Old Songs in a New Cafe: Selected Essays

Old Songs in a New Cafe: Selected Essays

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by Robert James Waller
     
 

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Robert James Waller began the pieces in this book on a warm, green morning in the summer of 1983. He hadn't set out to be a writer. He just needed to record his feelings about people and animals and things he cared about. His first story, "Ridin' Along in Safety with Kennedy and Kuralt," told about being young and a musician, and how playing "The Wabash Cannonball"… See more details below

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Robert James Waller began the pieces in this book on a warm, green morning in the summer of 1983. He hadn't set out to be a writer. He just needed to record his feelings about people and animals and things he cared about. His first story, "Ridin' Along in Safety with Kennedy and Kuralt," told about being young and a musician, and how playing "The Wabash Cannonball" one day in a roadside bar changed the rest of his life. The Des Moines Register printed the essay, and people began asking for more.

The result is Old Songs in a New Cafe. A work of nonfiction, it takes you inside Robert James Waller's mind and world...revealing insightful experiences from his own life and, with his special magic, illuminating those poignant moments most of us share. Few writers possess the power to move us. Even fewer become legends in their own time. Robert James Waller has done both. Just as you have loved his best-selling novels, you will love...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Waller, whose The Bridges of Madison County has been on PW's bestseller list since August 1992, offers 19 essays about love, life and death, written between 1983 and 1989. (July)
Library Journal
Previously published in two separate volumes, these 19 essays by best-selling author Waller (The Bridges of Madison County, LJ 3/1/92) provide various, intimate, and stimulating reflections. Among them are his expressions of love for a newly grown daughter (``Excavating Rachael's Room''), a loving tribute to his wife of over 30 years (``Slow Waltz for Georgia Ann''), portraits of personal and often irregular heroes (``The Boy from the Burma Hump''), and multiple celebrations of things that he loves. These include music, travel, basketball, nature, and, above all, romance. In the revelation of his loves, one0 discovers the essential Waller, a man who writes both to find and to express himself. In sharing his own strong passions, Waller demonstrates his gift for expressing feelings that all people have but do not think that others have. Public libraries will want this. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/93.]-Marie L. Lally, Alabama Sch. of Mathematics & Science, Mobile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671882969
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
03/01/1994
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 7.12(h) x 1.17(d)

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