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Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingKateKintailwing of Burke, Virginia USA on 12/17/2017
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status (set by melydia): travelling

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2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Bought this at a library used book sale. 

Journal Entry 2 by wingKateKintailwing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Released 10 mos ago (12/17/2017 UTC) at Centreville, Virginia USA


Left in my friend's house for her to find! Welcome home!

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Journal Entry 3 by wingmelydiawing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Okay, I admit it, this one fooled me. It was with other packages KateKintail had brought inside while I was on vacation. The return address was a "Retail Shipping Center" in Wilmington, NC. That part didn't get me because it was clear the package had been done by an individual, since "media mail" was handwritten on it and the postage was in regular stamps. (And this would not be the first time someone's mailed me this book.) The stamps were cancelled Charleston, WV, with a date of Sept 10. Media mail is slow, but not that slow. It wasn't until just now that I did two things: looked up the return address (it doesn't exist), and removed the address label (beneath was one addressed to KateKintail from someone in West Virginia).

Well done, KateKintail. This is probably the most creative way I've ever received this book. Oh, and I guess I should explain to future journalers why I received it at all. You see, I have a bit of a history with this book, which has now become a joke among my friends, who attempt to find me copies whenever possible.

The funny thing is that I don't even have strong feelings about the book itself, as I said when I first read it back in 2005:

Will Tweedy was 14 years old and living in Cold Sassy, Georgia, in the summer of 1906 when his grandpa came home one day to announce he was marrying a woman half his age, not three weeks after the death of his first wife, Will’s grandmother. The town, of course, is scandalized, and continues to be so as the story wears on. This is more of a “slice of life” depiction than much of a story – the author starts with a setting (the town of Cold Sassy) and a premise (Grandpa’s new bride), and meanders through clever little anecdotes and asides for a while until the author decides it’s time to end the story and starts killing off characters. This is not a bad story, just a fairly standard one. I don’t have very strong feelings about it either way. The constant backcountry dialect got kind of old, but I feel that way about all books narrated in dialect so that’s not exactly serious criticism. On the other hand, I could hear all the characters in my head with no problem. In the end, if you like this era of historical fiction, you’ll enjoy the feeling of living in Cold Sassy; if you prefer more plot-driven stories where everything happens for a reason, you might want to skip this one.

Anyway, I hope to continue this copy's journey soon. 

Journal Entry 4 by wingmelydiawing at Cooter's Luray in Luray, Virginia USA on Sunday, March 25, 2018

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Released 6 mos ago (3/24/2018 UTC) at Cooter's Luray in Luray, Virginia USA


Left on a bench out front. I had a "Boss Hog" - a grilled cheese with barbecue on it. Surprisingly delicious!

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