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Book Review: Adventures of Slump Thacker by Nancy B. Goff

By Linda Waggener

If you've been missing the down-home stories of Nancy Goff, former Metcalfe County stylist, song writer, entertainer and story teller, then you'll be delighted to discover that she has written a book, The Adventures of Slump Thacker.

Since she moved from this area back home to Alabama, Nancy has applied herself to organizing her wonderful stories into the book which is for sale in bookstores now.

I enjoyed The Adventures of Slump Thacker on CD, listening to the southern voice of the reader while driving. It is also available in book form.

In the book, Nancy artfully weaves her favorite stories into a setting of a family reunion.

Great Grandpa Spivey goes back into his memory and weaves stories of his growing-up years with best friend Slump Thacker to the delight of Spivey's great grandchildren in attendance at the reunion.

The various stories grandpa tells about Slump and his adventures will warm your heart. One in particular, about a 15-foot aligator named Red-Eye, will make you laugh out loud. Look for Red-Eye to appear again in a chapter about a new brand of fertilizer made from multitudes of gator poop.

I'm going to listen again before deciding, but I think my favorite story of them all is the one about the runt three-legged puppy which Slump saves and names Stumpy. Little Stumpy turns into the best hunting dog in all the south because of Slump's devotion and his own grandfather's keen abilities to train hunting dogs.

It may have especially warmed my heart because of the stories my family has always told stories of how my grandfather W.D. Marcum used to raise and train fox hounds in Sulphur Well, Ky.

The stories, four CD's full, will give you many hours of listening pleasure and make you want to hear more. I understand she has many more stories on hand which we can look forward to in the future. If you'd like to refresh your memory of the author's writing, one of Nancy's stories which ran here in years past can be enjoyed at this link:Click Here

Author Nancy Bone Goff is a native of Alabama where she lives now with her husband Gary, daughter Linda and grandson Dalton. She writes for Down Home magazine and enjoys children, animals, southern cooking and country music. She can be reached at,

The Adventures of Slump Thacker is published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC. The book and audio book can be purchased online at most online bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and on the tate publishing,com/bookstore. You can also google the Adventures of Slump Thacker and it gives any number of websites where the book can be purchased.

This story was posted on 2008-06-22 15:14:27
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