NC Literary Hall of Fame



Chinaberries and Beyond: A Teacher's Childhood Journey by Patricia L. Bostic

WestBow Press
Paperback, $13.95 / $30.95, Hardcover / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-5127-8292-9
July, 2017
Nonfiction: Memoir
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In 1937, Patricia's parents were married in a small, Southern textile town: Belmont, North Carolina. Born during World War Two, Patricia was their fourth child. Thanks to her father's mistake, eventually there were eight children and two parents living in a cramped, crude house in an isolated area of four houses for blacks.

There was a single tree, a chinaberry, for shade and several other uses, and a spring in the woods, a good place for mischief. Nevertheless, there was lots of nature to explore, fun and humor at home, church, and school, as well as some challenging situations.

Patricia was shy during her early years but later blossomed. She graduated from high school and prepared for North Carolina College at Durham's campus (now NCCU).

This book prepares you for Part 2, He's Got Me Covered: A Teacher's Personal and Professional Journey, Spiritual Visions, and Revelations.

Patricia holds a BS from NC Central University, a MAT degree from Winthrop University, and Special Education Certification from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a retired teacher and lives in Matthews. Patricia has a son, daughter, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. In addition to writing her memoir, she enjoys writing poetry. However, playing tennis replaced running across the pasture, as during her childhood.

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