Hill of Beans by John Snyder
Coming of Age in the Last Days of the Old South

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JOHN SNYDER'S memoir of growing up in the Depression era south evokes a time gone by. It is written with affection and understanding about people dealing with hard times, sometimes with cruelty, sometimes with violence..including a mysterious case of arson that forever changed the author's life. In three parts, It is about early childhood among North Carolina mountaineers, living for a time with two eccentric aunts, and growing up on a sharecropper farm before the author went away to college. HILL OF BEANS has received favorable reviews from Roy Blount, Jr., Diane McWhorter, James Atlas, Jonathan Galassi, Robert Morgan, Charles Gaines and other eminent writers.

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He lives in Gambrills, maryland with is wife & two daughters.
Published November 29, 2011 by John M. Snyderconeross. 201 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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John’s father, Ted, was a man for all seasons, adept with a poem as well as a gun and a saw, and the narrative sparkles with his vernacular—the winsomely meaningless “consnoggerating” is a term only a 1940s father could invent.

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Snyder also expertly profiles a wide range of family and friends—most notably his father, a hard man given to arcane phrases ("Cut that racket!' he shouts, ‘or I'll come down there and transmogrify your paraphernalia'") and his Aunt Bess, whose streak of cruelty is displayed in her love of ki...

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