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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: 1,425,092
  • 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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