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From a Limestone Ledge Hardcover – October 12, 1980


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"Another fine, reflective, anecdotal look at rural Texas." -- The New Yorker

"He writes eloquently about a countryman's concerns. There's not a false note in the book." -- Boston Globe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Graves is the author of two other Texas classics, Goodbye to a River and Hard Scrabble. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (October 12, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394512383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394512389
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Now in a new edition with a foreword by Bill Wittliff, From A Limestone Ledge: Some Essays And Other Ruminations About Country Life In Texas is a collection of the writings of Texas author and freelance writer John Graves. Enhanced for the reader with illustrations by Glenn Wolff, the subjects range from caring for animals such as cows, goats, bees, dogs, and chickens to growing grapes and making wine, smokeless tobacco ponderings, the day-to-day issues that face a countryman, and much more. From A Limestone Ledge reverberates with the wholehearted appreciation for Texas country life, and offers an open window into profound treasure of simple daily joys.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on May 29, 2004
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This book is one that finds its was to my night stand again and again. The humorus manner in which the essays are written make the most mundane things become interesting. The authors ability to poke fun at his own follies while coping with country life are half the fun of reading it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rough Customer VINE VOICE on April 1, 2011
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I have all if John Graves books, and IMO, the Goodbye to a River is his best. However every book of his, deserves a read...in my case multiple reads purely for ENJOYMENT! I took to reading From a Limestone Ledge again, not sure how how many times I have read this volume...but it is a collection of 19 free standing chapters, or "shorts" if you will....about country life in Texas. Mr. Graves bought a "stock farm", or piece of land, in central Texas (Somerville county) sometime after his profits from the hit book Goodbye to a River. Evidently he pretty much built the house, barn, fences and other improvements on the land mostly by himself with some heavy lifting help from hired hands. In this volume he covers all sorts of country lore, country views, ...his humor is wonderful. Anyone who doesn't understand or is bored by this volume must not understand the country way of life. I do, and I LOVE this book. There is some wonderful humor, his story of the three goats put into a 55 gallon drum and the lid welded shut and then a week later the drum is opened...is a classic. His chapter on his dogs, Old Blue in particular, is great. (there is a separate short book by Graves on Old Blue and some other dogs)
Mr. Graves, is a talented scholar with the written word, the turn of a phrase...a Winston Churchill, a Thoreau. He is also a genuine hero of the Pacific war in World War II. I highly recomment this book, as well as any other book from the pen of John Graves.
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By john o'brien on October 20, 2014
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quick shipper, item as advertised, Thanks!
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2 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sylvie J. Shurgot on October 16, 2003
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I bought the book because about 2 years ago I began my own project in the Texas Hill Country. My husband and I own some land there, and we've been working on it and enjoying it tremendously.
Mr. Graves' book must be the most boring piece of writing I have ever read, and I'm a serious reader. I don't usually write reviews, but this book was so bad I simply had to respond.
So don't bother reading the book; there's much better stuff out there. And please, do not form a negative opinion about the Texas Hill Country based on this book. The fact that the author has nothing interesting to say about it doesn't mean that there is nothing interesting to talk about. The area is beautiful, and there certainly is much more to it than what you'll find in Mr. Graves' ramblings.
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