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Mississippi Sissy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't Put It Down

This is a poignant,insightfully written memoir-it was funny,heartbreaking,and suspenseful all at the same time.I read it in less than a day.Don't miss this thought-provoking biography!

posted by Anonymous on March 27, 2007

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great descriptions, little content.

I was looking forward to reading humorous stories of growing up gay in the South. Why was I expecting that? From the title of the book and the image that was used on the cover. Unfortunately, that's not what I got. In the tradition of *great* Southern writers, Kevin Ses...
I was looking forward to reading humorous stories of growing up gay in the South. Why was I expecting that? From the title of the book and the image that was used on the cover. Unfortunately, that's not what I got. In the tradition of *great* Southern writers, Kevin Sessums uses a LOT of flowy words, but the stories themselves don't contain a lot of substance. The stories were average at best and if I was listening to him tell them at a party, I would have yawned several times and been trying to find a way to escape to talk to someone more interesting. The author takes a lot of creative license and describes each scene from his childhood with the most minute details, which couldn't possibly have been remembered. That part really doesn't bother me because it lends itself to adding to the mood and the story. What really pulled down the stories was the amount of detail that Sessums provides. It was overkill and didn't add anything to the bland stories. As I was reading, I couldn't help but compare Sessums to Augusten Burroughs or David Sedaris, two other popular gay memoirists. Sessums seems to want to try to compare his life to Burroughs, but his family isn't nearly as quirky. And the namedropping of Southern authors that he knew and socialized with was, frankly, obnoxious. I stopped reading MISSISSIPPI SISSY halfway through. I couldn't finish. I didn't see the point when nothing up until that point made me believe that it was going to get any better.

posted by eak321 on November 1, 2010

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  • Posted March 6, 2015

    A Good Read..

    A good book, however, a bit graphic at times.

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