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Tales from Comanche County: The Peculiar Education of Max Freeman Paperback – October 14, 2012
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TALES... reflects an incredibly rich sense of humor, an appealing, down-to-earth writing style, and deep appreciation of Kansas. -- Roy Bird, Kansas State Library
Tales...is a rousing, warm and funny series of yarns! -- Bill Shaffer, Producer-Director, KTWU Channel 11
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Max Yoho continues to engage readers with his second novel, TALES FROM COMANCHE COUNTY: THE PECULIAR EDUCATION OF MAX FREEMAN. Wild and entertaining stories--as told on the front porch of a hard-scrabble ranch in Comanche County, Kansas--make a big impression on young listener Max Freeman. Uncle Jack and Great Aunt Tildy tell their stories in a dialog both adversarial and loving. And young Max gets quite an education!
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Yoho's memories are of summers spent on the porch at his Uncle Jack and Aunt Tildy's home in rural Comanche County and listening to them spin stories, some with kernals of truth, some weaved from whole cloth and some just not to be believed. I point out the chapters detailing the invasion of the Oklahomans and their cock-eyed baseball game and the great Albanian potato famine as prime examples. There are many stories and memories that come within kissing distance of real facts and true history, but most of these are then blown wonderfully out of proportion (i.e. George Sternberg and his search for the prehistoric "fish with a fish" fossil).
I must also commend Yoho on his choice of names - Leepy Danfur, Lincoln Coosey, Deafy Himmelspiegle. These are always dead-on and incredibly appropriate. There is much to savor and enjoy in this fine volume and I hope you will read it. It is the ideal way to spend a lazy summer afternoon on the porch while drinking lemonade and pondering life's eventualities.