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
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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 finds fellow outsider Tim Cousins. The two become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High. But soon things go terribly wrong. The friends commit a small crime that grows larger and larger, and threatens ...more
"I knew better than anybody how a harmless little lie could turn into a Lie, and take over your life."
This book was full of these seemingly harmless ‘little’ lies and secrets… lots of secrets. It takes place in Mississippi at the time of desegregation in the schools. Many 1970s references abound in this one, which many readers may appreciate - I was a bit too young during that era to appreciate some of these; rather, I was a teen of the 80s. It’s also a coming of age story about a guy 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
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
I love it when I enjoy a book more than I expect. This coming of age tale (which reminded me of something John Irving might write) along with being humorous ta ...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
This book was a big disappointment to me. For the first 3/4 of the book, I found the plot ludicrous. I attended high school in the 60s in the South. The events portrayed in this book could never have happened in my school at that time nor in any school in my state.
In last 1/4 of the book, there was improve ...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
The author Mark Childress is a master storyteller. At first he takes his time building unforgettable characters and putting all the other elements in place. This may sound b ...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
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