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Libraries, the heartbeat of Small Town America

Both books in our Summers Run series have been donated to libraries in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana: The Missoula Public Library, the North Valley Library, and the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.

Books have been donated to public libraries in Meadville, Titusville, Springboro, Cambridge Springs, Cochranton, Washington, Williamsport, and Lock Haven, all in Pennsylvania.

It’s been our pleasure to do this, in this day of limited resources and budgetary restraints.
Patronize your local libraries: there’s more going on there than just books. These are not the dull, stereotypically dry and dusty halls of yesterday. They are alive and lively institutions of learning, entertainment, and imaginative, worthwhile stimulation. . . . Jim Cotton

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the Edna Ferber Pulitzer Prize-winning novel being aired on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Three different film versions of this work have been produced, the last in 1953, starring Jane Wyman, shown here with Claude Jarman, Jr., in a scene from The Yearling. So Big will air on Turner Classic Movies, May 8 at 3 pm EST.  Check with TCM.com where one can confirm showing for different time zones. So Big deals with a teacher’s experience on the frontier. Here’s TCM’s blurb:

“A schoolteacher-turned-farmer fights to save the land and her son.”

As described, this film appears to fit the themes and interests of this blog. Ferber and Willa Cather were contemporaries and occasionally wrote of their American experiences on the frontier and the state of the nation’s development during the early 1900s. Aside from So Big, Ferber’s Showboat and Giant have enjoyed wide acceptance and were produced as feature films. Cather’s Pioneer Trilogy–O Pioneers!, Song of the Lark, My AntoniaOne of Ours, and Death Comes for the Archbishop were also critically acclaimed. O Pioneers, Song of the Lark, Paul’s Case, and A Lost Lady have been adapted to film.

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At Kobobooks.com , Smashwords.com , Barnes & Noble.com , Amazon.com , iUniverse.com , and enTourage.com 

It continues to be well-received, appealing to those who like a “feel-good-at-the-end” novel. If you like Jan Karon’s Mitford Series and the Father Tim novels she’s written, you should like Summers Run: An American Boyhood. Jan Karon’s website is www.mitfordbooks.com

Reviews and sample chapters of Summers Run: An American Boyhood can be found at afeelgoodnovel.blogspot.com or www.alongcountryroads.com

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You can read reviews and learn more about Summers Run: An American Boyhood at afeelgoodnovel.blogspot.com and www.alongcountryroads.com

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Summers Run: An American Boyhood by James L. Cotton

E-Book Readers: Summers Run, a “feel good” novel is available  online through Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Kobobooks.com, and Smashwords.com among other e-book publishers. One can also order it through local bookstores or from the publisher, iUniverse.

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Summers Run is a “feel good,” gentle read that leaves one bouyed up, not deflated. It’s set in rural Pennsylvania in the early 1990s and is narrated by Claude Kinkade, describing the turn his life has taken in the shadow of his illustrious cousin, a film star from the big screen and early television westerns.

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Downloads of Summers Run: An American Boyhood at Smashwords.com are now $4.80, a 20 percent reduction from $6 first announced. Smashwords offers a variety of ebook formats including Java and HTML.

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