Leaving Pipe Shop

Memories of Kin

Deborah E. McDowell (Author, University of Virginia)


"McDowell captures the aspirations and realities of the working-class residents of Pipe Shop, infusing them with unshakable dignity, luminous grace, and profound compassion."—Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, San Francisco Chronicle

In the illuminating language of memory, Deborah McDowell tells the story of her family, living a segregated life in Bessemer, Alabama, where her father worked at U.S. Foundry and Pipe, nicknamed Pipe Shop. Through the intimate details of their daily lives, she shows us how civil rights affected a working-class town, among three generations of women and men. McDowell movingly uncovers a world rarely portrayed, where she was raised to love the sounds and meanings of words and to value a place and culture that has passed. "What an eye McDowell has for important stories hidden in the everyday details, and what a good storyteller she is."—Tonya Bolden, Washington Post Book World "[McDowell] weaves the plainest drab cotton threads into a magic carpet."—Adele Logan Alexander, Women's Review of Books "Engrossing. . . . The author has a seductive way with words that makes Leaving Pipe Shop as good as a piece of sweet potato pie served after a plate of greens and fried chicken."—Boston Globe

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 1998
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31843-2
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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