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Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters Hardcover – August 22, 2006
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That, if you were a teacher of diabolical means and methods, would be one way of collecting a list of ne'er do wells for your own personal collection. To be frank, though, I wouldn't recommend it. You'd have far more luck if you happened to find yourself in the presence of Patricia McKissack's remarkable, "Porch Lies" and had the wherewithal to snatch it up right quick. Ms. McKissack has always been consistently good, consistently interesting, and blessed with an ear for African-American storytelling and vernacular. Rejoice then when I tell you that her latest venture is a pip. Wonderful to read, both to oneself and aloud to an audience, these are tales that demand to be heard. Hear them then and be content, cause you'll seldom find the like again.
To hear Ms. McKissack tell it, the place to be when she was a child of Nashville, Tennessee was not in the playgrounds or movie theaters of the city but on the porch of 3706 Centennnial. There, Patricia would spend her happy days listening as her grandparents, their friends, and some acquaintances reminisced about some "true" characters they had known in their day. Culling together all the best slickster-trickster tales she knew, McKissack recounts these characters after having processed them from her grandfather's "models" into 9 (or 10, depending on how you count) wholly new and original porch lies. Each story in this book is preceded by a small reminiscence of the person who was telling that tale and how they'd think to tell it in the first place. Then the real fun starts.Read more ›
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Great book! I've read it numerous times!! It's a great book to read by yourself to children. Each tale has a lesson to be learned. I highly recommend itPublished 6 months ago by Desiree Jackson
Didn't use it that much. This is the 2nd book I have purchsed by this author. I use the other book more often.Published on December 10, 2013 by Flash
A great collection of colorful and rich story telling that reflect the historical tradition of African folk tales and legends. Read morePublished on March 16, 2010 by Roxanne V. Forster