Mississippi Books and Writers

August 1997

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A Long Ways from Where I’ve Been: An African-American’s Journey from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s Gold Coast

Autobiography by Roosevelt Richards

Noble Press (Paperback, $10.95, ISBN: 1879360357)

Publication date: August 1997


Richards chronicles his life as a young, black boy, growing up in a large farm in rural Mississippi, where he and his family are subjected to the brutal injustice of Jim Crow. Despite the impoverished circumstances and harsh prejudices that dominated the life of Roosevelt and his family, his story is lovingly recounted.

Last Days of the Dog-Men Last Days of the Dog-Men

Stories by Brad Watson

Delta (Paperback, $9.95, ISBN: 0385318278)

Publication date: August 1997


An exquisite collection of short stories exploring the all-too-human need for dogs—as companions, as accomplices, as unwitting victims of their masters’ passions. “The stories in Last Days of the Dog-Men are weird and wise, sometimes gruesome and often brilliant.… Watson’s men, women, and dogs—those wonderful dogs—are superbly imagined.” —The New York Times Book Review.

On Being Female, Black, and Free: Essays by Margaret Walker, 1932-1992

By Margaret Walker, edited by Maryemma Graham

University Press of Tennessee (Paperback, $16.00, ISBN: 0870499815)

Publication date: August 1997

Description from Booklist (19 July 1997):

Distinguished poet and novelist Walker figures prominently in the chronicle of contemporary African American literary accomplishments. Collected here for the first time are 30 thought-provoking essays, culled by editor Graham from speeches and other writings spanning six decades of Walker’s fertile life. Graham’s admirably cohesive arrangement divides these pieces into four sections, dealing with Walker’s reflections on her own creative process as well as that of other black women writers; on black culture overall; and the arena of race and politics. A final section delves into educational issues and revolution on college campuses. This collection of essays, from an important voice in American letters, will make a significant addition to literature collections. —Copyright © 1997, American Library Association.

Outside the Southern Myth

Nonfiction by Noel Polk

University Press of Mississippi (Hardcover: $45.00, ISBN: 0878059792)

Publication date: August 1997

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