The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Learning Tree is Gordon Parks’ nicely done autobiographical novel about growing up in Fort Scott, Kansas during the 1920s. The book centers on Newt Winger, who learns about growing up and “how to be black in a white man’s world, “along with his friends Earl, Jappy, Beansy,, and Skunk, his sister Prissy , and a host of other characters filling the fictional town of Cherokee Flats, KS.
Parks is probably better known for his award-winning photography, his film work (he directed Shaft), or his civil rights work, but he’s certainly capable as an author as well. I wouldn’t mind reading some of the other books he has written. Grade: B-
My copy is a mass market paperback from Fawcett Crest, 1969.
This copy has a cover that ties into the movie The Learning Tree, which was written, directed, scored, and produced by Gordon Parks, and came out in 1969.