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      From: Jessica Lowther [mailto:JLowther@...]
      Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 2:17 PM
      To: A.J. Wright
      Subject: UAPress Press Release

      _Horse and Buggy Days on Hatchett Creek: An Alabama Boyhood in the 1890s_ by Mitchell B. Garrett

      THE BOOK:

      This delightful memoir is a classic work on small community life in rural Alabama in the age before automobiles.

      Since its first publication in 1957, _Horse and Buggy Days on Hatchet Creek_ has been a favorite of readers who have enjoyed the entertaining, highly readable account of a southern boy's life in the 1880s and 1890s. With a wry sense of humor and clear-eyed affection, Mitchell Garrett recalls growing up in a verdant valley of the Appalachian foothills in eastern Alabama.

      The Hatchet Creek community in Clay County was Garrett's whole world. Just three miles wide and six miles long, it contained everything small farmers needed for a sustainable way of life: arable land, fresh springs and flowing creeks, a grist mill, a post office, a school, a store, churches, a country doctor and apothecary, mules and horses. Times were hard but the hill people always ate well from their own gardens and larders. They entertained themselves with revivals, weddings, funerals, political parades, sorghum-makings, and Sacred Harp singings. When rambunctious boys and girls weren't picking cotton or doing daily chores, they skinny-dipped in the millpond; hunted for opossum, quail, and squirrel; fished for eels and goggle-eyed perch; and played party games called "paddle cat" and "grunts."

      _Horse and Buggy Days on Hatchet Creek_ will capture the reader's imagination as it opens a window on the thriving culture of a bygone era. Mitchell Garrett's neighbors and kin--preachers, teachers, storekeepers, millers, housewives, and children--will live again in the pages of this classic tale.


      "This bit of homespun glows with literary merit and a craftsman's aptness for neatly mortising words together with smoothness of making one page warmly appetizing for the next, and the next, and the next."


      Mitchell B. Garrett was a Professor of Modern European History at the University of North Carolina. When he retired in 1952, he and his wife settled in a century-old farmstead in upstate New York, near Canton, and he began writing this memoir of his beloved boyhood home in Alabama. He died in 1959, just two years after the publication of _Horse and Buggy Days on Hatchet Creek_.


      256 pages, illustrations
      5 1/2 x 8 1/2
      ISBN: 0-8173-1259-5
      $19.95t paper


      Country Life, Memoir, Social Customs

      For orders: 
      The University of Alabama Press, Chicago Distribution Center, 11030
      S. Langley, Chicago, Illinois 60628, (773) 568-1550 - phone, or (773) 660-2235 - fax. 

      For review copies or more information, contact The
      University of Alabama Press, Box 870380,
      Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380, (205) 348-9534 

      Priscilla J. McWilliams 
      (205) 348-9534 - phone 
      (205) 348-9201 - fax

      Jessica Lowther
      Marketing - Exhibits & Direct Mail
      Phone: (205) 348-1566
      Fax: (205) 348-9201
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