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Mississippi Sissy - Kevin Sessums

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Published: 4th March 2008
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"Mississippi Sissy "is destined to become an American classic In a book that echoes the time-honored fiction of Harper Lee and Flannery O'Connor and memoirs by Mary Karr and Augusten Burroughs, Kevin Sessums brings the American South and the experiences of a strange little Mississippi boy to life.

"A charming but bracingly unsentimental work . . . Utterly compelling." --People "What a writer! What honesty! Kevin Sessums seamlessly weaves his heart-breaking, funny, outrageous, can't-put-it-down story." --Ellen DeGeneres"Mississippi Sissy is a book I've been waiting for most of my life, though I didn't fully understand that fact until I read [it]...Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure." --Michael Cunningham"Mississippi Sissy manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, often in the same moment. Kevin Sessums not only has a great story to tell, he is a great storyteller." --Carole Radziwill"Sessums re-creates a colorful cast of characters. . . . [His] unique sensibility shines through . . . in his wonderful ear for language, and his eye for Southern foibles." --Elle"Heroic and heartfelt . . . [Sessums] describes situations with clarity and humility. . . . With no small amount of wit and grace, he captures life then as he saw and heard it." --Christina Eng, San Francisco Chronicle"With a patiently observant and chillingly sensual voice, Sessums has written an important memoir." --Matt Saldana, Jackson Free Press"Mississippi Sissy is an unforgettable memoir. I think it will strike a strong chord with many, many readers. It's a far different book than ""Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,"" but it cast the same kind of spell over me while I was reading it." --Mark Childress"Kevin Sessums is a brilliant writer. He is also a courageous one. Mississippi Sissy is beautifully told - hilarious yet harrowing, tragic yet inspiring. This book will deeply touch anyone who has ever felt different, which means every single one of us." --E. Lynn Harris"The depth of the writing equals the depth of his wounds and yet there is an optimism, a surviving instinct, an honesty and an incredible dignity throughout. This book is very powerful!" --Diane Von Furstenberg"I could not put Kevin Sessums memoir down. A young, white, gay boy, who grew up in a whirl and survived the injustices of class and prejudice, Sessums lyrically, narrates his escape from this tyranny of southern hate. This is the story of an angel with asbestos skin. Were this fiction, it would be on a par with John Kennedy Toole's The Confederacy of Dunces." --Andre Leon Talley, Editor at Large, Vogue"Wow! What a book! I was both shocked and moved by it. It is said that an unexamined life is not worth living. Kevin Sessums examines his with wisdom and humor and a true writer's sense of grace. This book will create more than the proverbial buzz. It will cause a sensation." --David Geffen"I was so moved by Kevin Sessums's funny, sad evocation of his childhood and teenage years in Mississippi Sissy. His youthful instinct for finding the theatrical, musical, and literary locals who opened his eyes to the outside world that he yearned to know about is wonderfully touching." --Dominick Dunne"Mississippi Sissy manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, often in the same moment. It is a poignant story of innocence and sexuality; tragedy and courage. But it is ultimately a tale of perseverance of the human spirit. Kevin Sessums not only has a great story to tell, he is a great storyteller." --Carole Radziwill"Gutsy, moving, richly-textured and immensely funny revelation, and a precisely remembered evocation of the southern political and cultural landscape in the 60s and 70s." --Patti Carr Black" A charming but bracingly unsentimental work . . . Utterly compelling. People What a writer! What honesty! Kevin Sessums seamlessly weaves his heart-breaking, funny, outrageous, can't-put-it-down story. Ellen DeGeneres Mississippi Sissy is a book I've been waiting for most of my life, though I didn't fully understand that fact until I read [it]...Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure. Michael Cunningham Mississippi Sissy manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, often in the same moment. Kevin Sessums not only has a great story to tell, he is a great storyteller. Carole Radziwill Sessums re-creates a colorful cast of characters. . . . [His] unique sensibility shines through . . . in his wonderful ear for language, and his eye for Southern foibles. Elle Heroic and heartfelt . . . [Sessums] describes situations with clarity and humility. . . . With no small amount of wit and grace, he captures life then as he saw and heard it. Christina Eng, San Francisco Chronicle With a patiently observant and chillingly sensual voice, Sessums has written an important memoir. Matt Saldana, Jackson Free Press Mississippi Sissy is an unforgettable memoir. I think it will strike a strong chord with many, many readers. It's a far different book than ""Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,"" but it cast the same kind of spell over me while I was reading it. Mark Childress Kevin Sessums is a brilliant writer. He is also a courageous one. Mississippi Sissy is beautifully told - hilarious yet harrowing, tragic yet inspiring. This book will deeply touch anyone who has ever felt different, which means every single one of us. E. Lynn Harris The depth of the writing equals the depth of his wounds and yet there is an optimism, a surviving instinct, an honesty and an incredible dignity throughout. This book is very powerful! Diane Von Furstenberg I could not put Kevin Sessums memoir down. A young, white, gay boy, who grew up in a whirl and survived the injustices of class and prejudice, Sessums lyrically, narrates his escape from this tyranny of southern hate. This is the story of an angel with asbestos skin. Were this fiction, it would be on a par with John Kennedy Toole's The Confederacy of Dunces. Andre Leon Talley, Editor at Large, Vogue Wow! What a book! I was both shocked and moved by it. It is said that an unexamined life is not worth living. Kevin Sessums examines his with wisdom and humor and a true writer's sense of grace. This book will create more than the proverbial buzz. It will cause a sensation. David Geffen I was so moved by Kevin Sessums's funny, sad evocation of his childhood and teenage years in Mississippi Sissy. His youthful instinct for finding the theatrical, musical, and literary locals who opened his eyes to the outside world that he yearned to know about is wonderfully touching. Dominick Dunne Mississippi Sissy manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, often in the same moment. It is a poignant story of innocence and sexuality; tragedy and courage. But it is ultimately a tale of perseverance of the human spirit. Kevin Sessums not only has a great story to tell, he is a great storyteller. Carole Radziwill Gutsy, moving, richly-textured and immensely funny revelation, and a precisely remembered evocation of the southern political and cultural landscape in the 60s and 70s. Patti Carr Black"" Sessums re-creates a colorful cast of characters. . . . [His] unique sensibility shines through . . . in his wonderful ear for language, and his eye for Southern foibles. "Elle" A charming but bracingly unsentimental work . . . Utterly compelling. "People" Heroic and heartfelt . . . [Sessums] describes situations with clarity and humility. . . . With no small amount of wit and grace, he captures life then as he saw and heard it. "Christina Eng, San Francisco Chronicle" With a patiently observant and chillingly sensual voice, Sessums has written an important memoir. "Matt Saldana, Jackson Free Press" "Mississippi Sissy" is a book I've been waiting for most of my life. . . . Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure. "Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours"" "Sessums re-creates a colorful cast of characters. . . . [His] unique sensibility shines through . . . in his wonderful ear for language, and his eye for Southern foibles.""--Elle""" "A charming but bracingly unsentimental work . . . Utterly compelling."--"People""" "Heroic and heartfelt . . . [Sessums] describes situations with clarity and humility. . . . With no small amount of wit and grace, he captures life then as he saw and heard it."--Christina Eng, "San Francisco Chronicle""" "With a patiently observant and chillingly sensual voice, Sessums has written an important memoir."--Matt Saldana, "Jackson"" Free Press" ""Mississippi Sissy" is a book I've been waiting for most of my life. . . . Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure."--Michael Cunningham, author of "The Hours" "Sessums re-creates a colorful cast of characters. . . . [His] unique sensibility shines through . . . in his wonderful ear for language, and his eye for Southern foibles.""--Elle""" "A charming but bracingly unsentimental work . . . Utterly compelling."--"People""" "Heroic and heartfelt . . . [Sessums] describes situations with clarity and humility. . . . With no small amount of wit and grace, he captures life then as he saw and heard it."--Christina Eng, "San Francisco Chronicle""" "With a patiently observant and chillingly sensual voice, Sessums has written an important memoir."--Matt Saldana, "Jackson"" Free Press" ""Mississippi Sissy" is a book I've been waiting for most of my life. . . . Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure."--Michael Cunningham, author of "The Hours"

ISBN: 9780312341022
ISBN-10: 0312341024
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 305
Published: 4th March 2008
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.36