Scorekeeping: Essays from Home Bob Cowser Jr.

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Scorekeeping: Essays from Home  by  Bob Cowser Jr.

Scorekeeping: Essays from Home by Bob Cowser Jr.
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In 1970 Esquire named the rural West Tennessee college town of Martin as one of the nine happy towns left in the United States. Bob Cowser, Jr., offers a dissenting opinion on this assessment of the bucolic environs of his youth in his collection ofMoreIn 1970 Esquire named the rural West Tennessee college town of Martin as one of the nine happy towns left in the United States. Bob Cowser, Jr., offers a dissenting opinion on this assessment of the bucolic environs of his youth in his collection of forthright reflections on boyhood in Martin and episodes in the other locations that have thus far constituted home.

Ranging in tone from confessional and contemplative to candid and comic, the pieces in Scorekeeping: Essays from Home form an exceptional mosaic of small-town life as witnessed by an introduced specimen--the son of English professors among insular townies--with an unflinching eye and creative wit.

As Cowser leads us through his formative experiences in Martin and later New Orleans and Lincoln, Nebraska, he offers a balanced and inviting combination of episodes--of the regret inherent in his fathers longrunning quest for a good BBQ sandwich and of too loosely interpreting Redbooks advice on attending high school reunions, of the abduction and murder of a classmate and of the revelation of a favorite uncles AIDS-related death. Siblings, parents, schoolmates, and mentors form a richly realized constellation of figures around Cowser as he recalls the loves, losses, developments, and divergences that constitute coming of age in the rural American heartland of the late twentieth century.The geographic location of home shifts, but Cowsers ties to family, community, and upbringing remain constants in the face of growth and change.

The resulting essays map the rough-hewn formation of an adult identity and the development of the accepting hindsight required to reflect and keep score.



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