Appalachian Roots

 
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Appalachian Roots captures the essential facts in two very different (but equally daunting) journeys to adulthood in Appalachia.

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Dave Waldrop is a graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC with a master's degree in counseling. He worked as a counselor for 30 years. He coached football, basketball, baseball and softball in community organizations and the Jackson County (North Carolina) School system. Dave has had poetry published in various magazines and journals. He is a recorded songwriter. Michael Revere is a proud graduate of Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in history. Michael's letters and manuscripts have been archived in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the southern historical section since 1977.

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The heart of Waldrop's autobiography stresses three themes: love, family and forgiveness. The author celebrates his abiding love for his mother and gives a painful account of the numerous indignities that she suffered as the wife of an alcoholic. Many of Waldrop's accounts of his childhood depict a family that is often precariously balanced on the brink of ruin-where love, survival and shelter are dependent on the whims of a drunken, perverse father who is capable of shockingly brutal attacks on his wife, often beating her into unconsciousness. Time and time again young Dave and his brothers (and single sister) are forced to flee the Waldrop home in order to take shelter with relatives. Invariably, the family returns with the vain hope that the unstable father and husband will repent. Michael readily admits that an early experience with LSD brought about a drastic change in his personality. Following this drug experience, Revere received an honorary discharge on the grounds that he had developed unsupressable (sic) nomadic tendencies; that compelled him to travel. For almost 40 years, Revere has been for some reason, a rootless wanderer, living briefly in Oregon, Chapel Hill, Brevard, Montana, West Virginia and numerous small towns in between. One thing is certain. This footloose, Church of God, drummer/rock 'n roller, poet and UFO fan is an original. --Gary Carden, writer, playwright, storyteller

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