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Reader's Digest Select Editions, Vol 140: A Redbird Christmas / Dear Senator (Large Print)
Reader's Digest Select Editions Vol 140 A Redbird Christmas / Dear Senator - Large Print Author:Fannie Flagg, Essie Mae Washington-Williams A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg — Lured by a brochure his doctor gives him after informing him that his emphysema has left him with scarcely a year to live, 52-year-old Oswald T. Campbell abandons wintry Chicago for Lost River, Alabama, where he believes he'll be spending his last Christmas. — Frances Cleverdon, one of four widows and thre... more »e single women in town, hopes to fix him up with her sister, Mildred. if only Mildred wouldn't keep dying her hair outrageous colors every few days. Frances and Oswald become involved in the life of Patsy Casey, an abandoned young girl with a crippled leg. As Christmas approaches, the townspeople and neighboring communities even the Creoles, whose long-standing feud with everybody else keeps them on the other side of the river rally round shy, sweet Patsy.
Dear Senator by Essie Mae Washington-Williams
"Every girl wants her daddy," says the recently revealed daughter of an affair between 23-year-old Strom Thurmond and the family's 15-year-old black maid, "and I wanted mine." In this surprising and sometimes poignant memoir, Washington-Williams reveals how, when she was 16, she learned that her real father was "a handsome, charming, and rich white lawyer."
Washington-Williams was raised by an aunt; her biological mother, who died at 38 in a hospital's poverty ward, rarely appears. But Washington-Williams fashions her a kind of love story: "I knew [Thurmond] loved my mother. I believed he loved me, after his fashion." His fashion, as he lives out his political career governor, presidential candidate, senator involves surreptitious visits marked by vacuous advice and extravagant gifts. Much that others might have found bitter is given a rosy spin: as a great-aunt remembers slavery, "The massahs all looked after their children, no matter who birthed them." As Washington-Williams has it, Robert E. Lee was a "great American" and "Strom Thurmond turned out to be right about a lot of things, though segregation wasn't one of them." Washington-Williams asserts, "I am every bit as white as I am black, and it is my full intention to drink the nectar of both goblets," and notes that she has sought to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy.« less