Sunday, May 1, 2016

Alien in the Delta - DOWNLOAD FREE EVERY FRIDAY IN MAY!

Click to Look Inside!

Dear Friends, Families and Groups

May has arrived, and with it comes Mother's Day, graduation celebrations and finally Memorial Day and the beginning of summer.  To add to the excitement, I'm happy to offer my book Alien in the Delta FREE each FRIDAY in MAY.

Download Alien in the Delta FREE OF CHARGE Friday May 06, 13, 20, 27. Thanks you for your loyal support! I am announcing this offer early to give you time to share it with friends and family and all in your group.


(excerpt  from Alien in the Delta)


Grandfather shot the man as he opened the gate to the front yard. The man died on the spot. After killing the man, my grandfather went into hiding for seven years. This event was the legacy left to my father by his father. Would what happened thirty years before my birth have an impact on my life? 

Alien in the Delta’s author Thankful Strother takes you on a journey that highlights the life experiences of a boy from the age of six through manhood. He grew up on the Mississippi River in the Arkansas Delta, but felt out-of-place in that environment. In his home town prejudice and inequality were practice openly. His escape from the Delta was not realized until he went abroad. You go with him on his adventures in the rural south and throughout Europe. Thankful Strother spent four years in the United States Air Force stationed in Germany where he learned to speak German and met his future wife. He settles in Detroit starts a family and buys their first house. He goes to work in the automotive industry, learns to program computers, enters the corporate world and becomes a successful manager and real estate investor. He shares with you a variety of emotions including fear, sadness, happiness, and amusement. Alien in the Delta is a memoir about a poor boy that discovered how to overcome life's obstacles at every turn to become successful. 



Sunday, December 20, 2015

Alien in the Delta - Kindle Edition $3.99 Paperback $14.99

Click to Look Inside


Grandfather shot the man as he opened the gate to the front yard. The man died on the spot. After killing the man, my grandfather went into hiding for seven years. This event was the legacy left to my father by his father. Would what happened thirty years before my birth have an impact on my life?

Alien in the Delta takes you on a journey that highlights the life experiences of a boy from the age of six through manhood. He grew up on the Mississippi River in the Arkansas Delta, but felt out-of-place in that environment. In his home town prejudice and inequality were practice openly. His escape from the Delta was not realized until he went abroad. He takes you on his adventures in the rural south and throughout Europe. He shares with you a variety of emotions including fear, sadness, happiness, and amusement. Alien in the Delta is a memoir about overcoming adversity.
                                            
An experience that stands out in my mind happened in a German restaurant. We were young men from the United States, living in Europe without a lot of exposure. Our knowledge of culture limited because we had not seen or done many things before coming to Germany.

Bobby and I went to a German restaurant to eat dinner. We had gone there once before, and this time we brought our friend, Shorty with us. The hostess seated us and gave us the menus. While Shorty looked over the menu, Bobby and I had already decided what we wanted to order, so we placed our menus on the table. Noticing this, Shorty said that he would have whatever we were ordering.

This restaurant was very upscale. Each table had a white tablecloth on it with a beautiful flower arrangement in the center. The settings consisted of plates, silverware, glasses, and white cloth napkins. When the waitress came to take our order, we all ordered the chicken dinner, just as before when Bobby and I had eaten there. Each dinner included a large piece of chicken, baked potato, salad, bread roll, and dessert. Except for the dessert, all the dinner items were serve to us at the same time. When we finished eating our dinner, our plates were removed.

The waitress returned to our table carrying several small plates and bowls half filled with water with a lemon slice floating on top. She placed the small plates in front of us and set a bowl on each small plate. I asked Bobby if he wanted my lemon soup. He had enjoyed it so much the last time we were at the restaurant.

Shorty began to laugh and said, "Let me get this straight. Are you telling me that Bobby ate the contents of that bowl the last time you were here?" I told Shorty that not only did he eat his soup, he also ate my serving. I described how Bobby took his bread and tore it into little pieces and placed them in the soup and used a spoon to finish eating his soup.

At that point Shorty had started to convulse from laughing. We laughed along with Shorty, not knowing why he was laughing. When Shorty regained his composure, he told us that we were really ignorant country people. He explained that the bowls were call finger bowls because they were use to dip your fingers into after eating chicken to remove the grease. Then the bowls would be removed, and our waitress would bring us dessert and place it on the small plates.

Well, we did not know anything about finger bowls in Arkansas and Mississippi, where Bobby and I came from. We continued laughing after finding out that Bobby had eaten finger bowl water, thinking it was soup. That was the last time we ate there. We were too embarrassed to return to that restaurant again.

 

 

 

 

 



Alien in the Delta - Amazon Best Seller - Only $3.99

Monday, November 16, 2015

THE SOLDIER - Alien in the Delta - $2.99

I love my country, The United States of America. But I discovered at an early age that my country did not love me. I had to leave the USA and live in Germany to discover equality.

With basic training done, six young men from Detroit headed back home on the train. Some place in Texas, the train stopped so that we could stretch our legs and get a snack. The six of us got off the train and went into the restaurant to get something to eat. We were all dressed in our nice, new blue uniforms, proudly representing the United States Air Force. I walked into the restaurant with all my buddies, and before we could sit down, the waiter looked at me and the other black serviceman and said.“We can’t serve you in here. You have to go out back to order and pick up your food.”  Born and raised in the South, I had experienced discrimination before, but this time it hurt me deeply because I was dressed in my US Air Force uniform and was prepared to die for our country, and yet my fellow countryman still would not serve us.

This was the United States in 1962. No one should ever have to experience that kind of treatment! The both of us just got back on the train without eating and sat in silence. We began basic training as six buddies from Detroit and returned as four white serviceman and two black second class citizens in the United States Air Force.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Child - Alien in the Delta

 Download it here
Don’t own a Kindle?
No problem. You can download one of the free Kindle apps for your web browser, desktop computer, or any mobile device you have.



“The Child - Alien in the Delta” highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he graduates from high school at age seventeen.  It’s all about growing up and experiencing everything for the first time. He discovers girls, sex, music, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware. You will feel like you are there with Thankful as he explains what happens next with excitement, humor, suspense, and passion.

The Series is a non-fiction account of Thankful Strother’s personal growth and approach to changing life situations as they occur. Everyone will relate to something in the series, it is very entertaining and easy to read, you are kept in suspense, anticipating what is going to happen next with the family   relationships, the military, interracial romance, unimaginable obstacles and successes. You will feel like you are there with Thankful as he tells what happens with humor.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Father's Day - Alien in the Delta Series

I am Thankful Strother author of the Alien in the Delta Series. Download them from Amazon or ask for them in your local library. The Alien in the Delta Series come in e-books and paperback. Thank you for your support. 

Writing my memoir was one of the most satisfying experiences in my life. It says that I was here and my family and friends will have something from me to remember. I encourage each of you to write about your life experiences. Reading my memoir series will provide you with an example or guide to follow and write your memoir. Good luck and start writing today.

"The Child" is the first book in the three book series. It highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he graduates from high school at age seventeen. During that time he discovers music, girls, sex, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware. This book will put you in a nostalgic mood.

This book demonstrates well the concept that everyone has a story to be told. Drama/humor, love/hate, success/failure, happiness/sadness -- you want it? You have got it in this entertaining beginning of a life's memoirs. See how "The Child" compares to your own childhood. I feel today's adolescents would benefit from reading it.



"The Soldier" is the second book in the series. Thankful Strother spent four years in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Germany during the cold war, where he learned to the German language, met his future wife and traveled throughout Europe. The book is filled with history from  that time and many humorist situations.

"The Soldier" is a well-narrated and inspiring story. I like the non-pretenses style of this author. It is easy to grasp the inherent life concepts while experiencing along with the story-teller all the emotions that he must have encountered during this phase of his life. Young adults who are contemplating what kind of future they want for themselves might benefit from this reading this book.


"The Adult" is the third book in the series. Thankful returns home from Germany. He settles in Detroit, gets married, starts a family and buys their first house. He goes to work in the automotive industry, learns to program computers, enters the corporate world and becomes a successful manager and real estate investor. 

What I like about this book is the opportunity to travel with the imagery throughout the geographical areas as well as the thought patterns and decisions of the characters and see how they lead to an economically successful life. "The Adult" is an interesting and easy read that can be done in one sitting by the average reader.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thankful Strother - Author





Thankful Strother born 1943 in Grand Lake, AR., grew up in Eudora AR. Graduated from high school in 1961 and joined the US Air Force. Stationed in Germany for four years, there he learned to speak German and met his wife Barbara. Married forty-nine years, they live in California and have two adult children. He retired in 2003. Thankful Strother had a thirty-five-year career in computers and telecommunications with NCR and AT&T. In his retirement, he has accomplished his goal to write a book about his early life. Alien in the Delta is that book. It is a memoir about growing up poor in a hostile environment in the 1950's to experience unimaginable success later in life.