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|Author||: Lovejoy Boteler|
|Editor||: Univ. Press of Mississippi|
In 1968, during Albert Lepard’s fifth escape from a life sentence at Parchman Penitentiary, he kidnapped Lovejoy Boteler, then eighteen years old, from his family’s farm in Grenada, Mississippi. Three decades later, still beset by half-buried memories of that time, Boteler began researching his kidnapper’s nefarious, sordid life to discover how and why this terrifying abduction occurred. Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard is the true story of Lepard, sentenced to life in Parchman for the murder of seventy-four-year-old Mary Young in 1959. During the course of his sentence, Lepard escaped from prison six times in fourteen years. In Crooked Snake, Boteler pieces together the story of this cold-blooded murderer's life using both historical records and personal interviews—over seventy in all—with ex-convicts who gravitated to and ran with Lepard, the family members who fed and sheltered the fugitive during his escapes, the law officers who hunted him, and the regular folks who were victimized in his terrible wake. Throughout Crooked Snake, Boteler reveals his kidnapper’s hardscrabble childhood and tracks his whereabouts before his incarceration and during his jailbreaks. Lepard’s escapes take him to Florida, Michigan, Kansas, California, and Mexico. Crooked Snake captures a slice of history and a landscape that is fast disappearing. These vignettes describe Mississippi’s countryside and spirit, ranging from sharecropper family gatherings in Attala County’s Seneasha Valley to the twenty-thousand-acre Parchman farm and its borderlands teeming with alligator, panther, bear, and wild boar.
|Author||: David Hollis|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
This book is the continuing story that began with the Mystery of the Iatt Lake Monster—Revealed!, subtitled Squatchland: The Dartigo Creek Valley Project, where I discovered a tribe of Bigfoots living across the street where I was renting a Cajun-style shotgun house with a rusty tin roof across from a well at the foot of a clean, clear swamp created by three crooked creeks. After a violent initial encounter, David made friends with Mo Cho Rook, the king of the Crooked Snake tribe. Then after moving to the other side of the parish, members of the tribe followed him and made camp across the road from his new habitation where he made friends with Nebehkakun, the local clan leader, who told David much about the tribe and the various local clans. Over one hundred Bigfoots moved to live in his yard, hence the title Squatchland II: Under the Sign of the Crooked Snake. David takes us deep into the forest to visit local clans and shows pictures of each creek valley with what looks to be tall upright walking creatures. David also shows 5 different types of Bigfoots and pictures of each.* Get yours in Gloss only from Xlibris.com.
|Author||: Patricia Wrightson|
|Author||: Donn Conn|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
Rory had come all the way from Connemara Ireland to become a trapper in the Yellowstone country. He has taken a beautiful Lakota maiden, Red Sky, for his wife and they were blessed with a son, the Little Bear, Born with a club foot. He become a great warrior and is called “Walks Crooked.” Join him on his exciting adventures that cover a wide range of territory and encounters. A fast read that will catch the reader catching his breath.
|Author||: American Anthropological Association|
|Author||: Susan E Meisenhelder|
|Editor||: University of Alabama Press|
This comprehensive study examines the ways Hurston circumvented the constraints of the white publishing world and a predominantly white readership to critique white culture and its effects on the black community.
|Author||: Hank Early|
|Editor||: Crooked Lane Books|
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner! Eerie, intense, and masterfully-crafted, Hank Early’s gripping series debut Heaven’s Crooked Finger transports readers to a secretive community in the Georgia mountains. Earl Marcus thought he had left the mountains of Georgia behind forever, and with them, the painful memories of a childhood spent under the fundamentalist rule of his father RJ’s church—a church built on fear, penance, and the twisting, writhing mass of snakes. But then an ominous photo of RJ is delivered to Earl’s home. The photograph is dated long after his father’s burial, and there’s no doubt that the man in the picture is very much alive. As Earl returns to Church of the Holy Flame searching for the truth, faithful followers insist that his father has risen to a holy place high in the mountains. Nobody will talk about the teenage girls who go missing, only to return with strange tattoo-like marks on their skin. Rumors swirl about an old well that sits atop one of the mountains, a place of unimaginable power and secrets. Earl doesn’t know what to believe, but he has long been haunted by his father, forever lurking in the shadows of his life. Desperate to leave his sinful Holy Flame childhood in the past, Earl digs up deeply buried secrets to discover the truth before time runs out and he’s the one put underground in Heaven’s Crooked Finger, Hank Early’s thrilling series debut.
|Author||: James Enge|
Travelling alone in the depths of winter, Morlock Ambrosius (bitterly dry drunk, master of all magical makers, wandering swordsman, and son of Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Viviana) is attacked by an unknown enemy. To unmask his enemy and end the attacks he must travel a long crooked way through the world: past the soul-eating Boneless One, past a subtle and treacherous master of golems, past the dragon-taming Khroi, past the predatory cities of Sarkunden and Aflraun, past the demons and dark gnomes of the northern woods. Soon he will find that his enemy wears a familiar face, and that the duel he has stumbled into will threaten more lives than his own, leaving nations shattered in its chaotic wake. And at the end of his long road waits the death of a legend.
|Author||: Ismat Chughtai|
|Editor||: The Feminist Press at CUNY|
A young Indian woman searches for her own identity as her country fights for independence in this novel from the award-winning Urdu Indian author. The Crooked Line is the story of Shamman, a spirited young woman who rebels against the traditional Indian life of purdah, or female seclusion, that she and her sisters are raised in. Shipped off to boarding school by her family, Shamman grows into a woman of education and independence just as India itself is fighting to throw off the shackles of colonialism. Shamman’s search for her own path leads her into the fray of political unrest, where her passion for her country’s independence becomes entangled with her passion for an Irish journalist. In this semi-autobiographical novel, Ismat Chughtai explores the complex relationships between women caught in a changing culture, and exposes the intellectual and emotional conflicts at the heart of India’s battle for an uncertain future of independence from the British Raj and ultimately Partition.
|Author||: Sean Williams|
When mirror twins Seth and Hadrian Castillo travel to Europe on holidays, they don’t expect the end of the world to follow them. Seth’s murder, however, puts exactly that into motion. From opposite sides of death, the Castillo twins grapple with a reality neither of them suspected, although it has been encoded in myths and legends for millennia. The Earth we know is just one of many "realms", three of which are inhabited by humans during various stages of their lives. And their afterlives... In the tradition of Philip Pullman and Ursula K. Le Guin and inspired by numerous arcane sources, the Books of the Cataclysm begin in the present world but soon propel the reader to a landscape that is simultaneously familiar and fantastic.
|Author||: Elizabeth Spencer|
|Editor||: Univ. Press of Mississippi|
Elizabeth Spencer presents a vital, moving story set in the deep South—the Delta and Mississippi hill country. Amos Dudley was a farm boy in the Delta country at the turn of the century until he started working for his brother Ephraim in the store by the railroad. It was an ordinary enough environment in which to begin to feel the strange forces that move a man to set his course in the world. But the forces working within Amos were by no means ordinary. Sometimes cruel, sometimes suddenly tender, they were strong and willful, so that Amos became a man to reckon with—to Ary, his beautiful, plantation-born wife, to the woman in the bayou, to the shiftless philosopher, Arney. Even the rich black swamp soil which he wrested from the forest and gave to his cotton seemed to respond with awe and eagerness to Amos’s will. His sensuous, wayward daughter and the man she loved especially felt the full shattering drama of the violence which had evidently been building—building in the fate of a man who, regardless, takes his own crooked way.
|Author||: Maggie Stiefvater|
|Editor||: Scholastic Inc.|
Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.
|Author||: Richard Moseley|
|Editor||: WestBow Press|
A young professor of religion and philosophy is called to a prophetic ministry on his campus. A prophet is someone who has a unique and distinct message, one who sees into a situation with startling clarity. One who suddenly and unmistakably knows the truth and its implications. One who must speak out in a way that will forever change the reality of the situation. One who speaks truth to power and pays the price. He is forced to make the most difficult decisions of his life. He is challenged to defend the values for which he stands that he has taught to generations of students.