From an exotic jungle in a cottonpatch, to the comical uproar over Granny's whiskey sweet potatoes, to the finer points of family fellowship--"You're getting your stuff over on my side!"--the 50 short personal essays in Pink Butterbeans capture intricate details of life as it is lived day in and day out.

Rhodes has "a very clear and evocative style." - William W. Fraker, Richmond VA

Rhodes' "imagery is astounding! Quite honestly, I have never seen words transcend to paint on a canvas, as [she] orchestrated them in this book. The colors, smells and textures of the descriptions reach out of the pages and hold my head in state, until I can wrench myself free to read on. What a wonderful experience it is to enter the pages of Pink Butterbeans!" - Kelso Sims, Poplar Bluff MO, author of Northwest Train

Stories in Pink Butterbeans range from sentimental ("All through the years, I had waited for the special moment to present the treasured keepsake to his bride.") to stark slices of life ("All 58,000 died while I slept in my own bed under a blue ruffled spread."), as Rhodes lays bare the truth of a heart dealing with joys and struggles we all share.

Poignant and powerful, heartwarming and humorous, Pink Butterbeans is a book to read and relish again and again.

"Kathy's writings are frequently of simple events that become meaningful with her rich descriptions of both outer and inner worlds. - Louise Colln, Franklin TN, author of San Antonio Seduction

"Enjoy the world, each inch of it by color, texture, smell, and Kathy Hardy Rhodes' generous perceptions. Traditions to love, new lives to create, generations to bridge emerge through these vivid essays. Places come to life--a grandfather's distant watermelon patch or the tiny backyard of an urban development. Each offers joy, interest, and questions. Discover in yourself the answers." - Dr. S.R. Lee, Brentwood TN

Pink Butterbeans IN THE NEWS!
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Signing at the Southern Festival of Books,
Oct. 8, 2005, Nashville TN

Signing at Landmark Booksellers,
Franklin TN, October 30, 2005

Signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers,
Brentwood TN, November 12, 2005

Sign in window of Barnes & Noble
Brentwood TN
Writers Night, September 27, 2006

Southern Festival of Books
Memphis TN
October, 2006


Saturday, September 17, 2005 - Council for the Written Word Fall Seminar, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin TN

Saturday, October 8, 2005 - Southern Festival of Books, Nashville TN PICTURES

Sunday, October 30, 2005 - Reading & Signing, Landmark Booksellers, Franklin TN, 3:00 p.m. PICTURES

Saturday, November 12, 2005 - Cool Springs Barnes & Noble, Brentwood TN, 2:00 p.m. PICTURES

Saturday, March 4, 2006 - Council for the Written Word Spring Fiction Workshop, Columbia State Community College, Franklin TN

Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Crosstie Festival, "Mississippi Authors," Cleveland, MS PICTURES

Saturday, June 10, 2006 - Marketplace, Tennessee Writers Alliance Writers' Conference, Cumberland University, Lebanon TN

Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - Signing & Discussion, Writers' Night, Barnes & Noble, Brentwood, TN

Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 2006 - Southern Festival of Books, Memphis, TN

Saturday, October 21, 2006 - Council for the Written Word Fall Seminar, Franklin TN

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - Showcase of Authors, Linebaugh Public Library, Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, October 28, 2006, 8:00 - 12:00, Mississippi Delta Literary Festival, Writers Book Fair, Greenville, Mississippi

Saturday, February 10, 2007, 1:00 - 3:00, Barnes & Noble, Brentwood, TN

Saturday, March 3, 2007, 9:00 - 12:00, Council for the Written Word Spring Fiction Workshop, Franklin, TN

Saturday, March 10, 2007, 10:00 - 4:00, Nashville Arts Summit, Nashville, TN

Saturday, April 24, 2007 - Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Bowling Green, KY

Saturday, June 11, 2007 - Marketplace, Tennessee Writers Alliance Writers' Conference, Battleground Academy Campus, Franklin, TN

Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2007 - Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

Crosstie Festival 2006
Cleveland MS

"It made me laugh--it made me cry--it brought back memories of my own." Gina Wilson, Franklin, TN

"A great gift for best friends and special family members." Susie Dunham, Franklin TN