Yocona Puff Adder

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Taylor House Publishing, Apr 26, 2006 - Fiction - 484 pages
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This piece of historical fiction is a coming of age story and more-than-memoir that bridges the early 1950s through today . . . sharing little known facts and demonstrating that life is more interesting than plain fiction. With one boy white and the other black in segregated Mississippi, backwoods and riverbottom adventures are too exciting to allow these motherless seven-year-olds to consider the normal bigotry of the times. Childhood is grounded in mischief around Oxford's Baily Woods and in the rural community of Taylor. The Yocona and Little Tallahatchie Rivers help shape the area's youth, and their teen years find Scott and C.B. interacting with Weekend Warriors and the Klan. Summer jobs and outdoor experiences roughhew the boys into men. Adult complications in Sin City Memphis precede diverging paths with college forestry versus the logging woods, grad school versus a tour in Vietnam, and professional versus technical careers in the workplace. All the while, challenges and opportunities stretch from the commonplace to the controversial. During retirement, the two men volunteer and grow old. The book finishes with a twist the reader won't be expecting.
 

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This is a new American classic. It is on par with Faulkner and Twain but it is set in the era in which my father and his friends grew up. For me it was like looking into the world of my father and ... Read full review

Contents

Charlie Boy
1
Square Looks
11
Bailey Woods and Mr J
20
A Cussin Curin
33
Dickie Birds and Chickens
39
Taylor Creek Home Place
48
Turpentine Souls and Old Mens Roles
61
Boundaries Blackjacks and Bengals
71
The Black and White of It
255
Chip Ghost and the Klan
264
Fancy French Boutique
275
Foresttree 101 Wildlife Sex Ed and Loggin Woods Legends
282
Greener Grass Sorta
292
First Kill vs College Deferral
304
Humping the Bush and More College
312
The Valley of the Shadow
323

Lightning Bugs and Yocona Bottom Girl
81
GutHook Holler
93
TwoWheeling FreedmenTown
100
ChickenHawks Tater Eyes
109
Camp Meeting and Cemetery Work Day
115
Mother Annies Sandlot Sanctimony
123
PenOake League
133
Oxpatch by Night
139
Taxi Bear
143
Farmerless Watermelons
157
Chimney Swifts of Rivers Hill
164
End of an Era
171
Death Angels and Herbwomen
179
Weekend Warriors and Civil War II
194
Rebeldumbs Misintegration
206
Little Tallahatchie DeRivering
218
Maybe Its Memphis
231
Degree Decree or Melee?
247
Jesus Saves Some
333
RR in the Grove
339
The Steep Steps of the 101s1
345
The Real World Homecoming
351
Mayling and Little Scott
361
Air Corps Redneck Fish Facilitator
370
Beloved Briar Patch
380
Farce Service
391
Forest Surface
399
Tech Techniques and Southern Watercress Releaf
405
Pot Cop Kraut and Soldiers Past
413
Black Texas and Mississippi Gravel
420
Puerto Where?
430
Department of No Response
435
Ivorybillo Cubano
453
Havana General
465
Homes Coming
473
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After a 101st Airborne Division tour in Vietnam, a BS in Forestry, and a MS in Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University, and a distinguished career as a federal forester and wildlife biologist, Gerald Inmom has now retired to his hometown of Oxford, MS. After gaining experience as a Forest Service spokesman, conservation group leader, state-level officer of the Society of American Foresters, university-level board member and representative, court witness, and former contributing editor to several newspapers, Gerald has now broken ground in the unique genre of faction.

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