Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1983 - 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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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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