Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees by Kathryn Tucker Windham
One Thing Leads to Another

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With sprightly humor and a lifetime spent observing Southern culture, beloved storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham shares memories of her childhood in Thomasville, Alabama. She affectionately recounts stories about family members, friends, and favorite pastimes.

Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees recalls small-town life in the 1920s and '30s, garnished with ruminations about folktales and superstitions. Mrs. Windham recalls how Thurza, the family cook, tucked a wooden match in her hair to cure a headache, and how her father spit in his hat when a rabbit crossed the road. She ponders the origins of old sayings and the creativity of children's play before television and air conditioning.

One thing leads to another, Mrs. Windham says, ticking off the items she wants us not to forget. In every phrase, the reader hears her voice, almost as if our favorite story teller was in the room.

About Kathryn Tucker Windham

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Kathryn Tucker Windham was born in Selma, Alabama on June 2, 1918. After graduating from Huntingdon College, she became a police reporter for the Alabama Journal and was one of the first women to cover the police beat for a major southern newspaper. She is best known for her series of true ghost story collections. In 1974, she was the featured storyteller in the second National Storytelling Festival, which led to a weekly commentary on Alabama Public Radio and on NPR's All Things Considered. She was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2003. She died on June 12, 2011 at the age of 93.
Published June 15, 2011 by NewSouth Books. 112 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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