"Three Little Words: A Memoir"

by Ashley Rhodes-Courter


The inspirational story of a woman overcoming her troublesome early years in foster care is Mississippi State’s 2016 Maroon Edition book selection.

Published in 2008 by Simon and Schuster, international bestselling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s Three Little Words: A Memoir grew out of her award-winning essay that was published in 2003 by New York Times Magazine.

“Ashley’s story is a powerful and timely one that will remind all of us of the imperative to be vigilant about the welfare of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens,” MSU President Mark E. Keenum said of the university’s eighth selection for its annual campus-wide common reading program.

“It is also an inspirational work about the ability to persevere and succeed despite obstacles,” Keenum added.

Freshmen will receive a copy of the book during Orientation and they should read it over the summer and be ready to participate in events during the fall.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Freshman Convocation on August 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Humphrey Coliseum.

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. --Henry David Thoreau