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Crazy in Alabama
Crazy in Alabama
Author: Mark Childress
Meet Peter Joseph, aka Peejoe, a wide-eyed believer in the unbelievable, raised by his Meemaw in Pigeon Creek for a good part of his life. But it was his aunt Lucille who raised him for the better. And it all happened during that summer everyone was driven crazy in Alabama, with Lucille at the wheel. — It's 1965, and no force on earth can come be...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345432476
ISBN-10: 0345432479
Publication Date: 9/7/1999
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Crazy in Alabama on + 300 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Childress plays out his two hands here, civil right and husbandicide. Lucille kills her husband Chester, cuts his head off and hightails it out of town leaving her six children in the care of her mother. Chester's head accompanies her on her flight - he's "traveling" in a Tupperware lettuce keeper. Lucille's brother, Dove, the local coroner is also waging his own inner battles - civil rights and it's accompanying conflicts are alive and well in Industry, Alabama.

Disturbing at times, funny occasionally and thought provoking book - all the way through!
bythebook avatar reviewed Crazy in Alabama on
Helpful Score: 2
This is my first read by this author, so I don't know if his other book are like this, but I've never come across a story like this. There are two different story lines: one about civil rights in a small southern town, one about the crazy aunt who goes out to fulfill her dream in Hollywood. I laughed out loud several times. I WISH I knew people like this! I definitely recommend this book.
reviewed Crazy in Alabama on + 41 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book was laugh out loud funny in some parts and then dead serious in others. It was a great mix and I sure wasn't able to predict this ending. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. The "southern" characters are outragous! Very funny!
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moeshell avatar reviewed Crazy in Alabama on + 13 more book reviews
This book is both funny and serious all at the same time. It's about a woman traveling to Hollywood with her murdered husband's head in Tupperware and a young boy standing up for what he believes is right. An easy read that I could not put down!! I think if you liked the movie, you'll love the book.
catladybj avatar reviewed Crazy in Alabama on + 13 more book reviews
LOL funny, but also sad, suspenseful, and about every other emotion you can think of to make a good book. Read the book first-a must, really, see the movie later. movie was good,true to the book, but I think you would get more from the book first.
nascargal avatar reviewed Crazy in Alabama on + 352 more book reviews
This book is bizarre, touching, and hilarious all at the same time. From the cover...The story strikes out in two directions at once: Lucille's journey from Industry, Alabama to Hollywood, where she is determined to become a regular on the Beverly Hillbillies: and the coming-of-age of her 12-year-old nephew PeeJoe, who discovers the difference between 'white and NIgra' justice when Industry opens its new municipal swimming pool.