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How I Shed My Skin

(2015)
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In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in the same public school he had attended for the five previous years, in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But he knew that the first day of this school year was going to be different: For the first time he'd be in a classroom with black children. That was the year federally mandated integration of the schools went into effect, at first allowing students to change schools through "freedom of choice", replaced two years later by forced integration.

For Jim, going to one of the private schools that almost immediately sprang up was not an option: His family was too poor to consider paying tuition, and while they shared the community's dismay over the mixing of the races, they had bigger, more immediate problems to contend with. Now, over 40 years later, Grimsley, a critically acclaimed novelist, revisits that school and those times, remembering his own personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and to his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes. How I Shed My Skin is both true and deeply moving, an important work that takes listeners inside those classrooms and onto the playing fields as, ever so tentatively, alliances were forged and friendships established.



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Hardback Editions

April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood
Author(s): Jim Grimsley
ISBN: 1-61620-376-5 / 978-1-61620-376-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood
Author(s): Jim Grimsley
ISBN: 1-61620-534-2 / 978-1-61620-534-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Audio Editions

April 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood
Author(s): Jim Grimsley
ISBN: 1-62231-572-3 / 978-1-62231-572-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: How I Shed My Skin: A Memoir of Integration
Author(s): Grimsley Jim
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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April 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: How I Shed My Skin: A Memoir of Integration
Author(s): Grimsley Jim
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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April 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: How I Shed My Skin: A Memoir of Integration
Author(s): Grimsley Jim
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood
Author(s): Jim Grimsley
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU