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"In The Backwoods Of Nowhere" chronicles the life of Alma Cross Owen. Alma was born in 1910 in lower Davidson County, North Carolina?as she says, "fifteen miles south of Lexington, off number 8 Highway, between Newsom and High Rock, near Jackson Hill and Bald Mountain, in the backwoods of nowhere."
The fifth of nine children, she lived with her mama and daddy, who were poor sharecroppers, in a small shack-like house on the edge of the large Reid farm that lay between Cabin Creek and Lick Creek on the Yadkin ...
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Overview

"In The Backwoods Of Nowhere" chronicles the life of Alma Cross Owen. Alma was born in 1910 in lower Davidson County, North Carolina—as she says, "fifteen miles south of Lexington, off number 8 Highway, between Newsom and High Rock, near Jackson Hill and Bald Mountain, in the backwoods of nowhere."
The fifth of nine children, she lived with her mama and daddy, who were poor sharecroppers, in a small shack-like house on the edge of the large Reid farm that lay between Cabin Creek and Lick Creek on the Yadkin River. In her own words, Alma resurrects now forgotten times and places as she shares with us the everyday life of sharecroppers of the early 1900s. Through vivid descriptions she leads us through their daily customs, folklores and hardships. She speaks of how they had to
make do with what they had and how the little that they had was treasured.
At age twelve Alma's family left the sharecropping way of life and moved twenty miles north of the backwoods to Lexington, the county seat. In Lexington her life changed dramatically. First, her one room school was replaced with modern schools. Then, at a young age she entered the work place. The biggest change came in her late teens when she met and married Odell Henderson Owen, and in the years that followed, became the mother of eleven children.
During the chaotic years of raising eleven children she never forgot her upbringing, how her mama and daddy had instilled in her the importance of family, church and community. Like her daddy, she worked hard, always putting her family's needs first. And in times of personal need, she sought strength through the church .
The beauty of this book is in the voice of the book—Alma's voice. Alma tells her story with a warmth that leaves you laughing at times and at other times holding a tissue to your eyes.
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A true story about Alma Owen. It is wonderful. This book portrays a way of life and a family in the hills of NC, beginning in the 20th century. The author captured in verse the "speech and thoughts" of a modest, humble, woman dedicated to making the best of every day. The reader cannot help but compare Alma's life with the life of women today, where we still face the same issues; but most will find their setting quite different. Alma has little advantage, except for her depth of love.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015734027
  • Publisher: Nancy Blankenship Owen
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 396,708
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy Blankenship Owen, author of the biography "In The Backwoods Of Nowhere, Alma Cross Owen, her days recalled", is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Nancy was born in Newton, a small town in western North Carolina. Her father, a cotton mill worker, moved the family to Lexington, NC when she was seven, where she still lives with her husband and four daughters.

Nancy's interest in writing was sparked as a young girl in her teens when she took up the habit of scribbling daydreams on scraps of paper. She would store her scribbles away in a drawer and weeks later find them and re-read them. She noticed that after the passage of time they seemed foreign to her and that she took pleasure in the stories they told. In the back of her mind she hide away a thought of someday writing a book.

Nancy is currently working on her second book "Looking Out My Eyes", and hopes to have it available soon.
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