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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (April 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679770151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679770152
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

NPR commentator and first-grade teacher White (Mama Makes Up Her Mind) here explores the many quirks of the human psyche and the richness and variety of American landscapes. A series of sketches, originals and reprints from Smithsonian and other magazines, recounts her experiences in Virginia, Vermont, Los Angeles and elsewhere but mostly focuses on people and places in and around her native Thomasville, Georgia. There the lives and personalities of local "characters" reflect the intersection of tradition and change in the small-town South. From the 1931 Rose Queen, who still feels that her title gives her the prerogative to pick flowers out of municipal rose beds, to the upstanding Baptist schoolteacher who drags White with her when playing hooky from her computer training course to attend dog races, to the rural folk artist whose hauntingly lovely statues sit in White's yard, White brings to life a host of often odd but always engaging personalities. Her vignettes illuminate the complexities of human relationships and the immense satisfaction that can be derived from an appreciation of nature. Author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In the South, someone is called an "embroiderer" if they tend to tell true stories with more than a little poetic license. In White's earlier collection (Bailey White: An Interesting Life, Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/93) it was hard to tell where the truth left off and the embroidery began. Some of the stories in Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, however, have visible if lovely stitches. Still, White's Austenesque observations remain clear-eyed and dead on the mark. As before, her everyday characters are extraordinarily memorable. There's Nockerd Sockett, whose cheerful triumph over earlier tragedies crumbles under the weight of false accusation. There's the fruit-tree man, Red the rat man, and Great-Great Aunt Rose and her exquisite shroud. This gem of a collection, ably read by the author, is sure to have wide appeal and should absolutely be in every library collection.
Reilly Reagan, Putnam Cty. Lib., Cookeville, Tenn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I urge you to read anything you can that is written by Bailey White. I am currently sharing all three of her books, Mama makes up her mind, Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, and Quite a Year For Plums with my 70 year old mother and my 14 year old daughter. Her writing transcends generations. We read passages outloud to each other. From worms doing gymnastics from the ceilings to every possible strange character, her books are a delight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book by my advisor when I graduated from High School in Atlanta and was going off to college in New York City. It is a wonderfully witty collection of memories that could be one's own. I found it to be both comical and poinent all and once and fell in love with its words right away. I highly recomend one story in particular called Native Air to anyone feeling a twinge of homesickness for the south or anywhere else.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela on January 21, 2000
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Bailey White's amusing stories supplied a quick and satisfying read. The humor and insight into life made me laugh and think. Some of the more poignant stories still echo in my mind. The voice created by White for these stories is real and it brings her characters and adventures to life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Bradshaw on November 9, 2004
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Bailey White's book of short stories/narratives that describe crazy relatives and neighbors, interesting experiences with folks traveling through, and the adventures of daily life is a great addition to any reader's collection of southern literature. I particularly loved "Computer Class," which tells the tale of two elementary school teachers who skip out on computer training to go to the dog races.

White has a tender way of writing about all of her "characters." She notes people's eccentricities, but she doesn't judge them or look down on them. In many ways, she seems to delight in all the "differences" that make people (and the world) interesting. A great read. If you like this book, you'll LOVE Mama Makes up Her Mind, which I thought was even better than this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
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I just spent the day reading all of "Sleeping at the Starlite Motel." As I read each page I realized that I've actually spent my whole life with similar experiences and people, only not as well described. Bailey White writes with gentle truth! A wonderful read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1997
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She is wonderful. I only wish I had one of her books to read every week. Ms. White makes me feel like I know her family and her kinfolks. I think she has a marvelous gift with words and I just love her books. I would recommend this book to anybody who needs to feel happier
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1996
Format: Hardcover
How often do you laugh out loud as you read a book? "For a good time" IMMEDIATELY turn to the short story titled "The Computer Lesson". It will hit your funny bone
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1996
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This is the second book by Bailey White, with whom readers may be familiar from National Public Radio. Ms. White feeling for the human experience, humor, pathos, and all of the other emotions are encountered in her delicious short stories. "The Computer Class" in the book ranks as one of the funniest short stories I have ever read. This is a MUST READ
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