Listen: Teresa Nicholas '76 Discusses New Memoir, Returns for Alumni Weekend

Alisa Giardinelli

Listen: Teresa Nicholas '76 Discusses
New Memoir, Returns for Alumni Weekend


by Alisa Giardinelli
6/2/11

Teresa Nicholas '76/Buryin' Daddy

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Writer Teresa Nicholas '76 is garnering praise for her first book, a memoir triggered by her return home to Yazoo City, Miss., to reconcile her father's death and comfort her mother. In Buryin' Daddy: Putting My Lebanese, Catholic, Southern Baptist Childhood to Rest, she describes her upbringing during the height of the civil rights movement and the subsequent clashes she had with her father.

"I very much wanted to go away to college," she told WHYY's Radio Times. "I couldn't see myself going to Ole Miss or Mississippi State. I was the first of my family to go to college and so I was looking for something different, a place where I might feel at home."

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Nicholas, who majored in English literature, is on campus for Alumni Weekend and will take part in a panel discussion entitled "Second Acts: Reinventing, Refining, or Restructuring One's Life" in McCabe Library on Sat., June 4, at 3:15 p.m.