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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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Me & Bessie went out hunting any ole time

I was borned right here in these mountains, and since I was a boy I’ve knowed ever trail within twenty-five mile. My pappy were a gunsmith afore me and he teached me the trade. Pappy were the best gunsmith in four counties, and I wouldn’t swap one of them ole muzzle-loaders fer all the britch-Ioading […]

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The Cleudis Robbins Memorial Storytelling Contest 2013: A Good Story Takes Some Telling

On the day of the event, one thing was clear as the children told their tales: The Appalachian storytelling tradition is alive and well in Bell County, Kentucky. In fact, it is thriving! Stories were as diverse as spine-chilling ghost stories to modern day adventures, tales handed down through generations to new stories spawned for the coming ages. We were swept up in sad tales of miners lost in cave-ins, funny stories about adventures in the mountains and whimsical narratives about every day life in Appalachia.

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