Man in the Purple Cow House, The; and Other Tales of Eccentricity [NOOK Book]

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In searching for her estranged father, the scion of one of Chicago's empire-builders, the author traces his steps from one of being a respected Pasadena businessman to becoming an ever-more outlandish and bizarre recluse walled off from all those who loved and wanted to reach out to him.
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Man in the Purple Cow House, The; and Other Tales of Eccentricity

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Overview

In searching for her estranged father, the scion of one of Chicago's empire-builders, the author traces his steps from one of being a respected Pasadena businessman to becoming an ever-more outlandish and bizarre recluse walled off from all those who loved and wanted to reach out to him.
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The title of The Man in the Purple Cow House is a reference to Mary Ames Mitchell's dad, whose neighbors splashed purple paint on a living cow he'd put to pasture on the lawn of his Pasadena home. He'd bought the cow and put it there in retaliation for their having stopped him from developing the land. Mitchell's book describes her Southern California upbringing, in a well-off family dominated by her dad, a feisty and argumentative king of his realm.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011917356
  • Publisher: Hope Publishing House
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 289
  • File size: 155 KB

Meet the Author

Raised in Pasadena, Mary Ames Mitchell is a graduate of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design and is a graphic artist living in the San Francisco area where she designs packaging and marketing materials for Fortune 500 companies. As the San Francisco Chronicle concluded in their review: "Over the years, [Ames] becomes more and more embroiled in disputes and more remote from his family. By the time Mitchell is an adult, her parents have divorced; finally, her dad pretty much lives on the streets of Santa Monica, collecting junk. This is one story among many about street people. Mitchell, a designer who lives in San Rafael nowadays, is giving profits to the Committee on the Shelterless and Union Station Foundation in Pasadena, an organization that helps the homeless." Yet the amazing part is though homeless, he left his three children a sizable inheritance because he refused to show identity to the bank clerk that would have allowed him to cash a check of over $300,000.
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