Item description for The Land of Heart's Delight by Althea Barrett May & Janis Susan May...
When she went to South Texas as a County Home Demonstration Agent in 1940, Aletha Barrett was in culture shock. Raised in the gently rolling green farmland of Northeast Texas, Aletha was unprepared for the vast sandy expanses and different societies she found there. From unearthing baby rattlesnakes to exploring the unknown spiciness of Mexican food, every day was a learning experience. Ever an adventurer, Aletha ventured deep into Mexico when it was largely unknown to North Americans. Over the course of several trips she witnessed what might have been a murder in Mexico City, endured the then-perilous Pan-American Highway at the mercy of a drunken bus driver and stayed in Acapulco when it was a tiny village with just two hotels. In later years, after marrying and having a family, Aletha always said she was going to write a book about her life in South Texas, but somehow the right time never came. After Aletha's death, her daughter Janis Susan May, a writer and novelist, was going through her papers and found an outline, some notes and a rudimentary chapter or two. Janis Susan had been raised on her mother's stories and knew them by heart, so working from the notes she completed the book. It was, she says, the best testament she could envision to the memory of a remarkable woman.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date May 6, 2007
Publisher Swimming Kangaroo Books
ISBN 1934041149 ISBN13 9781934041147
Availability 123 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 28, 2017 12:05.
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Four years of varied experiences Sep 7, 2007
This is the touching memoir of Aletha Barrett May written by her daughter Janis Susan May. It chronicles four years of Aletha's life in South Texas while she served as a County Home Demonstration Agent. Her experiences range from teaching canning; a three-week visit to Mexico when travel was not commonplace and less so for single women; driving through a herd of Texas steers and a swarm of frogs; to an attempted sexual assault. It is a must-read for anyone interested in South Texas, the social requirements of a single woman in a small town with no entertainment and life in the U.S. during WWII.