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Here, you will find stories containing tall tales, legends, memoirs, journals, letters - all the sorts of ways the rural folk of the Appalachian Mountains use to capture and keep the history and folklore of their culture. Some of these stories will tug at your heart-strings; some will jerk a knot in your emotional gut. Others will kick a dent in your giggle-box. Some may moisten your nostalgia-eyes. Others might even push your angry-button.
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"I was born, raised, and hope to live out my time in a place where the lofty peaks poke holes in the heavens. Living in the Southern Highlands is like spending time inside a picture book. It is one of the few places on earth, with waterfalls so high, that sometimes on a full moon rainbows appear at midnight. It is place where clear mountain water runs so cold it aches your teeth.
"The first breath I drew was the smoke-colored air of the Southern Appalachians. What I know about these people, was learned from living and listening. I waded the creeks, walked the trails we called roads, and drank the potent liquid fashioned from corn malt and spring water.
"I have felt the damp, black earth while chopping corn on a hillside so steep I had to lean on my hoe handle to keep from falling.
"I have drunk their teas and smelled their potions as they tried to keep body and soul together in this remote land. They are hard and humble, generous to a fault.
"Individually, these mountain folk are as different as chalk and cheese. I have known many of them, and loved most. I am an Appalachian. These are my people. I write their stories."Review:
"...That warm and wonderful feeling, as comforting as snuggling down under a thick quilt on a chilly evening, is like hearing the language of Bill Carver's stories.
"Carver's narratives are gripping; he skillfully leads us through the story as though we were there, one of the spectators. His descriptive powers are such that we see what he is portraying. Best of all, we finish the last page convinced that these good things really did happen." -- Margie Weathers, Book Review, Smoky Mountain Sentinel, July 21, 1999, page 3
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Book Description Mountain Voice, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0967190800