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One small Mississippi town, a country store/service station, plenty of memorable characters, plus somewhat dysfunctional parents and assorted relatives shape the world of an only child growing up in the 1940s and â50s segregated South.
Jimmie Meese Moomaw, the only child and author of âSouthern Fried Child ... In Home Seekerâs Paradise,â will read excerpts from her book at the Book Mart and CafĂ© on Main Street in Starkville from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday.
âSouthern Fried Child...â is a charming account of the unusual experiences of an unusual child. It opens a window into the stratified social and political ways of a small southern town after World War II and before the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case hits the U.S. Supreme Court.
A memoir in the vein of âA Girl Named Zippy,â Haven Kimmelâs story of growing up in middle America, âSouthern Fried Child ..â illustrates the closely held and unique Southern sense of place and family.
Moomaw was born and raised in Brookhaven. Though she left Mississippi in the 1960s for graduate school in Illinois, she has never lost touch with her Southern roots.
Moomaw taught communication courses on the college and university level for 40 years. Now retired from teaching, she is a political consultant, writer and popular public speaker living in Avondale Estates, Ga.
For more information, contact Beverly Jones at 323-9741 or the Book Mart at 323-2844.