Appalachian Mountain Girl

Author: Rhoda Warren
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613732392
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Appalachian Mountain Girl is a sensitive and beautifully written autobiographical account of a childhood in the coalmine district of Depression-era Kentucky. With humor and warmth—but without sentimentality—Rhoda Warren recounts the lives of these mining people whose religion and family values buttressed and sustained them. As a young girl, Rhoda began to catch glimpses of the world outside her narrow mountain community through the stories in True Confessions magazine and the pictures in the Montgomery Ward catalog—which to her seemed like “visions of a fairy world.” When Rhoda married and moved to a small town in New York State, it seemed that her dreams of a better life had been realized. Yet scenes of Letcher always “hovered in the back roads of her memory.” When she revisited her homeland, this time as a New Yorker, Rhoda found that Letcher was no longer the place of her memories.

Growing Up in Coal Country

Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395979143
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Describes what life was like, especially for children, in coal mines and mining towns in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Strange as this Weather Has Been

Author: Ann Pancake
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 159376166X
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Domestic conflicts involving a town's endangerment by mining plans threaten to tear apart a family when matriarch Lace contemplates fighting the mine owners and her daughter, Bant, becomes involved with a miner. A first novel. Original.

Fair and Tender Ladies

Author: Lee Smith
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101516488
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"A tour de force." LOS ANGELES TIMES Ivy Rowe may not have much education, but her thoughts are classic, and her experiences are fascinating. Born near the turn of the century in the Virginia Mountains, Ivy's story is told completely through letters she is forever writing, and that you will forever want to read.... "Few readers will be dry-eyed as they watch this extraordinary woman disappear around that last bend in the road." CHICAGO TRIBUNE

An Appalachian Childhood

Author: Deany Brady
ISBN: 9781481205573
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An Appalachian Childhood is a remarkable memoir about growing up on a small, hardscrabble farm in the mountains of Georgia. Deany Brady tells the story of her colorful childhood in the 1930s and 40s with freshness, humor, wit, and intelligence. She is a master storyteller, following in the vigorous oral tradition of her parents and her grandmother, who told vivid family stories all through her childhood. Following the arc of her young life, Brady beautifully captures her own growth from a daydreaming child, creating mansions out of moss and sticks, and gazing at the famous people in the newspapers covering the walls, to a girl in love with language and writing, whose greatest happiness is to read all of Gone with the Wind to her mother by the wash stream one magical summer. Unusual in her Appalachian community, the young Deany yearns not only to complete her high school education but to find a way to better her own life and that of her family's, by moving to the big city of Atlanta and hoping to gain a college education. Even as Deany's life grows more intricate and challenging, and even as she makes her own mistakes in her urge to escape the constraints of Appalachia, she holds onto her dream of a life filled with knowledge, happiness and beauty.An Appalachian Childhood is the first half of a two-part memoir. It covers Deany Brady's first twenty-two years. The second half, Higher than Yonder Mountain, is forthcoming. This second volume follows her grown-up life's arc from Georgia to Miami Beach, to Park Avenue in New York, and ultimately to her life as a writer in California.

Gray Mountain

Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0385539169
Format: PDF
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she is downsized, furloughed, and escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, all for a slim chance of getting rehired. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Samantha’s new job takes her into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack. But some of the locals aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town, and within weeks Samantha is engulfed in litigation that turns deadly. Because like most small towns, Brady harbors big secrets that some will kill to conceal. Praise for Gray Mountain “[An] important new novel . . . superior entertainment.”—The Washington Post “Powerful . . . a satisfying, old-fashioned, good guy/bad guy legal thriller.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Yes, Gray Mountain is fiction. But after reading the book, you’ll believe heroic action must be taken.”—USA Today “Grisham has written one of his best legal dramas.”—Associated Press From the Trade Paperback edition.

Loretta Lynn

Author: Loretta Lynn
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307741230
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Tying in with the publication of the singer's long-awaited autobiographical sequel--"Still Woman Enough"--this is the original autobiography of the girl from Butcher Holler. of photos.

Still Point Life Notes From A Kentucky Woman

Author: Sarah Cornett Hagen
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1463450435
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“Life Notes From a Kentucky Woman: A Coal Camp- first in a series of “Life Notes” books by Sarah Cornett-Hagen a native of Letcher County, Kentucky. This story details the beginnings of a mountain woman, a coal miner’s daughter, reared in the hills of eastern Kentucky. It takes you deep into the heart of coal mining country to a town called Haymond and the ways and times of the people who lived there shortly before World War 2. The story carries you through Sarah’s coming of age years in the early fifties and beyond as the author shares with you how she became a woman who knows, “Mountain roots run deep and tendrils of these roots are wrapped gently around her heart forever.”