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Of God, Rattlesnakes, and Okra: A Preacher's Boy Tells His Growing-Up…

by J. Bennett Easterling

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Not too bad. I enjoyed this book more than some, but nothing really stood out as amazing. ( )
  Tamara_Da_Hunt | Dec 29, 2014 |
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This book provides the smiles and chuckles I hoped it would. The author shares a trove of entertaining tales, based on his adventures growing up during the Depression and the 1940s in a rural area in the Mississippi backwoods, where families commonly got by with little money. Some engaging stories are "Invasion of the Holy Wasps", "A Tale of True Love", enjoying 5 cent sodas, and hearing about Old Pete, his daddy's cantankerous mule. As the author wrote "Despite living on desperation's doorstep we were happy", which made me stop and think about all the comparative luxuries I enjoy and take for granted. ( )
  hangen | Nov 1, 2014 |
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This was a fairly interesting book though it had much more of a religious angle than I am usually interested in . Easterling has a succinct understanding of what it meant to grow up during one of the worst times in American history and while most books talk about how the 1% were effected by the Great Depression, Easterling makes it clear how this time affected the average person. ( )
  arelenriel | Oct 30, 2014 |
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J. Bennett Easterling compiled his enjoyable memoirs about his upbringing in Mississippi during the Great Depression in form of little sketches about various people and subjects. The sketches or little stories range from chores on the family farm to making a teacher's life miserable, from encounters with rattlesnakes to fortune tellers. The importance of family and the "pleasures"of a simpler life are the thread that holds the narrative together.
Bennett Easterling doesn't talk about his childhood as if they were the good old times. He doesn't sugarcoat the poverty, the hard life of a farmer, the different way of parenting or how people with special needs were treated. Bennett Easterling describes a specific time and place in history and encourages you to smile, laugh, frown, shake your head in disbelief and not rush to judgement.
While the old south Bennett Easterling knew is gone, it is still true that coonhounds howl and bark about every small animal they chase up a tree. ( )
  zumpi | Oct 23, 2014 |
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Being from the South I really enjoyed these short stories of a preacher's son growing up in the bible belt. The family was very poor but rich in love and togetherness and they never went hungry. People always helped each other and when disaster struck they were there for comfort and support. These were the good ole days and will always be remembered. ( )
  txwildflower | Oct 22, 2014 |
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