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The Bean Trees

The Chaffey College Book 1999
"Valentine's Day"

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Cleopatra movie poster
Picture of book cover of Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House
Picture of Tony Lama boot
$400 Tony Lama boot

Cultural and Historical Allusions
  • John Wayne
  • Maze
  • "You are old, Father William"
  • Reader's Digest
  • borscht
  • M-16
  • José Cuervo
  • "Skip to My Lou"
  • toilet flapper ball
  • Washington Monument
  • Cleopatra
  • pipe wrench
  • caulking gun
  • angle drill
  • battery-head cleaner
  • Ladies' Home Journal
  • frisbee
  • Wick 'N' Candle
  • communist
  • Blondie and Dagwood
  • grits
  • prom queen
  • Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House
  • Tony Lama boots
  • slot machine
  • the No-Evil monkey brothers
  • love beads
  • hillbilly
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Page numbers from the large-sized paperback edition
The Author Chapter One, "The One to Get Away"
Chapter Two, "New Year's Pig" Chapter Three, "Jesus is Lord Used Tires"
Chapter Four, "Tug Fork Water" Chapter Five, "Harmonious Space"
Chapter Six, "Valentine's Day" Chapter Seven, "How They Eat in Heaven"
Chapter Eight, "The Miracle of Dog Doo Park" Chapter Nine, "Ismene"
Chapter Ten, "The Bean Trees" Chapter Eleven, "Dream Angels"
Chapter Twelve, "Into the Terrible Night" Chapter Thirteen, "Night-Blooming Cereus"
Chapter Fourteen, "Guardian Saints" Chapter Fifteen, "Lake O' the Cherokees"
Chapter Sixteen, "Soundness of Mind and Freedom of Will" Chapter Seventeen, "Rhizobia"
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