Thursday, July 19, 2012

Books of the Week - July 19th

Thanks for checking out our newest feature...Books of the Week! There are seven of us and we can't keep up with the many review requests we receive, even though we'd love to read everything sent our way. Therefore, we have decided to give some books their time in the spotlight and introduce you to them through this new blog feature. We will be featuring two books a week. We hope you will take the time to check these books out. (Click the titles to find them on Amazon.) If you read them and want to write a guest blogger review for us, please e-mail us and we'll be glad to work with you!

Authors: We will let you know whether or not we'll be able to review your book upon your request, and hope you'll be interested in this feature as an alternative.

By Victoria Herbert

Transitions, a coming of age story, is the tale of three university women and their journey from adolescence to adulthood. It tells about their challenges and their conflicts, their loves and their relationships, and their victories and their disappointments.

First there is Sunny, the daughter of a flower child. “I'm just floating,” that's how she describes herself. No direction, no plans, promiscuous and no guidance from a mother who is also an adolescent. Next is Angi, the product of a restrictive Catholic School education. Now away from home and open to a new world of ideas. She says, “I don't went to be my mother. I don't want to have a bunch of kids at a young age, stay at home and get fat. I want to make something of myself.” Last is Heather. From a dysfunctional family and with an abusive father, she has faced her daemons. She still has difficulty forming relationships and has issues of trust in people and with love.

Victoria Herbert can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

"The Girl From Stretchneck Holler: Inside Appalachia"
By Betty Dotson-Lewis and Kathleen Colley Slusher

We women in the mountains of the Cumberlands are strong. We've learned to be that way, maybe because bad behavior from our men is both expected and somewhat accepted--so each generation of women is born and bred to be fighters. We must fight to hold our lives and our beliefs together. Our mountain culture exacts much from us; our grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters are the ones we look to. We listen to their stories and see that they are the strength and backbone of the family, tested more than their men because more is demanded of them. The core strength of women is one universal truth, and is especially true here in the hidden culture of Appalachia. Gracie Justice and Kinu Raines are strong women; products of their environment, they too fight against their circumstances and emerge as kindred spirits...sisters to women everywhere who have lived their story.

For those who loved Hatfields & McCoys this book will take you further into Appalachia and tell more about how this mountain culture affects those who live there or have ever lived there forever more.

Betty Dotson-Lewis can be found on Facebook and Kathleen Colley Slusher can be found on Facebook.

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