Appalachian Mountain Girl

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An affecting and well-written, if uneven, memoir of life in the holler. Warren locates her earliest memories in Depression-era Kentucky, where her father worked the coal mines and her mother struggled ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
ARRIVING IN LETCHER
23
GOING TO SCHOOL
31
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About the author (1998)

Warren is a newspaper editor and reporter.

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