Mississippi Sissy

By: Sessums, Kevin

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Very light wear is noted at the corners and spine ends. ; The American South of the 1960s was no place to be different, much less a freak. Back then, boys grew up to become football heroes and marry perfect Southern belles. As for music, you never sang anything in public other than a hymn. But Kevin Sessums knew he was different. His hero was Arlene Francis. He knew the lyrics to Broadway shows tunes as well as he knew the Baptist hymnal. His parents died by the time he was eight years old, so he was a solitary little boy. But he learned to survive by drawing family close to him, keeping dark secrets others feared to tell, and learning how to turn the word sissy on its head, just as his mama had taught him. This memoir is of Southern voices now gone that mix with the tart-tongued, race-concious patter of Kevin's Aunt Lola, with the artistic, political musings of one of his early mentors. It looks clear-eyed at the bittersweet truth of a Southern life touched by a violent and brutal act that brings home the lessons America's South can teach to those who are different. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 305 pages

Title: Mississippi Sissy

Author: Sessums, Kevin

Categories: memoir, 1960s,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 2007

ISBN: 0312341016

ISBN 13: 9780312341015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 004454

Keywords: Mississippi Sissy Memoir Non-fiction Southern TEACHING Football PLAYERS Southern BELLES,