Jimmie Meese Moomaw

    One small Mississippi town, a country store/service station, plenty of memorable characters, plus somewhat dysfunctional parents and assorted relatives shape the world of an only child growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s segregated South.

    Jimmie Meese Moomaw, the only child and author of "Southern Fried Child ... In Home Seeker’s Paradise," will read excerpts from her book at Merrehope in Meridian, at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

    Merrehope is located at 905 Martin Luther King Drive.

    "Southern Fried Child ... In Home Seeker’s Paradise" is a charming account of the unusual experiences of an unusual child. It opens a window into the stratified social and political ways of a small Southern town after World War II and before Brown v. Board of Education.

    A memoir in the vein of "A Girl Named Zippy," Haven Kimmel’s story of growing up in Middle America, "Southern Fried Child ... In Home Seeker’s Paradise" illustrates the closely held and unique Southern sense of place and family.

    Author Jimmie Meese Moomaw was born and raised in Brookhaven. Though she left Mississippi in the 1960s for graduate school in Illinois, she has never lost touch with her Southern roots.

    Moomaw taught communication courses on the college and university level for 40 years. Now retired from teaching, she is a political consultant, writer and popular public speaker living in Avondale Estates, Ga. 

    For more information, contact Betty Lou Jones at (601) 483-8439 or (601) 917-4344 or (601) 482-0166 or bebestuartjones@comcast.net.

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