Living Off the Land

by Dale McMillan


Formats

Softcover
$31.95
Hardcover
$47.95
E-Book
$2.95
Softcover
$31.95

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/11/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 259
ISBN : 9781479744756
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 259
ISBN : 9781479744763
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 259
ISBN : 9781479744770

About the Book

McMillan blends real life experiences with imagination to weave a story of an independent backwoods “country boy” who meets a sophisticated “city girl”. Follow their lives, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, as two families try to mesh. The book is typical of East Texas Piney Woods during the early 1940s through the war years.

Rex Horn meets Mary Ann Anderson on a trying journey with his science and math teacher to Detroit Michigan. Their mission is to pick up a new school bus chassis to replace that of a worn out school bus. Mary Ann and her mother are on the train, and she and Rex meet. The two young people are immediately smitten and intrigued by the other’s lifestyle. Mary Ann visits Rex at his rustic, pioneer type home, nestled in a remote section of an area known as The Big Thicket in the southern part of East Texas. Mary Ann is intrigued by Rex’s parents who, unlike her parents, are uneducated but respected and leaders in the Foggy Bottom Community. Martha Horn, Rex’s mother and Beth Horn, his sister, are both dynamic women who teach Mary Ann life skills necessary to live off the land.

Rex’s encounter with a panther, while trapping in the Neches river bottom, add spice to the story and peak Mary Ann’s interest. Many of the tales related in this story are true, and are written as they happened; others are embellished. The reader will have fun trying to separate facts from fiction.


About the Author

Dale McMillan grew up during the Great Depression in deep East Texas on a small poor dirt farm. It was there that he learned how to live off the land from his parents. After graduating from college, he spent many years in Houston, Texas working in the Petro Chemical Industry in a research environment. Now retired, he has moved to a small farm in Henderson, Texas, where he lives with his wife Janell, son Paul and three granddaughters, Claudia, Maggie and Isabella. Mr. McMillan is a member of the East Texas Storytellers Guild and the East Texas Antique Tractor and Engine Association.