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Published: Apr 4 2017
Size: 6 x 9
Kathie Farnell, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, received a B.A. from the University of Montevallo and a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. After serving as an attorney in the Alabama Office of the Attorney General, Farnell directed the University of Alabama's Office of Energy and Environmental Law and founded Farnell Legal Research. Bored out of her mind, she left law in 1995 to launch Artemis Media Project, a nonprofit organization that produces radio and television programs. She collaborated with Smithsonian Productions in 1998 on her first radio project, "Remembering Slavery," which won the Gabriel Award. Today she lives ten miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico with her husband, Jack Purser, and an assortment of cats. This is Farnell's first book.
"Southern boomers will find much to appreciate in the pages of this memoir. From its ironic title to its engaging voice and effective last line, Duck and Cover is sure to surprise and delight."—John Sledge, author of Southern Bound and The Mobile River
"The great strength of Kathie Farnell's beautifully written memoir is that she never assumes the role of the wiser adult who judges her childhood perceptions and actions. Rather, we hear consistently the voice of a smart, ironic, inquisitive, and funny young girl whose honest assessments of family, friends, and events transport us back smack dab into the middle of her intriguing world."—Norman McMillan, author of Distant Son: An Alabama Boyhood
"Not since Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid have I enjoyed a book about growing up in the decades after World War II as much as Kathie Farnell's Duck and Cover. All the wry wit, zany pranks, childhood mischief and precociousness, everything that sends us into gales of laughter and moments of serious reflection about childhood, fill the pages of this Dixie version of Bryson's famous Iowa childhood. It is a treasure!"—Wayne Flynt, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Auburn University
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