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Author Garcia, Ricardo L.

Title Brother Bill's bait bites back and other tales from the Raton / Ricardo L García
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2004]
©2004
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 118 pages)
Contents Close shave for Black Jack Ketchum : Black Jack Ketchum risked more than a nick when he threatened to kill Juan Rael over a haircut and shave -- In the home of the brave : an African American mother confronts a Nazi soldier in her coal camp home -- Ol' mama lion : miner Fred Owensby intended to install an aerial on his car to catch radio waves but caught a mountain lion instead -- Feed him black chickens : even the Lord can't tame Fidel's young bride, Cimarron -- Mail-order Baba : through bad and good luck caused by squirrels, Pete Durocavich finally finds his mail-order bride / co-authored by Sharon K. García -- Making do on Johnson Mesa : a rootin' tootin' cowboy and his wife put a pitch baby to work to make ends meet on their small Johnson Mesa ranch -- Brother Bill's bait bites back : Brother Bill's bait bites worse than it smells -- Don't crowd me, mister : two old CS cowboys commiserate on the concerns of gnats, rattlesnakes, swallows, and such -- Mind your mothers : Gardiner Elementary School mothers trounce the titans of high school football -- Un cuento viejo = An old story : to prevent a transfer to Hell to work for Lucifer, an angel of the Lord must match wits with rowdy, tough guardian angels, and young lovers -- Ladies ride sidesaddle : when Arturo disobeys his mother, he pays the Devil on the Kiowa prairies
Summary "The tales in this collection are about everyday life with some fantastic elements. An African American mother and daughter confronts a German prisoner of war in one story, while in another a coal miner's gift for braying leads to a war between coal camps. Here are chronicles of a Mexican barber who extracts a ghoulish revenge for being forced to shave the beard of a killer; of the terrible fate that awaits boys who are lured into a dancehall during the Lenten season by the Devil and his beautiful cowgirls; and of an old coal miner who attempts to control his young wife by pretending to be the voice of the Lord
In other stories a lion who is accidentally caught and caged teaches a coal miner a lesson; two crusty cowboys come to understand the purpose of gnats and tumbleweeds and why rattlesnakes have rattles; and the Angel of Death is told to collect Hispanic souls or else. The account of a rootin'-tootin' cowboy and his wife who use a pitch-baby to trap a pesky jack rabbit and a fish story round out this multiethnic collection of tales. Recounted in a lively, humorous style, the stories show how ordinary people managed to conduct dignified and happy lives - with occasional help from the spirit world - in a difficult social and physical environment."--Jacket
Notes "A Bison original"--Page 4 of cover
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Subject Tales -- New Mexico -- Raton Region
Raton Region (N.M.) -- Social life and customs
Form Electronic book
ISBN 080320406X (electronic bk.)
1280465875
9780803204065 (electronic bk.)
9781280465871
(paperback; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)