Shaking the Nickel Bush

Shaking the Nickel Bush

by Ralph Moody, Tran Mawicke
     
 

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Skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by a Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate. Going west again is a delightful prospect. His childhood adventures on a Colorado ranch were described in Little Britches and Man of the Family, also Bison Books. Now nineteen years old, he strikes out into new territory hustling odd jobs,See more details below

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Skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by a Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate. Going west again is a delightful prospect. His childhood adventures on a Colorado ranch were described in Little Britches and Man of the Family, also Bison Books. Now nineteen years old, he strikes out into new territory hustling odd jobs, facing the problem of getting fresh milk and leafy green vegetables. He scrapes around to survive, risking his neck as a stunt rider for a movie company. With an improvident buddy named Lonnie, he camps out in an Arizona canyon and "shakes the nickel bush" by sculpting plaster of paris busts of lawyers and bankers. This is 1918, and the young men travel through the Southwest not on horses but in a Ford aptly named Shiftless. New readers and old will enjoy this entry in the continuing saga of Ralph Moody.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Social historians of the future, seeking material on the life of American boys during the first few decades of the [twentieth] century will ignore the books of Ralph Moody at their peril. . . . [Moody] has a splendid talent for bringing the ashes of the past into life."—Chicago Sunday Tribune
New York Herald Tribune Books

"A sentimental reminiscence rich in good humor and courage, and in Americana. It is a story simply told of a young man's unself-pitying and successful struggle against what seem the unsurmountable odds of dire poverty and desperate illness."—New York Herald Tribune Books
Library Journal
Moody, author of Little Britches, here continues his life story in these three illustrated volumes. LJ's reviewer dubbed Horse "a glorious recollection of the pre-Dust Bowl, pre-Depression days" (LJ 9/1/68), while Nickel Bush was "highly recommended" (LJ 6/1/62). All offer views of an America long gone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803282186
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
448,289
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)

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