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  • Title: The Dry Grass of August
  • Author: Anna Jean Mayhew
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  • In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the woman who means the world to her.On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen year old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation.In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the woman who means the world to her.On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen year old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family s black maid, Mary Luther For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father s rages and her mother s benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally.Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti integration signs they pass, and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence.Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us from child to adult, from wounded to indomitable A beautiful book that fans of The Help will enjoy Karen White, New York Times bestselling author Mayhew keeps the story taut, thoughtful and complex, elevating it from the throng of coming of age books Publishers Weekly A must read for fans of The Help Woman s World Written with unusual charm, wonderful dialogue, and a deeply felt sense of time and place, The Dry Grass of August is a book for adults and young people both a beautifully written literary novel that is a real page turner, I have to add Fast, suspenseful, and meaningful I read this book straight through Lee Smith, author of Last Girls and Fair and Tender Ladies Because the novel is totally true to Jubie s point of view, it generates gripping drama as we watch her reach beyond authority to question law and order Booklist A masterful work of blending time and place The Charlotte Observer A beautifully written and important novel Set in the 1950s South, it deals with race relations in an original, powerful way It s also a great story about complicated family relationships, told with humor, delicacy, and penetrating insight I wish I had written this book Angela Davis Gardner, author of Butterfly s Child Anna Jean Mayhew has a true ear for Southern speech.The Dry Grass of August is a carefully researched, beautifully written, quietly told tale of love and despair and a look backward at the way it was back then in the South The Pilot Southern Pines, North Carolina Deeply felt, lasting relationships formed in the mid 20th century South between white families and the African American women who took care of them In The Dry Grass of August, Mayhew explores the love and conflicting loyalties in one such extended family, adult and child, black and white She does so with honesty and sympathy, intimate knowledge and valuable perspective, as well as beautiful writing This is an important story about the Southern experience and the women who helped to form the American generation now at the peak of its powers.
    The Dry Grass of August In this beautifully written debut Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the wo

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    1. Onvan The Dry Grass of August Nevisande Anna Jean Mayhew ISBN 758254091 ISBN13 9780758254092 Dar 289 Safhe Saal e Chap 2011

    2. The dry grass of August in a really interesting and engaging novel and while a lot of people seem to be comparing it in one way or another to The Help, I am not going to do this as I feel this book needs to be read and enjoyed in its own right I bought the paperback edition and I love the cover and the quality of this publication and this is is the reason I still love my physical books The Dry Grass of August takes place in 1954 in Charlotte, North Carolina and tells the story of 13 year old Jub [...]

    3. I thought this was one of the worst books I have ever read I can appreciate the attempt the author took on, but I feel it was sub standard to be quite blunt For me, it was like a soap opera First, this story has been told over and over, and it has been told much better than this one So, here you go it has a dysfunctional family, child abuse, childhood emotional neglect, attempted sexual abuse of a house maid, criminal business practices, marital infidelity, substance abuse, racism, racial injust [...]

    4. I almost couldn t put down this novel set in the segregated South in the early 1950s Mayhew s first and wouldn t have if it weren t for that pesky thing called a job The story of the summer that 13 year old June Jubie Watts comes of age is a breathtaking glimpse into the relationship between a black maid and her white charges Like the best selling The Help, Mayhew breaks new ground exploring the dynamics of this relationship When an unspeakably tragic event occurs, Jubie is forced to follow her [...]

    5. This book was so good The main character is Jubie, a 13 year old girl living in Charlotte, North Carolina in the late 1950s Two stories are told one is Jubie s trip down South with her, mother, her siblings and their black maid Mary The other story is back story, to learn about their family Secrets are revealed in the back story that make you understand things happening on the trip much better Plus, the deep racism of 1950s Florida and Georgia heighten the tension to it s inevitable climax I li [...]

    6. I felt this book was a solid three star read, and it was certainly a quick read I love the title and the imagery it conjures up It is beautifully written and I think if Mayhew s book had come out prior to The Help, I might have given it a higher rating The topics are very similar in the two books, however, I have to say I did not feel a huge connection between any of the characters in Dry Grass of August None of them seem to really delve into anything below the surface The main character suffers [...]

    7. 3 and 1 2 stars I think I m giving out 3 and 1 2 stars for what are basically 3 star books, if only to make sure review readers know that I did like a 3 star book I bought this book while I was on vacation in North Carolina last week, as I like to go into the local independents and see what is regionally of interest This was recommended to me by the owner, who said it was well written, after she asked me what I liked to read Literary fiction was my answer Not only is it well written, but the ch [...]

    8. I picked this up because of the cover I know the rule is don t judge a book by its cover, but I do Not always, I mean if it sounds good but has a stupid cover whatever, but I love good looking books Also titles I love me a good title This book, has both of those things, plus, it happens to be a very well written novel It reminded me a little bit of The Secret Life of Bees mixed with The Help and Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Those are all stories that I liked, and I enjoyed this one as [...]

    9. If you read and enjoyed The Help , you must read this book It s part coming of age story about Jubie Watts, a 13 year old North Carolinian and part story about Southerners white and black during the early days of civil right movement Like The Help s Mae Moebly, Jubie s mother, Pauly, is distant, leaving her to find love and acceptance from the family s girl , Mary, just as Mae Moebly found love and acceptance from the family maid, Aibileene.Things are not right in the Watts household Jubie s par [...]

    10. Mayhew s debut novel is a story of racism in the 1950 s South, a coming of age novel, and a look at a family falling apart Jubie June Bentley Watts is our 13 year old narrator, growing up in an upper middle class family in Charlotte NC with her three siblings Her life, to this point, is centered on family and school she is aware of change in the world, yet still somewhat sheltered by her age and the adults around her But a family vacation to visit her Uncle Taylor in Pensacola will open her eyes [...]

    11. First I listened to the audio version, and I thought the narrator was stellar I think sometimes that can make a huge difference When I m undecided about reading a book, I go straight to the panning reviews for some reason that I haven t bothered to analyze, these are often helpful maybe it s just that I m slightly cynical myself The first one star review that I read identified the likely audience, and really nailed me, personally grew up in the fifties in Missouri, clearly remember the year our [...]

    12. There are novels that should be included in a collection of Southern literature before and during the struggles of the African American to gain basic civil rights in our country, and this novel should be a part of that collection Each novel that I value as a part of my collection tells a different and important part of that story To Kill a Mockingbird, Four Spirits, and The Help are three others that I value As in The Help, this novel focuses on the hard life of being a domestic in the white wor [...]

    13. It s the 1950 s in Charlotte, NC and 13 year old Jubie and her family minus her father and plus their black maid Mary are on their way to Florida for a family vacation On their way, Jubie takes note of increase in segregation and hostilities towards Mary, whom Jubie adores The trip does not end well, as manifested in the first couple of chapters, the rest of the book being a flash back of incidences that occur to their family down in Florida and on their way back home I did not like this book at [...]

    14. Written about a family road trip taken in early 1950 s, kids crammed in back, along withthe colored girl hired to help with the kids, being turned away from motels because they didn t allow colored You love the characters and are taken a step back in time.

    15. Any complaints about this may relate to all popular fiction Most of the complaints start with the words Why on earth I suppose the point of this book is the many degrees forms of racism at a turning point in US history, after Brown v Board of Education Jubie and her family minus the father but plus the saintly black maid, Mary travel from Charlotte, NC to the Florida panhandle to visit Uncle Taylor We see the indignities of separate and definitely unequal bathrooms, restaurants, and sleeping acc [...]

    16. Review by Sarah The Dry Grass of August is Anna Jean Mayhew s debut novel about 1950s southern racism seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old white girl When thirteen year old Jubie Watts embarks on a road trip with her mother, siblings, and the family s black maid named Mary, Jubie witnesses in full effect how racism becomes prevalent driving from North Carolina to Florida When tragedy befalls Mary, Jubie is confronted with the rudest awakening to just how horrible and evil the world can [...]

    17. I was sent an ARC of this one by the publisher Yesterday I started thumbing through 3 hours later, I was still reading, mesmerized An authentic look at the South of the 50s, the novel is a truly beautiful, page turner of a story The young narrator s voice is perfect, not so innocent that the events around her are missed But so much of what happened in that part of the country my home, FYI was just plain hard to figure out for anyone What at first glance might seem like another Help knock off, is [...]

    18. I loved young Jubie her honor, her courage, her fearless love for Mary Yes, I enjoyed the character of Jubie Her mother, not so much her father, not at all her older sister didn t like her so much either So the book is centered around life in the Carolina s during the 50 s and how one young girl survived It also paints a picture of life for a white wife and family during this time and it s not all Leave it to Beaver I ve heard others compare it to The Help Maybe a little, but I believe this book [...]

    19. 3.5 stars Since I love historical fiction and books told from a young narrator s perspective, this book was right up my alley Jubie is 13 in the summer of 1954, a middle child whose body is rapidly maturing while emotionally she still feels like a little girl On the surface, her family seems ideal with four children, a successful father, and a beautiful stay at home mom But, of course, under the surface things are not well The only person who really pays positive attention to Jubie is the family [...]

    20. What a wonderful book I loved that it was about the civil rights, although told from the perspective of a young teenage white girl, it had such a gritty feel and brought up several interesting points No one has ever thought about how the children in the care of a colored nanny feel that I have read a book about No one talks about the love, the bond these servants formed with the youngest members of the household and I loved that it treated such a sad and hard time of our history with such aplomb [...]

    21. The Dry Grass of August is Anna Jean Mayhew s first book and it reminded me a lot of the book, The Secret Life of Bees Dry Grass is well written, though not as lyrical as Secret Life However, both books provide a front row viewing of how white people treated black people in the late 50s early 60s Even though Secret Life described a terrible time in American history, because the majority of the main characters were people with incredible souls and personalities, it was an easier book to read than [...]

    22. Wow, this was a fantastic debut novel by Anna Jean Mayhew It has been compared to The Help and The Secret Life of Bees To be honest, I loved The Help but was completely ambivalent about the Secret Life of Bees I think that happens to me when there is so much hype about a book that my expectations are too high and are never met But, I digress The Dry Grass of August is a true coming of age story about 13 year old Jubie Watts whose life is turned upside down by a tragic event that takes place on a [...]

    23. I loved this book A wonderful debut novel It is the summer of 1953 and 13 year old Jubie from Charlotte, North Carolina sets off on a family trip with their black maid heading down south to Florida There are two stories told thru her eyes One, is the travels down south and the deep rooted racism of the time and things they encounter The other, is a family story of secrets and lies If you enjoyed The Help you will like this book although it is a family story.

    24. I happened upon this author and her book in our local library and I m so glad that I did A novel of coming of age, family and race relations in the South It could have been the story of many families Great read and I look forward to from this talented author.

    25. This book is about racism in the 1950s from the perspective of a 13 year caucasian girl named Jubie who starts to question the racism around her during this time.Quick read but definitely a heartwrenching tear jerker I would definitely recommend this book.

    26. The story begins in 1954 The Watts are a fairly comfortable and well respected family living in Charlotte, North Carolina William Watts stays behind as his wife, Paula, his children Jubie, Stell, Puddin, Davey and the maid, Mary, leave in their Packard and drive off for a vacation at the home of Paula s brother As they travel south, 14 year old Jubie June Watts , becomes and aware that the maid, Mary Luther, is not welcome in many places, and actually, although they professed to have separate [...]

    27. Listened to this audiobook on several shorter car trips and really enjoyed the story and the main character June I was sad when it finished, but satisfied with the ending.

    28. A Riveting, Heart Wrenching Tale You Won t Forget From the very first page, we are introduced to Miss June Bentley Watts affectionately known as Jubie , an older than her years thirteen year old who is maturing through the early 1950 s with little to no help from her dysfunctional family The Watts family unit includes her quick tempered, abusive Father Bill, her neglectful, demanding Mother Paula and three siblings older Sister, Stell , younger Sister, Carolina, better known as Puddin and baby B [...]

    29. Anna Jean Mayhew s The Dry Grass of August takes place in 1954 in Charlotte, North Carolina and tells the story of young Jubie Watts and the close relationship she has with her black maid Mary, despite the blatant racism and prejudices that surround her This book started out slowly, introducing Jubie s home life an abusive alcoholic father, an apathetic and out of touch mother, and a black maid who serves as her primary caretaker and single resource for affection and love Mayhew s story meanders [...]

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