THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST by Anna Jean Mayhew, (c) 2011. This story takes place in August of 1954 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 13 year old Jubie Watt’s, her 3 siblings and Mary the colored maid leaves with her family on vacation to Florida and Jubie’s mom is driving. This is really a tragic tale about segregation. I imagine something awful happens to Mary which makes Jubie rethink her life and that of her parents. So far it’s enjoyable to read.