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Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet: Selections from the People Pieces based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
At first glance, very interesting. A little farther in, you say, "what's she going to think of next?" Finally, you find yourself thinking, "I wish she'd told us more." This may be one of the very, very few books I read more than once. I expect to learn more the next time.
Jo Carson had a way of gleaning a story from just about everyone. The way she gathered these stories, these short glimpses into the life Appalachian, was to listen to folks. "I heard the heart of each of them somewhere... I am an eavesdropper and I practiced being invisible to get them." That was Jo speaking in the preface to thus book. She culled these stories from grocery store line chatter, beauty shops, even visits to the emergency room. She was a gatherer of stories. The pieces and plays, books and papers she wrote were all masterpieces. This one speaks Appalachia to me. In my great grandmother's voice, more than in Jo's, I hear life. Sometimes funny, sometimes heart affecting, these stories ring true. They sound like home. They make me miss Granny, feel grateful for what I have and, most of all, they give voice to the side of Appalachian life that many people, poor souls, never got to witness.