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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Nicholas Narrator: Patricia R. Floyd Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Three-time Golden Globe nominated actress Denise Nicholas has won great acclaim for her debut novel. Spread out beside Celeste on the train is a paper entitled “How to Stay Alive in Mississippi.” A young, privileged black woman from Detroit, Celeste has begun to realize she knows as little about her race as her white ex-boyfriend. So she heads to the South “to shore up her own Negro-ness” by volunteering during the Freedom Summer.

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  • “Sometimes gorgeous, sometimes terrifying, this novel marks the debut of a talented writer.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zachary Perez | 2/14/2014

    " Thought provoking. I enjoyed the perspective of the main character as she entered a world different from hers, in culture, comforts, education as well as what it meant to be an African American woman during the civil rights struggle in Mississippi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becka | 2/8/2014

    " I did not realize how dangerous the Civil Rights Movement was in Mississippi... this book has opened my eyes to the depth and widespread racism that lay inherent in the South during the 60's - far more intense than history books ever painted it in my mind. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Staci | 2/8/2014

    " Though this book is essentially about black voter registration in Mississippi during the dangerous summer of 1964, it is also about one young woman's journey to find herself. Celeste Tyree lives in the insulated world of an upwardly mobile, ambitious father and a mother who runs from her own ethnicity. Traveling to Mississippi to set up a freedom school and help adults pass the voter registration test, Celeste's experiences with racism help her define who she is and challenge her resolve. Denise Nicholas takes an unflinching look at southern culture and racial interaction in the 1960's. It is uncomfortable at times but a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chuck | 2/7/2014

    " A fictional novel set in Mississippi during the turbulent Civil Rights year of 1964. It depicts the hatred present in this state during the Black voter registration campaign that wound up in the killings or injuring of many of these high minded college student workers and those attempting to register. A must read for anyone attempting to become familiar with this disgraceful period of our country's history. The right to vote; this novel is timely in certain respects. "

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About the Author

Denise Nicholas is an actor who starred in the TV series Room 222 and In the Heat of the Night, among many other TV, film, and theatrical productions. Freshwater Road is her first novel.