Mary's Pics

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ISBN: 9781476707723
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Published: Gallery Books - July 2nd, 2013

Starla Claudelle is 9 years old in 1963 Mississippi. She lives with her paternal grandmother while her daddy works on an oil rig in the Gulf. she longs to be with her mother who has gone to Nashville to become a famous singer. Starla feels that her grandmother, Mamie, is too strict and being a little spit fire she often finds herself grounded. Such is the case on the 4th of July when she decides to sneak out to the house to watch the parade and fireworks. When she is spotted by one of Mamie's friends she decides to "abandon ship" and head to Nashville to be with her mama. As she makes her way north we get a glimpse of the social issues and inequalities through the eyes of a child. A coming of age story that is a must read!

ISBN: 9780805096538
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 5th, 2013

Paravani relates the story of her twin sister, Cara, and the entwining relationship between them that overpowered their individuality. As children they were moved often and found it hard to be part of a community and found their solace in one another. Christa writes, "We knew who we were; We were best friends. We were enemies. We were all we had." They go to college together. They both marry young, buying each other 'wedding rings' to symbolize their inclusion in each other's marriage. Then everything changes when Cara is brutally attacked and raped. Christa struggles to help her sister, but in the end it's not enough. A haunting tale of a survivor trying to find a reason to be.