Miss Sally – 4 1/2 stars

October 8, 2017

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Miss Sally by Robert Joe Stout     This is a bleak view of Texas in the 1930s offered by a young girl lost in a dust bowl of sin, confusion, and lust. Bleak may be a polite term as I am sure some readers would find Robert Joe Stout’s 1973 novel “Miss Sally” a […]

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Literary? Don’t Say It!

September 26, 2017

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Years ago when I first became entranced with books and reading novels were categorized by librarians as “serious” and “light.” Many who bought books or checked them out of libraries used the terms “heavy” and “escapist.” “Heavy” had Dostoevskiian overtones, light reading encompassed mysteries, most science fiction, women’s stories. Almost without exception “serious” novels were […]

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The End of ebooks?

September 9, 2017

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In its newsletter the publisher of one of my books cited the continuing popularity plunge in ebook sales and the increase (significant but not phenomenal) in paperback popularity. The newsletter also reported a decline in fiction sales and rise in nonfiction purchases. The publisher’s conclusion, similar to those of the Publishers Association, was that readers […]

Still Just 99 cents!

August 31, 2017

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STILL JUST 99 CENTS! (Free to reviewers) Robert Joe Stout’s Miss Sally, a Texas teenager’s struggles for recognition and love and the brutal forces slammed against her. A reviewer calls it “a breathless read.” https://www.amazon.com/Miss-Sally-Sinners-That-Ignores-ebook/dp/B071HL6YMJ/ref=sr

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Two months, twenty-three days

August 1, 2017

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During some research that I was doing about Mexican president Benito Juárez’s first years in office I came cross a notation concerning the “incredibly slow” transmission of a document sent from New York to Oaxaca, the capital of the state by the same name in the southern part of the country. The document was received […]

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Immigrants: Caught in the Middle

July 28, 2017

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The government of the United States doesn’t care about them. Unfortunately, neither does the government of Mexico: The migration of so many heads of household ruptured the traditional structure of Mexican family life, leaving to women many responsibilities that previously had been denied them but also making many of them dependent upon money being remitted […]

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Beware the Marketer

July 23, 2017

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Last week I received six unsolicited e-mails from marketers and self-style marketers urging me to invest in their “sure fire” promotional schemes. Most offered the same or variations of the same processes: reaching hundreds of thousands of Twitter subscribers, blog appearances, e-mail listings, bargain prices on “how to sell” pdfs and videos. Last week was […]

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