Alien in the Delta by Thankful Strother
|Title: Alien in the Delta
Author: Thankful Strother
Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars(2)
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.
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.