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Test ride on the Sunnyland bus : a daughter's civil rights journey /
Ana Maria Spagna.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2010.
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270 p.
ISBN
9780803217126 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2010.
isbn
9780803217126 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
In front of Speed's -- Never go back -- The Tallahassee Bus Boycott -- The acquaintance of grief -- The forgotten coast -- Something more -- Handwriting -- Herndon -- The cloven hoof -- City of hope -- Folsom -- Community care -- A real difference -- Orchard burning -- Every. Single. Day -- Tarpon Springs -- Not forgotten -- Heroes and sheroes -- Always go forward.
catalogue key
7092884
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ana Maria Spagna is the author of Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw, which was named a Best Book of 2004 by the Seattle Times. Her work has appeared widely in publications such as Orion, Utne Reader, and North American Review. She lives and writes in Stehekin, Washington.
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Washington State Book Award, USA, 2011 : Nominated
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A beautifully written account."Teresa Scollon, ForeWord
"A beautifully written account."Teresa Scollon,ForeWord
" Test Rideis the story of Ana Maria''s voyage of personal discovery, as much autobiography as biography, as she comes to terms with memories and family relationships."Paul T. Murray, MultiCultural Review
"Test Rideis the story of Ana Maria''s voyage of personal discovery, as much autobiography as biography, as she comes to terms with memories and family relationships."Paul T. Murray,MultiCultural Review
"Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus is an absorbing story of a daughter's search to understand her father's involvement in the civil rights movement. While Ana Maria Spagna's ability to capture the nuances of her father's life is impressive, it is the wonder and persistence she brings to her tale that make this such an engaging book. Any daughter who has puzzled over the mystery of her heritage will love Spagna from the get-go."-Danielle Trussoni author of Falling Through the Earth
�Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus is an absorbing story of a daughter�s search to understand her father�s involvement in the civil rights movement. While Ana Maria Spagna�s ability to capture the nuances of her father�s life is impressive, it is the wonder and persistence she brings to her tale that make this such an engaging book. Any daughter who has puzzled over the mystery of her heritage will love Spagna from the get-go.��Danielle Trussoni author of Falling Through the Earth
"[ Test Ride on the Sunnyland Busis] a personal journey, filled with revelation after revelation about humanity and family and self."Joe Ponepinto, Raven Chronicles
"[Test Ride on the Sunnyland Busis] a personal journey, filled with revelation after revelation about humanity and family and self."Joe Ponepinto,Raven Chronicles
" Test Ride on the Sunnyland Busstands as a magnificent testament and tribute to the lives of many peopleAna Maria Spagna's parents, the many patriots of the civil rights movement, and the citizens of communities far and wide, large and small. Her surprising story renewed my awe in the interconnectedness of all of our lives and affirmed that the current championing of hope in our country is a hope deserving of all its fervor."Kathleen Finneran, author of The Tender Land: A Family Love Story
"Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus stands as a magnificent testament and tribute to the lives of many people-Ana Maria Spagna's parents, the many patriots of the civil rights movement, and the citizens of communities far and wide, large and small. Her surprising story renewed my awe in the interconnectedness of all of our lives and affirmed that the current championing of hope in our country is a hope deserving of all its fervor."-Kathleen Finneran, author of The Tender Land: A Family Love Story
�Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus stands as a magnificent testament and tribute to the lives of many people�Ana Maria Spagna�s parents, the many patriots of the civil rights movement, and the citizens of communities far and wide, large and small. Her surprising story renewed my awe in the interconnectedness of all of our lives and affirmed that the current championing of hope in our country is a hope deserving of all its fervor.��Kathleen Finneran, author of The Tender Land: A Family Love Story
"With this new and nuanced memoir, Ana Maria Spagna shows us yet another facet of herself. In the field of universal human questions, "Who am I?" takes a close second to the simple yet elegant, "Why?" The author crosscuts through both in Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus."Ann Beman, Literary Review
"With this new and nuanced memoir, Ana Maria Spagna shows us yet another facet of herself. In the field of universal human questions, "Who am I?" takes a close second to the simple yet elegant, "Why?" The author crosscuts through both inTest Ride on the Sunnyland Bus."Ann Beman,Literary Review
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title tells the story of an American family against the backdrop of one of the civil rights movement's lesser known stories, the Tallahassee Bus Boycott.
Main Description
Test Ride on the Sunnyland Buschronicles the story of an American family against the backdrop of one of the civil rights movement's lesser-known stories. In January 1957, Joseph Spagna and five other young men waited to board a city bus called the Sunnyland in Tallahassee, Florida. Their plan was simple but dangerous: ride the bus togetherthree blacks and three whitesget arrested, and take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fifty years later Ana Maria Spagna sets off on a journey to understand what happened and why. Her journey complicated by the fact that her father never spoke of the Sunnyland experience and died unexpectedly when she was eleven, Spagna travels from her remote mountain home in the Pacific Northwest to contemporary Tallahassee, searching for the truth of the incident and her father's involvement. She seeks out the other bus riders, now in their seventies, and tries to make sense of their conflicting stories. Her odyssey becomes further troubled by the sudden diagnosis of her mother's terminal cancer. Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction prize,Test Ride on the Sunnyland Busdeftly weaves cultural and personal history, memoir, and reportage in this fascinating look at a family and a nation's past.
Main Description
Test Ride on the Sunnyland Buschronicles the story of an American family against the backdrop of one of the civil rights movement's lesser-known stories. In January 1957, Joseph Spagna and five other young men waited to board a city bus called the Sunnyland in Tallahassee, Florida. Their plan was simple but dangerous: ride the bus together--three blacks and three whites--get arrested, and take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fifty years later Ana Maria Spagna sets off on a journey to understand what happened and why. Spagna travels from her remote mountain home in the Pacific Northwest to contemporary Tallahassee, searching for the truth of the incident and her father's involvement. Her journey is complicated by the fact that her father never spoke of the Sunnyland experience and died unexpectedly when she was eleven. Seeking out the other bus riders, now in their seventies, Spagna tries to make sense of their conflicting stories. Her odyssey becomes further troubled by the sudden diagnosis of her mother's terminal cancer. Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction prize, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Busdeftly weaves cultural and personal history, memoir, and reportage in this fascinating look at a family and a nation's past.
Main Description
Test Ride on the Sunnyland Buschronicles the story of an American family against the backdrop of one of the civil rights movement's lesser-known stories. In January 1957, Joseph Spagna and five other young men waited to board a city bus called the Sunnyland in Tallahassee, Florida. Their plan was simple but dangerous: ride the bus together-three blacks and three whites-get arrested, and take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fifty years later Ana Maria Spagna sets off on a journey to understand what happened and why. Spagna travels from her remote mountain home in the Pacific Northwest to contemporary Tallahassee, searching for the truth of the incident and her father's involvement. Her journey is complicated by the fact that her father never spoke of the Sunnyland experience and died unexpectedly when she was eleven. Seeking out the other bus riders, now in their seventies, Spagna tries to make sense of their conflicting stories. Her odyssey becomes further troubled by the sudden diagnosis of her mother's terminal cancer. Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction prize, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Busdeftly weaves cultural and personal history, memoir, and reportage in this fascinating look at a family and a nation's past.
Main Description
Test Ride on the Sunnyland Buschronicles the story of an American family against the backdrop of one of the civil rights movement's lesser-known stories. In January 1957, Joseph Spagna and five other young men waited to board a city bus called the Sunnyland in Tallahassee, Florida. Their plan was simple but dangerous: ride the bus togetherthree blacks and three whitesget arrested, and take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fifty years later Ana Maria Spagna sets off on a journey to understand what happened and why. Spagna travels from her remote mountain home in the Pacific Northwest to contemporary Tallahassee, searching for the truth of the incident and her father's involvement. Her journey is complicated by the fact that her father never spoke of the Sunnyland experience and died unexpectedly when she was eleven. Seeking out the other bus riders, now in their seventies, Spagna tries to make sense of their conflicting stories. Her odyssey becomes further troubled by the sudden diagnosis of her mother's terminal cancer. Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction prize,Test Ride on the Sunnyland Busdeftly weaves cultural and personal history, memoir, and reportage in this fascinating look at a family and a nation's past.
Table of Contents
Think I can serve
In Front of Speed'sp. 3
Never Go Backp. 16
The Tallahassee Bus Boycottp. 27
The Acquaintance of Griefp. 39
The Forgotten Coastp. 54
Something Morep. 67
A Highly Personal Thing
Handwritingp. 81
Herndonp. 94
The Cloven Hoofp. 104
City of Hopep. 118
Folsomp. 134
Community Carep. 147
A Real Differencep. 158
Orchard Burningp. 172
Fiftieth Anniversary
Every. Single. Day.p. 189
Tarpon Springsp. 209
Not Forgottenp. 220
Heroes and Sheroesp. 236
Always Go Forwardp. 252
Epilogue: No Big Dealp. 262
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
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