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The old Apache said, "You swim in river, stand up, clothes covered with gold." The young boy wanted to be like Jesse James and Black Bart. It was harder than he thought. Was Garza, the renegade Apache, too cunning for the young cavalry Lieutenant? How difficult could it be to kidnap a nine year old school girl? The author will lead you down a few twisted trails as you read these, and 14 other, Western Short Stories.
The boy was just fifteen. The posse hesitated, but not for long, before whipping the horse out from under him; then they watched him swing with the others.When Charlie Cross learned of his kid brother's lynching, he set out to even the score. This time his gun would not go to the highest bidder-this time it was personal. "A great western read, a bit of mystery, romance and suspense. I enjoyed turning the pages to find out what happens. The characters are well-formed and the banter is worth reading. Charlie and Hank have issues to work out but who will succeed? The setting is perfect as you can picture yourself right along in the daily chores and happenings. This is one author I have added to my watch list so I can read more."5.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance and Romance July 29, 2012 By Barbara Hightower VINE VOICE
Following the journey of eight bargain store objects, Alison Hulme reveals the complex story behind society's simplest and cheapest commodities. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project,On the Commodity Trail explores the colourful and fascinating histories of everyday objects.
Along the way, we observe raw materials on municipal rubbish dumps in China, newly re-made products in the world's largest wholesale market, and take a journey across the seas, to bargain stores in Europe and North America, arriving finally in the homes of consumers. Weaving together narratives from the people we meet at different parts of the commodity chain - waste peddlers, wholesalers, store owners, and shoppers - the book examines the places and people at the heart of these localized yet immense global networks.
Unlike other investigations of commodity chains, this study does not chart a straightforward trajectory from production to consumption. Instead, it demonstrates that the low-end commodity chain is one of constant rupture in which products are made and re-made, blurring the dividing line between producing and consuming.
An ethnography of material culture as well as an examination of commodity culture at a time of economic downturn, this deeply-engrossing book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of commodity chains and consumer culture.
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