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A Price Beyond Rubies: A Novel of the Civil War

Barry, Louise M.

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ISBN 10: 0897452011 / ISBN 13: 9780897452014
Published by Sunflower Univ Pr, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Near fine, Light edge Wear Soft cover
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Title: A Price Beyond Rubies: A Novel of the Civil ...

Publisher: Sunflower Univ Pr, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Trade Paperback, Pages Clean

Book Condition:Near fine, Light edge Wear

Signed: By Author to Previous Owner

Book Type: Book

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A Price Beyond Rubies, Barry's first work of fiction, takes place in the Arkansas Ozarks and is based on the long-hidden memoirs of her grandfather, a fiercely independent Arkansas pioneer who fought on the Union side against his own brothers. It is the story of a hard-headed man, Pleasant Houston Spears, veteran of the Second Regiment, First Arkansas Cavalry Volunteers, and his beautiful, high-spirited wife Sarah, based on the character of the author's grandmother.

The author says: "I have retold their story from my grandmother's point of view. The title comes from the 31st chapter of Proverbs: Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies."

A Price Beyond Rubies is not only true to the spirit of the times of the Civil War and the Western Border, but also to what Barry terms "the fundamental equation between men and women." This 1860s novel characterizes the independent, strong women of that day as they come up against the power and control of their men. And interestingly, Barry is amazingly consistent in her character observations throughout both her fiction and nonfiction works. Her guide for the professional woman, Cinderella Doesn't Work Here Anymore, published in 1991, begins: "It is the exceptional woman who practices the science of rational choice in the pursuit of her own happiness. . . . Our favorite story was Cinderella who was the epitome of passivity and the recipient of the most magic."

This newest work, A Price Beyond Rubies, explodes with "exceptional" women, like Sarah Griffin Flint, who even then challenged the Cinderella myths and who, though never passive, still were recipients of the "magic."

Barry has made every effort to correlate the fictional characters and events with historical records as well as with her grandfather's autobiography. The result is a novel which by today's standards might be politically incorrect -- yet, Barry states, "since my grandfather was considered by the Ku Klux Klan to be a dangerous radical who aided and abetted the education of Negroes, I have no doubt that he would have appreciated the irony of my position."

A Price Beyond Rubies is a masterful portrait of a tumultuous era.

About the Author:

Louise McCants Barry, of Kansas City, Missouri, is a statistician and futurist focusing of the positive power of change and devotes her time to speaking and writing. She is the author of two books for career women: Cinderella Doesn't Work Here Anymore and Techniques School Should Have Taught You About Working With Men and Other Women. Her third book, Retire to Fun and Freedom (with co-author Cavett Robert), was published in 1988 by Warner Books.

Dr. Barry received a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the Ohio State University and an M.S. and a B.S. in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University.

She is retired from The Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City, as Director of Instructional Services. She previously served as Dean, Arts and Sciences Division of Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Director of Research, NIE Adult Education Grant, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Louise Barry is a member of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City; The Westerners -- Kansas City Posse; The Kansas City Branch -- English Speaking Union; The Native Sons of Kansas City; The Creek Club; and the Kansas City Club.

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