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Linda Scott DeRosier, a native of eastern Kentucky, is professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana
Posted December 3, 2003
Posted October 29, 2003
What Brokaw has done for South Dakota and the generations that came before him, Linda Scott DeRosier has done for Appalachia and her people. This is a beautiful memoir: honest, intelligent, loving, and most of all human. I definitely recommend this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2003
Quite simply, Songs of Life and Grace is proof that each person makes all the difference in his or her own life. But they don't do it alone. As a native Kentuckian I am proud of my heritage. It's rare though to find a book that addresses the good things about Appalachian families. But this book isn't just for Appalachian families. It's for anybody who loves to read a good memoir. She's telling stories about her family that take place over the past two centuries. But it's more than that. She's talking about the coal mines, the changes in women's lives in the past few decades, the value of remembering with pride where you come from. DeRosier could have lingered on what was missing, on weaknesses, but she didn¿t. She zoomed in on the strengths; saw in them her family's gifts to her. She succeeds, in part, because she knows where to focus. She knows finding the good always beats lingering on the bad. She understands each of us builds a life on the shoulders of those who came before. This book is nothing short of a glorious tribute to the power of family and place in our lives. If you enjoyed DeRosier's first book, Creeker, you¿ll love this. If you haven¿t read Creeker¿ save yourself the extra shipping costs¿buy both of them!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.