Born into poverty in the Deep South in 1950, Lee Cotton's story takes in black rights, women's rights, Vietnam, magic and witchcraft. This book manages to combine serious issues with a lot of fun. Cotton narrates his own eventful story and you will find yourself rooting for him from start to finish. A book packed with incident but also well worth reading for the language alone. The extract I've chosen is typical; the narrative is simple, wise and funny all at the same time.