In 1972, on Mudas Summers' seventeenth birthday, her beloved Mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most people in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella's no-good husband did the deed. Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hidden amongst her mama's possessions. But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy's almost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though he passes for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged a century ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seat built from Frannie's gallows. A tribute, a relic--and a caution--it's known as Liar's Bench. Now, the answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years--and lies she must be brave enough to confront at last. Kim Michele Richardson's lush, beautifully written debut is set against a Southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine, Liar's Bench is a story of first love, raw courage, and truths that won't be denied.
These funny tall tales are anything but true. This classic collection of homespun humor as told by the two men on the Liar’s Bench in Seldon’s Barbershop amuses and sometimes astounds the other occupant of the barbershop, Jason Wells. You will laugh at the hilarious tales spun by the rascals on the liar’s bench. tall tale, hilarious, funny fiction, humor, collection, tall story
Gardener’s Guide to May Wildflowers includes twenty common early spring woodland wildflowers with photographs. This field guide allows easier identification of spring woodland wildflowers in the field because it is composed only of the earliest wildflowers of the season, the wildflowers that begin bloom in May or late April in Indiana. spring, woodland, indiana,
These writings cover some of the interesting events that I remember during my years while working in the coal mines in Springhill and have listed them as follows: 1. The mine disasters and rescue operations from 1956–1958. 2. Poems about working in the coal mines, which gives a walk through about a coal miner’s experience as well as other poems that I have written. 3. The history of the Liars Bench and some of the stories that I have heard from those renowned gentlemen. 4. A history of coal mining in Springhill. 5. Springhill’s connection with the Moose River Gold Mining disaster and rescue operations in 1936.
An easy-to-use guide to American regional folklore with advice on conducting research, regional essays, and a selective annotated bibliography. * Fully annotated bibliographies on the folklore of each of eight regions of the United States * Engaging overview essays by folklore scholars introduce each of the U.S. regions covered * A list of literary authors who incorporate folklore themes in their writings, together with a brief list of some of their major works * A list of folklore-related museums, with addresses and phone numbers, a list of folklore journals, and, when possible, a list of websites
The first retrospective collection of the pioneering work of Frank M. Hohenberger, photographer laureate of Indiana in the first half of the twentieth century. More than 120 photos represent the magnificent career of a pioneer in American photography and provide a fascinating record of life in Indiana over almost 50 years.
“Haunting and funny, full of folk wisdom and unfl inching honesty.”—Publishers Weekly, on the work of Jo Carson “She is a quintessential community artist with a true ear for the way people talk and what they really mean to say. Her work has inspired innumerable young artists to take up work with their own communities.”—Linda Frye Burnham, Community Arts Network “Human experience is varied and astonishing,” notes Jo Carson, “and this is a taste.” A uniquely American writer and performer, Carson has spent fifteen years working with peoples’ stories in communities across the country, crafting more than thirty plays from the oral histories she has collected. In performance, these works have illuminated and invigorated the communities in which they were forged, as the people see themselves onstage in a new light. This book collects Carson’s favorite excerpts from the plays—stories that range from the homespun to the extraordinary and together create a portrait of America in an amazing diversity and authenticity of voices. They are slices of life, passed beyond the circle of family and neighbors. Jo Carson is a writer and performer living in John City, Tennessee. She has published award-winning plays, short stories, children’s books, essays, poems, and other work, and for years was a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Her play Whispering to Horses and solo show If God Came Down . . . premiered at Seven Stages Theatre in Atlanta, and her book of monologues and dialogues, Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet, made Booklist’s editor’s choice and the American Library Association’s recommended list.
Excerpt from God Bless the Devil!: Liars' Bench Tales Snake Country and Pretty Baby-have been included. Two considerations dictated this limitation. Whoppers quickly grow monotonous, even when told by a master of the art. Furthermore, every story chosen for this collection has a full measure of humorous fantasy ln addition to pointed narrative and character portrayal. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
The Case of the Greedy Goat is the seventh story in the Private Investigators Club series. If you have read the introductions to the other stories in the series, you will appreciate the fact that the young detectives like solving mysteries. The story starts with Tommy reporting that he has received an invitation for the club members to have a holiday at Mr. J’s cottage in return for helping him open it for the summer. With some difficulty he leads them through the formal procedures to accept the invitation. They are driven to Chaffey’s Lock and taken by boat to a remote cottage on Scott Island. While working on the task of getting the water system working, their cell phones mysteriously disappear. Mr. J suspects the Greedy Goat has eaten them. The story continues as the detectives search for their phones, assist with some difficult maintenance tasks and have a few adventures. They fear that Mr. J has flipped and try, unsuccessfully, to escape. Luckily, it all works out in the end. The stories in the Private Investigators Club series are “readers” for students of age eight or older. People of any age who are learning English as a Second Language may find them entertaining and educational. This story explains the Canadian obsession with lakes and cottages, providing insight into some of the joys and frustrations of owning a cottage. After each chapter, there is a list of definitions of those words used for the first time and a lesson that explores the situation in the chapter. Some questions are suitable discussion topics, others require using the Internet. Answers are provided so you can determine whether or not you really understand what is going on. There are many jokes or humorous situations in the story. Because some readers will not get the joke, a chapter titled “Humor Explained” identifies what the author is trying to do with the amusing sections.
Living with a paranormal storm looming on the horizon, constantly feeling the darkness trying to penetrate his soul, Steven A. LaChance has discovered that the aftershocks of a demonic possession can be more dangerous than the initial haunting itself. Marked by the supernatural trauma inflicted by the Union Screaming House—as chronicled in his first book, The Uninvited—Steven and his family find that no matter where they move, no matter what they do, they are still vulnerable to otherworldly attacks. As malevolent forces continue their relentless assaults, Steven and his close-knit community fight for their sanity and their lives. Blessed Are the Wicked is one man's account of the repressed horror and pain that nearly tore his world apart.
To See My World in Rhythm and Rhyme is a compilation of short poems representing life experiences, opinions, common sense advice, and creative fiction from the pen of working man, Tom Allen. Many of the featured works are laced with humor, but the reader will also catch a real slap of reality from time to time. This collection is a very rare slice of Americana, coming from the heart of a man who has known honest, hard work, and the joys and tragedies of life. Also reflected in this volume are his intimate closeness to nature, and the unconditional love and dedication he holds for his family and friends. Tom has at long last been convinced (by his dedicated family and friends) to share some of his poetic creations, which has resulted in the publishing of this book. To read this unequaled collection of Tom Allen poetry is a life experience in itself.
Nine years before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, Story came into being. In 1851, Pres. Millard Fillmore granted a land patent to Dr. George Story for the creation of this little town. Tucked into a scenic spot near the Hoosier National Forest, 13 miles southeast of Nashville, Indiana, Story lies deep in the heart of historic Brown County. And Story is just one reason to visit Brown County, also known as "the Art Colony of the Midwest." Amid forests, rolling hills, and winding country roads, charming Nashville is home to more than 120 shops, art galleries, and artists' studios and neighbors two villages quaintly named Gnawbone and Bean Blossom. The beauty of Brown County has always attracted artists and history buffs. Wander back roads across covered bridges that have spanned sparkling streams for more than a century to retrace the paths taken by artists seeking to capture the county's beauty.
It started with a dead pig’s head and went downhill from there. Jake and Herm were notorious for their practical jokes. But when Jake put a pig’s head in Herm’s car, it ignited a classic practical joke feud. The humorous short story collections Five More Tales from the Liars Bench and Ten Tales From the Liars Bench contain this funny short story.
The source of the screams in the night was a bit astonishing. The neighbors heard screaming at the Sneadly late one night. They called the police. Town marshall Luke Draws pulled up in his police car to investigate. Boy, was he surprised. The humorous short story collections Five More Tales from the Liars Bench and Ten Tales From the Liars Bench contain this funny short story. The humorous short story collections Five More Tales from the Liars Bench and Ten Tales From the Liars Bench contain this funny short story.
Hannah was happy to give her ailing husband her kidney until she found out he was diddling her former friend. Then she wanted it back. The humorous short story collections Five Tales from the Liars Bench and Ten Tales From the Liars Bench contain this funny tall tale.
The “nudie” photos on the camera Clete Stinger caught fishing delighted him, until he saw who they were. Clete Stinger went fishing and caught a digital camera. Bill Wendle allowed that he could retrieve those photos. Clete wasn’t sure he wanted to until Bill told him that sometimes fellows took nude photos of their girlfriends. Clete, anticipating some spicy pictures, approved. There were nude photos on that camera. Clete didn’t like them, though. The humorous short story collections Five Tales from the Liars Bench and Ten Tales From the Liars Bench contain this funny tall tale.
Trouble delights in following Toby and Wilbur around. These two delightful bears drift from one adventure to another in these surprising and funny bear stories. These nine great short stories about Toby and Wilbur's funny adventures in the forests of Indiana will captive and amuse you. Author’s Note – These are not children’s tales. funny, stories, tales, short story collection, stories, reads
Through the blistering heat rising off the desert highway, Mark Axton deftly maneuvers a sports car at high speed. A test-driver for a major automobile magazine, the handsome, charismatic Axton lives a life of adventure that other men can only dream of. Yet as Axton and his assistant conduct their test-drive on this particular day, they are about to experience a chance encounter with a former racecar driver and his gruff mechanic that could change Axton's life, and the lives of every human being on the planet, forever. In Mech-Row we meet a cast of characters thrown together by the unbelievable invention of the first truly nonpolluting high-performance automobile. As Axton and his new partners attempt to build and test a working prototype, their lives become interwoven in the pursuit of a revolutionary wonder vehicle that could actually become the solution to the world's pollution crisis. Mech-Row takes us on a journey at a hundred miles per hour as Axton races to bring the amazing discovery to the world's attention. A fast-paced thriller, Mech-Row is a standout in a new type of fiction set against the backdrop of the modern-day plight of planet Earth.
In the tradition of Fannie Flagg, veteran storyteller Helen Chappell, acclaimed author of Giving Up the Ghost, presents a wry, funny, and poignant novel about two sisters, their dead mother, and a Chesapeake Bay town where anything can happen and frequently does. Sometimes you have to go home again, even if you know the trip is going to be one from hell. When Carrie points her van in the direction of Oysterback, Maryland, her old hometown, she does it only because she has no choice. Her momma, the indomitable Audrey, has done the unthinkable: she's died. And it wasn't a neat little Oysterback death either. No, it happened in Florida and involved an alligator. But, then again, there was nothing conventional about Audrey, even in life. The same could be said for her daughter Carrie -- single, perpetually searching, and professionally adrift, she has become an expert at yard sales, sifting through the detritus of other folks' lives, then reselling it to shops that sell antiques and assorted "collectibles." Her sister, Earlene, considers Carrie a junk collector, but then Earlene has devoted her life to being conventional. Married with two boys, she has remained in Oysterback where she and her husband run the View 'n' Chew, a combination video store-sandwich shop. Momma had lived by the notion that a woman is incomplete without a man and spent the years following her husband's death trying to be as complete as humanly possible -- in the process working her way through a whole parade of men. As best Carrie can figure, her momma's last two flames were Alonzo Deaver, the town's resident miscreant and a current resident of the state penitentiary, and Jack Shepherd, a college professor on the run from failure and boredom. Both had been granted carte blanche to crash at Momma's house whenever the occasion should arise (be it Alonzo's planned escape from prison or Jack's escape from his ratty little boat). Once back in Oysterback, Carrie finds herself unwittingly caught up in a family drama of epic proportions -- including Earlene's resentment (which leads to a classic -- and very messy -- confrontation), a now-married ex-boyfriend's attempt to rekindle an old flame, her own attraction to Professor Jack, and a roiling stew of anger and grief over Momma's poorly timed passing. For while Carrie never expected to go home again, she naively believed it always would be there. A Whole World of Trouble is a delightfully authentic comedy of Southern manners and an antic, frequently hilarious, pointed, and moving novel by a writer who knows the people and the world she writes about.