comfort book
historical fiction

"I never lost anything by giving it away." 

women and friendship
hard livin'
birth and death
old and young
healing grief

blind piggers (p. 208) owners of speakeasies

borrasca-poor (p. 214) the opposite of bonanza-a bust. If you found borrasca, you had a worthless claim.

Hoovered (p. 201) a common expression in the early 1930s and means to be laid off. Hoover hotels were fleabags. The expression comes from Herbert Hoover, who was President when the Great Depression started.

leather bellies (p. 200 & 269) tough guys, sort of like "hard heads" but lower down. Perhaps it has to do with the amount of rotgut they could consume, but that’s just a guess.

stump-knocker (p. 171) a traveling preacher.

tap ‘er light (p. 172) It literally means, "take it easy" or "be careful and have a good day." It comes from the practice of setting explosives in the mines. They had to pack in certain types of explosive charges by carefully tapping them in with a hammer.

I found these expressions of speech most charming.



S. Etole said…
those are some fascinating terms ...

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