Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hey y'all....

One MississippiOkay, I am from the deep south, Mississippi as it happens, and I tend to be a little bit harder on these type books because so many of them are too exaggerated and seem cartoonish in their characterizations.  I have to give Mr. Childress credit, he got it just right in my opinion.  I literally could not lay this one down.   It was what I dreamed about last night after I finished at 1 a.m.  There is so much good in this book.  I love the time it  was set in (early 1970's) during integration and Watergate.  It is a coming of age story about 17 year old Daniel Musgrove who is transplanted into Mississippi from Indiana.  It had incredible conflicts, and was dark without being negative.  There are issues the author addresses such as inter-racial relationships, bullying, and Daniel's crisis of conscience.  I thought it made the people of the South seem real and true to life especially since Daniel considers himself a "Yankee" and the story is told from his point of view.  It has conflict and humor and it is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in quite awhile.  Be aware that there is some rough language and some explicit descriptions, but overall I loved the book and will be reading it again!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (September 19, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0316012122
  • ASIN: B001G60G0G


  1. sounds like a very good read, I will definitely check this one out :) Thanks for your great review!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment :)
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    Have a good Sunday!

  2. Love the blog, it’s really cute! Good review, this book will probably find its way to my to-read shelf. I found you on book blogs, check my blog out if you get the chance Oh, and I’m following you on twitter too!

  3. That's interesting that you think southern novels are cartoonish. I never thought of it that way. Great review.

    I'm a new follower - followed you over from Book Blogs.


  4. It's always nice when they get it right! Like Deborah, I also hadn't ever thought about southern novels as "cartoonish," but now that you say it, you are absolutely right. Sometimes they just seem so exagerated.

    Great review!

  5. Love the blog. I'm following via google!

  6. Cute Blog! I have found you through BookBlogs and I am now a follower! Will you follow me at

  7. Hi Shannon! I'm following from book blogs. Nice review. I always think it's interesting to hear how other people view a group or place that I belong to. A lot of times I don't think they get it right, either! So it's really cool when they do.
    Also I love your movie star name. :)

  8. Hello, Shannon! I'm visiting you from BookBlogs. Welcome, by the way. You're going to love it over there. I'm pretty new to the club, but ever since I signed up, I've really enjoyed it.

    If you get a spare moment, stop by my blog.
    I'm following you, and looking forward to your reviews! Happy reading!

  9. PS - I'm not sure which Shannon you are on Book Blogs so I will welcome you here. I adore the artwork on your site. Too much fun.

  10. Sounds like a fantastic book. ;)

    P.S. I LOVE your blog background.