FW: Alabamiana from NewSouth Books: intriguing blend of history/memoir
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Suzanne La Rosa <Suzanne@...>
09/28/2005 09:55 AM
..... a new title from NewSouth Books, called Deep Family. This book has
just shipped into our warehouse. I believe it will be of some interest
For your further information: Dallas Read, the 93 year-old co-author of
this book, comes to Montgomery for a reception in her honor at the
historic Mary Baldwin House on Sunday, 10/16 (2pm, at 402 S. Perry
Street). The event is co-sponsored by Landmarks Foundation. Would love
to have you join us there.
Suzanne La Rosa
Publisher, NewSouth Books
PO Box 1588, Montgomery, AL 36102
334-538-1951 (ph); 334-834-3557 (fax)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ? SEPTEMBER 2005
For information, contact Suzanne La Rosa / suzanne@...
History, gossip, name-dropping
and personal lore combine in a rolicking saga of Montgomery's famous
Montgomery, Ala. ? Montgomerians still talk about Hazel Hedge, the site
of famous parties attended by a cross-section of the political and
popular elite from around the world. So too do Montgomerians remember
the Read, Baldwin, and Craik families, whose lineage is chronicled in
Deep Family, from the American Revolution to World War II and beyond,
including the dawn and twilight of their family home, Hazel Hedge.
Written by noted filmmaker Nicholas Read?son of Jean Craik Read, the
grande dame of Hazel Hedge?with his wife, writer Dallas Read, Deep
Family is part American saga, part tell-all book?and completely
Moreover, Deep Family is an important examination of race relations in
the South over hundreds of years. The book's title comes from the Read
family's long-time black servant, Ben Miller, who noted at the dinner
after Jean Read's funeral that "all de deep family be here." As
Nicholas Read writes, "Everyone understoo! d that [Ben] was included [in
the statement], but he didn't sit down t o join us. It just wasn't done.
Some things were too deeply ingrained." Prominent in this book is freed
slave Jim Hale, friend of the 1800s Baldwin clan, who after the Civil
War built the well-known "four sister" houses that still stand in
Montgomery today. Deep Family equally follows both the Southerners who
fought against secession before the Civil War, and later, those white
and black in Alabama who rallied for civil rights.
Deep Family delights readers of many interests with its multitude of
colorful cameos. Within find George Washington, William Lowndes Yancey,
Greta Garbo, Rosa Parks, John Dos Passos, Tallulah Bankhead, and as
Alabama historian Mary Ann Neeley writes in her introduction, "scores of
the known and the unknown ranging from the conservative right to the
ultra-left." The Reads culled tales from thousands of notes, letters
and documents collected by Jean Craik Read, bringing genuine Southern
voice to the book.
Nicholas Read ! also directed the film Hazel Hedge: A Montgomery Memory,
available on DVD. He and Dallas Read collaborated on Deep Family until
Mr. Read's death in 1998. Mrs. Read, now in her nineties, lives and
writes in Bethesda, Maryland.
Deep Family, available Oct. 2005 through local bookstores, chain/online
retailers, or from NewSouth Books's distributor: 800-222-9796. ISBN:
1-58838-178-1. Trade cloth, $35.95.
Hazel Hedge: A Montgomery Memory will be available in October 2005 from
NewSouth Books: 334-834-3556. DVD, $25.00