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After getting raped by her employer's husband at the age of eleven, "Cat", as Ida Mae Holland was known, became a rebel, getting expelled from high school, turning to prostitution, serving jail time for shoplifting and assault. But when she stumbled across the civil rights movement, the troublemaker found herself developing into a leader — on the front lines of marches and protests, facing police dogs and water hoses, being beaten and jailed again and again, all in a struggle for freedom. The dream soon turned into a nightmare, however, as Cat's family suffered the cruelest retribution at the hands of white bigots that she could ever have imagined.

Holland's ability to persevere — and several lucky turns of events — let to triumphs as well. After receiving a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Holland now says, "I've been a whore, I've been a thief, and I've been a street fighter. This book is for anyone who wants a better life." By turns harrowing and hilarious, From the Mississippi Delta tells her remarkable coming-of-age story in a prose as black and hot as the fires that ravaged her dreams.

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"She carries us into the lives that she and Mama and their neighbors lived, illustrating not only the obstacles the SNCC organizers faced but also the heroism they found and the ultimate price that some people paid....A magnetic memoir....No one with a sense of history and humanity — no one who has been as far down as Holland says she was, who has had helping hands as Holland has had, who had a Mama like hers — can read her book with dry eyes." The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Kay Mills

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"Holland has an infallible ear for the emotional pace of a scene, letting the horror be just blunt enough for just long enough, then segueing into the release of laughter." Time

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"Holland passes her strength and inspiration on to others with humor, tremendous insight, and astounding candor. Holland's powerful and inspiring story of her life is truly a gift to readers." Booklist

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"The gritty and inspiring book...is so raw it just about breaks your heart to read it." David Nocholson, The Washington Post

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After being raped by a white employer at the age of 11, Holland became a rebel, turning to prostitution and delinquency. But when she stumbled across the civil rights movement, the trouble-maker found herself developing into a leader — only to encounter the cruelest retribution at the hands of white bigots that she could ever have imagined.

About the Author

Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Southern California's Shool of Theater and Gender Studies program. She has authored several plays, including From the Mississippi Delta, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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sweetpea12120, December 12, 2007 (view all comments by sweetpea12120)
An inspiring account of one woman's struggle to "be somebody". Must read! Probably the most interesting and inspirational book I've ever read. *****
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781556523410
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Holland, Endesha Ida Mae
Author:
Mae Holland, PH. D.
Author:
Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Ph.D.
Author:
Holland, Endesha Ida Mae
Author:
Mae Holland, Ph.D., Endesha Ida
Author:
Mae Holland, Endesha Ida, PH.D.
Publisher:
Lawrence Hill Books
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Afro-American women
Subject:
Civil rights workers
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Greenwood
Subject:
Delta
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Delta (Miss.: Region)
Subject:
African Americans--Civil rights
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 637
Publication Date:
19990301
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
334
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in 0.70 lb

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Product details 334 pages Lawrence Hill Books - English 9781556523410 Reviews:
"Review" by , "She carries us into the lives that she and Mama and their neighbors lived, illustrating not only the obstacles the SNCC organizers faced but also the heroism they found and the ultimate price that some people paid....A magnetic memoir....No one with a sense of history and humanity — no one who has been as far down as Holland says she was, who has had helping hands as Holland has had, who had a Mama like hers — can read her book with dry eyes."
"Review" by , "Holland has an infallible ear for the emotional pace of a scene, letting the horror be just blunt enough for just long enough, then segueing into the release of laughter."
"Review" by , "Holland passes her strength and inspiration on to others with humor, tremendous insight, and astounding candor. Holland's powerful and inspiring story of her life is truly a gift to readers."
"Review" by , "The gritty and inspiring book...is so raw it just about breaks your heart to read it."
"Synopsis" by , After being raped by a white employer at the age of 11, Holland became a rebel, turning to prostitution and delinquency. But when she stumbled across the civil rights movement, the trouble-maker found herself developing into a leader — only to encounter the cruelest retribution at the hands of white bigots that she could ever have imagined.
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