In his debut novel, Richard Mason takes us back to 1944 Arkansas through the eyes of Richard, a twelve-year-old with a dream. The dream seems simple enough-to buy a red scarf for Rosalie, the prettiest girl in school. However, simply buying a scarf doesn't usually include skunks, bobcats, robbers, and a cast of eccentric characters such as Wing, the one-armed constable who swings a mean blackjack, and Bubba, a big man who wields an even bigger frying pan.
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Richard Mason Bio:
Richard lived the part of Richard in The Red Scarf growing up on a small farm in South Arkansas. His childhood days were spent roaming through the woods and up and down the creeks outside of his hometown of Norphlet. For several years Richard was the Norphlet paperboy, delivering the El Dorado Daily News, The Arkansas Gazette, and The Shreveport Times. Many of the incidents in the novel are based on the antics of Richard and his friends. Richard has been writing since his time in Libya, when, with nothing but time on his hands, he spent hours in a hot trailer, writing in longhand his first novel. Since that time he has written numerous guest columns in various papers, and while president of the Wildlife Federation he authored “The President's Column”. For several years, after stepping down as president of the Wildlife Federation, he wrote a statewide column, “Natural Solutions.” The Red Scarf is Richard's debut novel, but other writings, including a sequel, are in the works. He is an avid collector of antique maps of the south and southwest. His collection has been on display numerous times, and it is considered one of the top collections in the south. Richard's other primary interests have to do with historic preservation. Together, with his wife Vertis, they have restored 17 commercial buildings in downtown El Dorado, Arkansas and have received numerous awards.
"I absolutely loved The Red Scarf!!! It's one of those rare works that anyone, no matter who, can read -- from a 12-year-old boy to an 84-year-old female, it has something for everyone. This is the best book I've read in awhile, and I could not put it down. I actually shed some tears over it, it was that good!" -- --Angela Cruz, Anchor/Producer/NBC 10 News Today
"I had a great time going back in time through the story. It was not unlike my childhood in the coal fields of Southern Illinois. It was a wonderful story of childhood and friendship as well as a reflection on what really is important, some glasses to help and old man read or a scarf to impress a girl. The story is a realistic look into the world of our adolescent years and the friendship of two boys. I hope the story will continue." -- --Dr. Lyndell P. Worthen, Pastor of First Baptist Church, El Dorado, Ark.
"I love it! It brings back many childhood memories of my growing up and spending time on my grandfather's farm." -- --U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District
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Book Description August House, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110874838509
Book Description August House. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0874838509 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1410986