Songs of Life and Grace: A Memoir

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As a man named Life and a woman named Grace met, married, raised a family, and embarked on fifty-eight years of married life, they wrote the notes of a song that would resonate years after their passing. Linda Scott DeRosier tells the story of this unique pair, her parents, drawing from letters, family lore, interviews of relatives, and her own recollections. The result is Songs of Life and Grace, a stirring, honest tribute to Appalachian family life, a touching ode to the radiance and vitality her parents' love of living gave to every person whose life they touched.

About the Author:
Linda Scott DeRosier, a native of eastern Kentucky, is professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813191973
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: None Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,001,716
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Creeker-And Then Some     ix
Acknwoledgments     xix
Introduction: The Opening Act     xxiii
Individual Heritage Chart of Eliphus Jay Preston     xxviii
Individual Heritage Chart of Grace Mollette     xxx
The Overture     1
The Early Verses     12
Life's Background Ballads     21
Grace's Background Ballads     38
Mining Camp Melodies     62
The Family Chorus     95
Two-Mile Tunes     108
Songs of Life     144
Songs of Grace     169
Songs of Sister, Sister     191
Tears, Tombs, and Reunion Tunes     203
Afterword: In a Different Voice     223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    Great book!

    Even better than Creeker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Songs of Life and Grace

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2003

    Songs of Life and Grace

    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!

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