Old Songs in a New Cafe: Selected Essays

Old Songs in a New Cafe: Selected Essays

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Overview

Robert James Waller began the pieces in this book on a warm, green morning in the summer of 1983. He hadn't set out to be a writer. He just needed to record his feelings about people and animals and things he cared about. His first story, "Ridin' Along in Safety with Kennedy and Kuralt," told about being young and a musician, and how playing "The Wabash Cannonball" one day in a roadside bar changed the rest of his life. The Des Moines Register printed the essay, and people began asking for more.

The result is Old Songs in a New Cafe. A work of nonfiction, it takes you inside Robert James Waller's mind and world...revealing insightful experiences from his own life and, with his special magic, illuminating those poignant moments most of us share. Few writers possess the power to move us. Even fewer become legends in their own time. Robert James Waller has done both. Just as you have loved his best-selling novels, you will love...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446671026
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/1995
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 852,928
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Robert James Waller is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Bridges of Madison County —which was adapted into both a film and Broadway musical. Waller is also a photographer and musician. His other popular works include Old Songs in a New Café: Selected Essays, Border Music, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, and his book of photographs, Images.

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Prefacexv
Excavating Rachael's Room1
Slow Waltz for Georgia Ann9
Incident at Sweet's Marsh17
A Canticle for Roadcat25
Romance41
A Rite of Passage in Three Cushions53
The Boy from the Burma Hump63
Ridin' Along in Safety with Kennedy and Kuralt81
Jump Shots87
The Turning of Fifty97
I Am Orange Band111
Drinking Wine the New York Way117
In Cedar Key, Harriet Smith Loves Birds and Hates Plastic125
Brokerage133
Running into Perry137
The Lion of Winter141
One Good Road Is Enough147
Southern Flight157
A Matter of Honor165

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Old Songs in a New Cafe: Selected Essays 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found 'Old Songs in a New Cafe' to be the choice selection of Waller¿s essays, although 'One Good Road Is Enough' and 'Just Beyond The Firelight' contain excellent essays as well. Waller is a master of dressing emotions in words and for me a new experience. After finding this author, I read his fiction as well. I don't care for some of the subject matter of the fiction but was intrigued with the sensitive prose. Behind it all is a seeker who has 'been circling a thousand years and still does not know whether he is a Falcon, or a storm, or a great song.' Waller sets me on a high plains afternoon remembering the flowers and the wind, dancing through the late autumn dust remembering those who were free. Trish New, author of The Thrill of Hope, South State Street Journal, and Memory Flatlined.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert James Waller is the personification of passion. His writing brings humanity into a greater and more meaningful perspective. This is the one book I've given to everyone I care for. A 'must-have' in every reader's library.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked some of these essays very much. My favorite was "Jump Shots."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Old Songs In a New Cafe is a book that I bring with me when I travel. I read it often and give it to friends as gifts. It has affected me in a very meaningful way. It is a masterpiece of literature. For every traveller, son, father - man.