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Christmas at the Ranch

Kelton, Elmer

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ISBN 10: 1893114384 / ISBN 13: 9781893114388
Published by McWhiney Foundation Press, Abilene, Texas, U.S.A., 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fine first edition copy, signed on the half title page "Merry Christmas-2003-Elmer Kelton". Dust jacket also in fine condition. Looks new and never read. Fine gift quality copy. 63 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 019754

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Title: Christmas at the Ranch

Publisher: McWhiney Foundation Press, Abilene, Texas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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“We four Kelton boys were rich. It was not because we had money, for we didn’t. Money was always a short commodity in the 1930s and early 1940s. We were rich because we got to do for free what many people would have been glad to pay good money for, to live on a ranch with horses and cattle and cowboys.”

So begins Elmer Kelton’s story about what Christmas was like on a ranch in far West Texas during the Great Depression. Actually, he experienced Christmas on two ranches—the one where his father was foreman, and the one his paternal grandfather operated. His grandparents’ home lacked electricity, running water, and indoor plumbing, but it was full of cousins, delicious food, and a warm glow that reflected more than just the heat generated by the pot-bellied stove in the living room.

This heart-warming little book includes accounts of Kelton’s last Christmas at home before shipping out for war in Europe, his first Christmas after the war, and a special Christmas in Austria more than thirty-five years later. Families will want to read this book together and then share their own experiences about the “good old days,” however they are defined.

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ELMER KELTON of San Angelo has written more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained and The Good Old Boys, which was made into a TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones. The Western Writers of America in 1995 named him the greatest Western author of all time, and he has received numerous lifetime achievement awards and honorary doctorates. He also wrote My Kind of Heroes (State House Press, 2004).

H. C. ZACHRY is an Abilene artist, businessman, and civic leader.

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