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Power in the blood : land, memory, and a southern family

by Mays, John Bentley.

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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North Versailles Public Library Non-Fiction 975.04 MAYS
Location  North Versailles Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  975.04 MAYS
From one of Canada's most respected and bestselling authors comes a beautifully written chronicle of his odyssey through the American South and rediscovery of his family heritage. of photos.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "What engendered the writing of this poignant family history was the 1990 death of the author's aunt in her hometown of Greenwood, Louisiana. In a lovely, mellifluent style, Mays chronicles what amounted to a sea change for him. Upon his departure from the South of his childhood, he had substituted small-town life for urban life, and even substituted this country for another--Canada. He had "wanted to unmoor [him]self from the rural South of [his] upbringing, particularly the thicket of taboo and restriction hedging in all hierarchical societies rooted in the land." But in returning to Louisiana many years later to deal with Aunt Vandalia's death and estate, Mays found himself unwittingly undergoing a serious reappreciation of "the powers in ancestral blood to teach and warn, lead and heal." With his memory as compass, he traveled around the South, visiting the places lived in by 10 generations of his ancestors and revivifying their lives and times, "walking a path toward a beauty [he] had almost lost." --Brad Hooper"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Toronto Globe and Mail art critic Mays spent his early childhood on a Louisiana cotton plantation. The death of a reclusive widowed aunt in 1990 took him back, at age 49, triggering a search for roots. Mays describes himself as a Southerner at heart, contending that despite his embrace of modernist art and literature and of an urbanized Northern mentality, the Old South's traditions of civility and devotion to the land have indelibly molded his character. This intensely personal, elegiac memoir has the makings of a Southern Gothic¬Ďan alcoholic father whose death in 1947 may have been a murder; his mother's agonizing death from cancer; the author's chronic depression, his breakdown and recovery on an island off the coast of Ireland. Mays focuses on family genealogy, beginning with an Anglican minister who arrived in Virginia in 1610, through several generations of Methodist planters, merchants, lawyers, teachers, Confederate soldiers and politicians from the Carolinas to east Texas. Mays's evocative portrait speaks volumes about the Old South and its pull on the modern imagination. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mays, John Bentley -- Travel -- Southern States.
Mays, John Bentley -- Childhood and youth.
May family.
Greenwood (N.C.) -- Biography.
Southern States -- History.
Southern States -- Social life and customs.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins,1997
Language English
Description xii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-283).
ISBN 0060182695
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