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Chesapeake Boyhood: Memoirs of a Farm Boy (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf)

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Chesapeake Boyhood is an account of growing up on the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake during the years following the Great Depression. Turner's stories include rousing tales of 'coon hunting, crabbing, boat building, duck hunting, oyster tonging, and Saturday jaunts to town. Turner brings the characters, experiences, waterscape, and landscape of rural Virginia to life as no one has done before or is likely ever to do again. His own drawings illustrate the stories, and they, too, win us over with their honesty and charm.

Its chief virtue (besides its highly literate style), it seems to me, is its intimate, sensory knowledge of a vanishing Chesapeake landscape: its sounds and smells, the way things feel to the touch, the lore lodged in the names of the commonest creatures and activities... At one point Turner likens the local farmers and fishermen sitting around the table in the country store to fixed positions on a compass, with 'all the cardinal points taken, ' and I think of this book] as a kind of compass too, that describes one man's orientation to the Eastern Shore. — Andrea Hammer, St. Mary's College

Modern outdoor writing has enough anemic adventures by faint-hearted writers reared in the suburbs. What it needs more of is the droll wit of an Ed Zern, the robust foolishness of a Patrick McManus, and the lean prose of an Ernest Hemingway. It gets all three in the tales of Bill Turner. — George Regier, author of Heron Hill Chronicle and Wanderer on My Native Shore

Storms, boat wrecks, childhood pranks and even old dogs are remembered with a sense of humor in Turner's book. He has captured the rhythms of country life in a time before fast cars, credit cards, and air pollution. — Waterman's Gazette

Synopsis:

Chesapeake Boyhood is an account of growing up on the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake during the years following the Great Depression. Turner's stories include rousing tales of 'coon hunting, crabbing, boat building, duck hunting, oyster tonging, and Saturday jaunts to town. Turner brings the characters, experiences, waterscape, and landscape of rural Virginia to life as no one has done before or is likely ever to do again. His own drawings illustrate the stories, and they, too, win us over with their honesty and charm.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801855894
Author:
Turner, William H.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Turner, William H.
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
Fishing
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Regional Subjects - MidAtlantic
Subject:
Hunting stories
Subject:
Eastern Shore (Md. and Va.)
Subject:
Fishing -- Anecdotes.
Subject:
Farm life -- Eastern Shore (Md. and Va.)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Turner, William H - Childhood and youth
Subject:
Farm life - Chesape
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Johns Hopkins paperbacks ed.
Series:
Maryland Paperback Bookshelf
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.94x5.99x.64 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Chesapeake Boyhood is an account of growing up on the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake during the years following the Great Depression. Turner's stories include rousing tales of 'coon hunting, crabbing, boat building, duck hunting, oyster tonging, and Saturday jaunts to town. Turner brings the characters, experiences, waterscape, and landscape of rural Virginia to life as no one has done before or is likely ever to do again. His own drawings illustrate the stories, and they, too, win us over with their honesty and charm.
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