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Moonshine and watermelons : and other Ozark tales / Mark Van Patten.

Van Patten, Mark, (author.).


The Ozarks conveys a different mental image for everyone. Some visualize long black beards, moonshine whiskey, and corncob pipes, while others imagine canoe trips down clear, free-flowing, gravel-bottom streams, oak and hickory forests, a log cabin nestled in a wooded grove, and a wisp of blue-gray smoke floating above a native stone chimney. Life in the Missouri Ozarks was hard and taken seriously. At the same time, the folks who scratched out a living from the rocky ground never lost their sense of humor and the zest for life. Pie suppers, turkey shoots, and church were time for folks to get together and catch up on what was happening with their neighbors. Between the covers of this book, you will experience colorful characters, boyhood shenanigans, and a real feel for what is was like to be a big-city kid moving back to his ancestral roots. If you haven't experienced the sweetness of a ripe watermelon chilled in a cold spring and laced with high-quality moonshine, you should add it to your bucket list. Or better yet, discover the experience through the tale of an innocent boy's first taste.

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  • ISBN: 9781662403767
  • ISBN: 1662403763
  • Physical Description: 140 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Conneaut Lake, PA : Page Publishing, Inc., [2020]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Chewed-up turtles -- Hillbilly twilight zone -- The church in the barnyard -- Critter in the church -- "Toss it back!" -- Santa's magic is found to be wanting -- "Whistle? What whistle?" -- Our neurotic roosters -- Rube's special melons -- Wife-killer boat -- Devil's watch goat -- Wooden legs don't float -- The day we closed the school -- Rube and the widow Bentley -- How big was that bomb? -- The Roubidoux (Pronounced ruby-doo) -- Lipstick, trout, and apple juice -- Woodstock -- Gasconade redhorse -- Tit in a ringer -- Granny's backside bottle rocket -- Cotton mouth -- Smells like cigars to me! -- The rope.
Subject: Van Patten, Mark.
Texas County (Mo.) > Social life and customs.
Texas County (Mo.) > Biography.
Ozark Mountains Region > Social life and customs.
Genre: Autobiographies.

Available copies

  • 6 of 6 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at De Soto.


  • 0 current holds with 6 total copies.
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De Soto Public Library 977.88 Van (Text) 33858000092716 New Books Available -

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