Come This Way - There Is An Exit

 
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An extremely moving and very real memoir of a young African-American girl growing up in the tumultuous 60s, this book will grab and hold you from start to finish.
Born into poverty, Nimbiliasha relates her tormented history with direct honesty, but balances pain with hope, 'Every single one of us has our share of burdens, some it seems, more than others. I have been blessed in that I have never had to bear mine alone.'
This book is recommended to anyone - black or white - who is interested in African-American history, but also in an enlightened story of one woman's determination to escape from the forced limitations of her early life.

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Nimbilasha was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1948, and now lives in Granger, Indiana, where she is active in her church, community work, and traveling for her personal enjoyment. This is her first book.

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Come This Way There Is An Exit is a deeply felt account of the girlhood of an African-American, Nimbilasha Cushing, who was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1948 as the sixth child of what she describes as a dirt-poor family of share-croppers . Her extremely revealing and very moving memoir in Eads, Tennessee, which is not without its touches of humour, reveals a life in the South in the 1960s which in many ways had not changed greatly for at least two generations. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in African-American history, black or white, even though they may find in it much to pain or disturb them. --Brian Dyde, author of A History of Antigua and other books on Caribbean history

The power of a truthful autobiography is that it makes historical generalizations real, and Nimbilasha Cushing s Come This Way--There s An Exit is a stellar instance of such immediacy. It is engrossing from start to finish: from the author s poverty, schooling, and work as a share-cropper s granddaughter; to her discovery of her true father; to her eventual determination to escape not from the memories and virtues of her people, but from the limitations of her early life; to her career and successful marriage. All these deeply felt experiences and suspenseful events provide constant page-turners. Cushing s style is fresh and unmannered. Her consistent willingness and ability to immerse herself in the common lot of her people, and yet share her personal feelings give her book an epic quality. The author is not the conventional epic hero of imposing stature who does deeds of valor with superhuman strength and help from Olympus. Rather she is the brave child and young woman who survives, while never forgetting those among whom she was born and borne forward. I strongly recommend this book to every American reader in both the North and the South. It is an enlightening memoir of a life that is alive on every page. --Mary C. Sullivan Professor Emerita, Literature The Rochester Institute of Technology

Cushing is a gifted storyteller, a skilled writer, with a powerful story to tell. Although deeply personal …there is much that is familiar in her memoir - the classic coming of age tale; the vulnerability and common mistreatment of black girls; exploitation of sharecroppers; Jim Crow; evil step-mother/siblings; stratification within the black community. But what sets her story apart is the infusion and inescapable presence of love and support - something that is entirely too often missing, understated or unacknowledged in African American literature. Yet LOVE is something that is most certainly a fundamental sentiment and characteristic of our community -- how else could we have survived the unspeakable horrors that we have collectively endured? Yes, we deceive, we fuss, we fight, we harm and sometimes we kill but surely we also care, nurture, support and love deeply. More than any other sentiment, the love shines through in Come This Way. --L. Ishem

I'm just about done reading Come this Way. I have been so moved by your life events. I have gotten upset, cried, and had my mouth to fly open with shock and dismay! I'm supposed to be working on taxes but I've found your book totally engrossing. Okay, I have now read the last chapter and hope you have started on writing the next third of your story. LOVE IT. Well done. --P. King

Come This Way... is a poignant story of a young girl who endured hardship growing up as part of a family of sharecroppers. She picked cotton from sunup to sundown in the late 50's to early 60's. The African- American family lived in a tiny four room house with no running water in the segregated South. This is a book that puts you in the author's shoes as if you are an observer living in the moment. It is a mesmerizing, well written, can't put down book. --L. Glass

Written smoothly, eloquently and honestly, this book invited me to be part of a childhood that was completely different from mine, that I could not have even imagined; that of a poor, black sharecropper's daughter in the south in the 1950's. This story illustrated that more than financial wealth, family is very important, as is love and forgiveness and gratitude and faith and strength. I could hear the author's little girl voice at times. I felt the heat, I felt exhausted from working in the fields with her, I felt how her little sister was part of her, how her Big Mama and Granddaddy made her feel loved, I felt her childlike boredom at the church revivals, I felt her fear, joy, little-girl giddiness, disappointment and embarrassment at other times too. And I had to laugh out loud at her attempts to raise her breasts like biscuits over the fire!! I remember trying such things myself! There must be some things that are universal about little girls growing up! LOVED this book! --Kris O.

Come This Way... is a poignant story of a young girl who endured hardship growing up as part of a family of sharecroppers. She picked cotton from sunup to sundown in the late 50's to early 60's. The African- American family lived in a tiny four room house with no running water in the segregated South. This is a book that puts you in the author's shoes as if you are an observer living in the moment. It is a mesmerizing, well written, can't put down book. --L. Glass

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