I Left My Heart in Shanghi, Alabama

Essays on Home and Place

Title Details

Pages: 126

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 06/01/2012

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6207-7

List Price: $15.95


NewSouth Books

I Left My Heart in Shanghi, Alabama

Essays on Home and Place

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After Dale Short moved away (reluctantly) from his hometown of Shanghi [sic] in Walker County, Alabama, he wrote home every week—by means of a newspaper column in The Daily Mountain Eagle, where he held his first writing job in the late 1960s. The columns—a homesick country boy’s reflections on the comforts, conflicts, and absurdities of living in the modern world—have become a consistent favorite of Walker County readers, and have been honored multiple times by the Alabama Press Association and Alabama Media Professionals as the outstanding newspaper column in the state. They are collected here in Short's book I Left My Heart in Shanghi, Alabama, along with a new introduction by the author.
Short’s 'postage stamp of native soil'—to quote another Southerner who never left home—lives on as a vehicle for sending this love letter to his beloved Shanghi, to his family, and, most importantly, to himself. His easygoing, straightforward style will leave readers longing for a rocking chair, a cold drink, and the smell of something wonderful coming from the kitchen. Come on in and sit a spell. You won’t want to leave.

—Bede Barefoot, First Draft

About the Author/Editor

CARROLL DALE SHORT is both a novelist and journalist, whose fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, American Lawyer, the Birmingham News, Roanoke Review, and other periodicals. His previous books include I Left My Heart in Shanghi, Alabama; A Migration of Clowns: Poems and Essays; and The Shining Shining Path.