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Adventures of High John the Conqueror
Steve Sanfield
087483774X
April 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The 16 segments of this collection are filled with the laudable escapades of High John the Conqueror, a fellow about whom slaves told trickster stories (that somehow never reached the ears of white owners). In one tale, which vividly illustrates the truism "knowledge means power," John (who is determined to be the smartest slave on the plantation) sits under the kitchen window nightly, listening to Master and Missy's conversations. Each night Master outlines a different task John will be assigned the following day. When Master goes to inform John of the task, John either has the job underway or completed. Master, believing John to be omniscient, bets the plantation on the slave's ability. What follows that bet (and courses through all these stories) is a combination of remarkable folktelling with the ironic...


Buried Treasures of California: Legends from California's Mountains, Deserts, Beaches, and Cities
W. C. Jameson
0874834066
May 1995
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Buried Treasures of the American Southwest: Legends of Lost Mines, Hidden Payrolls and Spanish Gold
W.C. C. Jameson
0874830826
September 1990
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Book Description
Modern-day counterparts of the Spanish conquistadors and the early nineteenth-century settlers still cling to the image of El Dorado. The folklore of the land still exerts its magical pull. The pickup truck has replaced the horse and mule, but treasure seekers still travel with little more than their dreams and hopes. They can be found even now in the mountains and the valleys of the American Southwest, still searching for the elusive riches they believe await them. W.C. Jameson gathers his material ....


The Cross in the Egg: The Easter Story Retold for Children
Shirley Taylor
0874837669
March 2005
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2This new interpretation of the Easter Bunny story opens in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Rabbit encounters Jesus praying and weeping. Splashed by a tear, Rabbits heart becomes filled with love and pity. Hurriedly, he searches for a special gift to raise Jesuss spirits. With the help of some hens and Owl, he colors 12 eggs and places them in a flower-decked basket. Suddenly the purple egg is cracked to form a cross. Searching for Jesus in Jerusalem, Rabbit learns from Crow the dreadful news of the Crucifixion, rushes to the empty tomb, and cries himself to sleep in a nest of dogwood branches. He is awakened by a brilliant light and a voice praising him for receiving Jesuss love. Then he is instructed to distribute the eggs to children as a reminder of Gods gift of eternal life. The large...


Curing the Cross-Eyed Mule: Appalachian Mountain Humor
Loyal Jones
0874830834
May 1989
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Book Description
Appalachian humor can be dry, colorful, and earthy, and this collection of over 450 jokes includes some of the best there is. The chapters vary greatly: Love and Marriage


More Laughter in Appalachia: Southern Mountain Humor
Loyal Jones
0874834112
February 1997
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From Booklist
Undeniably this book is filled with laugh-inducing tall tales, riddles, jokes, and stories. However, identifying a distinct Appalachian orientation to many of the pieces is difficult, if not impossible. It seems that many are universal, that is, peculiar to America. Some of the jokes that have a definite hill-country focus on language or accents may be seen by some as ridicule more than down-home humor. An enjoyable, funny book, but not necessarily a fount of Appalachian folklore. Denise Perry Donavin

Book Description
The phenomenal success of Laughter in Appalachia, Loyal Jones and Billy Edd Wheeler's first collection of humor, says something about the importance of humor in our lives, and the talent Jones and Wheeler have in finding the best of it. More Laughter in...


The Preacher Joke Book
Loyal Jones (Editor)
0874830877
December 1989
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Book Description
This surprisingly reverent collection of religious humor pokes less at the message than at the messenger. Gentle enough to give your preacher, clean enough to use in the pulpit, this volume is nonetheless sharp enough to drive home its point that the clergyman does well to serve rather than be served.


Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales
Roberta Simpson Simpson Brown
0874834082
May 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
The ghosts of murder victims return to finger their killers and violently avenge their deaths; nature takes on ominous tones in the hooting of an owl, the nighttime crashing of waves on the shore, or the petals of a dying rose; and fate never fails to administer a righteous justice in this collection of 23 contemporary horror stories. Brown ( The Walking Trees ), a professional storyteller who lists National Public Radio among her performing credits, deftly retains an oral quality in these short tales. Her quirky imagination and macabre sense of humor lead the reader on eerie, atavistic journeys, sometimes concluding with an O. Henry-like twist. While the stories lose a bit of their effectiveness on paper, they are tailor-made for reading aloud--on nights, say, when the moon is hidden and unknown things are...

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