By James Bowen
Bob Fever has swept the globe, with A highway Cat Named Bob vaulting its method to #7 at the long island instances bestseller checklist in its first week on sale. With rights offered to 27 nations all over the world and a best spot at the British bestseller record for greater than a 12 months, this booklet has been a smashing good fortune world wide. As road Cat Bob and James spend a chilly and not easy December at the streets jointly, James once again attracts power and idea from his notable cat—learning vital classes in regards to the real which means of Christmas alongside the way.
From the day James rescued a road cat deserted within the hallway of his sheltered lodging, they all started a friendship which has reworked either their lives and, during the bestselling books A highway Cat Named Bob and the realm in accordance with Bob, touched thousands round the world.
In this new tale in their trip jointly, James appears to be like again on the final Christmas they spent scraping a dwelling at the streets and the way Bob helped him via one in every of his hardest times—providing power, friendship and suggestion but in addition educating him vital classes concerning the precise that means of Christmas alongside the way.
Readers who fell in love with Dewey and Marley, in addition to the masses of hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts who learn A road Cat Named Bob and the realm in accordance with Bob, can be wanting to learn the following chapters within the lifetime of James and Bob.
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I can see Mom and Dad with shoulders low, both of them working a double row,” Merle sings in another of his Okie ballads, “Tulare Dust,” but reality was different. While James Haggard had spent more than his share of time in the cotton fields of Oklahoma, the Haggards avoided that fate in California. ” “California Cottonfields” has been among my favorite Haggard tracks since I first heard it as a college undergraduate in the early 1980s. It spoke of unrealized aspirations I understood all too well having watched the men in my own family work and dream and grow old, of blue-collar dreams that begin as sure things, grow ever more elusive, then fade to one more dead end, eight more hours of shoveling dirt or laying tar, and it reminded me, yet again, of what I hoped to avoid by going to college in the first place.
Some . . ” Inside the hospital, Jim is directed to take a seat in a wheelchair. Just then, an artery bursts, and his father’s face turns blue. Jim Haggard collapses, crashes, into the chair and is rushed down the hall and away. ” Two more brain hemorrhages were yet to come, and a second stroke. Merle recalls the next few days as a blur. He is at his Aunt Flora’s house, and then, suddenly, Lowell is there, too. Merle remembers Lowell, a grown man at this point, in his early twenties, taking him in his arms, rocking back and forth and crying.
Haggard had cut his own “Cottonfields” back in the spring, and though it wouldn’t be released for a couple of years (on 1971’s Someday We’ll Look Back), it complemented perfectly the rich, artistic Okie universe he was busy developing at the time. Besides “Okie from Muskogee,” there were “Tulare Dust,” “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde,” “They’re Tearing the Labor Camps Down,” and, of course, “Hungry Eyes,” all Haggard originals and all cut within the several months that bookended “Muskogee”’s arrival on the charts.
A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas by James Bowen