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EXCEPT FOR ME AND THEE by Jessamyn West/FRIENDLY SEQUEL

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Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR RARE---------------EXCEPT FOR ME AND THEE: A COMPANION TO THE FRIENDLY PERSUASION by Jessamyn West. Both The Friendly Persuasion and Except for Me and Thee are collections of short stories written about the same fictional Quaker family in southeastern Indiana, on the banks of the Muscatatuck River. The patriarch, Jess Birdwell, is a man of extreme sensitivity to nature. He speaks about his love for nature and the glorious beauty it reveals to him every moment of his life. "Landscape foams up around me like a painted picture where every brush stroke's got meaning. Meaning bursting out of weeds and fence rails". Jess prays and sings hymns that exalt the natural world. His sensible wife Eliza sees in the land outside the house what she can bring to use in her kitchen. They both have great appreciation for the environment, but Jess loves nature for its own sake, while Eliza appreciates only what she can take from it. In The Friendly Persuasion, the story "The Buried Leaf" tells of the finding of a few Bible pages buried by an ancestor. The uncovered pages describe the land of milk and honey from the Jewish exodus. The entire family is moved by the thought they might be living in an ancestor's vision of the Promised Land. In addition, the tale describes the trials suffered by those moving west through Indiana in the pioneer days, and gives details of the lands. Jess speaks of "the forest so thick in them days it was like traveling in a cave". West most likely heard stories about the condition of Indiana at that time from her parents and grandparents. Except for Me and Thee also describes the condition of Indiana before it became a state in "Heading West." Jess tells his daughter about the land west of Ohio: "'The wildflowers are still blooming out there, and the wild animals aren't afraid. Nobody has lived there yet, and the land hasn't been plowed.' 'Won't thee plow, Papa?' 'No more than I have to'". "Except for Me and Thee"---Rejoin the Birdwells, who, as Quakers during the Civil War, face moral dilemmas and everyday hardships, yet manage to maintain a thoughtful serenity. The author has the rare ability to paint a picture with her words, and there is a tremendous amount of subtle humor woven into the pages, which makes reading the book a truly bittersweet experience that reflects real life. It is interesting to contrast "Except for Me and Thee" with other classic books set in the same time period, such as "Gone With The Wind" and "Little Women". This is the hardcover stated HBJ BCE from 1969. Other than a couple of tiny tears to the top back of the dj, both the dj and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight (see photo). **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. So bid soon for this magnificent, impossible-to-find HISTORICAL FICTION COLLECTIBLE. I gladly accept money orders and cashier's checks as preferable forms of payment (no personal checks!). Paypal is an acceptable alternative. I will ship internationally for additional charges. ALL OF MY LISTINGS ARE BETTER THAN AN AUCTION!! NAME THE REASONABLE PRICE YOU WANT TO PAY WHEN YOU CLICK BEST OFFER AND CHANCES ARE THE ITEM WILL BE YOURS--IMMEDIATELY!! NO WAITING FOR AN AUCTION TO END!! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WANT TO SEE MORE?? FOR EXTRA-SPECIAL SAVINGS GO TO: BARRYS BARGAIN BIN for BOOKS THOUSANDS OF UNIQUE TITLES (no duplication) ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FIRST EDITION ! MUSIC IN ALL GENRES AND FORMATS (lps, 45s, 78s, and cassettes) ASSORTED RARE CURIOSITIES EVERYTHING (except death and taxes) IS NEGOTIABLE! MAKE ME AN OFFER I CAN'T REFUSE!! (NO HORSE'S HEAD IN THE BED, PLEASE!) ALL REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! (EVEN THE OCCASIONAL UNREASONABLE OFFER) Be sure to add me to your favorites list 050908
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