Old Friends: A Collection

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From the beloved Houston columnist comes a new collection of his wise, tolerant, funny, and occasionally poignant narratives that appear regularly in the Houston Chronicle.

Also included are a few hard-to-find favorites from the past, including "The Chamber of Commerce Bull" and the unforgettable Christmas story, "Miracles out of a '22 Chevy." All are related in the graceful conversational prose, full of warmth and humor, that has long been ...

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Overview

From the beloved Houston columnist comes a new collection of his wise, tolerant, funny, and occasionally poignant narratives that appear regularly in the Houston Chronicle.

Also included are a few hard-to-find favorites from the past, including "The Chamber of Commerce Bull" and the unforgettable Christmas story, "Miracles out of a '22 Chevy." All are related in the graceful conversational prose, full of warmth and humor, that has long been Hale's hallmark.

Among the many pleasures to be enjoyed here are kibitzing with the Old Codgers, sharing Cousin C. T.'s pranks, visits from My Friend Mel, adventures in rural life at Winedale, and other delightful examples of his warm-hearted wit and wisdom. All display Hale's eye for the telling detail and enlist us in the gentle laughter of self-recognition.


About the Author:
Leon Hale is the author of ten other books. He has won the Lon Tinkle lifetime achievement award and the Jesse H. Jones best novel award from the Texas Institute of Letters, along with numerous column writing awards. Hale's personal essay column appears three times a week in the Houston Chronicle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975272701
  • Publisher: Winedale Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 933,002
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

LEON HALE is the author of ten other books. He has won the Lon Tinkle lifetime achievement award and the Jesse H. Jones best novel award from the Texas Institute of Letters, along with numerous column writing awards. Hale's personal essay column appears three times a week in the Houston Chronicle.

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From the book: "Then suddenly one day they said he was coming. To me it was like he was returning from the dead. I can hear him now, coming, chugging up that road in his Chevy. I can still get the first glimpse of that shivering old car when it came curving out of the timber. I'm running to the road and he's turning in and I can see the gray boot showing through the hole in the left front tire. I can see the twist in the wire that holds the door shut on the driver's side. He's waiting for me to open the gate and I can see him grinning and his eyes are all wet and his skinny arm is out the window and hanging there, waiting to grab me.

That's the day I discovered you can cry about happy things, that tears can rise out of gladness, and they can be hard to stop."

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