"Test given truth; find and live your own. Nothing ever is as it appears to be."
Public radio commentator and essayist Mark Darrah shares true stories of uncommon common people in this collection of short writings. Covering such diverse topics as searching for the headless woman who wanders the grounds of a Mexican War era fort on nights of the full moon, potty training on old U.S. Highway 66, and the imponderables attendant with caring for an aging parent, A Catalogue of Common People explores "what it means to be a thinking and feeling human being in 21st Century America."
Mark has been called a postmodern Paul Harvey and the writer Sarah Vowell would have been "if she'd been born male."
"If there is such a thing as a collective voice for the dreams and misgivings we all share, then Darrah has captured it with eloquence." -- Teresa Miller, author of Remnants of Glory.
"Rich with insight and nostalgia, shot through with a kind of exquisite melancholia, and filled to the brim with an optimism that never fails to renew itself..." -- John Wooley, popular host of "Swing on This" from Public Radio Tulsa 89.5 FM and author of The Big Book of Biker Flicks.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been an ardent fan of Mark Darrah's essays for many years. As a privileged subscriber to his "Tortoise Tracts," I have eagerly awaited each new juicy morsel, knowing it would be an insightful, thought-provoking and often deeply touching text. Now, in A Catalogue of Common People, we have a collection of Mark's best to read as often as we like. The book is perfect to revisit and quench my thirst for the common people stories that resonate so well. Mark is an uncommon author and I commend him for taking the perfect ingredients from his abundant writing pantry and creating a menu that stirs and delights. If you are reading this, Mark, know that I'm ready for more.
In “A Catalogue of Common People”, Mark Darrah shares the love of his home state and the people around him. Mark Darrah assimilates what he sees and hears in a very special way. With his words he binds diverse bits of truth into an image, a collage better than its parts. It is a great read!
A Catalogue of Hidden Gems ~ Darrah's "A Catalogue of Common People" is a meditation ~ a reflection ~ a glance over the shoulder, yet firmly present, while simultaneously gazing into the far distance. The series of glimpses into aspects of humanity, through the eyes of this author, stays with the reader long after the collection is complete. I stumbled across this hidden gem of a read ~ and it is one I will return to again.
This collection of short stories leaves a lasting impression on me. The author describes people and events in a deeply touching manner. From funny to serious, the stories bring questions and issues to light in a unique way. Though the stories are short, they are so rich that this book cannot - and should not - be consumed quickly. Whether or not you are over 50 or from Oklahoma, this book will resonate with you.