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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Review: Appalachian Mountain Girl: Coming of Age in Coal Mine Country

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A fascinating account of a woman's life in poverty-stricken rural Appalachia in the 1930's. The community and time in which it existed are written with such particular detail that there is never any doubt of this story's importance. Read full review



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Warren is a newspaper editor and reporter.

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