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Coming Home: Life, Love, and All Things Southern Hardcover – October 1, 2000

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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Down Home Pr; 2nd edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878086863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878086860
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Home to Robert Inman is Elba, Alabama, where he grew up and where his^B 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 joys of Thanksgiving and Christmas; University of Alabama football; the painful process of writing; weddings and marriages; and his "beautiful, warm-hearted, generous, even-tempered, talented, and witty" wife, Paulette. Inman, author of three novels and seven screenplays, devotes a section of the book to his friend Delbert Earle, who wants to ban the month of February with its "dismal drearies": snow and ice, gloom and angst, and public unrest and domestic discontent. And there's much more in this delightful collection of memoirs, down-home storytelling at its best. George Cohen
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Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Robert Inman is a native of Elba, Alabama where he began his writing career in junior high school with his hometown weekly newspaper. He left a 31-year career in television journalism in 1996 to devote full time to fiction writing.

Robert Inman's fifth novel, The Governor's Lady, will be published in September, 2013 by John F. Blair Publishers. He is also the author of Home Fires Burning (1987), Old Dogs and Children (1991), Dairy Queen Days (1997), and Captain Saturday (2002), all published by Little, Brown and Company and available on Amazon Kindle.

Down Home Press published a collection of his non-fiction work, Coming Home: Life, Love and All Things Southern, in October, 2000.

Inman's first stage play, the musical comedy Crossroads, had its world premiere in 2003 at Blowing Rock Stage Company, a professional theatre in Blowing Rock, NC. His playwriting credits also include The Christmas Bus, Dairy Queen Days, Welcome to Mitford, A High Country Christmas Carol, The Christmas Bus: The Musical, and The Drama Club. Inman wrote the book, music and lyrics for Crossroads and The Christmas Bus: The Musical. Inman's plays are published by Dramatic Publishing Company.

Inman has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television, two of which have been "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentations. His script for The Summer of Ben Tyler, a Hallmark production, won the Writers' Guild of America Award as the best original television screenplay of 1997. His other Hallmark feature was Home Fires Burning, a 1989 adaptation of his novel.

Inman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Alabama with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He has been selected as "Outstanding Alumnus" of the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences, and was inducted into the Alabama Communication Hall of Fame.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, Writers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, PEN American Center, North Carolina Writers Conference, North Carolina Writers Network, and Alabama Writers Forum.

Inman and his wife, Paulette, live in Conover and Boone, North Carolina. They have two daughters: Larkin Ferris of Breckenridge, CO; and Lee Farabaugh of Atlanta.

Author's web site: www.robert-inman.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on March 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Robert Inman is the author of genial southern novels such as "Dairy Queen Days" and a keen observer of the human condition. He is also one of the best guides to the writing life, as sampled in the final chapter of his autobiography "Coming Home, Life, Love and All Things Southern". Inman takes a clear-eyed look at the southern style of life and the reasons we southern people are the way we are. The stories and reminices are tender and warmharted and a treat to read. The best part of thei book is Inman's explaination of why we in the south always ask "who are your people?" and the way we try to find the common link. As Mr. Inman says, we are just trying to say "I am prepared to like you, and would be honered to be your friend...". A wonderful read, a joy for its warmth and quick wit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Perry R. Arnold on March 20, 2011
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I love Robert Inman's writing. I am from the south and appreciate how he manages to bring out the south in his works. But you must understand that this is not an Inman novel. It is a collection of essays, most about the south, but not intended to be woven into a story. Some of the pieces I loved, such as the explanation of why those of us in the south have to understand "who our people are." He is spot on in his observations here and it is obvious Inman knows southern people. Another delight in this book is that you come to understand where the stuff of his novels comes from. Inman tells of the summer job of his youth, mowing lawns, that comes out in "Captain Saturday." He tells of a relative who wins a prize at a grocery store which is a major thread in "Old Dogs and Children." So we get a handle on the source of Inman's work. My problem with the book was that Inman seemed to be trying a little too hard to be Robert Fulghum and he doesn't succeed at that. Read Inman's novels. They are wonderful. Read "Coming Home" as well, but understand it has no depth as his novels have.
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