Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 210 pages
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In Womenfolks, Shirley Abbott combines captivating memoir and regional history in a generous tribute to the true mothers and daughters of the South, the gritty, independent women of the backwoods. Theirs is a hardscrabble world of red dirt and backbreaking chores and roof-raising revival meetings - a far cry from the magnolias and mint juleps of Gone with the Wind. As honest, vibrant, and remarkable as the women whose stories illuminate these pages, Womenfolks draws a vivid portrait of a rural culture beset by poverty and sustained by deeply rooted traditions. In a new introduction, Abbott revisits this world to discover that the uniqueness of the culture has, against all odds, endured.
  

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Review: Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South

User Review  - Denise Gilbert - Goodreads

I enjoyed how she wove the larger history of immigrants to the South with the earliest threads of her own family history. I was humbled by the strength of the women of her family. It was a very good read. Read full review

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User Review  - Nicolette - Goodreads

Some things could have been said more succinctly. After a while, this book just seemed rambling to me. I finished it for the sake of finishing, not because I enjoyed it. Read full review

Contents

Two Good Country People
19
Three Drowned Women
45
Four The Servant Problem
74
Five The Importance of Dissimulation
104
Seven Generations
149
Eight Why Southern Women Leave Home
179
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Shirley Abbott is the author of Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South and The Bookmaker's Daughter: A Memory Unbound, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she now lives in New York and Massachusetts.

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