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And a special envelope we did receive: Harper Lee loves Teddy’s Child

NewSouth received a nice note from Harper Lee enthusing about publication of Virginia Van Der Veer Hamilton’s new memoir, Teddy’s Child: Growing Up in the Anxious Southern Gentry Between the Great Wars. Says Ms. Lee to Dr. Hamilton: “It’s beautiful. I loved your book!”

At NewSouth Books, we’re inclined to agree with Ms. Lee’s assessment of Virginia Hamilton’s sweeping family saga. In her coming-of-age memoir set in Birmingham, Alabama, in the period between World Wars I and II, respected scholar Virginia Hamilton explores the deep roots of family and place. As a historian, Hamilton has long been admired for her prose style and the vigor of her research. Here she brings her talents to the chronicle of her own lineage and her discoveries of the commonalities that transcend generations. Supplemented by images of family memorabilia, Teddy’s Child reveals the complex structure of race, class, and gender in a Deep South city during the 1920s and 1930s.

Teddy’s Child is available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online retailer.