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Dry Grass of August, The (edition 2011)

by Anna Jean Mayhew

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Title:Dry Grass of August, The
Authors:Anna Jean Mayhew
Info:Kensington Publishing (2011), Upplaga: 1, Paperback, 352 sidor
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The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

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    The Help by Kathryn Stockett (clowndust, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: The Help is a moving novel about a young white woman who discovers the effects of racism on black women and their families in mid-1960s Mississippi; The Dry Grass of August portrays similar discoveries for a white teenage girl in the mid-1950s.… (more)
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A rather sad book about civil rights in the South in the 50's. The family's maid is a black woman whom they rely on for their very being but really do not know much about her. One daughter cannot understand why there is a barrier but adheres to it as her family does. When the maid is killed protecting the young girls, their entire world (as they know it) collapses.
A great read. ( )
  joannemonck | Apr 28, 2016 |
I like southern fiction, and I was happy to find this book. It elicits strong emotions by the second chapter, drags a little in the middle, but gets you again in last quarter with tragedies which were common in the South. This literary fiction takes place during the times of segregation, but recently after the Brown v. Board of Edu. Supreme Court decision. Jubie, the narrator, is a 13 year old white girl with an abusive alcoholic father, and who is being raised (for the most part) by her family's maid, Mary. I feel like the ending could have been developed a bit more, but it was a good book to be the author's first novel. ( )
  Bambi_Unbridled | Mar 19, 2016 |
During the summer of '54, 13-year-old Jubie, her mother, her siblings, and their black maid Mary head from North Carolina to Florida to visit her uncle. Along the way Jubie sees derogatory signs. Jubie's mother finds it hard to find a place for Mary to sleep for the night, she even finds it hard to find a place for her to use the restroom. On their way back home to North Carolina they get into a car accident. They're stuck in Georgia when they see just how ugly racism is.

The book was really good up until almost the end, it didn't seem as solid as the rest of the book. ( )
  jenn88 | Feb 14, 2016 |
There was nothing wrong with this book per se, I guess I'm just tired of every Southern book I read being super depressing and full of terrible people. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
Thirteen year old Jubie Watts grew up fast in the summer of 1954. She and her three siblings, Mother and her family black maid, Mary, leave their home in Charlotte, N.C., crammed in the Packard for a vacation which takes them on a route from the Florida panhandle to Pawley's Island, S.C. Along the route, they encounter Jim Crow laws and the violence and bigotry which accompanied these laws. Growing up shortly in a similar time in Northern Louisiana it was good to read this book and sadly remember the prejudice of these times. I would highly recommend this book for older high school students and older readers. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 19, 2016 |
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In the midnight hour
When you need some power
When your heart is heavy
Steal away, steal away home
I ain't got long to stay here.

-African-American spiritual
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for Jean-Michel and for Laurel
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In August of 1954, we took our first trip without Daddy, and Stell got use to the driver's license she'd had such a fit about.
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In 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts' eyes are opened to the harsh realities of racism when tragedy strikes her family while on vacation in Florida.
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In 1954, 13-year-old Jubie, traveling with her family and her family's black maid Mary Luther--who has always been there for her, making up for her father's rages and her mother's neglect--encounters racial tension and tragedy.

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