 her father left her mother and younger sister. After her father left her mother had another baby, by a solider named Raymond, whom she eventually married. When Anne was 9 years old she got her first job sweeping an old white lady's porch and sidewalks. She got paid 75 cents and 2 gallons of milk a week. Anne stopped working for the lady when the lady had her cleaning the whole house (p.44). Throughout her childhood Anne learned just what she must do to survive in Mississippi. Her experiences as a child set the guidelines for the rest of her life. It wasn't until Anne started high school that she started hating the prejudice Negroes received. "I was 15 years old when I began to hate people... I hated all the whites who were responsible for the countless murders... But I also hated Negroes. I hated them for not standing up and doing something about the murders." (p.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a wonderfully well-written book. I would find myself entrenched in the material and living through every moment with Anne. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Bari
Fascinating story but it ended abruptly. I kept thinking about the main character long after I finished the bookPublished 13 days ago by Mackeegan
Very well written. Held my interest until the very end! Anne Moody and the people she worked with did great things for civil rights in this country! Read morePublished 24 days ago
Awesome book! You won't really get the civil rights movement until you read this book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. For me, a white American that didn't grow up in the South, this is an eye opener. This book should be mandatory reading in the eleventh or twelfth grade.Published 1 month ago by SG
Pretty interesting bio. book, shows humans true colors, and an eye opening of the pastPublished 2 months ago by Andy