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by Mack Samples
Bug Doodle Bug Your House Is on Fire
is a classic coming-of-age novel. It portrays
eccentric and sturdy characters that will stick with you long after you put the
Set in the mid-1950s, Doodle Bug
is the story of 17-year-old Corley Malone when the materially modest but
spiritually rich ways of life in rural West Virginia are fast being replaced by
things as swimming holes, summer catfishing, one-room schools, and satisfaction
from days of hard work in fresh airâ€”are rapidly being lost.
But Samples is no mushy romantic; Corley
also raises hell on back roads and beer joints.
Corley is innocently profane and profanely innocent, and it is
this seamless integration that gives the book its unique flavor.
His antics provide doses of laugh-out-loud
humorâ€”and I havenâ€™t even told you about the dynamite yet.
As he approaches graduation in an era
when the three Râ€™s meant readinâ€™, ritinâ€™ and Route 35 to Ohio, Corley is faced
with moving for a job, or staying with his austere yet emotionally rewarding
He is also torn between the old time music he
plays, and upstart rock â€˜rollâ€”all the while still grappling with the
differences between love and passion.
think youâ€™ll like the answers he finds.