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    Bailey White(Author),Lorna Raver(Narrator),Tantor Audio(Publisher)

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For more than a decade, Bailey White has delivered a story each Thanksgiving to National Public Radio's All Things Considered listeners. Long awaited by her many fans, Nothing with Strings is the entire collection of these Thanksgiving stories, published together for the first time. With wit and charm, White writes about an almost-gone little town where a spoon player is a guardian angel, an old woman fears that John James Audubon is living in her attic, and a homely governess wins a baby bull in a raffle and loses her heart. It's the kind of place where Heavenly Blue morning glories grow in through the windows of old houses and funeral food is shared on a Greyhound bus on a fall afternoon. You may not have ever been there, but you will feel right at home. White's beautifully written stories, teetering on the edge of the unreal, are sure to bring back memories you don't really have. These are the stories that can be found in Nothing with Strings: "Meals-On-Wheels" "The Long Black Veil" "What Would They Say in Birmingham?" "The Progress of Deglutition" "The Telephone Man" "Miss Wigglesworth's Bull" "Bus Ride" "Return to Sender" "Lonesome Without You" "The Garden" "Nothing with Strings" "The Green Bus" "Almost Gone"
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • By Burt Kanner on December 29, 2014

    I was looking for a book for the December meeting or our book club. It is made up of married couples, pretty much in our 60's. We usually choose a book that is a little shorter and subject-wise lighter and more positive than we might in other months because of busy schedules with Christmas. I ordered this book to check it out after reading a review. It is a compilation of short stories. I thought my mother-in-law might like it or someone more from her generation. ( She would have been 95 this year.) Or possibly even a younger audience of 7-8 year olds. The stories were simple and had a somewhat cute or slightly clever ending, leading you to a conclusion of supernatural influence, certainly a positive feel. It was just not to the level we usually look for in our reading. I only finished two of the stories, but my guess is the rest were similar in theme and style.

  • By Robert Rein on September 24, 2010

    The South was once rebuilt from ashes, and in Nothing With Strings, is returning to ashes. Bailey White moves on in this collection, a strong, insightful, humane and humorous view of desolate lives.Bailey White is focused, listens to details and sees the remarkable in what others pass off as commonplace.No huge, over-amplified characters, no violence other than a bull ruefully being shot, a pack rat released outside acheating husband's house and no outrageous lies. It's the next generation of "Good Country People."I love reading Nothing With Strings, and I take the CD on the road. And that's the one flaw in this otherwise strong collection of struggles, foolishness, defeats and small moments of pleasant revenge.On the CD edition, Bailey White is not the reader of these stories. And that's a flat out tragedy, because no one brings words to life or reads truer than Bailey White. Read these stories, and listen to them, as well. Bailey White writes with such a quiet voice that when you read her you can hear your heart beat. I can think of no other writer with her subtle brilliance. In this damned noisy world, it's beautiful to find a quiet voice that never flinches and whose aim in true.

  • By Kenneth Winker on December 16, 2008

    There are a number of reasons why Bailey White's latest book, "Nothing with Strings", should strike a chord with readers familiar with her work. And, as well as for readers unfamiliar with Ms. Bailey and looking (intentionally or not) for a gentle tug on their sensitivities (and chords?)and the subtle and not so subtle recessess of their tender and touching emotional sides. Listening to Ms. White read her stories each Thanksgiving on NPR has brought us perspectives on people and life often either forgotten or never quite thought of in her own unique mesmerizing style. "Nothing with Strings" gives us the opportunity to go at our own pace and more slowly absorb the images and emotions evoked by Ms. White as you have the opportunity to read in one publication, all of her NPR Thanksgiving stories (go to NPR's website to listen to and be touched by her latest story). Although you might think that "Nothing with Strings" is simply one more holiday-only book, Ms. White's stories transcend all holidays and all days in between them as well. Read Ms. White's book for more than a lyrical journey into the nuances and not-so-nuanced experiences of the human condition (in all it's ramifications) in a style unique to Ms. White as you read her words and perhaps even hear her voice. "Nothing with Strings" is more than simply a book of stories. It is a harmonious journey into the lives of people who you may want or not want to meet and who will make you ponder, smile, cry, and everything in between.

  • By M. Patrick on February 5, 2009

    I found Ms. Whites earlier stories enchanting and very funny. When I saw she had a new book coming out I couldn't wait to read it. What a disappointment! It was dark, depressing and had none of the charm or humor I had so enjoyed. I don't know what changed her outlook but I never want to be invited over for Thanksgiving dinner to hear the next installment.

  • By Shari E. Carter on January 21, 2010

    I have loved Bailey White's pieces without exception. She is a "meat and potatoes" kind of writer - someone who has both feet planted firmly in the ground but takes the time to observe the ordinary things and tells their story in a bright, original, positively real manner. I have never bought a book as a gift before, but after reading Strings,I bought THIS book for a sick friend, and will buy the rest of her efforts for myself as money allows.

  • By linda crismond on January 20, 2014

    I thought this book was too depressing. We choose it to read in the Book Club and others said that her earlier books were better.

  • By Hilda Dow on June 28, 2009

    Bailey White is a favorite author of mine, and I was delighted to read this latest book of hers. I was not disappointed.

  • By Robert Stevens on May 2, 2009

    I have long admired the writing of Bailey White and I generally like subtle, understated, gentle story telling. However, most the stories in this approach banality. Few merit repeated listening. Even the best are predictable. The poorest don't provoke enough interest to bother with. Seldom do we find the quirky characters or interesting story line I usually associate with Bailey White. Instead, we have the occasional slightly ironic ending and that's about it. I enjoyed the reading of Lorna Raver and Bailey White does have a beautiful writing style with an obvious love of words and phrases. I suspect part of the problem is the collection as a whole - so little variation and overly reliant on repetative allusions such as country western songs. Individually, on the radio, they may have come across better. I particularly question the description as "NPR's Beloved Holiday Stories" because few have any apparent association with any holiday and nothing makes these stories "beloved". By that I mean that most of the stories deal with Alzheimer's, death, aging, etc., which in no way is festive holiday material which is fine but may mislead the buyer who may be expecting something else. Lack of variety in the stories make the set a little tiresome with little new perspective to think about. Of the 13 stories in the set, only 2 or maybe 3 of them will likely cross my mind again as in some way memorable. Sad to say, the most these stories did for me was to cause me to reflect on other stories by her I have read in the past.


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