My Mantelpiece: A Memoir of Survival and Social Justice [NOOK Book]

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Carolyn Goodman's life was punctuated by tragedy, including a brother's premature death, childhood molestation, a father's suicide, and a son's infamous murder. But hers is foremost a tale of survival, of turning personal anguish into social conscience. When her twenty-year-old son, Andy, was one of three civil rights volunteers to disappear in Mississippi in the summer of 1964, the story galvanized the nation. A half century after the Mississippi murders, this is the first time that a victim's family member has ...
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My Mantelpiece: A Memoir of Survival and Social Justice

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Carolyn Goodman's life was punctuated by tragedy, including a brother's premature death, childhood molestation, a father's suicide, and a son's infamous murder. But hers is foremost a tale of survival, of turning personal anguish into social conscience. When her twenty-year-old son, Andy, was one of three civil rights volunteers to disappear in Mississippi in the summer of 1964, the story galvanized the nation. A half century after the Mississippi murders, this is the first time that a victim's family member has expounded about the experience and the emotions—from guilt to resolve—that it spawned. More than simply a memoir, MY MANTELIPIECE is the story of a century's seminal progressive movements seen through the lens of a remarkable woman's singular journey. **Along with a foreword by National Book Award-winner Maya Angelou, MY MANTELPIECE includes back-cover testimonials from Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman John Lewis, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and performer-activist Harry Belafonte.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Vanessa Bush
From the perspectives of daughter, wife, mother, activist, and psychologist, Goodman details the tribulations and triumphs of her life. Poems and letters included in the memoir illustrate the love and devotion of the Goodmans and the joy of their relationships.
ForeWord Reviews - Kaavonia Hinton
My Mantelpiece captures "the essence of Bobby's love for Andy, just as Carolyn's moving anecdotes do. With such well-crafted poetry and prose, Andy's personality becomes vivid and full of life... Readers interested in learning more about who Andrew Goodman really was and how his family worked for social justice will enjoy this book."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149291731
  • Publisher: Why Not Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 110,548
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Carolyn Goodman turned her son's martyrdom into a mission. She formed The Andrew Goodman Foundation, organized an anniversary Freedom Summer, and produced documentary films celebrating young activists. In 1999, she was arrested at a protest in New York City—at the age of 83. Before she passed away in 2007, she collaborated with author Brad Herzog to recount a life of courage and conviction. Co-author Brad Herzog (BradHerzog.com) has written more than thirty books, including a trilogy of travel memoirs, which the American Book Review described as the new classics of American travel writing. He first met Carolyn Goodman in the mid-1990s after he wrote a chapter in his book STATES OF MIND about a tiny hamlet near Philadelphia, Mississippi. It is called Hope.
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