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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bailey White Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For more than a decade, Bailey White has delivered a story each Thanksgiving to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” listeners. Long awaited by her many fans, Nothing with Strings is the entire collection of these Thanksgiving stories, published together for the first time.With wit and charm, Bailey White writes about an almost-gone little town where a spoon player is a guardian angel, an old woman fears that John James Audubon is living in her attic, and a homely governess wins a baby bull in a raffle and loses her heart. It’s the kind of place where heavenly blue morning glories grow in through the windows of old houses and funeral food is shared on a Greyhound bus on a fall afternoon. You may not have ever been there, but you will feel right at home in these pages. 

The stories that can be found in Nothing with Strings:

  1. “Meals-On-Wheels”
  2. “The Long Black Veil” 
  3. “What Would They Say in Birmingham?”
  4. “The Progress of Deglutition”
  5. “The Telephone Man”
  6. “Miss Wigglesworth’s Bull”
  7. “Bus Ride”
  8. “Return to Sender”
  9. “Lonesome Without You”
  10. “The Garden”
  11. “Nothing with Strings”
  12. “The Green Bus”
  13. “Almost Gone”
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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/14/2014

    " Interesting collection of short stories, written by White for NPR's. I envy a person who can just jump into their characters' lives and capture a moment, a year, an afternoon and what it stands for. I enjoyed this collection very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarahanne | 2/8/2014

    " I love Bailey White. I think life is getting harder and momma's quirks reflect something more. I hope she keeps writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 2/6/2014

    " I am not generally a fan of the short story. But this book busted that idea. I loved it. These stories have the classic White "quirkiness" that I so love and they also touch on such the poignancies and complexities of being human with insight and tenderness. Lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily Mellow | 1/27/2014

    " Good stories, but all kind of sad in the end. I was hoping for more Christmas themed stories, since it says stories for the holidays, but apparently this is a collection of stories that have been read over the years at Thanksgiving. There is only one story where they actually have a Thanksgiving meal. The rest are just stories of people, and they do make you appreciate your own people, which I guess is the point. I did enjoy them, but I so like a happy ending. "

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About the Author
Author Bailey White

Bailey White was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. She has worked as a schoolteacher and a writer. Her essays and stories have appeared in magazines and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the author of two story collections, Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, and a novel, Quite a Year for Plums.