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One of many fine books by this quasi-native son, The Courting of Marcus Dupree
chronicles the feverish college recruitment of a promising high school football
player in the early ‘80s. Willie Morris, an editor of the Daily Texan in the 50’s,
after a stint in The Big Apple returned home to Mississippi and found this story
there. It’s more than the story of a high school football star and his family
working their way through the tangle of possibilities and promises offered in the
recruitment process. It’s a look into the soul of this town where twenty years
before three young civil rights workers had been murdered.
Those who’d rather go for a run before breakfast, or who want to know why anyone
would, can find some insight here. Pam Reed is an ultra-runner, one of those who run
races of 100+ miles. After such a run, in the dessert, she will eat, sleep, wake up
and – yes, you guessed it – go for a little run, a short one with a friend, maybe 4
or 5 miles. Whether you’re a marathoner or a couch potato, you will be amazed by
this woman’s drive.
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