The Knife-Thrower's Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target

The Knife-Thrower's Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target


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For years, a close circle of friends have been thrilled and enchanted by actress Ronnie Claire Edwards' vivid and hilarious stories -- tall tales and yarns that have earned her a reputation as one of Hollywood's greatest raconteurs. Now, for the first time, Edwards has taken pen in hand to write those precious stories down. And the strangest thing is-they're all true! In a unique voice reminiscent of both Mark Twain and Eudora Welty, Edwards recounts the adventures that made hers a life unlike any other, filled with the quirky, the hair-raising, and the absurd. She writes about performing at rowdy (not to mention dangerous) mining camps, her strange and mystical experiences with the gypsies, and her true-life adventures as the Knife-Thrower's Assistant.

She introduces readers to a wild and wooly assortment of oddballs and eccentrics, including Miz Arnette, who rewrote the Old Testament; Slim Rorem, the champion snake handler; Big Faye of the Fandango Hall and the Texas Four-Legged Woman; and her Uncle Homer, who fought with Pancho Villa and performed in the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show. At the centerpiece of her memoir, Edwards recalls her unconventional, irrepressible Mama and her cherished Papa, whose letters form the foundation and heart of the book. In The Knife Thrower's Assistant, Ronnie Claire Edwards creates a style all her own, what Fannie Flagg, in her Foreword, calls "Oklahoma Gothic." If there wasn't such a thing before -- there certainly is now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930709164
Publisher: Hawk Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 149
Product dimensions: 4.69(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

The True Story of the Knife Thrower's Assistant1
Letter from Papa3
Lot 104: The Apprentice Adventuress23
Letter from Papa43
Lot 109: Curs, Critters and Varmints45
Letter from Papa67
Lot 108: The Curse of the Gypsy Blood69
Letter from Papa87
Lot 102: What Became of Them89
Letter From Papa103
Lot 110: Kindness to Crooks105
Letter from Papa115
Lot 302: Mama and Papa117
Born "Alive!"143
Letter from Papa149

What People are Saying About This

Edward Swift

A carnival of renegades, dreamers, philosophers and poets, Ronnie Claire Edwards' memoir is both hilarious and wise. Each page sparkles with her beguiling wit. (Edward Swift, author of Splendora)

Elizabeth Forsythe Heart

Ronnie Claire a storyteller supreme, a rare and remarkable talent with a gift for language that is effectively displayed on every page. Her descriptions are a delight and her characters speak directly to the heart. (Elizabeth Forsythe Heart, author of A Woman of Independent Means)

Earl Hamner Jr.

Magic! Risky! Extraordinary! To rummage through the artifacts of Ronnie Claire's memory and experiences is strange, endearing, and unique....Proceed with caution! She is armed and dangerous! (Earl Hamner, Jr., creator of The Waltons and author of Murder in Tinseltown)

Thomas Schumacher

Ronnie Claire Edwards writes with a voice of both compassion and curiosity in one of the most engaging and fascinating books I have ever read...I've been let in on a fabulous secret and offered a window to a world I couldn't dream I would ever visit. (Thomas Schumacher, President, Walt Disney Feature Animation)

Beth Henley

A sensation. (Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Crimes of the Heart)

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