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Barring Some Unforeseen Accident Paperback – February 28, 2008

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"A knock-out from start to finish." -- The Post

"As is usually the case with the novels of McCrae, Barring Some Unforeseen Accident is like no other book at present in the marketplace. That alone should have you rushing out to buy it." -- Curled Up With A Good Book

"One book you don't want to let slip through your hands." -- Compulsive Reader

"This is a wild ride of a good time and can easily be read in one or two sittings." -- Forbes's Book Reviews

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The Recipe for a great book?

1 New York writer, originally from the South
5 Junior League women who want to put together a cookbook >BR>1 Cigar-smoking sheriff with a secret
1 Ostracized newcomer with revenge in mind

Mix with a town of three hundred or so, add one annual chili cook-off, and stir well. The result is a deliciously funny, scrumptiously thought-provoking, and disturbingly tasty journey into small-town Southern America. While there won't be any recipes in this collection that you'll actually want to try (we hope), the antics of one small town should keep you turning the pages in this latest novel by Jackson Tippett McCrae.

When author Jackson Tippett McCrae receives a note requesting his help with a Junior League cookbook, he is hesitant to accept the assignment--that is, until he finds out money is involved. What starts out as an innocent back-to-the-South journey quickly turns into fodder for the new novel his publisher is expecting, complete with the usual quirky and sometimes touching characters that McCrae so often creates. In the same vein as his The Bark of the Dogwood: A Tour of Southern Homes and Gardens, Jackson McCrae's fourth book is full of murder, blackmail, small-town antics, and insight into the workings (or not) of the human heart and mind. Barring Some Unforeseen Accident is one concoction of spicy fare that you'll definitely want to devour, any time of the year.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Press (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971553653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971553651
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,630,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barring Some Unforeseen Accident is a fun, tongue-in-cheek romp. At the same time, deeper issues are raised: racism, homophobia, and the consequences of backbiting small mindedness and downright meanness. It seems odd to use the word "haunting" about a book that is largely a farce (think verbal slap-stick), but in the end it is both haunting and touching, though with humor throughout (and if you think humor and haunting can't go together, well, you haven't read McCrae). The deep longing expressed by some of the characters to simply be accepted for who they are will stay with me for a long, long time.

This book has some extra little treats for fans of the author as it's written in the first person with JTM as the narrator. There are references to his previous books throughout, though not enough to be bothersome if you haven't read them. His self-deprecating portrayal of himself is pretty amusing in and of itself. Some of the scenes are absolutely priceless, but I will leave you to decide which is your favorite rather than risk giving anything away. As for the writing style, I love this author and his wonderful way of combining New York wit and the seductive cadence of more traditional southern writers. I happen to be down right rotten at anagrams, so they are not what I read these books for, but the anagrams are here for those of you who have more skill with them.

This book is definitely a lighter, faster read than "Dogwood". If you like McCrae's other books or Sedaris and are looking for a "page turner" that still has some bite to it, this is an excellent choice.
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If I had one wish it would be for everyone to read this book. Mccrae is by far my favorite author and my favorite book of his is this one. I don't remember laughty so hard reading a book. Tears, shoulders shacking, laughter for minutes at the time. The only truly funnniest book I have ever read.

Don't get confuse, this is not a cook book unless you plan on making roadkill souffle (my favorite recepe in the book).

Shout it on top of every roof top...it's that good. I just wish Mccrae would write some more.
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Funny! Funny! Fun. Full of puzzles and clues. Twists and turns. Totally a read that is a good time! Unique just like all of this author's books.
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