Big Stone Gap

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
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In 1908, author John Fox Jr. published his best-selling novel The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, and with it, he brought Big Stone Gap into homes across the country. In modern times, Big Stone Gap is best known for a series of novels by hometown author Adriana Trigiani. "The Gap" has always been in the vocabulary of Southwest Virginians but has now taken root on the national scene for a second time in history. Big Stone Gap has since dubbed itself "the Little Town with the Big Story." This story began in the 1880s with the discovery of nearby coalfields that sent Northern investors into an expansion frenzy. The town was touted as the new "Pittsburgh of the South" with its railroads, hotels, and vibrant business and cultural scenes.

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As a group, our overall rating for Big Stone Gap is 3 stars. Things we liked: Every member of our book club enjoyed the realistic description of the setting and small town vibe. We have one particular ... Read full review

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Adriana Trigiani is my FAVORITE author - love her and love that she narrated the audio book herself! Read full review

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The Birth and the Boom
On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Lets Go Downtown
The Three Rs
Its Your Civic Duty
A Good Time Was Had By All
A Little Town with a Big Story

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About the author (2008)

A native of the region, author Sharon B. Ewing is the museum director at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, located in Big Stone Gap. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Museums and serves on various regional boards that preserve and promote the history of Southwest Virginia. In Images of America: Big Stone Gap, Ewing intertwines scenic beauty, land use, history, and culture to provide a unique perspective on this community.

Adriana Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. She was a writer for The Cosby Show and A Different World. Her debut novel, Big Stone Gap, was published in 2001. Her other works include Big Cherry Holler; Milk Glass Moon; Home to Big Stone Gap; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; Rococo; Very Valentine; Viola in Reel Life; and The Shoemaker's Wife. She also wrote a cookbook entitled Cooking with My Sisters and a non-fiction book entitled Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers. Her title Shoemaker's Wife made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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