Things I Like about America: Personal Narratives

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Hawthorne Books, 2002 - History - 220 pages
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Poe Ballantine’s risky, personal essays are populated with odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer. He takes us along on his Greyhound journey through small town America (including a detour to Mexico) exploring what it means to be human. Written with piercing intimacy and self-effacing humor, Ballantine’stories provide entertainment, social commentary, and completely compelling slices of life.
 

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Contents

Shes Got Barney Rubble Eyes
15
Failure of a Man Named Love
51
Where the Rain Belongs
67
Never and Nowhere
87
A Piano Player Enters the Room
101
Bingo Clock
115
How I Lost My Mind and Other Adventures
129
La Calidad de la Vida
149
An Unfamiliar Form of Solitaire
161
Things I Like About America
181
Estrellita
213
Poe Ballantine
223
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About the author (2002)

Poe Ballantine currently lives in Chadron, Nebraska. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Sun, Kenyon Review, and The Coal City Review. In addition to garnering numerous Pushcart and O. Henry nominations, Mr. Ballantine's work has been included in the anthologies The Best American Short Stories 1998 and The Best American Essays 2006.

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