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Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home ➾ [Download] ➻ Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home By Bailey White ➷ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Anyone who has read her bestseller Mama Makes Up Her Mind or who has heard her on National Public Radio knows that Bailey White is one of the keenest observers of Southern eccentricity since Mark Twai Anyone who has read her bestseller Mama the Starlite eBook ↠ Makes Up Her Mind or who has heard her on National Public Radio knows that Bailey White is one of the keenest observers of Southern eccentricity since Mark Twain Sleeping at the Starlite Motel revives White s reputation as a master storyteller, Southern division, as it catalogs the oddities of the Georgia town she knows so well.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home
  • Bailey White
  • English
  • 21 March 2017
  • 0679770151

About the Author: Bailey White

Bailey White was born in in the Starlite eBook ↠ Thomasville, Ga She still lives in the same house in which she grew up, on one of the large tracts of virgin longleaf pine woods Her father, Robb White, was a fiction writer and later a television and movie script writer Her mother, Rosalie White, was a farmer, and worked for many years as the executive director of the local Red Cross Chapter She has one brother, who is a carpenter and boat builder, and one sister, who is a bureaucrat White graduated Sleeping at Kindle - from Florida State University in , and has taken a break from teaching first grade to pursue writing full time She is the author of Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, Mama Makes Up Her Mind, and Quite a Year for Plums.



10 thoughts on “Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home

  1. Patrick Gibson Patrick Gibson says:

    It s alright This won t hurt much Take an insulin shot and prepare for a massive dose of sweetness Bailey White is a precise articulate writer Without any discernable agenda, she observes the tenderness, often quirkiness around her Her imagery is straightforward all unnecessary alliterations gone It s like Sun Tzu for the soft and fluffy set, what isn t needed, isn t needed What is left is writing at its most elemental Add the strange peculiar oddities of characters living in the linear It s alright This won t hurt much Take an insulin shot and prepare for a massive dose of sweetness Bailey White is a precise articulate writer Without any discernable agenda, she observes the tenderness, often quirkiness around her Her imagery is straightforward all unnecessary alliterations gone It s like Sun Tzu for the soft and fluffy set, what isn t needed, isn t needed What is left is writing at its most elemental Add the strange peculiar oddities of characters living in the linear world of the deep south, stir with sly wit and you have a wonderful series of road trips My Aunt Bella loves rocks Her whole house used to be filled with rocks Every flat surface was covered with slabs of amethyst crystal, piles of rainbow colored labradorite, bowls full of fossilized shark s teeth big as a child s hand, and agate geodes lined with quartz crystals Outside, bigger rougher rocks were piled up to the eaves, with scant little chinks left for doorways and windows Every afternoon, my Aunt Bella takes a bagful of rocks down to Shoney s restaurant where she spreads them out on the Formica tabletop and says incantations over them while she drinks iced tea In one episode Bailey takes Bella on a day trip to visit Mary Lawrence Shepard of Thomas Country, Georgia, a locally famous folk artist who began sculpting over sizes cement statues of famous people in 1917 The author describes Miss Shepards now forgotten, overgrown yard littered with white crumbling monuments in loving detail The artist offers tea and a guided tour In her 90 s Ms Shepard pulls mounds of honeysuckle off a buried chunk of concrete, fiddling with a hose, insisting she make the fountain of a young girl sitting on the edge of a pool flow for a few minutes Now after dark and lit by the moon, Bailey describes the statue of the girl at the edge of the pond Her head was lowered and her eyes were looking down There was no twinkle in her eyes and no coy smile on her lips Her shoulders drooped, and her hands lay limp in her lap Her feet in their cement shoes were the saddest feet I have ever seen A jet of water rose into the sky, arched smoothly, then sobbed magnificently into the pool We stood and watched it for a long time The moonlight and the mist from the slashing water gave everything a strange luminescence I realize the quotes don t necessarily smack of great literature Perhaps it is not It is, however a brief gentle foray into rural Georgia seen through a chronicler with a deep sense of delicacy and charm It is writing with such simple succinct straightforwardness, it will catch you off guard in strange unpredictable ways Her observations are a delight

  2. Linda Linda says:

    I don t usually give books two stars because if I don t at least like it, I never finish it But this book had enough interesting stories and was short enough that I read it to the end I m glad I found a used copy, though, because it wasn t worth full price.

  3. Judy Judy says:

    This book captures perfectly the odd happenings in the little town in Georgia that Bailey knows so well and makes me laugh every time I read it which is about twice a year.

  4. Natalie Natalie says:

    It doesn t get much better for southern writing, than Bailey White I loved Mama Makes up her Mind, even bought a copy for my mother, and this one is just as good.Both collections are just small sketches, tiny recollections, memoirs, of what it was like growing up in the shadows of the old south losing the family home, the dying genteelism that the South has lost, disappearing into mainstream American culture.It s sort of sad, really With franchises and franchise thinking mentality, everything It doesn t get much better for southern writing, than Bailey White I loved Mama Makes up her Mind, even bought a copy for my mother, and this one is just as good.Both collections are just small sketches, tiny recollections, memoirs, of what it was like growing up in the shadows of the old south losing the family home, the dying genteelism that the South has lost, disappearing into mainstream American culture.It s sort of sad, really With franchises and franchise thinking mentality, everything having to follow S.O.P standard operating proceedures , one town looking exactly like another, there s not as many socially diverse hamlets across American any, at least not like it was in the 1960 s and 70 s.But some of it is uproarishly funny Family Values and the fine art of having your ancient bear claw tub, crash through the bathroom floor and end up in the dining room, is one example Aunt Eleanor laments that new architecture has no mettle Indeed.Yet other chapters, like Ashes get us all to thinking of whom has passed in our own families, the great aunts and uncles, grandparents, and it s touching and poignant.A wonderful summer read

  5. Colleen Colleen says:

    This was a family read when I was eleven or twelve and recently decided to reread Sleeping at the Starlite Motel is a collection of short stories about life in the South White s witty style easily captures her quirky characters and beautiful settings Some of the stories are humorous and others aremelancholy, but they all record colloquial life as White experiences it I also give White props for her excellent vocabulary The second time around, I perceived that many of these stories hav This was a family read when I was eleven or twelve and recently decided to reread Sleeping at the Starlite Motel is a collection of short stories about life in the South White s witty style easily captures her quirky characters and beautiful settings Some of the stories are humorous and others aremelancholy, but they all record colloquial life as White experiences it I also give White props for her excellent vocabulary The second time around, I perceived that many of these stories have to do with decline and loss whether that be a once sharp mind going senile, a grand house becoming dilapidated, or a tradition becoming obsolete While not as funny as some of her other works, I still enjoyed it thoroughly I definitely appreciated the life lessonsnow that I have experienced some of them first hand

  6. Amyc Amyc says:

    ok book, but the stories weren t that entertaining to me I felt like the third section of the book had her best stories I felt like there was no real thread tying the stories together, and some of the stories were just getting good when they ended The last chapter was probably her worst and it was where she got the title for her book I just felt like she stuck that one in there so she could have her title.

  7. Ruth Ruth says:

    Essays, short pieces on family members, places, adventures This author is known for her humor, but I can t seem to appreciate it, or even find it at times I know when I should think something this supposed to be humorous but it doesn t work for me This is probably my problem and not the authors She seems rather successful with her Mama series But in this and the other book I read years ago she comes across as a sad person, a lonely person.

  8. Gigi Gigi says:

    I think that to enjoy Bailey White s books, you have to have lived in the Deep South I read this on a trip to Tallahassee less than an hour fromWhite s home in Georgia It got me through 10 days of taking care of my elderly mother Many of White s stories are inhabited by old folks a lot like my mom When I felt like crying, she makes me laugh

  9. Bibliomama Bibliomama says:

    I ve had this book forthan a decade Somehow it always ended up on the bottom of my pile s But I ve been having trouble sleeping lately and found that these short adventures helped me to relax and smile, and then sleep soundly I am not saying that they are soporific They are engaging and quiet, like comfort food for the mind I loved the black and white barely legible maps on many pages I know those places in Georgia My favorite piece was An Old Lepidopterist, bittersweet, but most I ve had this book forthan a decade Somehow it always ended up on the bottom of my pile s But I ve been having trouble sleeping lately and found that these short adventures helped me to relax and smile, and then sleep soundly I am not saying that they are soporific They are engaging and quiet, like comfort food for the mind I loved the black and white barely legible maps on many pages I know those places in Georgia My favorite piece was An Old Lepidopterist, bittersweet, but mostly sweet

  10. Ape Ape says:

    I just loved this It s not often I can say this, but this book actually made me laugh out loud It was the story about Bailey White and the other primary school teacher, Mrs Boatwright They were sent to computer evening classes to learn how to use a computer so that they could then teach the other teachers at the school how to use the computer But the course tutor completely missed the point and decided to run a course on the history of the computer So the two ladies decide to bunk off, teac I just loved this It s not often I can say this, but this book actually made me laugh out loud It was the story about Bailey White and the other primary school teacher, Mrs Boatwright They were sent to computer evening classes to learn how to use a computer so that they could then teach the other teachers at the school how to use the computer But the course tutor completely missed the point and decided to run a course on the history of the computer So the two ladies decide to bunk off, teach themselves And for the remaining evenings they find something else to do Mrs Boatwright These areshort articles about Bailey White s family, friends and life experiences She s a primary school teacher living in Georgia in the USA Although considering this book was published in 1995 20 years ago she might be retired now Who knows I just love her writing It s like chatting with an old and slightly eccentric family And appreciating the little, simple things in life, whilst realising that just because they re simple, doesn t mean that they are insignificant There are just so many wonderful snippets in here Her chapter on the do not signs made me think of the park keeper in the Moomin books her batty elderly female relatives, the old guy running his little fruit and veg stall, Red the Rat Man, and her cousin who was so desperate to see the family chairs reunited

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