Truevine by Beth Macy audiobook

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

By Beth Macy
Read by Suzanne Toren

Little, Brown & Company 9780316337540


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781478942528

  • ISBN: 9781478942498

  • ISBN: 9781478942511

Runtime: 10.89 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A 2016 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2016

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of 2016

Longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature 

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for October 2016

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Books to Read This Fall

A BookPage Best Book of 2016

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Best Nonfiction of 2016

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, 2016

Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction

A Houston Chronicle Pick for 2016

The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a twenty-eight-year struggle to get them back.

The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever.

Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even “Ambassadors from Mars.” Back home, their mother never accepted that they were “gone” and spent 28 years trying to get them back.

Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? Truevine is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Provides an important lens through…America’s tortured racial history.” Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author
“Macy’s conscientious reporting and her vigorous storytelling make the saga of George and Willie Muse even more enthralling than fiction.” USA Today
“Even in the worst circumstances, Ms. Macy makes clear, the Muse brothers maintained their humanity.” Wall Street Journal
“Macy is a gifted storyteller and a dogged researcher, and readers will be riveted by her account of Harriet Muse’s struggle to find her sons.” New York Times Book Review
“A true mystery that provides insight into a long-gone world that still has echoes today.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Macy puts their story into its larger historical context, giving the reader an understanding of the virulent, often violent racism of the Jim Crow era.” Tampa Bay Times
“Narrative nonfiction at its best.” Booklist (starred review)
“This first-rate journey into human trafficking, slavery, and familial bonding is an engrossing example of spirited, determined reportage.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A deeply moving and endlessly compelling book.BookPage
“Narrator Suzanne Toren brings an understated and lucid voice to this strange but true story of the Jim Crow South…Toren’s poised, sophisticated narration makes for enjoyable listening while still allowing author Beth Macy’s impressive journalistic efforts take center stage.” AudioFile




Author Bio: Beth Macy

Author Bio: Beth Macy

Beth Macy is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books Truevine and Factory Man. Her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English