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Coming home : life, love, and all things Southern
Inman, Robert, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Asheboro, NC : Down Home Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PS3559.N449 C65 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this warm, amusing, delightfully entertaining -- and often moving -- collection, acclaimed novelist Robert Inman writes about the things that matter, the things that touch heart and soul.He writes of growing up in Elba, Alabama, and of adventures with his boyhood friend Booger Winston. He writes, too, of life and love, home and family.Longtime Inman fans will be pleased to hear that a whole section of this book is devoted to the Southern wit and wisdom of Delbert Earle and his great uncle Orester.Like his novels, Coming Home is rooted in the joys and fascinations of Inman's small-town upbringing, where, as he puts it, You get to look people in the eye day after day and learn who they are and how to get along with them.

Author Notes

Robert Inman was the TV anchorman on the number one station in Charlotte for 25 years. He lives in Charlotte and Boone, North Carolina.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Home to Robert Inman is Elba, Alabama, where he grew up and where his grandmother lived. But his stories--all of them true, he assures us--encompass everything south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Inman writes about Vacation Bible School, a must for Elba's Methodist faithful; southern politicians; the differences between North and South Carolina; small-town radio stations; the joys of Thanksgiving and Christmas; University of Alabama football; the painful process of writing; weddings and marriages; and his "beautiful, warm-hearted, generous, even-tempered, talented, and witty" wife, Paulette. Inman, author of three novels and seven screenplays, devotes a section of the book to his friend Delbert Earle, who wants to ban the month of February with its "dismal drearies": snow and ice, gloom and angst, and public unrest and domestic discontent. And there's much more in this delightful collection of memoirs, down-home storytelling at its best. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Librarians should warm up their fall and winter book talks and reading lists with this entertaining collection of vignettes about the characters and events that enliven daily small-town life in the South. Novelist Inman (Dairy Queen Days) introduces his work by stating, "A small town is a small stage upon which life's comedy and drama play out in full view of everyone, and if you're curious and observant enough, you can learn a lot about people and what makes them tick." Inman backs his theory with tales about memorable characters, such as Mama Cooper, who wins the $1000 grand prize when the new Piggly Wiggly supermarket opens across the street from her home. Alongside the humorous sketches are poetic pieces describing the natural world. Inman concludes the collection with essays about writers and writing. The wide spectrum of topics, along with the mix of humor and poetic language, make this book a cozy read. Buy a copy for patrons and another for staff, because this is ideal for book talks with groups of all ages on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.ÄJoyce Sparrow, Juvenile Welfare Board Lib., Pinellas Park, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.