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Nothing with Strings

NPR's Beloved Holiday Stories

Bailey White


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/23/2008)
MP3 CD (11/24/2008)
Compact Disc (11/24/2008)
Hardcover (10/28/2008)
Compact Disc (11/1/2008)
Compact Disc (11/1/2008)
MP3 CD (11/1/2008)

December 2008 Indie Next List

“Bailey White's stories may begin as though they will end with weddings and flowers, but they take sharp turns and end up not sad, just real, like our lives, but more closely observed. You'll want to read one story at a time so this collection will last longer.”
— Mary Ann Steele, Mary Ann's Mostly Books, Benson, AZ
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For more than a decade, Bailey White has delivered a story each Thanksgiving to National Public Radio's All Things Considered listeners. Long awaited by her many fans, Nothing with Strings is the entire collection of these Thanksgiving stories, published together for the first time.

With wit and charm, Bailey White writes about an almost-gone little town where a spoon player is a guardian angel, an old woman fears that John James Audubon is living in her attic, and a homely governess wins a baby bull in a raffle and loses her heart. It's the kind of place where Heavenly Blue morning glories grow in through the windows of old houses and funeral food is shared on a Greyhound bus on a fall afternoon. You may not have ever been there, but you will feel right at home in these pages. Bailey White's beautifully written stories, teetering on the edge of the unreal, are sure to bring back memories you don't really have.

Scribner, 9781439102886, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010

About the Author

Bailey White was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. She has worked as a schoolteacher and a writer. Her essays and stories have appeared in magazines and on NPR's All Things Considered. She is the author of two story collections, ama Makes Up Her Mind and Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, and a novel, Quite a Year for Plums.

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