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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Running on Red Dog Road

I absolutely adore books set in the 1940's, add to it a childhood growing up in West Virginia (where my husband grew up) and I knew it was a book for me. 

"Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave through Drema’s childhood in 1940s Appalachia after her father is killed in the coal mines, her mother goes off to work as a Rosie the Riveter, and she is left in the care of devout Pentecostal grandparents." Running on Red Dog Road by Drema Hall Berkheimer is a quick read; one, because it's a shorter memoir at just 203 pages and two, it goes quickly once you've become engrossed in it. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love hearing people's stories. Our childhood, our life journey make us who we are and hearing about the lives of others is just fascinating. The only issue I had with the book is that it was hard to follow a timeline; I never knew how old Drema was throughout the book so therefore don't know if it followed a year, two years, or more of her life. Other than that it was interesting to get to know her grandparents (LOVED them!), see how much more self-sufficient kids were, and how much harder, yet simpler, times were. 

This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. 

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