- Paperback: 436 pages
- Publisher: Direct Descent (August 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970132700
- ISBN-13: 978-0970132703
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy & Its Aftermath
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It can be read solely as a "Whodunit," and will keep the reader guessing with each new theory put forth. It's a fascinating detective story -- and it's all true.
It can be read on a historical level with its wealth of mid-19th century history in the South.
It is an excellent example of documentation. It must be a given that few books have ever been so well researched and documented.
"Only a Few Bones" can be read as the story told by a professor with a PhD in an entirely different field who could no longer ignore the calling of genealogy.
It's a quality example of using social history to flesh out the "bones" of all our ancestors.
But, most of all, "Only a Few Bones" is a fascinating read.
Colletta's use of language is exciting, bringing the everyday features of a rural family's life into an enticing and constantly revealing array of surprises. "What could possibly be next?" the reader keeps asking. But the historical and personal events of this family saga continue to unravel the family myth that the author as a teenager had heard from his grandmother as she cut out dress patterns on his mother's dining room table. Grandma's "facts" were only a part of the story; actually it was the unanswered questions that proved to be the impetus for a young genealogist's journey to an unknown area, the Mississippi Delta.
Rooted in a grandmother's stories, some of which were fact and some were mythical, "Bones" became reality to replace what for years had been a mystery: who set the fire in which great-grandfather had died? As the young, impressionable, family history seeker made his way from one small, backwater rural town to the next, to their local cafes and small-town hotels, the ghosts of the Delta--with the eventual help of newspaper accounts, census records, obituaries--began to reveal more and more.Read more ›
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Excellent narrative and story telling of the genealogical events. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will use it as a wonderful example of how it should be done...Bravo to Dr. Colletta.Published 5 months ago by Lynn Buonviri
This is a great true story and the compiler knows how to make it interesting.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
I started this book many years ago and got bogged down reading all the footnotes. I had heard Mr. Colletta speak on several occasions and wanted to see if he could write as well... Read morePublished 21 months ago by BG
I purchased this book some time ago and truly enjoyed it on many levels. It is a well written story that the author has researched. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Holly K. Meany
I will read this again to go over the route he took to come to his decisions. Very interesting!!!! I would recommend this to any one who is interested in genealogy..Published on July 11, 2013 by Judith A. Tierney
What started out as family lore as told to the author by his grandmother turned into a 30 year hunt for the truth. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by GLH2576
I took a one-day course with him at the Smithsonian, and he was a very dynamic and knowledgeable teacher. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Jeanne Hudson