Betsy Summers has written a delightful
memoir about growing up in the mountains of rural West Virginia.
An eager and astute observer of nature, Betsy was keenly aware of the
trees, birds, and animals that surrounded her world. From her
earliest years, Betsy helped family members as they raised their own
hogs, grew their own vegetables, and gathered Linn honey from
Betsy's story is uniquely American. In Daughter of Appalachia Betsy describes the moment in time when the edges of "country
living" were being nibbled away by the technological march of
telephones and television. And, though her childhood was molded
by her close relationship with her parents and
grandparents--particularly her grandmothers--Betsy's life was
profoundly influenced as a college student when she met presidential
candidate John F. Kennedy and--although unknowingly--participated in
the first sit-in at the Diamond Department Store in downtown
Charleston, West Virginia. Daughter of Appalachia
is a charming look
back into American history, told with humor and grace, and would make the perfect gift for a
loved one in your life, especially if that person grew up during the
'40s and '50s.
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