This exuberantly acclaimed novel by the author of the bestselling Crazy in Alabama tells an uproarious and moving story about family, best friends, first love, and surviving the scariest years of your life.
You need only one best friend, Daniel Musgrove figures, to make it through high school alive. After his family moves to Mississippi just before his junior year, Daniel f...more
Finished the book last night and it definitely had its tragedy. To me it was interesting that although it was set in the early 70"s so ...more
Have you ever gotten to the end of a book and thought to yourself, "That was messed up"? That was pretty much how it went for me today. At first, I was really enjoying One Mississippi by Mark Childress, our book club selection for August. The book begins as a kind of coming of age novel about a sixteen-year-old boy, Daniel, who has just moved to Minor, Mississippi, from Indiana. He has to make new friends and adjust to the culture of the deep south that is so n ...more
A teenager of the seventies myself, I readily identified with many of the era's nuances and pop-culture fads and trends. And for the most part, the characters and circumstances felt spot-on accurate ...more
It starts off simple, innocent, and I found myself thinking--okay, I've seen this before. Yet another coming of age story. But very quickly, I realized that there was oh-so-much more going on in this novel. By the time this novel finishes, Childress has addressed everything from racism to homophobia, from the social ostracism of high school to how ridiculous religious zealots can be.
The main criticism t ...more
Like Mark Childress' novel, Crazy in Alabama, and later movie with Melanie Griffith, it is a topic that covers Civil Rights and integration in the South during the 1970s.
It's confusing that is how I previously viewed the ...more
Review here at my blog.
Now and then, I wish I weren’t restricted to five stars on my reviews. Sometimes I want to give so many stars they stretch across the page. An over-the-top reaction? Definitely. But this book is so worth it.
One Mississippi is the story of Daniel Musgrove and his family who move to Mississippi from Indiana in the summer of 1973 when his father receives a transfer from the chemical company he sells products for. Daniel and his siblings, Janie and Bud, are against the move. ...more
This was the first Mark Childress book that I read and cannot wait to delve into another one!!
Set in Mississipi during the early 70s when they were just allowing blacks to attend public schools...Starts a tale of two new best friends trying to make it through the school year one day at a time. Juniors in high school battling teenage issues of family, b ...more
This started that way, but took some interesting diversions. It's set in 70 ...more
I realize Childress is trying to deal with the destructive impact of racism and homophobia in the Deep South in the 1970s, but in his effort to push readers' limits he just offends in his own ...more
At the start, this felt like a nice, comfortable coming-of-age novel, set in a small town in 1970s Mississippi, where school integration has only just begun. Daniel, the narrator, had just moved to the area, and was having a hard time fit ...more
16 yr old Daniel Musgrove is forced to move with his family in the 1970's to Mississippi. He befriends Tim and soon they are inseparable. They have a bond ...more
This book reminds me that my life has been easy compared to many of my fellow Ame ...more
In this case, the hype was justified. "One Mississippi" has everything a book needs to become a bestseller without selling out - warmth. humor, honesty. I'm sure they are turning this thing into a movie as I write.
But what appears to be a light summertime-reading set in the South, suddenly takes a way more drastic and tragic turn than I expected. Conseq ...more
Unless it was a satire, it was over the top. Too much happened in a small town that somehow supported the strangest collection of teenagers and educators I have re ...more
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