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Tales from a Free-Range Childhood
     

Tales from a Free-Range Childhood

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by Donald Davis
 

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"To hear Donald Davis tell these stories is a delight. To read these stories is an adventure. You are transported not only to his childhood but to yours as well. Each story sparks memories. Donald is a master of finding the story and humor in everyday life and taking you along for a joyful ride."
David Holt, four-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller

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"To hear Donald Davis tell these stories is a delight. To read these stories is an adventure. You are transported not only to his childhood but to yours as well. Each story sparks memories. Donald is a master of finding the story and humor in everyday life and taking you along for a joyful ride."
David Holt, four-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller and musician
In his first new book in six years, Donald Davis, considered by many to be the father of family tales, returns to recollections of growing up in the southern Appalachians, and especially of his relationship with his sibling Joe.
Davis has remarked that he �didn�t learn stories, I just absorbed them� from a family of traditional storytellers that has lived on the same western North Carolina land since 1781. Among this collection of 18 chronologically arranged stories, Davis explains why 28 second-graders petitioned the school board to reestablish paddling as their preferred form of punishment, instead of the new policy of �suspension.� He also spins family tales about how his mother was finally convinced to give his brother Joe�s naturally curly, �wasted-on-a-boy� hair its first cut; how he and his cousin Andy got fired from their job of �watching the baby�; how his brother convinced their mother to adopt her first cats; and how he got a chemistry set designated for children over 10 when he was only eight.
Through his tender, often humorous stories about his life experiences, Davis captures the hearts and minds of readers while simultaneously evoking their own childhood memories. One reviewer described Davis�s storytelling style this way: �He invites each listener to come along, to pull deep inside for one�s own stories, to personally share and co-create the common experiences that celebrate the creative spirit.� Even if you can�t enjoy Davis�s storytelling live, his written voice is so strong that you will actually hear these tales as you read them.

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Booklist - Michael Cart
"Former Methodist minister Davis became a full-time storyteller in 1989. Now a fixture at national storytelling conferences, he grew up in southern Appalachia, where storytelling is more than a tradition - it's a way of life. In this collection of 20 stories, he recalls growing up there with his younger brother, Joe. These nostalgic tales are filled with the stuff of fondly remembered boyhood, from braces to broken bones, from enforced babysitting to trips to the grandparents' farm. There's a li

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012257543
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
02/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
239
Sales rank:
1,008,023
File size:
644 KB

Meet the Author

Donald Davis grew up near Waynesville, North Carolina, before attending Davidson College. After earning a B.A. in English there, he graduated from Duke University Divinity School. For over 20 years, he was a minister in the United Methodist Church. In 1989, he became a full-time storyteller. He now tours the country 10 months a year, making approximately 300 storytelling presentations annually.
He is a regular headliner at the 37-year-old National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and at the 21-year-old Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah�the largest such festival in the West, attracting over 25,000 people. In Orem and on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, he conducts special week-long workshops on the creation and performance of personal and family stories. His workshops were the subject of a documentary film that premiered on public television in Utah in August 2010.
He has been a featured storyteller at the Smithsonian Institution and the World�s Fair and a guest host for National Public Radio�s Good Evening program. He was selected for the �Circle of Excellence� by the National Storytelling Association and served as the chairman of the board of the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling for six years.
When he�s not traveling, he makes his home on Ocracoke Island.

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Tales from a Free-Range Childhood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a WONDERFUL book! I grew up in the same home town, and I laughed and cried as I read this book. Donald Davis is a marvelous storyteller who makes his stories come alive. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy to relate to if you are of the "baby boomer" generation. Donald Davis writing also crosses generations. Good book, a "must read".
ReadingIsExciting More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed these stories and often laughed out loud! Can't believe Donald Davis actually survived his childhood. He sure has a way with words and is a great storyteller!