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A Buzzard Is My Best Friend
     

A Buzzard Is My Best Friend

by Margaret Anne Barnes
 

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With Murder in Coweta County and The Tragedy and Triumph of Phenix City, Alabama, master storyteller Margaret Anne Barnes established herself as a great writer of true crime stories. Murder in Coweta County was produced as a CBS Movie of the Week, and the Mayor's Key to the City was presentd to her for The Tragedy and the Triumph of

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With Murder in Coweta County and The Tragedy and Triumph of Phenix City, Alabama, master storyteller Margaret Anne Barnes established herself as a great writer of true crime stories. Murder in Coweta County was produced as a CBS Movie of the Week, and the Mayor's Key to the City was presentd to her for The Tragedy and the Triumph of Phenix City, Alabama.

Now with A Buzzard Is My Best Friend she shares a funny ,poignant, engaging memoir of her family's flight from the suburbs to what they hoped would be the peace and quiet of the country. A Buzzard Is My Best Friend, masterfully written, is about love and pain and beginning again and finding the values that do not depreciate.

Originally published in 1981 by Macmillan, it received the Georgi Author of the Year Award for non-fiction and the American Pen Women's award for prose. In response to reader request, it is now available again.

Editorial Reviews

Ann Robinson
From Washington suburbia to a 112 acre farm in Virginia is a considerable leap in time and space. The Barnes family made the transition with flags flying. Barnes tells about crises small and large, triumphs and tragedies, country people and visitors from the city. Readers of any age who love animals will enjoy her story.

This is a well-written tale of family whose lives were changed and enriched by the farm experience. Recommended for public libraries.
—(Library Journal)

Gary Shulz
The roads that stretch out from Washington, DC reach into a gently rolling countryside of fertile fields, rushing streams and majestic trees. The pastoral setting tugs at long-buried instincts and beckons the suburban dweller to abandon car pools, garden parties and school committees for the country life.

In A Buzzard Is My Best Friend Ms. Barnes artfully captures the essence of this retreat to the good and simple life...and recounts it well.

The suburban recluse answering the call of the wild is a thing to behold, an optimist run amuck, just a plain god-awful sight. There was humor. There was despair. There were times good and bad. But above all else there was an unending succession of challenges. There is another deeper level to A Buzzard Is My Best Friend that goes beyond the simple telling of stories. Ms. Barnes reaches out and graps the essence of the human spirit. She explores the drives that push people beyond their own expectations and enable them to deal with adversity.
—(Dallas Times Herald)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865547131
Publisher:
Mercer University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

What People are Saying About This

William A. Emerson, Jr.
This is a marvelous account of how a working farm tried to destroy Margaret Anne Barnes and her nice suburban family. As valorous as the Swiss Family Robinson, our heroine and her gang withstand the rude, rural assaults and survive-with the help of a buzzard.
—(William A. Emerson, Jr., former Editor of The Saturday Evening Post)
Terry Kay
Margaret Anne Barnes' A Buzzard Is My Best Friend is quite simply one of the warmest, most delightful books I have ever read. A remarkable writer gives us not only the gift of her language, but also the gift of her humor, insight, and spirit as she leads her family into the adventures-and misadventures—of the American farm. Read it and rejoice.
—(Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog)
Joe Beck
Joe Beck, attorney Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law, Emory University Law School
This warm and funny novel was a great pleasure to read. It has all the makings not only for a popular book but also for a TV pilot and long-running TV series...a combination of the warmth of The Waltons and the sharp, humorous edge of Mash.
Ted Post
Ted Post, Hollywood Director, Go Tell the Spartans
This is a wonderful story, superbly told. The animal stories are like biblical parables...reflecting the whole gamut of human strengths and frailties...courage and heroism, greed and pride, compassion and caring.

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