June 09, 2015

@BookSparks: #Review #Giveaway of The Outskirts of Hope by Jo Ivester

In 1967, when Jo Ivester was ten years old, her father transplanted his young family from a suburb of Boston to a small town in the heart of the Mississippi cotton fields, where he became the medical director of a clinic that served the poor population for miles around. But ultimately it was not Ivester s father but her mother a stay-at-home mother of three who became a high school English teacher when the family moved to the South who made the most enduring mark on the town. In The Outskirts of Hope, Ivester uses journals left by her mother, as well as writings of her own, to paint a vivid, moving, and inspiring portrait of her family s experiences living and working in an all-black town during the heights of the civil rights movement." 
 About the Author
Jo Ivester spent two years of her childhood living in a trailer in Mound Bayou, where she was the only white student at her junior high. She finished high school in Florida before attending Reed, MIT, and Stanford in preparation for a career in transportation and manufacturing. Following the birth of her fourth child, she became a teacher. She and her husband teach each January at MIT and travel extensively, splitting their time between Texas, Colorado, and Singapore.

 This book deals with the height of Civil Rights movement and the group of the KKK.  I have been up close and not personal with the KKK when I lived back in Ohio.  It was very creepy! 

Well this one has everything for the historical reader.  From old diary pages to a small town that was founded by ex slaves.  To Jo herself the only white girl in an all black school.  

This book is one powerful memoir of one families effect on a small town and community.  and it is so worth the read.

 Go Into This One Knowing 
Civil Rights, KKK, Small Town

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