Tea and Jesus Shoes
Deborah Smith, Virginia Ellis, Nancy Knight, Sandra Chastain,
Dixon, and Donna Ball
Tea and Jesus Shoes
is the debut book from BelleBooks, a small
publishing house that caters to Southern fare. The anthology is a
collection of family stories that depict the love of family, tradition,
and humor which can appear eccentric in other regions, but south of the
Mason-Dixon, it's just family.
six owners of BelleBooks who created this collection of childhood
memories and family scenes are talented storytellers.
They have weaved knee-slapping humor, two-hanky emotion, and
pro-wrestling action into a rich tapestry that defines what it is to be
memories in "The Jesus Shoes" and "Keeper of the
Stick" are moving in the way they portray the courage and moral
strength found in the young. Other tales from childhood recall the
animals. Everything from
the main attraction at a gas station to the dog from hell, will have the
reader holding his sides from laughing.
have no shame when it comes to sharing family stories.
In fact storytelling rich in eccentric behavior and a love of
traditions is celebrated as the highest form of family honor.
family stories are rich in the love-hate relationship that occurs.
But in the South, roots are deep in memory and cultivated to last
generations to come. "From Whence We Come" celebrates
Southerners love of family history and the joy to be found in forgotten
relatives. "Big Daddy's Outhouse" and "Grandpapa's
Garden" give two extreme views of marriage.
One is manipulation and the other is love after death. Then there
are the stories of death. Where the ashes of a least favorite aunt may get the last act
of revenge, or a fight between current and ex-wife may cause the
deceased husband to rise from the dead.
there are the family stories that show the protective love of kin, where
the elite of a steeplechase or a rude prospective mother-in-law may hold
airs meant to be brought down.
Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes
joins the works of Fannie Flagg, Lewis Grizzard, and Florence King in
capturing the Southern experience.
Pull up a rocker and pour another sweet tea.
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