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Dirt Road by James Kelman

Title Dirt Road
Author James Kelman
Publisher Catapult
Release Date 2017-07-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781936787517
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Booker Prize winner James Kelman's new novel, Dirt Road, tells the story of a teenage boy who travels with his father from Scotland to Alabama to visit with relatives after the death of his mother. In the American South, he becomes swept up into the world of zydeco and blues. ""A powerful meditation on loss, life, death, and the bond between father and son. . . . Kelman has created a fully–realized, relatable voice that reveals a young man’s urgent need for connection in a time of grief." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) After his mother’s recent death, sixteen–year–old Murdo and his father travel from their home in rural Scotland to Alabama to be with his émigré uncle and American aunt. Stopping at a small town on their way from the airport, Murdo happens upon a family playing zydeco music and joins them, leaving with a gift of two CDs of Southern American songs. On this first visit to the States, Murdo notices racial tension, religious fundamentalism, the threat of severe weather, guns, and aggressive behavior, all unfamiliar to him. Yet his connection to the place strengthens by way of its musical culture. Murdo may be young but he is already a musician. While at their relatives’ home, the grieving father and son experience kindness and kinship but share few words of comfort with each other, Murdo losing himself in music and his reticent and protective dad in books. The aunt, “the very very best,” Murdo calls her, provides whatever solace he receives, until his father comes around in a scene of great emotional release. As James Wood has written of this brilliant writer’s previous work in The New Yorker, “The pleasure, as always in Kelman, is being allowed to inhabit mental meandering and half–finished thoughts, digressions and wayward jokes, so that we are present” with his characters. Dirt Road is a powerful story about the strength of family ties, the consolation of music, and one unforgettable journey from darkness to light.

The Potion by R. G. Emanuelle

Title The Potion
Author R. G. Emanuelle
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-04-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 316
ISBN 1947253239
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A secret formula. A mysterious blue potion. A determined woman. In the tradition of mad scientists, Vera Kennedy will stop at nothing to create the elixir that will give women the power to live according to their own desires.But when Georgette Harris comes to her with a plea for help in finding the key that could rescue her from destitution, Vera is pleasantly distracted. Together, they will unravel a mystery that includes ghostly elements and unscrupulous men.

Dirt Road by James Kelman

Title Dirt Road
Author James Kelman
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2016-07-14
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781782118244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, dreams of a life beyond his Scottish island home. His dad Tom has recently lost his wife and stumbles towards the future, terrified of losing control of what remains of his family life Both are in search of something as they set out on an expedition into the American South. As they travel they encounter a new world and we discover whether the hopes of youth can conquer the fears of age. Dirt Road is a major novel exploring the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road. It is also a beautiful book about the power of music and all that it can offer.

Dirt Road Home by Watt Key

Title Dirt Road Home
Author Watt Key
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date 2010-07-20
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1429933356
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The story of of the orphan boy Moon, begun in Watt Key's award-winning Alabama Moon, continues with Dirt Road Home After his recapture, gutsy 14-year-old Hal Mitchell is sentenced to live at Hellenweiler, an institution that is more like a jail than the boys' home it's supposed to be. Hal could walk out in just a few months if he keeps out of trouble. But in a place like Hellenweiler, the more he tries to avoid the gangs and their violence, the stronger Hal's fellow inmates try to make him fail. This title has Common Core connections. "Key does a fabulous job of keeping his readers involved in the story and vested in the characters. Even reluctant readers will most likely find this one hard to put down." -- VOYA

Dirt Road Home by Cheryl Savageau

Title Dirt Road Home
Author Cheryl Savageau
Publisher Willimantic, Conn. : Curbstone Press
Release Date 1995
Category Poetry
Total Pages 92
ISBN UOM:39015033979751
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Poems deal with poverty, mixed heritage, nature, family life, and memories

The Red Dirt Road by Alissa Callen

Title The Red Dirt Road
Author Alissa Callen
Publisher HarperCollins Australia
Release Date 2018-02-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781489246837
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A moving rural love story about two people who, in the face of life's tragedies, realise the strength they have within themselves and that they could be even stronger together. A new Woodlea Community rural romance by USA Today bestselling author Alissa Callen. Will facing the past bring them together? After losing a patient, Dr Fliss Knight returns to small town Woodlea and buys a rundown farm, her confidence and city career in tatters. She intends to live a solitary life and hopes that the slow country pace will help her heal. Pickup rider Hewitt Sinclair is no stranger to how hairy things can get in a rodeo arena. But when he can't save the life of his twin brother, he hangs up his spurs. Determined to provide for his brother's widow and young family, he gives himself no time to grieve. But when a motorbike accident proves he needs to also look out for himself, he accepts an old friend's invitation to stay at an isolated property while his body heals. When Fliss meets the cowboy living in the bluestone stables across the garden, all her hopes for a quiet and peaceful life fade. Despite his reserve, Hewitt is impossible to ignore. As they work together to care for an abandoned dog and her puppies they find themselves drawn to each other. But as a family secret threatens every truth Fliss has ever known, and the heavy spring rain continues to fall, both Fliss and Hewitt must face their deepest fears. Will love be enough to guarantee happiness or will the past refuse to relinquish its dark hold?

Title Fast Lane on a Dirt Road
Author Joe Sherman
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2000
Category History
Total Pages 247
ISBN UVA:X004420271
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Nestled between Montreal, Boston, and New York City exists a magic land called "Vermont." It's a state of the union, a state of mind, a state of grace, and a state of confusion and contradiction. Because of its beauty, its scale, and its depth of culture, Vermont is truly a perfect state. The image of Vermont that leaps off the pages of Vermont Life is one of rolling hills, small villages, white churches with soaring steeples, town meetings, and blazing foliage. But there is another side of "A Perfect State," a complex composite of dirt roads turned to Mud Season quagmires, sharply divided citizens who cannot find common ground on critical issues such as school financing, gay marriage, environmental protection, and development. Joe Sherman portrays the last fifty years of Vermont history, a time when the state evolved from a bucolic bedrock of conservatism to a rural theme park on America's cutting edge. Whether the subject is sprawl, gourmet ice cream (Vermont is home to Ben & Jerry's), or rock and roll (Vermont is also home to the rock band Phish), Vermont finds itself at the center of the stage. Fast Lane on a Dirt Road is a raucous book about a rocky state from a perspective so fresh that controversy is unavoidable. Traditionalists will take issue with Sherman's portrayal of the state as a cauldron of social change, while newcomers might object to the homage paid to Vermont's past. Vermont was the last state to allow in a Wal-Mart, and the first to authorize domestic partnerships. It is the only state with a Socialist representative in Congress, a state where a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate (dairy farmer Fred Tuttle) actually voted for his better-qualified opponent. Sherman is a journalist and a social historian more than an academic. He has not had the luxury of time to filter and clarify his observations. As he states in his own acknowledgments, "Writing contemporary history is risky business." Fast Lane on a Dirt Road is a great read for anyone interested in the rapid evolution of American culture. The quirky history of Vermont shows us both where we've been and where we're going. The rest of America can learn a lot from Vermont.

Tales From A Dirt Road by Dutch Mantell

Title Tales from a Dirt Road
Author Dutch Mantell
Publisher CreateSpace
Release Date 2010-12
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 338
ISBN 145644090X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Dutch Mantell presents his second book about his 30+ years in the world of professional wrestling. In front of the camera and behind the scenes, Dutch has seen it all and this latest book is packed with stories his fans will love. No one can tell a story like Dutch Mantell and this book is proof of it.

Title The Last Witness from a Dirt Road
Author Bill Hunt
Publisher Bill Hunt
Release Date 2005-10-03
Category Education
Total Pages 264
ISBN 1419618830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A moving coming-of-age story, written, possibly by one of the last of Southerners to grow up on a working sugar plantion. Told through the eyes and voice of the young son of the white overseer, this is a unique and heartfelt remembrance of events past, and a portrait of a time and place on the cusp of dramatic change. It's the 1940s and Billy lives on Shirley Plantation near the small town of Bunkie, Louisiana. Effortlessly, he moves back and forth across the lines of segregation, while navigating a whites-only life at church and school, then returns to the lively black community on the plantation. But slowly, surely, he begins to lose his childhood innocence, at the same time, he sees the different way which society treats whites and blacks. Mag, a black woman who is like a second mother, is forced to leave the plantation when she looses her field-worker man to a younger woman. From that day on, her empty hosue in the workers' Quarters is a reminder of how fast everything is changing in his small world, which he loves. A rare snowstorm on Thanksgiving Day brings out the difference between his life in the "Big House," to the life lived by the plantation workers in the row of small houses along the dirt road. Billy struggles to find meanings in their lives, and bridge the separation between his life and lives of the black workers as best he can. While this way of life has faded into history, his memories of that life have not. A stunning portrait of life in a unique era that will never be again, eloquently told by a man who lived it.

Title Speed Bumps on a Dirt Road
Author John Cohen
Publisher powerHouse Books
Release Date 2019-09-10
Category Music
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1576879267
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Speed Bumps on a Dirt Road is a living document of country music's founding fathers and mothers. John Cohen photographed musicians, at home, backstage at public events, from the wings at fiddlers' conventions, out in country music parks, and in the studio for live radio show performances and recording sessions. Back in 1961 it was still possible to know a few of America's original country musicians from the '20s and '30s. Renowned and celebrated musician and artist John Cohen came of age at the confluence of old time and early bluegrass music, the historic intersection of traditional and folk music. Cohen traveled the country playing music, recording, and documenting what was to be a generation of musicians who would influence American music and culture for decades to come. Traveling between the Union Grove fiddlers' convention to the Grand Ole Opry to a coal celebration in Hazard, Kentucky, Cohen made historic photographs of performers like Bill Monroe and Doc Watson, the country's very first all-bluegrass show, and a bluegrass bar in Baltimore, among much more. Speed Bumps on a Dirt Road presents old time music as the root of country music. Includes photographs of: Flatt & Scruggs, fiddler "Eck" Robertson in Amarillo, Texas, Doc Watson, bluegrass fiddler "Tex" Logan, the Stanley Brothers at Sunset Park, Sara and Maybelle of the Carter Family, and Cousin Emmy, Alice & Hazel, and a dulcimer in a parking lot.

That Red Dirt Road by Kay Sanders

Title That Red Dirt Road
Author Kay Sanders
Publisher UW-Madison Libraries Parallel Press
Release Date 2010
Category American poetry
Total Pages 35
ISBN 9781934795125
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Kay Sanders first connected with Wisconsin sitting at her fourth-grade desk in the deep south, reading Little House in the Big Woods, never dreaming that Wisconsin would one day become her home. She grew up hearing her mother and her maternal aunts recite poetry, sing songs, argue, tell stories, and quote scripture, sealing her destiny as a poet. In her review of Sanders' chapbook That Red Dirt Road, published by Parallel Press, Lou Roach of Verse Wisconsin says "Kay Sanders understand the deep current of family that flows through the lives of those fortunate enough to have grown up in the midst of parental love, also knowing the warm affection of extended family members. Her chapbook...is more than a memoir. It is homage to the strength of connections and the sense of mutual support that flourishes wherever kinship is valued and nourished." After earning her bachelor’s degree in history from Auburn University and completing graduate work there, Sanders married her German professor, moved to Wisconsin, and raised a family of five children. She worked a variety of jobs including time spent as a substitute teacher, church secretary, and proofreader and typist of graduate theses, before retiring in 2007 as Lay Ministry Coordinator for her church. Her work has been published in Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Fox Cry, Free Verse, and Wisconsin People and Ideas. She is the recipient of three Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association jade rings for essay and poetry won various awards with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets; and has won awards in the poetry contests of Wisconsin People and Ideas. She is currently working on a second poetry manuscript entitled Traveling Light and resides in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Dirt Road by Daniel Juan Revilla

Title Dirt Road
Author Daniel Juan Revilla
Publisher AuthorHouse
Release Date 2009-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 20
ISBN 9781449042547
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Memories of a Dirt Road Town
Author Stephen A. Bly
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Release Date 2005-05-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781433669378
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A fifth-grade school teacher in southern Illinois, Develyn Worrell's nightmare begins one summer when she discovers her husband's infidelity. She divorces him without ever telling her twenty-one-year-old daughter why. Although Devvy has a heart change and desires for reconciliation, he dies before she can tell him of her desire. The daughter blames her mother for her father's death. Memories of a Dirt Road Town begins the story the following summer. Brokenhearted about her husband's death and her daughter's decision not to come home for the summer, Devvy decides to find a little dirt road town in Wyoming where she had vacationed as a child. She remembers fondly the sunset and a beautiful Roan horse. Upon arrival, Devvy purchases a Roan mare and a burro, rents a little cabin, and watches as God brings three very important men into her life.

Along The Red Dirt Road by Jane Yearout

Title Along the Red Dirt Road
Author Jane Yearout
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-04-20
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1734828005
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is 1933, and a pandemic of homelessness, joblessness, despair, and financial ruin grip the nation. Wind and drought ravage the central plains, and an ambitious new president takes office. Under such circumstances, Annie Young, her parents, and a dog named Bitsy abandon the Dust Bowl for a fresh start back east. Still harboring deep wounds from the Civil War, there are strange undercurrents in Hillview that defy reason or virtue. The innocent girl is befriended by Miss Mittie, an old woman marked by scandal, and a ragtag boy from ages past. Both are hostage to an untold story - one that Annie is compelled to reveal. Fortified by curiosity and two kindred spirits, Annie pursues her goal, one that may change the course for many who are yet to travel the red dirt road of life. And so it begins, in the historic beauty of the Shenandoah Valley at the very apex of the Southern Rebellion. The road takes us to the parched and impoverished Midwest, then back to the valley in 1933. Too long, old prejudices and secrecy have poisoned the community. It is time for the truth to come forth - to empower her descendants, her kindred spirits, and all who may be touched by this tale.

Title A Dirt Road to the Future
Author Ethan Casey
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-09
Category Pakistan
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0984406301
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Driveway Diaries by Tim Brookes

Title The Driveway Diaries
Author Tim Brookes
Publisher Turtle Point Press
Release Date 2005
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 233
ISBN UOM:39015060843565
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Part autobiography, part a humourous study of Americana, these essays from Tim Brookes, who moved from England to New England, came about as an accident. While working on a doomed book about communting, Brookes developed an odd affection for dirt roads, in particular his own driveway - a tiny dirt road, a masterpiece of inconvenience. The result is this wonderful book, a well-balanced mix of family life, nature, skewed Americana and shrewd English wit. A perfect book for anyone who has ever visited America, or ever wanted to do so.

Title Michigan Conservation
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1963
Category Conservation of natural resources
Total Pages 86
ISBN MINN:31951D00339121V
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Grandpaws Memoirs by David Quesnel

Title Grandpaws Memoirs
Author David Quesnel
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2014-09-16
Category
Total Pages 76
ISBN 0996268103
Language English, Spanish, and French
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David Quesnel shares his humorous stories about his childhood growing up on a small farm. Quesnel's stories are light, funny, and nostalgic, as they follow his life through the woods, cow ponds and back roads of rural Vermont.

Dirt Road Cousins by Thad Fargo

Title Dirt Road Cousins
Author Thad Fargo
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1976
Category Gay youth
Total Pages 158
ISBN OCLC:230826510
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Oscar and Sweetpea The Long Dirt Road
Author Michele Hardy
Publisher Covenant Books, Inc.
Release Date 2018-10-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 24
ISBN 9781643002927
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Oscar and Sweetpea are two little dachshunds that live in the country who enjoy life. As they're walking down the long dirt road, Sweetpea learns some valuable lessons. Oscar guides Sweetpea with his wisdom and knowledge of life. Life is a journey. Let's have fun!