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100 tricks every boy can do : how my brother disappeared

Author: Kim Robert Stafford
Publisher: San Antonio, Tex. : Trinity University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest children of the poet and pacifist William Stafford, were pals. Bret was the good son, the obedient public servant, Kim the itinerant wanderer. In this family of two parent teachers, with its intermittent celebration of "talking recklessly," there was a code of silence about hard things: Why tell what hurts? As childhood pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret, unable
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Kim Robert Stafford; Bret Stafford
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Robert Stafford
ISBN: 9781595341365 1595341366
OCLC Number: 777661269
Description: 202 p. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: One hundred tricks every boy can do
Responsibility: Kim Stafford.

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"Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest children of the poet and pacifist William Stafford, were pals. Bret was the good son, the obedient public servant, Kim the itinerant wanderer. In this family of two parent teachers, with its intermittent celebration of "talking recklessly," there was a code of silence about hard things: Why tell what hurts? As childhood pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret, unable to reveal his troubles. Against a backdrop of the 1960s - puritan in the summer of love, pacifist in the Vietnam era - Bret became a casualty of his interior war and took his life in 1988. 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do casts spells in search of the lost brother: climbing the water tower to stand naked under the moon, cowboys and Indians with real bullets, breaking into church to play a serenade for God, struggling for love, and making bail. In this book, through a brother's devotions, the lost saint teaches us about depression, the tender ancestry of violence, the quest for harmonious relations, and finally the trick of joy."--

""Interrogates memory to find a brother lost to suicide, portraying two boys against the backdrop of an atypical 1950s American family. Their father, a poet and pacifist, occupies a large presence in their lives as they forge identities together and apart, and ultimately through loss"--Provided by publisher"--

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"The style is spare and poetic, story and reflection, moving ponderously, smoothly and touchingly back and forth across time." -- Portland Book Review "Kim Stafford's moving memoir of loss and guilt Read more...

 
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