“My Sweet Vidalia” by Deborah Mantella

My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella is the story of a young woman in the 1950s American South who overcomes considerable hardship and discovers her own inner strength.  Vidalia gets pregnant while in high school and has a shotgun wedding.  Unfortunately, her new husband is a terrible person and abuses her to the point thatRead more

New Acquisitions: 1/26/16

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about books that I have purchased or received for review consideration.  All descriptions are from Goodreads. My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella I received this book as part of an upcoming TLC book tour.  The premise seems interesting and unusual. On July 4, 1955, in rural Georgia, anRead more

“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

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Even when my girls were little, we’d go down there, my grandmother tells us.  And people’d be marching. The marching didn’t just start yesterday. Police with those dogs, scared everybody near to death.  Just once I let my girls march.   Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical memoir in verse about the author’s childhood inRead more