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Keeper of the moon
McLaurin, Tim.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [1991]

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316 pages ; 22 cm
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PS3563.C3843 Z468 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The author is a novelist--not famous, but good. His memoir of growing up and coming of age is excellent. He was born on a small, hard farm in North Carolina. Life wasn't easy--no tales of Old South gentility here. Why this recollection of catching snakes, catching hell, and catching girls is so affecting is the candor of heart couched in prose of sheer beauty. Remembrances of times past is McLaurin's point and purpose, but it is accomplished with as much realism as sentiment, and the combination beguiles. ~--Brad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

His childhood home in North Carolina was a ``physical heaven,' ' recalls novelist McLaurin ( The Acorn Plan ), despite the hardscrabble lot of his rural family. Capturing the grittiness of Southern poverty as well as the abundance of joy in its midst, he composes a wistful paean to a southland that has nearly vanished. One of five children raised by a resourceful mother and alcoholic father, he became a handler of poisonous snakes and a youthful stargazer (hence the title) while developing a thirst for a larger world. Also featured are earthy Southern family members and friends, their eccentric behaviors and knack for knockabout fun. McLaurin, who overcame bone cancer with a marrow transplant from a sibling, pays tribute to his heritage in this lively, memorable memoir. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Readers of this tedious coming-of-age memoir hoping for insight on the ``real South'' will only find here the pretentious manly cliches that Esquire magazine loves so much. The men who populate novelist McLaurin's ( Woodrow's Trumpet , LJ 8/89) North Carolina childhood are hard drinkin', hard livin', colorful characters, while the women are either strong, tough matriarchs (McLaurin's mother) or seductive bimbos (his first wife). (McLaurin's patronizing attitude toward women is particularly annoying; he describes his future second wife as ``a fine woman who . . . would birth my two children.'') A shame really, because hidden under the overwritten portentous prose is the nugget of a powerful book; McLaurin's account of his struggles against a rare form of bone cancer and his younger brother's gift of bone marrow is the only part where his book comes alive. Not recommended. Librarians should stick to Harry Crews's classic A Childhood ( LJ 9/15/78).-- Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.