Up Home: One Girl's Journey

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5.75 X 8.35 X 1.1 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Ruth J. Simmons is the former president of Smith College, Brown University, and Prairie View A&M University, Texas's oldest HBCU, and the former vice provost of Princeton. She earned her bachelor's degree from Dillard University and her master's and doctorate from Harvard in Romance languages and literatures. The president of France named her chevalier of the French Legion of Honor and President Biden named her to the White House HBCU Advisory Board. She lives in Texas.


"Simmons provides an extensive, engrossing family history of both the land they worked and the people she met along her voyage away from rural Texas to the highest rungs of academia. . . . A declaration of love and the constant journey homeward from a brilliant mind . . . [an] inspiring story."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] poignant and inspiring memoir . . . a fiercely memorable debut."--Publishers Weekly

"Told with both forthrightness and humility, this compellingly written memoir is a story of dreaming and becoming, of breaking out of what is supposed to be and discovering what can be. Up Home is far more than a record of the path to success of one of the truly great college presidents in the history of American education; it is a riveting work of literature, destined to take its place in the canon of great African American autobiographies. Simmons's best friend and confidante, Toni Morrison, would be proud!"--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

"Up Home is an extraordinary American story. Yes, there is the remarkable journey from the poverty of sharecropping in a small Texas town to walking the halls of Harvard to the presidency of some of the country's most illustrious institutions of higher learning. But, more importantly, Up Home is a love letter to family, to the Black teachers and institutions that loved and inspired Ruth Simmons--people and places that urged her to dream beyond her circumstance and to imagine herself in the most expansive of terms. It is the story of the power of self-creation in community."--Eddie S. Glaude Jr., New York Times bestselling author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

"This poignant coming of age memoir by the phenomenal educator, Ruth Simmons, tenderly reveals the adversities and pleasures of a girlhood spent in poverty during the height of racial segregation. Up Home is an ode to powerful mothers and teachers everywhere whose small acts of love and encouragement pave the way for individual success, community pride, and future greatness."--Tiya Miles, New York Times bestselling author of All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, winner of the National Book Award