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Generous Women: An Appreciation Hardcover – 6 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (6 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581825536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 20.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hamner delights us again 15 Jan 2007
By Elaine L. Klonicki - Published on Amazon.com
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In his introduction to Generous Women, Earl Hamner quotes from one of his favorite books, Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel. He says "...it prompted me to count some of the influences on my life and how they led me to become the man I am today." In his latest book, Hamner counts those influences in the form of short vignettes, some poignant, some funny, and some surprising, about the women he has known throughout his life.

For Hamner fans, the joy of reading his books is that, with each one, we learn a little more about him. In Generous Women we glean more about his college and army days, and his early career, in the context of the helpful and giving women he encounters at each stage. As his biographer, Jim Person, says in Earl Hamner: From Walton's Mountain to Tomorrow, "...there are pervasive themes that run throughout Hamner's work, which shows a man forever taking a backward glance to his roots for direction in the way of what makes life worthwhile, [and] who allows that vision to direct his steps forward..."

Generous Women is a beautiful read and a genuine tribute to a wide assemblage of women who have offered Hamner important gifts at impressionable moments. Would that more of us had Hamner's open-hearted capacity to overlook the negative and to offer similar expressions of gratitude for the positive interactions in our lives. I'm hoping a companion book, Generous Men, is to follow.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Generous Women is Genius 27 Nov 2006
By Mark Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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While Earl Hamner will forever be known as the creator of wonderful TV shows like the Waltons and Falcon Crest, his most important gift is his ability to put words on paper and make a reader feel as if Earl is sitting on the front porch swing talking directly to you as he tells a wonderful story.

In Generous Women Mr. Hamner tells stories and pays tribute to women he has known that have influenced him over his 80 plus years. Many of the stories will make you laugh, some cry, but all of the chapters give an insight and a heartfelt appreciation to the wide array of women.

Writing teachers through out the country should make this book mandatory reading.

Earl Hamner is a true national treasure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another great piece of work by Earl Hamner 25 Jun 2007
By Catie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for anyone who is an Earl Hamner or Walton fan. Mr. Hamner's rawest emotions exude from each page as he so eloquently shares his thoughts and experiences about the women of his latest book.
A Generous Author 12 Aug 2010
By Janet MV - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a fan of everything Earl Hamner has ever produced. Therefore, I really loved this book; particularly because of his generosity to these women. He has included women in many walks of life; from a landlady to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. For me, the lesson of this book is to pay more attention to people I meet; these memories may come in handy down the road.
Generous Women 1 July 2014
By Fae Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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A skillfully woven book of biographies of the women who influenced the life of the author. An interesting selection of women.
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