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Why does a small game bird keep appearing at various phases of my life? What's the fastest way to fill a sinkhole? How many layers deep can a nickel hide in a woman's purse? Why would a grown man take a running leap off the roof of his house? What was it like to grow up in a hotbed of segregation? How did it feel to wait for your draft lottery number to be drawn? How did a Southern father say, "Well done, son" in the sixties? These are the questions that pop up in our daily lives, and the ones Locally Groan can't answer, it will re-frame in a new light. Locally Groan is a series of essays that look at the humorous and serious issues of growing up in the South, including that age-old question, can all dogs swim?
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Feb 17, 2011LOCALLY GROAN takes the reader into the author's childhood and youth in easy-to-read vignettes. While he offers more grins than groans, he also squeezes in an occasional lump in the throat. It's a refreshing little "pick-up-and- put-down-at-will" book, sure to please most any audience.
Feb 13, 2011When you read Locally Groan, you can picture yourself either at a coffee shop or a local bar, sitting and listening to Mr. Cotton tell his tails. All of the stories are told with local elegance and a flair that speaks to the south. You can't help but smile at so many of his journeys through his own way back machine, mixed in with stories from his recent path. Most of what I realized in reading the book, was that part of the gift of life is remembering little adventures, being able to adapt them to an audience in a way that everyone can appreciate the moral or human of the story and having that natural unassuming way of talking about life that is the real gift. Must be nice to have it, heck at least we can read about it.
Feb 13, 2011As I read Mr. Cotton ruminations on growing up in the south and Kentucky in particular, I recalled something Mark Twain once said; "The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling; the comic story and the witty story upon the matter." Mr. Cotton's story matter is often that of a curious child or remembrances of a childhood friends; simple events but matters of grave importance to a youth growing up in the 50s or 60s. Just as Mr. Twain said so many years ago; it is Mr. Cotton’s “manner of the telling” that makes this book special. If you grew up in the south, if you have relatives living in the south, Hell if you simply drove thru the south one time, I think you will enjoy this book.
Jan 14, 2011Knowing the author as I have for over..... well quite a spell, I must say his sense of humor hasn't been changed by the years, places he's been, people he's met or many experiences along that journey. Dirk is my definition of a great friend, a great humorist and a fantastic perspective all rolled into one. Opinions? Of course he has his! And be it Jesus or Juleps, his will come out in a refreshing, new way few of us have had the privilege to behold. I'm honored to say I enjoyed every step of this journey Southward in a fantastic, brief collection of his memories. Well done, my friend. It gets 5 stars from me. And a big glass of sweet-tea!!! Anticipating more.
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- James Dirk Cotton (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Dirk Cotton
- January 13, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.56 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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