I Am a Town

I Am a Town

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Shari Smith's roots reach into the Midwest and spread under the Mason-Dixon line into the heart of Dixie. She draws on both in this collection of heartwarming stories that originated on her blog, Gunpowder, Cowboy Boots, and Mascara. With the compassion of an old soul, irreverent wit, her North Carolina vernacular, and more than a few cuss words, Shari takes the reader into qher country, q the small town of Claremont, North Carolina and a mystical land in Alabama called Waterhole Branch. Holding nothing back, she explores the sensitive issues of a rural community, creative minds of the music and literary world, and how a small town's tragedy affects an entire nation. Smith introduces the reader to real war heroes and a Bronze Star recipient author who told their story in graphic detail in We Were Soldiers Once and Young. She allows us to listen in on a telephone conversation with a handsome cowboy actor who had called that hard-nosed reporter to thank him for his work, and without a word of introduction, the reporter passed the phone to Shari, telling the movie star to qsay hello.q Shari Smith writes with insight into the ordinary folks who meet each morning at the Claremont CafAc, the Boys at the Back Table, and with equanimity of prize-winning writers, songwriters, and musicians who gather on the deck of her hundred-year-old farm house. Her world is populated with beloved dogs, horses, children, neighbors, and a bunch of crazy artist-types. All are qher peopleq - people you want to know.He said he knows it is the difference in our art, him behind a guitar and me with only thin paper between me and the harsh world ... In the same way he used to wrap a fishing rod so pretty it was worthy of hanging on the wall, now he sews pieces of paisley together in a log cabin pattern. ... She can sew and crochet, and my daddy will wear her out sending her to fetch whatever she made and stacked in theanbsp;...

Title:I Am a Town
Author: Shari Smith
Publisher:River's Edge Media, LLC - 2014-11-25

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