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Mrs. Barber's book grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go!
, July 15, 2008
Mrs Barber is many things. She was a wife, she is a mother, a grandmother, aunt, educator, and now, at 80+ years, a writer. She demonstrates herself to be a writer with talent and intelligence. In Cotton Fields Mrs Barber tackels one of the hardest topics a writer can be confronted with, a truthful and entertaining book about his or her life. Autobiographies are a tricky business. To be fully truthful about a one's own life, to be fair and thorough without being overly involved is a fine line to tread. In Cotton Fields Mrs. Barber nails it. She takes us from the cotton fields of Arkansas, where as a child she works in the fields picking cotton, to the Humphreys County Tennessee where she became one of the most effective Directors of Schools the county has ever seen. She shares with us the struggles, the sorrow, and the joy of working to educate herself, her children, and all the children of her home county.
Through her story we can see our collective history as women struggling to balance our lives within a largely patriarchal society with love, home, marriage, children, career, disappontments, life as a widow, and faith in whatever form it may take. She has done this in a manner which is clean, clear, and simple, yet this "simple" story will grab you. The story of Mrs. Enid Barber will grab you and it will not let you go long after you have completed the final page of this beautiful story.
If you have not read a good book in awhile, do not delay ordering this one today. You won't be disappointed.