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Author: Jim Grimsley Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781622315734
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This acclaimed novelist, who grew up in North Carolina attending a federally mandated integrated public school, revisits that school and those times. He remembers his own reaction to his first real exposure to black children and their culture, and his gro Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Looking back some forty years later, acclaimed writer Grimsley offers a beautifully written coming-of-age recollection from the era of racial desegregation.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “In this sensitive memoir, Grimsley probes the past to discover what and how he learned about race, equality and democracy ‘from the good white people’ in his family and community.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “We want a new world. We long for it, but we do not know what it will be nor what it will demand of us. The boy in this narrative is becoming a man in a time of enormous change, and his point of view is like a razor cutting through a callous. Painful and healing. Forthright and enormously engaging. This is a book to collect and share and treasure.”

    Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina

  • “In all his beautiful works, Jim Grimsley has told hard, hidden truths in luminous, subtle prose. Here, he renders history not on the grand, sociological scale, where it is usually written, but on very personal terms, where it is lived…But Grimsley’s book illuminates a very large theme—the shadow old evil casts upon the young…Exquisite.”

    Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet

  • “Jim Grimsley’s unflinching self-examination of his own boyhood racial prejudices during the era of school desegregation is one of the most compelling memoirs of recent years. Vivid, precise, and utterly honest, How I Shed My Skin is a time-machine of sorts, a reminder that our past is every bit as complex as our present, and that broad cultural changes are often intimate, personal, and idiosyncratic.”

    Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Jim Grimsley is the author of four previous novels, among them Winter Birds, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; Dream Boy, winner of the GLBTF Book Award for literature; My Drowning, a Lila-Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award winner; and Comfort and Joy. He lives in Atlanta and teaches at Emory University.

About the Narrator

Henry Leyva, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio