Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin

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Scribner, 1996 - Social Science - 285 pages
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Steeped in the lively cadences of black speech and the art of storytelling, Leaving Pipe Shop is one woman's reclamation of her family's history and ultimately her own. Clear-eyed, yet with feeling and delicacy, Deborah E. McDowell offers this moving and textured meditation on the ties of kin and the claims of memory. More than a simple coming-of-age story, Leaving Pipe Shop is an evocation of growing up black in the South on the eve of the tumultuous sixties, a portrait of a culture in transition, of a Southern world in the throes of political and economic change. Here is the debut of a rich and powerful voice in American memoir.

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McDowell is a former fellow of the Bunting Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, she is now professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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