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I have just finished Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South. I LOVE the book. I can relate to it so much. I grew up in western North Carolina and still live here. The words used by my elders, I so remember, and miss to some extent. I was raised Freewill Baptist, and so much of my past from church I could identify with. Great read, from one southerner to another southerner. The book brought back a lot of memories.

Betty Baker
Alexander, NC

My admiration began with The Bookmaker's Daughter, read while I was still a resident of my beloved New York City. Now I'm eighteen years back on the family farm in east Texas where there is little farm and no family relations.
Tonight I resumed reading Womenfolks with interest and identification, only to find that page after page had turned-down corners. Yet its meaning seems new.
How I love sharing the feelings that Ms. Abbott's experiences repaint from my unrealized life. I'd love to talk with her over a cup (no--a pot) of coffee!  

Linda A. Adler
Marshall, TX

Reading Womenfolks was a satisfying experience for me. I am just a few years younger than the author, but her narrative of her family history was so similar to mine that I could have just substituted my own names and it would have been my family history. She did a masterful job of connecting all of the various subtle aspects of Southern life. Toward the end of the book, she talks about the girls who didn't have the necessary attributes to attract husbands at an early age and therefore had to choose another path. What she didn't mention was that the girls who were able to marry "successfully" perhaps missed out on personal fulfillment in order to conform to the societal role that was expected of them. Life is always a tradeoff!

Nancy S. Willis
Inverness, IL