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From a limestone ledge : some essays and other ruminations about country life in Texas

Author: John Graves
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, New York : Distributed by Random House, Inc. 1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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With the same craft and wit, the highly acclaimed author of Goodbye to a River and Hard Scrabble here writes about nature and man on his own rough "patch" of Texas land. Unsentimentally, gracefully, with a true countryman's earthly good sense, John Graves talks about cows, bees, goats, about the satisfaction of making (and drinking) wines, about snuff and chewing tobacco, about the landscape and thee living. From a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Graves, John, 1920-
From a limestone ledge.
New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House, 1980
(OCoLC)644330705
Named Person: John Graves; John Graves
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Graves
ISBN: 0394512383 9780394512389 0446512923 9780446512923
OCLC Number: 6532074
Description: xv, 228 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Notes of an uncertain bluecollar man --
More than most people probably want to know about fences --
Building fever --
Meat --
Vin du pays --
Trash as treasure --
Kindred spirits --
Nineteen cows --
A few words in favor of goats --
Of bees and men --
Blue and some other dogs --
Some chickens I have known --
Noticing --
Weather between east and west --
Coronado's stepchildren --
Tobacco without smoke I: Dippers --
Tobacco without smoke II: Chewers --
One's own sole ground --
A loser.
Responsibility: John Graves ; illustrations by Glenn Wolff.

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With the same craft and wit, the highly acclaimed author of Goodbye to a River and Hard Scrabble here writes about nature and man on his own rough "patch" of Texas land. Unsentimentally, gracefully, with a true countryman's earthly good sense, John Graves talks about cows, bees, goats, about the satisfaction of making (and drinking) wines, about snuff and chewing tobacco, about the landscape and thee living. From a Limestone Ledge is a celebration of "the casual but constant observation of detail, the noticingness of a rural life," a treatise on the pleasures and hardships of doing things for oneself, a nostalgic meditation on country ways. At once encyclopedist and raconteur, Graves shares a compulsion to hoard junk, his stubborn refusal to raise chickens the right way, and his preference for visiting, and not living with, goats. In his work, described by the Boston Globe as "civilized, funny, humane," Graves considers every creature and aspect of country life that has lured--or forced-- his attention during two decades of living on, and working, a battered and recalcitrant stock from in the cedar-covered limestone hills of North Central Texas. From a Limestone Ledge will have the deep appreciation of Graves' earlier readers and will win, for his self-reliant way of life as well, new enthusiasts -- Book jacket.

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