Shake Terribly the Earth: Stories from an Appalachian Family

Shake Terribly the Earth: Stories from an Appalachian Family

by Sarah Beth Childers

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Sarah Beth Childers grew up listening to stories. She heard them riding to school with her mother, playing Yahtzee in her Granny’s nicotine cloud, walking to the bowling alley with her grandfather, and eating casseroles at the family reunions she attended every year.

In a thoughtful, humorous voice born of Appalachian storytelling, Childers brings to life in these essays events that affected the entire region: large families that squeezed into tiny apartments during the Great Depression, a girl who stepped into a rowboat from a second-story window during Huntington’s 1937 flood, brothers who were whisked away to World War II and Vietnam, and a young man who returned home from the South Pacific and worked his life away as a railroad engineer.

Childers uses these family tales to make sense of her personal journey and find the joy and clarity that often emerge after the earth shakes terribly beneath us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821444689
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 197
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sarah Beth Childers is a lecturer in English at West Virginia University. She has also served as a visiting professor of creative nonfiction at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Contents Family tree O Glorious Love Shorn Through a Train Window My Dead-Grandmother Essay Cherished Visits to Her Home My Grandmother’s Loving Bond with Her Daughter Her Inspiring Romance with My Grandfather Her Tragic Fall and Rescue My Family’s Loving Eulogies Something Useful I Learned from Her as a Child Scissors Christopher Michael Joy Christopher Michael(s) Garbage-Bag Charity At His Feet as Dead Give ’Em Jesus Hot Girls in Short Skirts Shake Terribly the Earth November Leaves One Two Three The Tricia Has Crashed Kite String

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