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Nothing with Strings: NPR's Beloved Holiday Stories

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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.

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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The Long Black Veil

What Would They Say in Birmingham?

The Progress of Deglutition

The Telephone Man

Miss Wigglesworth's Bull

Bus Ride

Return to Sender

Lonesome Without You

The Garden

Nothing with Strings

The Green Bus

Almost Gone

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Denise Morland, October 28, 2008 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Nothing with Strings is a collection of short stories written by NPR contributor Bailey White. These beautiful little stories are about people who can see the magic and mystery in everyday life. Where some see an elderly lady whose mind is slipping, Bailey White conjures a Thanksgiving picnic with a mysterious dancing girl. From a replica of a 1909 Sears catalog comes a black carriage with red stripes and a black and white prancy pony, a rose queen is discovered in a nursing home, and a lady wakes to find Richard Nixon cooking scrambled eggs in her kitchen. Squint your eyes a little and allow the lines of reality to blur and who knows what you could find between the pages of this book?
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NPR's Beloved Holiday Stories
White, Bailey
Short Stories (single author)
Stories (single author)
Thanksgiving day
American essays
American essays -- 20th century.
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