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📒Abilene Stories ✍ Glenn Dromgoole
📝Abilene Stories Book Synopsis : Although Abilene has long lived in the shadows of the literary limelight, it has not been for a lack of good writing, good writers, and interesting stories. Now coming out of the shadows, "Abilene Stories: From Then to Now" offers a community scrapbook, a gathering of the civic congregation where more than a hundred friends have stopped by for a visit. The laughter is heavy and the smiles broad as stories are told and memories jogged. Pull up a chair next to Katharyn Duff as she shares a few historical chestnuts. Give your attention to Miss Tommie Clack for a ringside seat to the past. Step into the poetry of those who know this place well and a few who just observed it in passing. Appreciate the sharp insight of Pulitzer-nominated Frank Grimes, and listen for the personal element which A.C. Greene wove into nearly all of his writings. The collection begins with stories from before Abilene was Abilene and proceeds chronologically and topically to the present day with such pieces as "Let Them Eat Cactus," "A Hanging in Abilene," "Too Much Jazz and Not Enough Jesus," "How Camp Barkeley Shaped Abilene," "Alligator on the Loose," "Howitzer on the Hill," "Circlin' Mack's," "The Crape Myrtle Sex Scandal," and "The Last Day at Harold's." If Abilene is your hometown, or ever has been--that place where you feel completely comfortable, where you know the routine and breathe easy, where the sunset is a familiar hue--"Abilene Stories: From Then to Now" is an invitation to sit down and spend a little time in what A. C. Greene called "The Village of My Heart."
📒Ten Cultures Twenty Lives ✍ Daina Jurika-Owen
📝Ten Cultures Twenty Lives Book Synopsis : When your country is riddled with violence and oppression, is it possible to escape and find refuge? We often don¿t realize all it takes for refugees to navigate the path to resettlement. They face years of waiting and countless hurdles before arriving in a strange new land with few possessions and little knowledge of their new communities¿ language and culture.¿How did a diverse group of refugees make their way to the US and settle in Abilene, Texas? Who helped them through the resettlement process as they embarked on their new lives?¿In Ten Cultures, Twenty Lives, refugee storytellers from a broad swath of cultures¿Rwanda, Congo, Liberia, Cuba, Iraq, Bhutan, and more¿reveal their compelling, sometimes humorous, often bittersweet tales of resettlement in West Texas. Through their life stories, refugees share their powerful experiences about the long, hard road they took to get to the US. ¿Ten Cultures, Twenty Lives guides us through their journeys and draws us into the world of refugees and resettlement staff, describing the passion and energy needed to help these courageous storytellers resettle in the US and the challenges they faced.
📒The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane ✍ Kate DiCamillo
📝The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Book Synopsis : A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America’s beloved storyteller. Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . . Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle – that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again. Featuring illustrations and a refreshed cover by Bagram Ibatoulline, as well as an excerpt of Kate DiCamillo's newest novel, Raymie Nightingale.
📒Moon Over Manifest ✍ Clare Vanderpool
📝Moon Over Manifest Book Synopsis : Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.
📒The House Of Yahweh My Side Of The Story ✍ Kay Hawkins
📝The House of Yahweh My Side of the Story Book Synopsis : Many years have elapsed since I was excommunicated from The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas. In the interim, this religious organization has come to be known as the largest doomsday cult in America. How did The House of Yahweh, Abilene, get this sordid reputation? As you read, you will come to understand. Buffalo Bill Hawkins, now known as Yisrayl B. Hawkins, the Elder and Overseer of this organization, declared to me, “I am The House of Yahweh.” He also declares, “I am without sin.” The scriptures in the editions of the bible that he now publishes have been rewritten, cleverly twisted to fit his own personal doctrines. The scriptures plainly show that you will “know him” by his fruit, in other words, by what he has produced. I am sharing these “fruits” with you. How did this organization begin? Why do people who seem rational, who seem to have a sound mind, get wrapped up in something that Yisrayl Hawkins has caused The House of Yahweh to become? Why do these people change their last names to “Hawkins?” Why do they pierce their ear to a door of The House of Yahweh building in order to go into servitude to a mere man? Why do the men secretly practice polygamy? How would a person stay in a religion like this? Why did I stay as long as I did? Why did I leave? I am writing my personal account to tell you my side of these events. I was there at the beginning when The House of Yahweh was actually a wonderful place to be. I was also there when things slowly began to change for the worse, like a frog placed in a cool pot of water which the fire slowly brings to a boil.
📒West Texas Stories ✍ Glenn Dromgoole
📝West Texas Stories Book Synopsis : West Texas is a place filled with stories . . . This collection includes more than three dozen pieces—historical, nostalgic, dramatic, amusing, personal—by some of the Lone Star State’s best writers.
📒Experiencing America S Story Through Fiction ✍ Hilary Susan Crew
📝Experiencing America s Story through Fiction Book Synopsis : Historical fiction helps young adults imagine the past through the lives and relationships of its protagonists, putting them at the center of fascinating times and places--and the new Common Core Standards allow for use of novels alongside textbooks for teaching history. Perfect for classroom use and YA readers’ advisory, Crew’s book highlights more than 150 titles of historical fiction published since 2000 that are appropriate for seventh to twelfth graders. Choosing award-winners as well as novels which have been well-reviewed in Booklist, The Horn Book,Multicultural Review, History Teach, Journal of American History, and other periodicals, this resource assists librarians and educators bySpotlighting novels with a multiplicity of voices from different cultures, races, and ethnicitiesFeaturing both YA novels and novels written for adults that are appropriate for teensOffering thorough annotations, with an examination of each novel’s historical contentProviding discussion questions and online resources for classroom use that encourage students to think critically about the book and compare ideas and events in the story to actual historyThis book will help teachers of history as well as school and public librarians who work with youth to promote a more inclusive understanding of America’s story through historical fiction.
📒The Women There Don T Treat You Mean ✍ Joe W. Specht
📝The Women There Don t Treat You Mean Book Synopsis : Just what is it about Abilene--the one in Texas--that keeps attracting the attention of singers, songwriters, and listeners alike? Certainly Abilene is an easy word to rhyme, but there is more to it than just "Abilene, Abilene, prettiest town I've ever seen." The name also summons up images of West Texas and of a town, located between Fort Worth and El Paso, that offers a place for escape, for romance, for fresh beginnings. In The Women There Don't Treat You Mean: Abilene in Song, Joe W. Specht surveys a potpourri of songs in which Abilene plays a role. The tunes range from 1890 and "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" to 2004 and "The Jewell of Abilene." Specht devotes particular attention to what is likely the most famous Abilene-related number, "Abilene," the number one hit in 1963 for George Hamilton IV. He also touches on dozens of songs that mention the city in passing. Integrating comments and insights from several of the songwriters, while relying on a variety of secondary source material, Specht's narrative presents the reader with the opportunity to better appreciate the fascination a disparate cast of tunesmiths had and continue to have for Abilene. An assortment of illustrations further enhances the text. The Women There Don't Treat You Mean also includes a special five song compact disc, featuring local Abilene performers Slim Chance & the Survivors, Victoria Moore, Happy Fat, Jamison Priest, and Greg Young, debuting their own versions of "Abilene," "The Road to Abilene" (Jeff & Vida), "Way Out in Abilene" (Lightnin' Hopkins), "The Jewell of Abilene" (Grey DeLisle), and "Sweet Abilene" (Chip Taylor).
📒Stories Of Old Time Oklahoma ✍ David Dary
📝Stories of Old Time Oklahoma Book Synopsis : Do you know how Oklahoma came to have a panhandle? Did you know that Washington Irving once visited what is now Oklahoma? Can you name the official state rock, or list the courses in the official state meal? The answers to these questions, and others you may not have thought to ask, can be found in this engaging collection of tales by renowned journalist-historian David Dary. Most of the stories gathered here first appeared as newspaper articles during the state centennial in 2007. For this volume Dary has revised and expanded them—and added new ones. He begins with an overview of Oklahoma’s rich and varied history and geography, describing the origins of its trails, rails, and waterways and recounting the many tales of buried treasure that are part of Oklahoma lore. But the heart of any state is its people, and Dary introduces us to Oklahomans ranging from Indian leaders Quanah Parker and Satanta, to lawmen Bass Reeves and Bill Tilghman, to twentieth-century performing artists Woody Guthrie, Will Rogers, and Gene Autry. Dary also writes about forts and stagecoaches, cattle ranching and oil, outlaws and lawmen, inventors and politicians, and the names and pronunciation of Oklahoma towns. And he salutes such intellectual and artistic heroes as distinguished teacher and writer Angie Debo and artist and educator Oscar Jacobson, one of the first to focus world attention on Indian art. Reading this book is like listening to a knowledgeable old-timer regale his audience with historical anecdotes, “so it was said” tall tales, and musings on what it all means. Whether you’re a native of the Sooner State or a newcomer, you are sure to learn much from these accounts of the people, places, history, and folklore of Oklahoma.
📒Ghost Stories Of The Medical Profession ✍ Antonio Garcez
📝Ghost Stories of the Medical Profession Book Synopsis : A collection of first hand interviews with various medical professionals who have seen or experienced paranormal activity, spirits or ghosts associated with their places of employment and professions.