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River of Memories: An Appalachian Boyhood

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We all enjoy hearing what others have to say about our work . . .

The following are but a few of the reader comments I have received about my book, River of Memories:  An Appalachian Boyhood:

As I read well into Saturday night, I had the feeling you were actually writing about MY childhood. The winters, the one-room school, the stream, the grapevine swing (Snap! Thud! you lost your breath, and your body met the ground) and the challenges we faced but were so content, well fed, and happy we didn't realize how strong we would become because we learned that mountains were there to "go over, around or tunnel through."  (Ginger Davis)

I wanted to share with you the inspiration I've had from the Introduction of your book. I've many times mentioned that I should keep a journal for each of my girls with my view of things they do throughout their childhood. Your statements in the introduction made me realize I should stop talking about it and do it before time slips away, and they're no longer small children.  (Che'rie Collins)

I have just completed your book, a gift from my daughter. It is a most enjoyable book, and you should take great pride in it. You capture our heritage and our humanness from crowning glory to warts. We live in a great corner of this world. Those of us, the senior generation, have been protected not by terrain but by culture, small enough to know and be known.  (Jim Waugh)

While attending 'Festival of the Hills' in Ironton on Saturday, my wife and I visited your display and bought a copy of River of Memories. That next day, I took up temporary residence in our swing on our front porch and never ventured far from there until two thirds of your book had been read. It just wouldn't let me put it down! While my wife and I grew up in Waterloo, Lawrence County, Ohio, which is about as far north of Huntington as Bowen Creek is south, we both had a similar childhood as yours, but, you tell your stories much better. And, I'm sure others who have had the pleasure of reading your book can readily identify with it, too. Every little community had its unusual characters and an Emmitt and Lessie store. But, of all your stories, "Magnolias Forever" holds a special place for me. Your book is truly gratifying. Well done, David!  (Duane Null)

Thank you for sharing your work with me and for using your talents to help preserve the culture and history of our state.
(Nick J. Rahall, II, Member of Congress)

Can't imagine any trip could be better than what you described in your book. Well done. River of Memories would make a great movie. You have shown how wonderful growing up in the '50s was for many. Laura wrote all her books (5 or 6) after she was 65 years old. Hope you keep writing.  (Pat Phillips)

I finished your book last night. Please forgive me. I do not have your gift of expression in writing. I loved the book. What a wonderfully blessed life you have! Thank you so much. (Teresa Radcliff)

I absolutely loved this little book. I prefer this kind of personal reminiscing to works of fiction. I think what I loved most about it was the fact that your life in West Virginia, growing up was a bit similar to my own upbringing in Northwestern Nebraska. I also attended a one-room schoolhouse with an outhouse and a hand pump for water from 1st through 8th grade. Gee, it was fun! (Shelley Thorton-Roby)

Thank you for writing River of Memories. I enjoyed, laughed (and cried a little). Many thanks for the memories.  (Imogene Adkins Wilson)

I have read many books on Appalachian life, but yours was the best. I could actually see the house, smell the cooking, and hear you kids fighting and playing as I read the book. How lucky your family is to have all of this on paper to share for generations.  (Debi Herbert)

I absolutely loved your book. You don't write...you paint a picture.  (Jane Kolstad)

I finished your book last night. I read it in two sittings. It was the only book, other than the Bible I have read in years. I enjoyed it very much, and it touched on so many memories of my life.  (Verlin J. Adkins, Jr.)

I have just spent the day enjoying River of Memories:  An Appalachian Boyhood. It has taken me to a world I knew little of, growing up at the same time in West Virginia in very different circumstances.  What an engaginging and wonderful way to preserve the past! This is a well written account of country life in West Virginia in the '40 and '50s.I could not put it down!  (BeBe Beatty)

 



 



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• A Drive Through New England and Nova Scotia - Wednesday, September 19, 2007
• We Are Marshall - Friday, January 05, 2007
• Touching the Ancient One - Monday, August 28, 2006
• A Message From the Past - Friday, August 18, 2006
• Touching the Ancient One - Sunday, May 07, 2006
• Book Festivals - Tuesday, May 02, 2006
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• International War Veterans Poetry Archives - Thursday, February 16, 2006
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• Happy Birthday, Daddy. - Saturday, October 01, 2005
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• Deliverance - Monday, July 11, 2005
• Sweat Bees Just Bite Lazy People - Friday, June 10, 2005
• Sweat Bees Just Bite Lazy People - Thursday, March 24, 2005
• Sincere Thoughts From a Reader - Wednesday, February 16, 2005
• New Story and Poems - Saturday, February 12, 2005
• A West Virginian Speaks From Mannheim, Germany - Friday, February 11, 2005
• You Have a Voice - Thursday, February 10, 2005
• River of Memories: An Appalachian Boyhood - Tuesday, February 08, 2005
• Comments About - Saturday, January 29, 2005
•  Reader Comments - Saturday, January 22, 2005  
• Deliverance - Friday, January 21, 2005
• Gold Medal Award Winner - Friday, January 21, 2005
• Christmas - A Time to Reminisce - Saturday, December 25, 2004
• West Virginia Hillbillies Visit California - Monday, September 27, 2004
• West Virginia Hillbillies to Visit California - Monday, September 06, 2004
• David Thompson's Table of Contents, River of Memories: An Appalachian Boyhood - Tuesday, July 06, 2004
• River of Memories: An Appalachian Boyhood - Sunday, July 04, 2004
• Amazon and Barnes and Noble Customer Reviews - Saturday, August 23, 2003
• Editorial Reviews - Saturday, August 23, 2003


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