September 30, 2003 |
This is a paperback reissue of an Anne Lamott novel first published in 1985 by North Point Press. For fans who missed it the first time around, "Joe Jones" is a time capsule that shows the author developing the style and themes that have won her fame for "Traveling Mercies," "Operating Instructions" and "Hard Laughter." And for readers unfamiliar with Lamott's unique blend of bohemianism and spirituality, it isn't the worst of introductions. "Joe Jones" opens somewhat misleadingly.
February 2, 1986 |
JOE JONES by Anne Lamott (North Point: $15.50). The protagonist of this venturesome and admirable novel is Louise, "sexy and sweet, somewhere on the cusp between curvaceous and fat." She is the cook at a Sausalito cafe belonging to Jessie, a 79-year-old dowager and her homosexual grandson, Willie ("I thought he just had good posture"). The eponymous Joe Jones, who has lived with Louise for five years, has been banished for infidelities but aches to return.
November 20, 2013 |
More than $14 billion in child support was left unpaid to American parents in a single year - more than 1 out of every 3 dollars that were due, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday. Millions of parents are awarded child support every year, but getting it is another story. Fewer than half of eligible parents received all of the child support they were due in 2011, according to a newly released report based on the Current Population Survey. About a quarter got none. Most parents were granted support through formal legal agreements established by the courts or other government entities.
May 17, 1987 |
Foul play is afoot in the world of championship leek-growing. Leek rustlers are raiding greenhouses for prize-winning stock, and a plot seems to have been hatched to knock out the world champion. In England's northeast corner, leek-growing is a serious pursuit, with its own world series contest, stud market and bigger and bigger prizes. Eating them hardly comes into it. Leeks, with a flavor like mild onions, make tasty soups and pies. But it's size that counts in the competition.
September 5, 1985 |
Two celebrated jazz drummers with nearly identical names, who struggled for years to keep their identities straight in the public mind, have died within five days of each other, it was learned Wednesday. Jonathan (Jo) Jones, who developed the driving but tasteful rhythms that paced the Count Basie band for years, and Joseph Rudolph (Philly Joe) Jones, the original drummer with Miles Davis' legendary quintet, are both dead.