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Running on Red Dog Road

And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood

Author Drema Hall Berkheimer
Narrator Bailey Carr
Runtime 6.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Tantor Audio
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Release Date October 17, 2017
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)
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. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that reads like a novel with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and indisputable charm. Drema's coming of age is colored by tent revivals with Grandpa, poetry-writing hobos, and traveling carnivals, and through it all, she serves witness to a multi-generational family of saints and sinners whose lives defy the stereotypes. Just as she defies her own.

Running on Red Dog Road is proof that truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to life and faith in an Appalachian childhood.
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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. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that reads like a novel with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and indisputable charm. Drema's coming of age is colored by tent revivals with Grandpa, poetry-writing hobos, and traveling carnivals, and through it all, she serves witness to a multi-generational family of saints and sinners whose lives defy the stereotypes. Just as she defies her own.

Running on Red Dog Road is proof that truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to life and faith in an Appalachian childhood.

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Enjoyable
This is one that reminded me of my mom's stories because the author was born around the same time as mom. I like that I didn't have to listen to it all in one setting straight through. There was one bit that disturbed me but it was an event that disturbed the author as well at the time. Other than that one bit I really enjoyed it. Even the part about the moonshiners reminded me of some of my family stories. It gives a good insight into the time era.

As to the narrator, if only I could find more read by her! She's a narrator that would have me checking out a book just because she was the reader. Very well done.
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