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Judy Goldman, CHILD: A Memoir

Season 13, Ep. 76

Zibby is joined by award-winning author Judy Goldman to talk about her latest memoir, Child, which she didn't feel ready to write until her eighties. Judy shares how she processed and portrayed the sensitive nature of her personal history growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South, as well as why she felt called to write this memoir in the first place. The two discuss the benefits of launching a writing career later in life, what Judy hopes readers don't take away from this story, and the significance of her upcoming project.

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