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No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

by Melissa Fay Greene

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet
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    Apr 2011, 368 pages
    Apr 2012, 368 pages

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The Books of Melissa Fay Greene

In the New Yorker review of Melissa Fay Greene's debut book, Praying for Sheetrock (1991), James Lardner writes, "Greene's achievement recalls Jane Austen's description of her novels as fine brushwork on a 'little bit (two inches wide) of ivory'...." Greene is a gifted journalist with a novelist's eye for detail, and the four award-winning books that have preceded No Biking in the House Without a Helmet are constructed around memorable, finely drawn characters and carefully observed settings.

Praying for Sheetrock Praying for Sheetrock (1991) examines the culture of McIntosh County, a tiny, rural locale on the coast of Georgia where civil rights fail to arrive, even well into the 1970s. Greene tells the true story of an entrenched and crooked white sheriff, Tom Poppell; an idealistic black civil-rights activist, Thurnell Alston; and outside interference in the form of Georgia Legal Services lawyers and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) paralegals. (Greene joined VISTA in 1975 after she ...

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