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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806141948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806141947
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In Don’t Shoot the Gentile, we find a charming and drop-dead funny memoir that treats small town, nuanced living with respect, candor, and delight. It’s a story of comfort and conflict, of differences that bond as tightly as similarities, of proof that honoring the ‘other’ brings honor to the self. More importantly, it’s just plain fun. Don’t Shoot the Gentile is. . . a delightful, insightful, witty and refreshing memoir that both Gentiles and Mormons alike will love. –Association of Mormon Letters

“Throughout this slim memoir, Work displays a genuine affection for his colleagues and neighbors that simultaneously allows him to spoof their eccentricities. Distinctly regional in tone yet universal in scope, the book offers a cozy homage to a more innocent time and place.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

James C. Work is author and editor of more than a dozen books, including the anthology Prose and Poetry of the American West and a collection of memoir essays, Windmills, the River and Dust: One Man’s West.

More About the Author

Hometown: Estes Park, Colorado
Present home: Fort Collins, Colorado
Education: BA, MA English literature; PhD, Victorian Poetry.
Career: Professor Emeritus CSU (Western literature, nature writing, creative non-fiction)
Offices: President, Western Literature Association; Exec. Director, Colorado Seminars in Literature; Director, Rocky Mountain MLA.
Awards: CSL Book of the Year (PROSE AND POETRY OF THE AMERICAN WEST); Frank Waters Society Literary Achievement Award ("The Lion at the Well"). Western Literature Association Wylder Award for Distinguished Service.
Activities: canoeing, hiking, camping, fly fishing
Interests: Western American history; archetypal mythology; etymology and rhetoric.

Most satisfactory accomplishments to date:
(1)Discovering how to apply archetypal Arthurian legends to new fiction set in the American West, i.e. bringing Gawain and Lancelot to Wyoming;
(2)Selling a collection of amusing memoirs to an academic press--the Utah memoir "Don't Shoot the Gentile" is scheduled for September 2011 publication.
(3)Being modern-minded enough to have published on Kindle as well as writing articles for an on-line magazine, NewWest.Org

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By Dennis E. Shaw on February 28, 2013
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As someone who spent some of the same time in Cedar City in the mid 1960s, Work is right on target. What a delight to read of his experiences as a fish out of water. I encountered some of his same experiences.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anders Tronsen on January 24, 2012
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AS IT TURNS OUT.... the cultural / social idiosyncracies of Mormonism are nearly as quirky as the historical & doctrinal ones... Works' book Proves It!
this book is rather dated (they drove a NASH, FGS!), but I suspect that things haven't changed That Much in Cedar City, Utah; I think they've BANNED the internet there, Right?
One thing that seems to come up several times are the 'Wonderful' Utah liquor laws: Purchasers are REQUIRED to have a State Permit! I hope Mr. Work wasn't / isn't an alcoholic....

If you're not familiar with Mormonism, especially the small town variety, this could be interesting/ a primer to read BEFORE deciding/committing to (GASP) Move There!
IMHO, this book's target audience Isn't the Mainstream Mormon population. copyright 2011? Really?
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