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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Book Index: Genres, Themes, and Keywords

I designed this entry as a sort of index for the following books, which I co-authored or authored: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, and The Return of Innocence. Please note that many of the terms overlap or use different forms of the same word, for search engine purposes. In some cases, just one among a list of terms will apply to a particular book. Some of these elements play a small role in the particular book(s), while others play a major one.

Acorns, oak trees, acorn to oak: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories

Acorn, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; West Texas: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories

African American, black people: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, The Return of Innocence

AIDS, HIV, safe sex, safer sex, unsafe sex: Holding Me Together

Alternate realities, other dimensions, other worlds: Degranon, The Return of Innocence



Arabic, Middle Eastern: The Return of Innocence

Asian, Far Eastern: Degranon, The Return of Innocence

Beasts, monsters: Degranon, The Return of Innocence

Canada: Holding Me Together

Cancer, cancer survivors, cancer fundraiser, fund-raiser: The Acorn Gathering


Civil rights, equal rights, equality: Degranon, Holding Me Together

Censorship, censors, suppression of knowledge, book burning, Fahrenheit 451: The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together

Coming of age, reaching adulthood, young adult, teen, teenager, youth: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence

Constitutional amendment, adding discrimination into the constitution: Degranon, Holding Me Together


Deaf, deafness, hearing disabled, hearing-impaired: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together

Disability (other than deafness) &/or disabling illness: Degranon, Holding Me Together

Death, grieving, loss: The Acorn Stories, Degranon

Domestic violence, abusive relationship, spousal abuse: The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together

Drug abuse, drug addiction, mind-altering or mind-controlling drugs: Degranon, Holding Me Together


Elderly, old folks, aging, age, twilight years: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence

Essays & other non-fiction: Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Evil rulers, poor leadership, corruption in high places: The Acorn Stories, Degranon, The Return of Innocence

Ex-gay, exgay, cures for homosexuality: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together


Family, relatives, family bonds, family ties, family values, parents, parenting, siblings: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence

Fantasy, sword & sorcery, magic, magical, spells, incantations, transmutation, transformation: The Return of Innocence

Gay Christians, homosexuality & religion, gay people of faith, gay vs. religious: The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together

Gay coming out, gay denial, the closet, closet cases: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Gay gene, genetic basis of homosexuality, biology of sexual orientation, born gay, choice or birth: Degranon, Holding Me Together

Gay marriage, same-sex marriage, same-gender marriage: Degranon, Holding Me Together, The Return of Innocence

Gay pride, gay history & culture: The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together

Gay relationships: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence

Gender, gender roles, gender stereotypes, gender-bending, gender-blurring: The Acorn Stories, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence

God, Lord, faith, scripture, religion, belief, believers, higher power: The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together

Hate crimes, hate-motivated violence: Holding Me Together

History, historical, related to changing times: Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Homophobia, homophobic, gay-bashing, gay-baiting, anti-gay, heterocentrism: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Humor, humorous, comedy, satire, satirical, light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together, The Return of Innocence

Industrialism, mechanization, technology, the machine in the garden, science changing the landscape: Degranon, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Jewish, Jew, Judaica: The Acorn Stories

Literary criticism & theory, literary classics, American literature, author biography: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Lonely, loneliness, alone, isolation, isolated, abandoned: The Acorn Stories, Degranon, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Mexican American, Latino, Latina, Hispanic: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon

Native American, American Indian, reservations: The Acorn Gathering, Degranon

New York City after 9/11: The Acorn Gathering

Poems, poetry: Holding Me Together

Politics, political: The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together

Privacy loss, invasion of privacy, government intrusion, government surveillance, 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale: Degranon

Race, racial, racism, racist, race relations, interracial: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, The Return of Innocence

Religious fanatics, fanaticism, religious extremists, religious violence, holy war, crusades: Degranon, Holding Me Together

Romance, dating, romantic, love, falling in love, long-term relationships: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence

Science fiction, scifi, sci-fi, robots, futuristic, space colonies, time travel, doorways in space & time: Degranon

Self-help, self-improvement, standing up for yourself: Holding Me Together

Sexuality, fear of sex, driven by or oppressing sexual impulses: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, Three Lives, Tender Buttons, Alice B. Tolklas, Walt Whitman, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Short fiction, short stories, story cycle, interrelated tales, discussion of stories: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Small towns, rural life: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Social commentary: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Teachers, teaching profession, academics: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence

Weight control, weight loss, weight discrimination, fat, obese, overweight, dieting, diets: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon

West Texas football, emphasis on sports: The Acorn Stories

Winesburg, Ohio; Clyde, Ohio: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio

Women, strong women, womyn, female empowerment, feminism, feminist, girl power: The Acorn Gathering, The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, The Return of Innocence