Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story—the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up black in Mississippi in the forties an fifties—and to have survived with pride and courage intact.

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.

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User Review  - sochri - LibraryThing

I read this for a class in college and my copy is now falling apart. It's a great book about growing up on the front lines of the civil rights movement. Read full review

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I finished this book a few days ago and have really thought a lot about what to say. I have such mixed feelings. It was good enough to hold my interest, but about 3/4 of the way through I grew weary ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

In addition to her autobiography, Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody was the author of Mr. Death: Four Stories. She died in 2015.

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