Back by popular demand, Texas treasure Leon Hale signs his holiday favorite One Man's Christmas, as well as his other titles.
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LEON HALE is an award-winning Houston newspaperman and novelist, the author of eleven books. He retired in 2014 after a sixty-four-year career as a columnist with THE HOUSTON POST and, since 1985, the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, for whom he continues to blog, blog.chron.com/leonhale
He has received the lifetime achievement award from the Texas Institute of Letters as well as awards for fiction and non-fiction from that organization, the Headliners Foundation, United Press International, the Associated Press and others.
A graduate of Texas Tech, Hale fought in World War II, as an aerial gunner on fifty combat missions. He is married and has two children, one stepson, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. He divides his time between Houston and Washington County, Texas.
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Leon Hale’s well-known gift for warmth and humor finds the ideal subject in this personal recollection. Whether Hale is scrambling to put together a new toy for his children on Christmas Eve, making an unscheduled visit to his own aging parents, or reliving his family’s fraught holiday on a hardscrabble sheep farm during the Great Depression, the unique sensibility that has endeared him to generations of readers shines through every word.
These are stories to savor by oneself or to read out loud to loved ones of all ages during the holiday season, when we discover again in our own memory the reasons why this time of year is so special.
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When Johnny Lancaster comes into Bonney's Place, he hopes to find answers. Somebody stole a sum of money from his father and he wants retribution. At least, he wants the money back. It's his inheritance. And it surely looks as though the person doing the stealing was Bonney McCamey himself, except Bonney's not the type of person to steal from an old man, is he? Johnny decides to hang around awhile and find out.
What Johnny discovers--along with the limits of his personal endurance--is that passing judgment is a perilous endeavor. This Texas tavern and the unforgettable characters for whom it provides recreation and, in some cases a reason for living, reflect a far more complex reality than Johnny had anticipated. And in the person of Bonney himself, Johnny finds a man who is more than capable of stretching small truths and shading small sins, in order to prevent a larger miscarriage of justice.
This classic novel immerses the reader in a richly layered and vivid assemblage of rural Texas characters such as Rose- Mama, Turnip, Slat, Samuel Wilkerson Hobbs, Jr., and, of course, Bonney himself. Often hilariously funny, "Bonney's Place" is a world of obvious weaknesses, enduring strengths, and the many small exaltations of life.
In this little gem of a book Leon Hale reacquaints us with the back road individualists who have given Texas much of its character over the past century.
A novelist and columnist for fifty years, Hale has built his reputation on an exceptionally smooth writing style combined with a sharp eye for what's unusual and remarkable hidden among the otherwise ordinary people and places of Texas, for example, the alligator that slept by the stove at Scheller's Place; the ghost of Fiddler's Island; or the billboard newspaper of Tillie Roome.
"Turn South at the Second Bridge" chronicles a world that abounds with surprises. Check out Virge Whitfield, who combined wisdom with a limitless love of dogs; or Pat Craddock, whose skill at cooking whiskey cost him a leg; or Jack Hillhouse, the one-armed giant beach-dweller who had an unusual way of obtaining fresh eggs. Hale takes us along with him, down winter beaches from Galveston to Port Aransas, deep into the Piney Woods of East Texas, through the bottom lands of the Trinity, the Brazos, and the Colorado Rivers, as he searches for the unique characters who inhabit the part of Texas you don't find in guide books.
Many of the places and most of the people chronicled in this delightful Texas classic have vanished by now, and we are the poorer for it. Fortunately for us, however, Hale has captured with warm affection the language and spirit of this memorable part of his state's social and oral history, in the shape of stories and characters you won't forget.
Hale's second, award-winning novel that tells the story of a flawed hero and the love of his life.
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In this delightful and heart-warming stroll through the kitchens of his life, Leon Hale recreates for us the bountiful tables of our parents and grandparents -- and if we are lucky, ourselves.
These were tables glowing with the memory of good friends and good times -- filled with nurturing fare like chicken and dumplings, cornbread with Jersey butter, green beans simmered with salt pork, and fragrant fried pies.
From the day in Bryan when he invented blackened chicken to his bachelor apartment adventures making pot roast and "the Soupwich" -- a lunch time staple -- Hale has been a producer of unusual dishes. But he is only an occasional cook.
For the most part, he has been on the consuming end, as he recalls some of the beloved figures whose signature dishes he still longs for: "Mimi" Vick's Christmas ambrosia; Mary Elizabeth Adams and her world-class fried chicken, Marie Moore's guacamole salad accompanied by fried Matagorda oysters -- a holiday tradition. Or Mark Hale's Texas cheese dip, which remains the Hale family's all-purpose comfort food.
With memories of meals prepared by cooks who learned their craft in the late 1800s mingling with portrayals of more recent, often healthier fare, Supper Time serves as a small-scale food history of the twentieth century South and Southwest.
But it is, primarily, an intimate, unforgettable portrait of a man, his friends, his family and his time, full of personal preferences, brimming with memory and affection, enriched by family recipes, old and new.
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From the beloved Houston columnist comes a new collection of his wise, tolerant, funny, and occasionally poignant narratives that appear regularly in the "Houston Chronicle."
Also included are a few hard-to-find favorites from the past, including "The Chamber of Commerce Bull" and the unforgettable Christmas story, "Miracles out of a '22 Chevy." All are related in the graceful conversational prose, full of warmth and humor, that has long been Hale's hallmark.
Among the many pleasures to be enjoyed here are kibitzing with the Old Codgers, sharing Cousin C. T.'s pranks, visits from My Friend Mel, adventures in rural life at Winedale, and other delightful examples of his warm-hearted wit and wisdom. All display Hale's eye for the telling detail and enlist us in the gentle laughter of self-recognition.