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Songs of Life and Grace

by Linda Scott DeRosier

Out of Printcloth$26.00 978-0-8131-2276-2
264 pages  Pubdate: 07/22/2003  6 x 9  photos, illus

" Read a chapter from the book The recipient of the 2004 Appalachian Writers Association Award for nonfiction! #1 on the Booksense 76 top ten books for Fall 2003 from University Presses! On a muggy, late August afternoon in 1936, somewhere along the banks of Greasy Creek, Life found Grace—walking the dusty mile between work and home in a brand new pair of leather kitten-heeled pumps, blond curls bouncing in the sun. Two weeks later, Lifie Jay Preston and Grace Mollette married, a union that lasted until their deaths fifty-eight years later. There was something about them, their daughter Linda would discover, a kind of radiance and love of living that would mark them in the memories of every person they encountered—a song that resonates years after their passing. Songs of Life and Grace is their story, told by the daughter whose own life grew out of their loving ministries and Appalachian sensibilities. Linda Scott DeRosier, the celebrated author of Creeker: A Woman’s Journey, draws on family letters and lore, interviews, and her own recollections to reach a better understanding of her parents and the families that formed them both. Along the way, she introduces an unforgettable cast of characters: the formidable Grandma Emmy; Uncle Burns, an infamous ladies’ man; helpless and simple Aunt Jo; and gentle Pop Pop, who could peel an apple in one long, unbroken spiral. A stirring, honest look at Appalachia and a tribute to the unbreakable bonds of family, Songs of Life and Grace establishes DeRosier as one of the most vital and exciting new voices of the American South. A native of eastern Kentucky, Linda Scott DeRosier is professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Click here for her website.

"Reads as though the reader is sitting on a porch sipping sweet ice tea and listening to family stories." --Appalachian Journal

"DeRosier writes with a grinning sense of pride of the hardy ancestral roots from which she comes. . . .An there is no doubt that we are all richer for their voices." --Kentucky Living

Winner of the 2003 Nonfiction Book Award given by the Appalachian Writers Association.

Winner of the Dr. Thomas D. Clark Award.

winner of the Dr. Thomas D. Clark award given by Joseph Beth Booksellers and the 2003 Nonfiction Book Award given by the Appalachian Writers Association