The story begins with Oprah being left to live with her grandparents while her father serves in the armed forces and her mother lives in the North. Weatherford focuses on Grandma Hattie’s firm upbringing, including Christian and educational guidance (She taught Oprah to read and do math before she attended kindergarten.). It’s not clear how her grandfather helped.

My favorite part of the book is the allusion to oratory style. The narrator sounds as is she is saying  “uh, huh” or “amen” to punctuate each paragraph, but actually she fully insists that God has always guided Oprah’s life.

Disclosure: I am a Carole Boston Weatherford fan, so I couldn‘t wait to read this one. See a Book Links article I wrote about her in July 2009.