A coming of age story from the 1960s. A young girl is forced to move to a different state & it might has well have been a foreign country to her. She is traumatized by the actual move & also the historcal events taking part in the country right in her own back yard, it seems. She realizes she is a nerd & there is nothing she can do about it--but there is one surprise & a sweet lifetime memory.
This is a wonderful book about life in the 1950s as some of us living in rural Mid-America lived it. The writing style is humorous and unique. I am glad I found it here on Smashwords to read again. I owned a bound book of it available from Xlibris and published in about 2000, but I lent it out, and as so often happens, never got it back. The printed book is filled with quirky illustrations done by the author. They add to the enjoyment of the book but are not necessary as the writing is very descriptive. If you are nostalgic about this time, the music, the TV shows, the small-town fun, I highly recommend it. Here's hoping Catho Darlington can have a second life for e-readers.
I do not read much of today's poetry. I have many favorites from 1800-1960. I am, however, quite drawn to the words in Multiple Exposures. Maybe I can relate because of my own life experiences. It is at times dark, but it is also filled with compassion, studies of human nature, and humor.
Done with beautiful imagery, internal music and a rhythm of its own there is but one word for this volume: Killer!
I read this nutty story to some young family members and their friends and quite a lot of giggling ensued. They did show interest in the interactive activities and I feel they learned some things they did not yet know--in a good way. I laughed quite a bit myself, not only at the story, but at their laughing at the story. I suppose we have all known a character like Mrs. Mumbledypeg.
OoooooOOOoo. What a juicy little creepfest! Blade Chatter is just that. My personal favorites are the title chapter, Blade Chatter, Thanksgiving Joy (quite humorous) as is Henry, The Satin Thing, and The Cast Iron Stomach. They are all good, however and some are reminiscent of Saki (H. H. Munro). I have enjoyed reading and re-reading from time to time. I have a copy of the printed book and there are a few interesting illustrations. If you like things macabre-y, I think you will enjoy this read.
What Kind of Man... is a thought-provoking and entertaining read. I normally don't gravitate to this kind of fantasy book, but I saw the jacket, which enticed me, awhile back and must say it was a "real trip." Although it is fiction, and a delightful ghost story, it is also filled with historical fact about the man, Franklin Pierce, so we can better understand his character and the turbulent times in which he lived and tried to be a good president. One of the most fascinating things one comes to learn is how Franklin's life was so entertwined with the lives of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and what they each gladly gave to each other. I became captivated by the daring adventures Franklin and Sally insert themselves into. I noticed that Greenberry Baxter, the author, had recently revised this book--so I had to read it again, wondering why. He has removed some of the more controversial subject matter, but kept it true to its original intent with great artistry. Two thumbs up from me.
--Dr. F. E. Mugslowe, M.D. (the Epilogue is very good)