This story is part history and part memoir. It concerns my father, a Presbyterian minister, and what he went through during the period 1957 to 1970, when he gave himself wholeheartedly to move his middle-class, Midwestern congregations into action on behalf of the oppressed. In the course of events, my father was arrested, with twelve other white ministers from the North, in 1964, in Pike County, Mississippi, while protesting the county's refusal to register black voters. He spent one night in jail. The protest was in and out of the national news quickly, but it had a large impact on the town to which he returned, Athens, Ohio. He became the locus of controversy, a stand-in for the civil rights movement, and his church became the stage on which the struggle was played out in Athens. The story begins in Westerville, Ohio, in November 1957, with the performance of a minstrel show. It was a fundraiser performed by local citizens to benefit the varsity sports teams of the local college, Otterbein, and it was performed in Otterbein's auditorium, just down the street from First Presbyterian Church, of which my father was pastor. He thought minstrel shows were self-evidently bad and that it was his duty to say so. He wrote a column in the local newspaper upbraiding the citizenry for supporting the minstrel show. He was not naive. And yet he was surprised by the reaction. Public opinion strongly favored it. Members of his church were scandalized not by the minstrel show but by his speaking against it. With the brouhaha that followed publication of his newspaper column, my father gained three things: a reputation as an advocate for civil rights, the understanding that his ministry would provoke conflict, and his own commitment to go ahead with his eyes open. He was eventually forced to leave the Westerville church. His next pastorate was at First Presbyterian Church of Athens, a small city with a large university some eighty miles southeast of Columbus. He arrived in January 1963 resolved to engage the congregation and himself in the civil rights movement as deeply as possible. This story tells the story of my father's attempt to do this, and its consequences. I've been telling this story all my adult life-every month or two for the last forty-five years, I'd guess, usually a three-minute version. Besides being a kind of personal cornerstone story for me, I've always thought it had merit on its own as an exemplary story of the 1960s, the decade in which I passed my adolescence. Ever since then I've been promising myself that I would some day take the full measure of this story. This is it.
Malpractice and mayhem - the events of a single day at a care home are described with humour and compassion in this fast-paced novel. Edith was a child when Stoneycrest was her family home. Now she's an alert and watchful resident. She hatches a plot to expose the malpractice she sees going on around her, aided and abetted by Len, another resident. Spiro, the owner, has his own plans for Stoneycrest, as does his love on the side, Marion the matron of the home. Tass, his niece, is more straightforward in her aims. She just wants lots of cash from Spiro. The day unfolds in surprising ways, as the characters pursue their own ends with varying degrees of calamity and success. 'Home from Home' is a novel which brings together once again the particular blend of humour and compassion for which this long-established writer is known. Thought-provoking entertainment is Susan Barrett's stock in trade.
At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species teaches young readers about the gopher tortoise and the more than 360 different kinds of animals that depend on it for survival. From owls to rabbits, from skunks to scorpions, the gopher tortoise provides creatures with shelter, food, or a place to raise their young. In this fascinating tale of ecological interdependency, glorious illustrations reveal the gopher tortoise's world both below and above ground, showing children how the fate of one species is important to so many others.
In this novella, Latonye endures and enjoys her seventeenth summer. Even though she's a manipulative little phoney with proclivity to embellish, she is worthy of love and respect.
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Now that she's back from her honeymoon, Claire Malloy must face the reality of her home life: It's too close for comfort. A two-bedroom apartment is a formula for disaster for her new husband, Police Chief Peter Rosen, and her teenage daughter, Caron. Time to go house hunting--before they all kill each other. Figuratively speaking, of course...
Or not. Ever since Claire found the perfect home--a well-preserved large house on a large plot of land in Hollow Valley--she has been up to the roof with problems. Not only has the real estate agent gone mysteriously missing but soon Claire learns that the house's previous owner died in circumstances labeled "accidental." And new bodies from Hollow Valley are starting to pile upNow it's up to Claire to dig up the dirt--and unearth a killer. Can she solve the mystery before her dream house turns into a living nightmare?
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