In a Special Light

In a Special Light

by Elroy Bode
     
 

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Elroy Bode’s books on nature and life have made him a favorite of readers and critics. Here he explores his home city of El Paso, the land and people of Central Texas, and his roles as teacher, father, and writer. These sharply observed, beautifully written pieces find the universal in the particular — a young boy in a barbershop, plaza life, a young couple…  See more details below

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Elroy Bode’s books on nature and life have made him a favorite of readers and critics. Here he explores his home city of El Paso, the land and people of Central Texas, and his roles as teacher, father, and writer. These sharply observed, beautifully written pieces find the universal in the particular — a young boy in a barbershop, plaza life, a young couple in Smokey’s Barbecue. In a Special Light discovers pleasure in the lives of ordinary people, and joy in the worlds in which they live.

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Publishers Weekly
These previously published vignettes find former Texas Observer contributing editor Bode (Texas Sketchbook) watching the regulars of a downtown El Paso plaza in "their social club beneath the mulberry trees"; fondly studying skateboarders who loiter outside a 7-Eleven like "urbanized Huck Finns"; and speculating on what the future holds for a Hispanic and Anglo "Romeo and Juliet" whom he observes in a barbecue restaurant. Bode meditates appreciatively on the natural wonder of shade and on the ubiquitous hackberry tree that represents "everything that was graceless and shabby and down-at-the-heels in the hot Texas summertime." Epiphanies of his own 1940s central Texas boyhood mingle with memories of his son as a boy as he recounts, with courageous forthrightness, the painful story of his troubled son's suicide. Essays that reflect on his 48 years of teaching public high school in El Paso, including his award-winning "Requiem for a WASP School," capture the rise of Chicano counterculture and his own rebelliously liberal antiwar stance. Bode's deep feeling for unsung places will endear him to anyone familiar with the Texan townscapes and landscapes he evokes. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595340894
Publisher:
Trinity University Press
Publication date:
04/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Elroy Bode
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): El Paso, Texas

Elroy Bode is the author of eight books, including Texas Sketchbook (Texas Western Press, 1967), Sketchbook II (Texas Western Press, 1972), Alone in the World Looking (Texas Western Press, 1973), This Favored Place: The Texas Hill Country (Shearer Press, 1983), Commonplace Mysteries (Texas Western Press, 1991), and most recently Home Country: An Elroy Bode Reader (Texas Western Press, 1997). He is a former contributing editor for the Texas Observer and has twice received the Stanley Walker Award for Journalism from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Bode, who taught in Texas public schools for forty-eight years, retired last year from Austin High School in El Paso. His work appeared in the Nation, the Texas Quarterly, the Texas Observer, Redbook, the Southwest Review, and many other publications.

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