Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Alien in the Delta - Memoir by Thankful Strother - $4.99 on Amazon
Thankful Strother has published a book "Alien in the Delta," in which he chronicles his life growing up in rural Southeast Arkansas between 1949 and 1961 as well as his later adult life in the military and corporate America.
Written more as personal memoir than conventional autobiography, Strother, shares with the reader both a personal narrative of facts and feelings in a concise and credible 200-page work. Six years in the making. Strother, now retired in
inspired to write after some light nudging by his daughter, Christine, who
regularly listened to her dad's stories as she grew up. Strother was born at San Diego
in 1943. Grand Lake, AR.
"She kept telling me that I should write this down, that I ought to write a book, about six years ago, I started going out to the beach with a personal tape recorder and dictating a story at a time," "About 14 tapes later, I was ready to commit to writing, and it all came together," he said.
The project morphed into its present form as Strother says, "My original vision for it was an autobiography, but along the way, more commentary became associated with it. I wanted to leave a legacy, not just collect facts.”
Strother's time line comes against the familiar backdrop of recent American post-World War II history, including the segregation, prejudice and inequality that was synonymous with the times and growing up in the Arkansas Delta.
To his credit, Strother doesn't solely focus on the hardness of the times he grew up in. He shares in equal parts his feelings of amusement, happiness and sense of humor. He rises above stereotypical thinking, reflective, but never bitter about adversity he faced.
Strother's narrative brings the contrast of the rural South to experiences he had later in life, such as living in
in the 1960s and later
being in the corporate world, where he worked for such tech giants as NCR and
While Strother says he is not a speaker or advocate, his impressive resume later in his life -- and his success story -- lends itself to being equal parts inspirational and theatrical as his story is one of coming up from relative poverty to have a successful military and corporate career. "I am really not advocating for anyone; I just wanted to tell these stories of things I experienced, and I feel that in itself is a wonderful accomplishment. There were excitement, humor and history with those times," he said.