Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Turnbo Manuscripts

The Turnbo Manuscripts comprise 28 volumes of anecdotes from the Ozarks collected by Silas Claiborne Turnbo—a handy palette for adding color to a drab family history. In stories such as "Mistook Him For a Wild Turkey and Killed His Own Son," "She Did Not Want to Be Dead as Bad as She Pretended To," and "A Happy Courtship That Ended with a Tearful Disappointment" you may well find a reference or two to relatives from that part of the country. Just don't expect a happy ending.