Into That Good Night

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G.K. Hall, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 231 pages
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Strong-willed and charismatic, Lester Rozelle was school superintendent in the small East Texas town of Oakwood from the 1930s to the 1960s. With a firm hand, he guided his schools through disastrous fires and the strained process of integration in President Lyndon B. Johnson's home state. But several years ago Lester began to show signs of Alzheimer's disease, and his son had to watch the painful transformation his proud father into a dependent and ultimately foreign person. Seemingly powerless to do anything but witness the slow loss of his father's past, Ron Rozelle re-creates and reclaims his own. Shuttling between the increasingly difficult present and his recollections of a time and a way of life now gone, Rozelle has written a poignant and heartbreakingly lyrical gift for his father.

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Wonderful tribute to a dad, a man who "lived the contradictions". The author is a high school teacher who lives in Lake Jackson, just south of me. I strongly recommend this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

This was quite good in a short, simple kind of way. I'm not sure I would've liked it as much were I not from Texas, but in general it was a solid and touching memoir. Although the main focus of the ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Jim Willett is director of the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas. He narrated the radio documentary "Witness to an Execution," which aired on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and won a Peabody Award in 2000. Ron Rozelle teaches creative writing and his novels include "A Place Apart," "The Windows of Heaven," and "Into That Good Night," which was a finalist for the PEN American West Creative Nonfiction Prize.

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