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Book Review: ‘Grandma Gatewood’s Walk’

Emma’s “walk in the park” wasn’t – not on the trail, not in life. The trail, which was relatively new in 1955, was not in the “advertised condition” of a comfortable four feet in width with food easy to obtain and shelters nearby. The trail barely existed in many places, shelters were often filthy or uninhabitable and it was helpful to be able to forage for food growing wild if you wanted to eat regularly. In life, she worked hard and endured poverty and abuse. Her husband, Perry Gatewood, started beating her shortly after their marriage and didn’t stop until their divorce. Emma raised her children, crops and flowers. She wrote poetry and enjoyed nature. She was bent, not broken. She rose above it all and Ben Montgomery tells it all.

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Book Excerpt: ‘Hiding Ezra’

Please welcome guest author Rita Quillen. Quillen’s new historical novel ‘Hiding Ezra’ (Jan-Carol Publishing) has just released. We’re pleased to be able to offer up an excerpt from it. Says Quillen of the book’s origins: Dear Reader: Not long after my husband and I married, he told me the incredible story of his grandfather, Warner […]

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Book Review: ‘Shake Terribly the Earth: Stories from an Appalachian Family’

Please welcome guest book reviewer Tricia Fulks. Fulks is a freelance digital journalist and adjunct professor located in North Central West Virginia. She previously worked as an associate producer on “Hollow: An Interactive Documentary” and as a newspaper editor in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Fulks currently resides in Bridgeport, W.Va., where she continues to pursue […]

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Amy Greene’s new novel “Long Man” set to release February 25

In the summer of 1936 there was one woman left on the mountaintop where the river’s headwaters formed in rocks ages old and shining with mica, the sediment washing down to tinge its shoals yellow-brown. Most others with her last name had died or moved on decades ago. Though darkness came to her high place first she could climb to this limestone ridge overlooking the cornfields and see daytime lingering in the valley town below. She would stand shielding her eyes until her legs grew tired. Then she would lower herself to the rocky edge and take off her brogans to rub her sore feet.

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Whirligig Stories – Tales of the Sixties in a WV town

From 1959 thru 1970, Betty Hornbeck wrote a weekly front-page column for the Republican-Delta Newspaper in Buckhannon, WV entitled “West Virginia Whirligig”. She discussed everything from city growth statistics, to family life, to national politics, to any number of issues that she felt should be brought to the attention of her readership. Her son Bill […]

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