Sample chapters from an unpublished book by Jerry Stratton

Graveyard is about the profound importance of staying gone when you run away from home. Arthur’s dad leaves him in a shopping mall. Arthur runs after him but since his dad is in a car and Arthur isn’t, Arthur ends up lost in the Shopping Cart Graveyard. He befriends all of the shopping carts, except perhaps K-Marx the Communist Cart. Together with Fisher, a plastic shopping cart, and Voniece, a paraplegic who is not a shopping cart but rides in one, he saves the earth from an invasion of alien Llamas.

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This book is a work of truth. Only the names have been changed, for names give power to your enemies. Any resemblance to actual events, or places, or persons both living and dead, means it probably happened to you.

Apologizing for our past sins may reveal character and for a time lessen anti-Americanism abroad, but if it is done without acknowledging that the sins of America are the sins of mankind, and that our remedies are so often exceptional, then it only earns transitory applause—and a more lasting contempt that we ourselves do not believe in the values we profess.—Victor Davis Hanson (The Father of Us All)