Book Signing at Merrehope

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

An author is currently on a twelve city book tour throughout Mississippi and Sunday she stopped in the city of Meridian.

Jimmie Meese Moomaw is the author of the book entitled, 'Southern Fried Child....in Home Seeker's Paradise'. She signed copies of her book and read various passages from it Sunday at Merrehope starting at 2p.m.

The book features a small Mississippi town, a country store, memorable characters, and somewhat dysfunctional families who shape the world of an only child growing up in the 1940's and 50's during the segregated south.

Moomaw is from the south, and that's one reason why she started her tour in this area.

"What emerges in the prologue of this book is that I am slap dab southern. And the place that I wanted to start was in Mississippi. Because I think the people who grew up in the time that I did, which was after War World I, but before Brown versus education, I grew up in that 40's period. I know there are people that remember that and I think it was a very important period of transition. Even though on one level the book is about my stories of childhood, on another level it is sort of about the stratification of society in terms of social, political, and religious attitudes that reflect that period. So in that sense it operates in two levels," describes Moomaw.

After receiving feedback on the tour, Moomaw says many readers have been able to identify with the culture in the book.


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