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Light and variable : a year of celebrations, holidays, recipes, and Emily Dickinson

Light and variable : a year of celebrations, holidays, recipes, and Emily Dickinson / Connie Cronley.
Cronley, Connie.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2006], ©2006.

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xv, 245 pages; 22 cm
"In Light and Variable, the reader is invited to join celebrated Oklahoma essayist and commentator Connie Cronley on a delightful romp through the calendar year. Honest, unpretentious, and laced with self-deprecating humor, the essays in this book revolve around special holidays or events, some of which you may never have heard of - Festival of Sleep Day, National Failures Day, and Blame Someone Else Day." "Against a backdrop of celebrations and seasons, Cronley marvels at subjects close to her heart: siblings from outer space, small towns, champion whopper-telling ex-husbands, rascally cats, rescued dogs, deviled eggs, know-it-all hairdressers, church squabbles, books and authors, gardening efforts run aground, flocks of starlings, women's history, cowgirls, and her own Cherokee heritage. Woven throughout are fragments of Emily Dickinson's poetry and - not surprising from a former restaurant critic - a few essays about food, including a history of celery in North America, a salute to rhubarb, and recipes from Frank Sinatra and Oprah Winfrey." "Who knew that Oklahoma was such a magical place? Cronley introduces us to Oklahoma celebrities: movie stars Jennifer Jones and Tony Randall, glamorous cafe society singer Lee Wiley, champion poker player Bobby Baldwin, and one of the state's legendary American Indian ballerinas (and her personal friend) Moscelyne Larkin."--BOOK JACKET.
  • A collection of the author's public radio commentaries and freelance newspaper and magazine articles.
0806137886 (alk. paper)
  • OCM63195960
  • SCSB-5273381
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