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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

Beth Macy
# UM3612 Hardcover, 420 pages; 2016
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When journalist Beth Macy moved to Roanoke, Virginia, she became curious about a local legend involving two albino African-American brothers who were allegedly kidnapped by the circus. This sensitive and riveting biography, the result of hundreds of interviews and a quarter century of research, presents the incredible true story of George and Willie Muse. Lured away from a sharecropping farm in 1914 by an unscrupulous manager, the young boys were exploited as freak-show oddities, drawing record crowds for the Ringling brothers. They were estranged from their family for more than a decade until their intrepid mother tracked them down, took them home, and hired a lawyer. With the atrocities of the Jim Crow-era South as a backdrop, this is a complex, nuanced tale about racial injustice, inhumane greed, and a mother's fierce and courageous love. (AG)
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