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Ode to Billy Joe (Dell) Paperback – March, 1976

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In Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, the Bridge still stands. And people still talk about the dusty June day in 1953 when, for no apparent reason, Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. Now, years after the whispers and rumors, the muddy Tallahatchie River gives up its secrets - the secrets within the haunting ballad that swept America. And bestselling author Herman Raucher writes a love story that is beautiful, tender, funny, joyous, and ultimately so heart-breaking that you will never forget it.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dell
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co (March 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440166284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440166283
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn more about Herman Raucher and find links to purchase his books and movies here: www.hermanraucher.com

Herman Raucher began his writing career during The Golden Age of Live Television, penning original one hour dramas for such esteemed shows as Studio One, Goodyear Playhouse and The Alcoa Hour. At about the same time, he was serving as Advertising Copy Director for Walt Disney whose new company, Buena Vista, was venturing from animated films into live action productions. It was also the time of the debut of Disneyland and all the excitement that came with it.

Back in New York he served as Creative Director and Board Member of several major ad agencies. To further fill out his life he turned his pen to writing four plays, six novels and seven films, among them being "Summer of '42" which was both a best-selling novel and a box office success. It earned him an Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Screenplay as well as a similar nomination from The Writers Guild of America. Raucher's cult film, "Hieronymus Merkin," won the Best Original Screenplay award from The Writers Guild of Great Britain. His racially charged movie, "Watermelon Man," shook up the film critics no small end.

He still feels most at home with novels, in that no one can change as much as a comma without his approval--a condition that every writer savors but very few achieve.



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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful, from the first lines, to the heartbreaking ending, I couldn't put it down. It is a sweetly sad love story set in the late 50's. I won't ruin it by saying what happens, I will just say this, read it, put it down for a while, and read it again, it is well worth it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book as a teenager and loved it (I'm 41 now). My 30-something co-worker had also read it and we both agree that it was worth reading again. My teenage daughter read it and gave a copy to her friend. It's impact crossd the generation gap.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thomasina on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
i first read this book when i was a tender age of 13. i had never been impressed with a book enough to even be able to name the title of one that i had read, this was the first of few to impact me on a deep level. Now at the age of 24, not only do i remember the title,( and pick it up to reread often), but i have it stored away in a hope chest for a future daughter,( or myself) to read. Since the moment i first read this till the present day, a more tragically beautiful story has never been told. i still fold corners of my favorite pages for later rereading, and i still sob and grin my way like a young school girl through this breathtakingly honest story everytime...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Kittrell on November 14, 2014
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OK, I'm a sucker for a 70s films about the American South of the 50s and 60s. Doesn't hurt the film has Glynnis O'Oconnor in an early starring role and is based on the great Bobbie Gentry ballad. The details and resolution may surprise some viewers but I found it a satisfying film.

Why I am I talking about the film when reviewing a book? Well, the book is really the novelization of the screenplay -- no twists, just some additional color and details that add to the enjoyment of both. Watch the film, read the book, you'll get to the same point.

Vendor shipped fast and book was as described. I recommend the book, the film, and this vendor.
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