Jennifer and Josephine by Bill PeetJosephine, a stray cat, has finally found a home in Jennifer’s backseat. Jennifer is a car left in a corner of a junk yard. However, their lives change when a traveling salesman buys Jennifer one day. He’s always in a hurry. What will that mean for Jennifer and Josephine?
This is another of Bill Peet’s odd couple books, and Josephine’s devotion to Jennifer is very touching. We get this story from the cat’s point of view, although we occasionally get glimpses into Jennifer’s feelings. The story is definitely from a slower, simpler time, and that leads to a story that drags a little in the middle, but that’s the only real complaint here.
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The Ballad Of Wild Bill
Jennifer and Josephine
Josephine Butler, we have tried to tell her life story as far as possible in her own words, by means of extracts from her writings, with just sufficient thread of explanation to hold them together. The present volume is therefore to a large extent an autobiography, taken chiefly from her Recollections of George Butler , and from Personal Reminiscences of a Great Crusade ; but selections have also been given from most of her principal publications, so as to give some idea of her extensive literary work. We have not included any private letters, as it was her strongly expressed wish that these should not be published. Many of the quotations have been abridged, but they have not otherwise been altered, except in a few cases where dates, etc. We have however ventured, vi for the sake of securing a continuous narrative, occasionally to combine passages taken from different sources.
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The Ballad of Wild Bill
Josephine was born in New York to a Prussian Jewish family; her father was a baker. They moved to San Francisco, where Josephine attended dance school as a girl. When her father had difficulty finding work, the family moved in with her older sister and brother-in-law in a working-class tenement. Josephine ran away, possibly as early as age 14, and traveled to Arizona, where she said she went looking for "adventure". Much of her life from about to when she lived in the Arizona Territory is uncertain; she worked hard to keep this period of her life private, even threatening legal action against writers and movie producers. She may have arrived in Prescott, Arizona as early as In a book about her life, I Married Wyatt Earp , she describes events in Arizona that she witnessed that occurred before , the year she previously claimed to have first arrived in Tombstone but see article on Wyatt Earp: this book is not a genuine memoir.