Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind

Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

 

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange’s daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O’Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.

Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell’s unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

 

 

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October 14, 2014| 5:30 PM| 404 E Main St Charlottesville, VA 22902

October 15, 2014| 12:00 PM| 3522 Wade Ave Raleigh, NC 27607

October 15, 2014| 6:30 PM| 220 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312

October 16, 2014| 7:00 PM| 6718 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN

October 17, 2014| 7:00 PM| Margaret Mitchell House| Atlanta, GA

October 22, 2014| 7:00 PM| 2289 Broadway at 82nd St., NY, N.Y.

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Daddy Doin’ Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood by Doyin Richards

Daddy Doin' Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood

Doyin Richards’ adventures in fatherhood have been documented on his blog, Daddy Doin’ Work. With this book, he answers questions about fatherhood that many women want to know in his no-nonsense, entertaining style. He urges new mothers to enter the minds of new dads, thereby changing their perception of what should be expected from a modern father. Richards exposes the manipulative secrets of deadbeat dads, offers practical tips to help hardworking dads understand that being a father encompasses more than paying the bills, and provides methods to ensure that amazing dads stay on track while inspiring more fathers to be just like them. Most importantly, women will be forced to take a long look in the mirror to determine if they are part of the solution or part of the problem in shaping the behavior of modern fathers.

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September 6, 2014| 2:00 PM| 210 Americana Way Glendale, CA
September 7, 2014| 2:00 PM| 7 Holyoke Street| Holyoke, MA
September 12, 2014| 7:00 PM| University of Maryland/ College Park
September 21, 2014| 2:00 PM| 55 Old Orchard Center| Skokie, IL
September 29, 2014 |7:00 PM|150 East 86th Street, New York, NY

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? a Memoir by George Clinton

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?

 

The long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest bandleaders, hit makers, and most influential pop artists of our time—known for over forty R&B hit singles—George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and R&B led to a barbershop quartet—literally, as Clinton and his friends also styled hair in the local shop—the way kids often got their musical start in the ’50s. But how many kids like that ended up playing to tens of thousands of rabid fans alongside a diaper-clad guitarist? How many of them commissioned a spaceship and landed it onstage during concerts? How many put their stamp on four decades of pop music, from the mind-expanding sixties to the hip-hop-dominated nineties and beyond?

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October 21, 2014| 7:00 PM| 4237 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

October 22, 2014| 8:00 PM| 3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

October 25, 2014| 2:00 PM| 279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA

October 27, 2014| 6:30 PM| Museum of the Moving Image| 36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY

October 28, 2014| 6:30 PM| 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY

October 29, 2014| 7:00 PM| 5th & 42nd St, New York, NY

October 31, 2014| 7:00 PM| 10th Street NW & Constitution Ave NW, Washington D.C.