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Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: And Other Adventures on the Way Back Home (4 Cassettes)
     

Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: And Other Adventures on the Way Back Home (4 Cassettes)

by Bailey White
 
The bestselling author of Mama Makes Up Her Mind reads her all-new collection.


It is still a comfort to come back from traveling, with my random memories like a display in some Victorian museum of miscellany, to a home full of people whose lives I know so well I can tell the story of every missing finger and call

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The bestselling author of Mama Makes Up Her Mind reads her all-new collection.


It is still a comfort to come back from traveling, with my random memories like a display in some Victorian museum of miscellany, to a home full of people whose lives I know so well I can tell the story of every missing finger and call every old lady's cat by name.


Bailey White's colorful slices of eccentric Southern life have long delighted listeners of National Public Radio's All Things Considered, on which she is a regular commentator. Now, in Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, her first collection since the ABBY-nominated Mama Makes Up Her Mind, she explores how places everywhere affect our lives, from her humid hometown in Georgia to a one-room school in Vermont.


Fans old and new will delight in Bailey White's tour of mansions with leaky roofs, hot springs, and "the kind of dreams you dream at the Starlite Motel." She takes us on adventures as mild as drinking tea with the Rose Queen of 1931 and as risky as deciding to teach first grade. She introduces us to her cousin Mandon, who wants to reunite the family's far-flung Chippendale chairs, and she tries to explain how, when she was assigned to computer training, she ended up at the dog track.


Sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, Bailey White's readings of her unabridged stories are always rich with perception and grace.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the South, someone is called an "embroiderer" if they tend to tell true stories with more than a little poetic license. In White's earlier collection (Bailey White: An Interesting Life, Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/93) it was hard to tell where the truth left off and the embroidery began. Some of the stories in Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, however, have visible if lovely stitches. Still, White's Austenesque observations remain clear-eyed and dead on the mark. As before, her everyday characters are extraordinarily memorable. There's Nockerd Sockett, whose cheerful triumph over earlier tragedies crumbles under the weight of false accusation. There's the fruit-tree man, Red the rat man, and Great-Great Aunt Rose and her exquisite shroud. This gem of a collection, ably read by the author, is sure to have wide appeal and should absolutely be in every library collection.-Reilly Reagan, Putnam Cty. Lib., Cookeville, Tenn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671519889
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.11(w) x 7.08(h) x 1.19(d)

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