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The Newspaper Boy

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The Newspaper Boy is a remarkable collection of memories and personal reflections of the deep emotional conflicts a young newspaper delivery boy, Chervis Isom, encountered while growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in a time of racial strife and discord in the 1950s and early ’60s. A quiet and shy boy, the young Isom was a reader, and it would be the written word he would ...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published 2013 by The Working Writer Discovery Group
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It's top notch--- from hardcover to jacket. I love the cover and inside photo. I like the way he used a blank page to separate the chapters. I liked the different font at the beginning of each sentence, in each chapter.
The technique of fonts changing reflected the change in the boy and time, which held my interest.
The book cover font is bold, beautiful, and classic. It grabs my attention.
The subtle, nostalgic cover colors and pictures lead me back in time. With each sitting, I was eager to pick
Ben Smith
A good read along side "Go set a Watchman" about another kid growing up in Birmingham at that time who grew up to be a lawyer with one of the firms that was important in the Civil Rights struggle in Birmingham.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Newspaper Boy" is remarkably honest document about the author's growing up in the Civil Rights Era. Much of the book is about race relations, but there are enough personal experiences that have nothing to do with race relations, but do have to do with growing up.

This is one of those books everyone should read.

I stayed up to 5:15 a.m. to finish reading it if that gives you an idea of how interesting I found the book.
Ford McMurtry
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this slice of life look at life in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1950s and 60s. Isom has a way of telling the tale that makes you feel like you are there in his living room. Highly recommended. This captures a child’s coming of age in an important era in Birmingham history.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. I learned so much about my adopted city, Birmingham, and its struggles over the years. This book makes you reflect on what is truly important in life.
Bill Dawson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A most interesting and accurate account of a difficult period. He was most fortunate to meet people who helped change him into the thoughtful fellow he is. Knowing him, I have no doubt that he would have seen the light anyway once higher education took hold.
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Wonderful book, not just of recollection but of reflection on an era, for anyone who grew up in the deep south in the 1960's. Isom has a gift, not just of great facility with the language, but for making you see, hear and feel what it was like to be there.
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