Bearing Witness: Not So Crazy in Alabama

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When Carla Thompson, a Harlem native, landed in Montgomery, Ala., she knew she was in for an adventure. "Bearing Witness: Not So Crazy in Alabama" chronicles her journeys through the jungle of higher education, holidays with the relatives, and the world of churching. Each new adventure brings a cast of characters as varied as the patches on grandma's quilt -- from the itty bitty beauty queen to the wheelchair-bound whiz kid.

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Carla Thompson is an award-winning free-lance writer living in New York City. Visit her web site, www.cwritesabook.com.

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Disappointed by her efforts to launch a writing career in L.A., Thompson accepted her mother's invitation to return to the family's roots in Montgomery, Alabama. Expecting to find small-town boredom and backward southern folk, Thompson settles into teaching at local colleges where she figures the locals will be dazzled with her experiences in New York and L.A. She finds "an uneasy mixture of civil rights and Confederate landmarks," but she also finds a rich assortment of people who have as much to teach her as she thinks she has to teach them. She is wry and witty in her observations about the entanglements of family politics and color differences among black folks, as well as her self-realizations. An avowed conservative Republican, Thompson offers a fresh perspective on race and class in a changing American South. Vanessa Bush
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