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Mississippi Sissy (Paperback)

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Mississippi Sissy is the stunning memoir from Kevin Sessums, a celebrity journalist who grew up scaring other children, hiding terrible secrets, pretending to be Arlene Frances and running wild in the South.

As he grew up in Forest, Mississippi, befriended by the family maid, Mattie May, he became a young man who turned the word "sissy" on its head, just as his mother taught him. In Jackson, he is befriended by Eudora Welty and journalist Frank Hains, but when Hains is brutally murdered in his antebellum mansion, Kevin's long road north towards celebrity begins. In his memoir, Kevin Sessums brings to life the pungent American south of the 1960s and the world of the strange little boy who grew there.

"Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure. Michael Cunningham

About the Author

Kevin Sessums was a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair magazine for fourteen years and at Allure magazine for four. He was also Executive Editor for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. His work has appeared in Elle, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Out, and Show People magazines. He was nominated for a Quill Award for his recording of the audiobook of Mississippi Sissy. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

"Sessums re-creates a colorful cast of characters. . . . [His] unique sensibility shines through . . . in his wonderful ear for language, and his eye for Southern foibles."--Elle


"A charming but bracingly unsentimental work . . . Utterly compelling."--People


"Heroic and heartfelt . . . [Sessums] describes situations with clarity and humility. . . .  With no small amount of wit and grace, he captures life then as he saw and heard it."--Christina Eng, San Francisco Chronicle


"With a patiently observant and chillingly sensual voice, Sessums has written an important memoir."--Matt Saldana, Jackson Free Press
"Mississippi Sissy is a book I've been waiting for most of my life. . . . Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure."--Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312341022
ISBN-10: 0312341024
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: March 4th, 2008
Pages: 305
Language: English