The idea is to share, every Friday, books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!
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My Friday Find:
Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Gay Greene. I found this book on Entertainment Weekly's New Classics list of 100 of the best reads from 1983 to 2008. It is #44. I also found Blindness by José Saramago on this list at #12.
In the 1970s, a corrupt old-time sheriff and his courthouse gang rules McIntosh County on the flowery coast of Georgia and preyed on the Yankee tourists passing through on their way to Florida. It appeared that the civil rights movement had entirely bypassed the county; the minority white citizenry held all political and economic power. Then the police shooting of an unarmed black man inspired Thurnell Alston, an unemployed father of four, to protest. "The man will stand up," his neighbors said of Alston. He quoted the U.S. Constitution, invited young, white legal-aid lawyers into the county, and forever changed his corner of the rural South...before tragedy in his private life swept him from the stage.
Awards include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
"A beautifully written and absolutely authentic picture of the rural South." Kirkus Reviews
"This book needs to be read by everyone who does not know the deep South and by those who think all of our racial problems were corrected in the 1960s. Young adults of all races would find this more enlightening than many history books." John W. King, Library Journal
"By turns inspiring and sad, [the] story is told with dramatic skill by Atlanta journalist Greene." Publishers Weekly
"A monumental social history...Through a combination of oral history and interpretive narrative, Greene has created a work of great drama, a chorus of voices that is both disturbing and inspiring." The Boston Globe