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Growing Up in Mississippi by Judy H. Tucker, Wyatt Waters

With contributions from Elizabeth Aydelott, Fred Banks, Jimmy Buffett, Edward Cohen, Maggie Wade Dixon, Ellen Douglas, W. Ralph Eubanks, Richard Ford, Gwendolyn Gong, Carolyn Haines, Lorian Hemingway, Samuel Jones, Robert Khayat, B. B. King, John Maxwell, Alberto Mora, Donald Peterson, Noel Polk, Jerry Rice, George Riggs, Robert St. John, Sid Salter, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Elizabeth Spencer, Clifton Taulbert, Keith Tonkel, Sela Ward, Wyatt Waters, Jim Weatherly, and William Winter

Growing Up in Mississippi shares experiences and impressions from a multifaceted group representing all areas of the state and many professions, talents, and temperaments. Parents, teachers, churches, communities, landscape, and historical context profoundly influenced these men and women when they were young.

In his revealing foreword, Richard Ford explores the very essence of influence and illustrates his conclusions by recalling an indelible incident between his mother and himself in the front yard of their home on Congress Street in Jackson, Mississippi. The volume then showcases poignant memories of other distinguished individuals: a governor and statesman, journalists, a news anchor, a playwright, novelists, memoirists, a publisher, a minister, educators and scholars, judges and lawyers, a test pilot and astronaut, a renowned watercolorist, a celebrated actress, and many more.

Spanning more than five decades, these essays give us a glimpse of the people and places that nurtured these outstanding individuals and their remarkable gifts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934110713
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 203
Sales rank: 1,229,303
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, and Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Memories from Mississippi, Christmas Stories from Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.

Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, and Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Memories from Mississippi, Christmas Stories from Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.

The author of six novels and three collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the first book to win both prizes. In 2001 he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction.

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