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From a Limestone Ledge

From a Limestone Ledge
Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas

Now back in print—the third volume in the acclaimed Brazos Trilogy by John Graves, who is widely acknowledged as Texas’s most beloved writer

February 2016
This is a print-on-demand title. Expedited shipping is not available.
$19.95
253 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 |
ISBN: 
978-1-4773-0936-0
Description: 

“Another fine, reflective, anecdotal look at rural Texas.” —New Yorker

“Graves writes eloquently about a countryman’s concerns. There's not a false note in the book.” —Boston Globe

“Like the unmortared stone fences of Graves’s native hill country, From a Limestone Ledge is constructed of bits and pieces never designed to fit together, yet made to achieve a unity that is more enduring than the sum of its individual parts by the hands of a master craftsman.” —Southwestern Historical Quarterly

“The beauty of his work endures, and there is a greater pride in Texans’ hearts for their home, I think, than there would be if he hadn’t written the books he did.” —Rick Bass, Garden & Gun

“In describing the particulars of his surroundings, Graves often was describing the world in microcosm and the place and plight of humankind in it.” —Bryan Woolley, Dallas Morning News

Contents: 
  • Foreword by Bill Wittliff
  • Preface
  • Coping
    • 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
  • Creatures
    • Nineteen Cows
    • A Few Words in Favor of Goats
    • Of Bees and Men
    • Blue and Some Other Dogs
    • Some Chickens I Have Known
  • Ponderings, People, and Other Oddments
    • 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