Used - Very Good, Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days, Expedited shipping available on this book. Parts of this story will make you laugh out loud; others will make you angry; throughout, there is the human struggle for dignity. Synopsis Melissa Fay Greene is an award-winning author and journalist whose writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek. Somehow the sweeping changes of the civil rights movement managed to bypass McIntosh entirely. Had I realized that, I probably would have skipped entire chapters. Finalist for the 1991 National Book Award and a New York Times Notable book, Praying for Sheetrock is the story of McIntosh County, a small, isolated, and lovely place on the flowery coast of Georgia--and a county where, in the 1970s, the white sheriff still wielded all the power, controlling everything and everybody.
I found this work to be incredibly interesting and moving. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Though the heroes and villians are obvious, she doesn't portray them in a straight forward way. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. She confessed that your descriptions were so vivid, your priest so real, that she found herself praying for him at Mass.
New in New dust jacket. Because of its themes and the brilliant way the author has handled them, this book could stand as a metaphor for the halting American effort to become something better than we have been. Simply one of the best authors I've ever read! Days of reckoning came shortly when one of Poppel's deputies, for no apparent reason other than annoyance at hearing loud banter, told a man to shut up, then shot him in the jaw and threw him in lockup without medical attention. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Darien, Georgia is hardly the place to begin when one studies the civil rights movement in America -- but Melissa Faye Greene shows us the impact of this revolution in rural America, a story too often neglected in favor of stories of urban desegregation.
She evokes the true beauty of this part of the world, and reminds me, even in the bleak passages, why I love it so. This is a rare combination and the result is a rare reading experience. Around the same time that this book was written, the best shrimp restaurant in McIntosh county installed cast irons railings around its entrance to keep the sheriff from parki Most people think of the 1960s as being the era of the Civil Rights Movement, but in rural Georgia counties, it was the seventies before civil rights came into its own. The story is about the black and whites who lived there and the Sherif that ran the county. The courage of some of the black residents was commendable. It was published by Da Capo Press and has a total of 368 pages in the book. Most of all, it is a story of simple black people enduring and rising very, very slowly and then a little faster on the broad back of a flawed leader who ultimately breaks because he is human and has aspirations and burdens that push him past his limits.
They are the kind of rural black people whom I see walking in the withering summer heat on the side of the highway as I hurtle in my air-conditioned car down U. She offers as much of a journalistic approach as possible, starting with the early 1970s and the corruption in the local government, and ending with the changes in the life of Thurnell Alston, the man who, with others in his community, stood up to the status quo. The lost cause of the Confederacy is still alive in one of the Deep South backwaters of apartheid that hasn't caught up with Federal civil rights laws. This book is really good. The book is very wordy and full of narrative building up the character and environment in which involved the 50's - early 80's in McIntosh County, Georgia. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
The characters were real people with weaknesses and strengths. The victims of their never-indicted yet well-documented activities included tourists on the way through the county to family vacations in Florida as well as the local poor. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. At times, Greene's writing approaches the poetic. Used - Acceptable, Usually ships within 1 - 2 business days, A used book that may have some cosmetic wear i. In the process, both white and black come to see that what unites them is greater than what divides them, even though what unites them is not always to their liking Once I picked this book up, I could not put it down.
Having been born and raised in a small community in south Georgia, I have seen first-hand much of what was described in this book. Praying for Sheetrock is the saga of how, thanks to the leadership of a black shop-steward-turned-county-commissioner named Thurnell Alston, together with the aid of a cadre of idealistic Legal Services lawyers Melissa Greene was one of their paralegals this situation began to change. But I can't help thinking that it would have been so much better in the hands of another writer. From the beginning the 3rd person narrator introduces us to Martha, a middle-aged woman of 38… 860 Words 4 Pages In the book Praying for Sheetrock, the story of Ben Alston and Sheriff Tom Tom is about a fight between greed and equality. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. As someone who loves Coastal Georgia, and American history, I was fascinated.
I'm glad I read it. The company was run by Fred Pomerantz and subsequently by his son, John Pomerantz. The characters were well described. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. I had to put the book down every few pages because the embarrassment and anger I had for the white people running the town. The spine may show signs of wear.