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Easy Going

Hale, Leon (signed)

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ISBN 10: 0940672103 / ISBN 13: 9780940672109
Editorial: Shearer Publishing, 1983
Condición: 080 Very Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Hurlingham Books (London, Reino Unido)

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This delightful collection of Leon Hale columns from the old Houston Post introduces us to a fascinating assemblage of Texana, from memorable individuals to a quickly vanishing rural lifestyle in which joy can be found in the commonplace, if only one knows where to look.And Hale does. Looking and listening are his forte as he takes a relaxed ramble through the back roads of central Texas, across the Gulf Coast Prairie, and into the Piney Woods and Lower Rio Grande Valley. Everywhere he goes he finds uncommon ordinary folk: a bridge-burning sheriff, a country blacksmith still plying his trade, hardworking illegal aliens, a young man dying with quiet grace.Hale's approach to all he encounters is easy going, unpretentious, open to surprises. This allows him to rejoice in simple pleasures: good food at a generous table; the natural beauty of fields and forests; small domestic joys that so many of us take for granted -- such as picture taking at a family picnic, the happy company of a talkative baby, the 'fierce' celebration of a sixtieth birthday, or a day that is special and luminous for no definable reason.Renewing acquaintance with these classic columns originally compiled in 1983 demonstrates most vividly the ambiguity of time's passage. Even as the stories recount in many respects a lifestyle that no longer exists, they astonish with the freshness of their telling and show the vividness and individuality this vanished lifestyle allowed.Here are stories about his mischievous Cousin C. T.; Peerless Ellisor, whose summary of wisdom after eighty-four years is that 'a man must have love in his heart: ' Sam Dement, who sells magazines door to door in a rural area, just as Hale'sfather did during the Depression; and John Rotan, who left a nursing home to live alone in a tin shack deep in the woods he loves.There are also tales of remarkable occurrences, such as his father's experience with a grat. For detailed description and photos of this book, please contact us. N° de ref. de la librería 25084

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Título: Easy Going

Editorial: Shearer Publishing

Año de publicación: 1983

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:080 Very Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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What manner of man is Leon Hale? A "paper man," whose regular column in The Houston Post has been one of that newspaper's most popular features for more than two decades. A Texan, whose writing celebrates the state and the independent, individualistic people who populate it. An easygoing sort of fellow, whose pieces for the Post reflect his own personal style: straightforward, deceptively simple, unpretentious as a well broken-in boot.
And Hale's travels too are an easy going, a relaxed ramble in which he uncovers the simple pleasures of the state and shares them with us. Here Hale goes 'on the road again,' taking us with him across the Grand Prairie, the Piney Woods, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and other Texas territory as he records the sights and sounds of the state's back ways.
Uncommon folk: a bridge-burning sheriff, a country blacksmith, hard-working illegal aliens, a young man dying with quiet grace. Old-time expressions. Tales passed along, of Uncle Rhodie's whiskey-swilling bear, iceskating jaybirds, and other curious animals. These are Hale's subjects as are his own "shirttail days," his growing-up time in West Texas.
Hale's theme is happiness - not strived for but come upon easily, naturally, when one lives with a relaxed openness and is alert to the infinite potential for joy in the commonplace.

About the Author:

LEON HALE is the author of ten books, including two novels, four column collections, and an award-winning memoir, Paper Hero. His most recent books are Supper Time (Winedale, '99) and Home Spun (Winedale, '97). He writes a thrice-weekly personal essay column for the Houston Chronicle and has received numerous awards for his work. He divides his time between Houston, Washington County, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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