Above the Treetops - The True Story of William Faulkner and Bobby Little, the Son He Never Had [NOOK Book]


A Magical Story of the Deep South.

"Above the Treetops" is the true story of novelist William Faulkner’s heartwarming relationship with a young boy named Bobby Little, who grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.

The book opens with Faulkner taking the five-year-old Bobby up in his airplane. They fly just above ...
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Above the Treetops - The True Story of William Faulkner and Bobby Little, the Son He Never Had

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A Magical Story of the Deep South.

"Above the Treetops" is the true story of novelist William Faulkner’s heartwarming relationship with a young boy named Bobby Little, who grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.

The book opens with Faulkner taking the five-year-old Bobby up in his airplane. They fly just above the treetops – over Oxford, over the Ole Miss campus, and over the surrounding countryside – giving the young boy a wondrous view of the world laid out before him.

In the years that followed, Faulkner taught Bobby not only how to fly the plane, but perhaps more importantly, how to view the world in a unique way.

The William Faulkner that Bobby Little came to know and love through the years is quite a different character than the one put forth in academic manuals about the author’s life. "Above the Treetops" presents the real William Faulkner - the flesh and blood character who, despite all his eccentricities and weaknesses, was a kind, caring, and adventurous soul, especially as seen through the eyes of an admiring child.

Award-winning author Jack Sacco interviewed Dr. Bobby Little – now a retired ophthalmologist, age 82, living in Gulfport, Mississippi – at length to gather the facts as he remembered them and to gain never-before-revealed insights into the true world of William Faulkner.

This is not another tired treatise on Faulkner’s work as interpreted by those who never met the man. It is, instead, a true and magical story set in the deep South, revolving around one of the world’s most famous and yet most private people.
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Editorial Reviews

Mississippi Public Broadcasting - Bob Sawyer
Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Jack Sacco’s "Above the Treetops" is a rare glimpse into the private life of one of America’s greatest novelists. Sacco effortlessly transports the reader to a bygone era and, in the process, masterfully reveals a William Faulkner the world has never known.
Millsaps College - Dean Howard McMillan
I have read Faulkner since the 1950s and have heard many lectures on the man and his work. No one has captured the essence of William Faulkner like Bobby Little. Jack Sacco’s book presents a wealth of new information for Faulkner scholars.
Senator Roger Wicker
In "Above the Treetops," we are given a rare look at one of America’s preeminent writers through the eyes of a young boy who knew him as a neighbor, mentor, and friend. The cherished childhood memories of Bobby Little provide an enduring coda to William Faulkner’s remarkable legacy. Jack Sacco has preserved a truly extraordinary account, and, in doing so, he delivers a captivating addition to the shelves of literary history.
William Griffith, Curator of Rowan Oak, Ole Miss Museum - William Griffith
A high-flying and adventurous read!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016093444
  • Publisher: Michelangelo Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 1,109,690
  • File size: 756 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Sacco is the bestselling and award-winning author of "Where the Birds Never Sing" and "Above the Treetops." He was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Sacco has produced and directed several documentaries and has composed the rich soundtrack scores for such works as "Beyond the Fields," and "Once Upon a Starlit Night."

He is in demand as an accomplished public speaker who lectures widely throughout the United States and abroad. He has appeared at conferences and universities across the nation, including Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, and USC. In addition, he has spoken before members of the Royal Families of Europe at Maissau Castle in Vienna, Austria.

"Where the Birds Never Sing," published by HarperCollins, launched Jack Sacco's successful writing career in impressive fashion. The book is a nonfiction account of his father Joe Sacco's experiences during the Second World War. The book has been praised by critics and readers alike, who become emotionally involved with the characters, enjoy the spirited dialogue, and appreciate the fact that this uplifting and superbly-written coming-of-age tale reads more like a novel than a history book.

Senator Bob Dole, Chairman of the National WWII Memorial and himself a distinguished Veteran, contributed the Foreword to the book. In addition, scholars of the Holocaust have been enthusiastic in their praise. "Where the Birds Never Sing" has been endorsed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper on behalf of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Jack Sacco is the winner of the Alabama Library Association's 2005 Nonfiction Award for "Where the Birds Never Sing." Past winners of this prestigious award include Harper Lee for "To Kill a Mockingbird," Walker Percy for "The Second Coming," and Homer Hickam for "Rocket Boys" (on which the movie October Sky was based).

In 2004, Jack was honored by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama for "Where the Birds Never Sing." The book was also nominated for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Jack Sacco is a creative genius as he depicts the life of Willia

    Jack Sacco is a creative genius as he depicts the life of William Faulkner through a lens most all haven't seen. I highly recommend taking the time out to read this legendary story 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    A must read for Faulkner fans

    Thought I had read and known most everything about William Faulkner
    but this book gave a private look at the author with lots of
    interesting stories that made you feel you knew him on a more personal level.

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