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Coming Home: Life, Love & All Things Southern

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Home to Robert Inman is Elba, Alabama, where he grew up and where his grandmother lived. But his stories--all of them true, he assures us--encompass everything south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Inman writes about Vacation Bible School, a must for Elba's Methodist faithful; southern politicians; the differences between North and South Carolina; small-town radio stations; the j ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Down Home Press
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I didn’t realize how local Inman is. He has written for the Charlotte Observer and he lives in the NC mountains. He mentions Charlotte and describes it as a place where no one who lives here is from. So true. This book is really a bunch of short essays. Some are truly insightful. Some I didn’t quite get the purpose or the meaning of. Others, were humorous. Especially the short little diatribes about Delbert Earle. I especially like the one about heavy sleepers and light sleepers in a marriage. I ...more
Alexandra Bogdanovic
I don't usually read non-fiction (except for an occasional memoir) but when my mother found this on the "free" book stack at our local recycling center, I decided to give it a read. After all, I did live in Virginia for more than eight years.
I found that it was a trying read at times -- it was almost as if Inman was forcing rather than encouraging us to relate to his childhood experiences and Southern roots. But there was also something comforting about his writing. I found that comfort in the a
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Another book for a book club, the book is okay. This is a collection of essays/short stories on life, love and all things Southern. Almost in the style of Will Rogers or Mark Twain, but not as good. A gentle reminder of what is expected of each person in life. I felt that at times the story is too short and the why is missing. I have only read Captain Saturday by Inman, which I enjoyed. This book was too blase.
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Robert Inman’s new novel, The Governor’s Lady, is available now from John F. Blair Publishers. Drawing on his a career as a journalist and creative writer, Inman has crafted the story of Cooper Lanier, a determined woman fighting to establish her independence in the tumultuous world of male-dominated politics.

The Governor’s Lady is Inman’s fifth novel, following Home Fires Burning (1987), Old Dogs