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ADD THESE MISSISSIPPI-CENTRIC BOOKS TO YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST

TEXT BY REBA J. MCMELLON

“THE STATE OF JONES,” of Mississippi to the other, and not “HISTORIC PHOTOS
BY SALLY JENKINS AND always in a good way. MISSISSIPPI,” TEXT AND
JOHN STAUFFER, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” is a CAPTIONS BY ANNE B.
$27.50, DOUBLEDAY. memoir of White’s time in federal MCKEE, $39.95, TURNER
“The State of Jones” prison for check kiting. The author PUBLISHING.
is based in Jones County makes a stab at adding new meaning to Authentic, historic and
during the Civil War. You white color crime. captivating, this book of
can’t have grown up in or lived around The strength of the book is less photography and text is an enjoyable
Mississippi long without hearing some- about White and more about the last pictorial history of Mississippi in
one refer to Jones County as “The Free leper colony in mainland America, chronological order. It begins in the
State of Jones.” It’s a great subject located in Carville, La., on the same 1860s and ends in 1976 when Gerald
and a great idea for a book. grounds as the federal prison. That part Ford campaigned in Mississippi.
The story enfolds Newton Knight, an is incredible. “Historic Photos of Mississippi”
antislavery farmer from Jones County. This book describes people and cir- includes interesting and fascinating
Knight deserted the Confederate Army cumstances most of us blindly miss. The facts that will both entertain and
and led an insurrection against the reader will find grace and the extraor- inform.
Confederacy from 1863 to 1865. dinary where it’s least expected and Included are the great flood of the
We’ve often heard that the Civil War will come away with a reminder of lov- 1920s, Johnny Carson as a student at
was a plantation owner’s war fought by ing your neighbor but not always trust- Millsaps College and an underground
planters. Known as strong independent ing them. nuclear explosion in Lamar County in
Irishmen, the citizens of Jones County Neil White lives in Oxford. 1964. This coffee table book is a must
decided against it. for Mississippi libraries.
Though meticulously researched, the “HIGHWAY 51: Anne B. McKee lives in Meridian.
book is a little rigid in style and lacks MISSISSIPPI HILL
an easy Southern flow. The authors COUNTRY,” PHOTO- “GREEDY BONES,” BY
weave in a personalized story using GRAPHS BY GLORIA CAROLYN HAINES,
Southern slang that comes off a little NORRIS, INTRODUCTION $24.99, ST. MARTIN’S
condescending. Knight sounds more like BY RICK BASS, $40, UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESS.
a hillbilly than a man from Ellisville. OF MISSISSIPPI. Just when you think
The authors included a lot of extempo- What do Nesbit, Tillatoba, Duck Hill, your brain’s about to
raneous war information, erring on the Winona, Pickens, Batesville and Canton explode, here comes a
side of an academic history book with have in common? Highway 51. From new installment of Carolyn Haines’
unnecessary words such as conscripted Memphis to Jackson, Highway 51 runs Bone series. Always a breath of fresh
and detritus and pestilential. through small town Mississippi. The 90 air, protagonist Sarah Booth Delaney
Sally Jenkins lives in New York City. photographs that make up this large, brings mystery and mischief to the
John Stauffer is chair and professor at color book are simple yet profound. Mississippi Delta in “Greedy Bones.”
Harvard University and lives in No text is necessary; the photos Whether you’re already a fan or
Cambridge, Mass. speak for themselves. newcomer, you’re sure to enjoy this
Gloria Norris was born in Holcomb in work of fiction. It’s hard to tell who
“IN THE SANCTUARY OF 1937, and graduated magna cum laude would be more entertaining, Sarah
OUTCASTS,” BY NEIL from the University of Southern Booth Delaney, P.I./actress or
WHITE, $25.99, Mississippi. She moved to New York City Mississippi author Carolyn Haines.
WILLIAM MORROW. and entered the literary world and has You can’t go wrong with either.
As the former publish- never lost her love for Mississippi. Carolyn Haines is from Lucedale,
er of New Orleans maga- “Highway 51; Mississippi Hill County” and has slid just across the state
zine, Coast magazine deserves a prominent place on the cof- line to Semmes, Ala. She teaches
and Coast Business Journal, Neil White fee table of all who appreciate genuine writing at the University of South
has arguably left his mark from one end rural life. Alabama.

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