LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — With black Friday upon us, I’m making a point of having at least two good books ready to keep me company all day. Loretta is clipping store advertisements and intends to join the craziness. I may shop online for some good books to give the kids and grandkids. I can’t think of a better gift than a good novel by an Appalachian author, so before the weekend is over I’ll be perusing the inventory on Heritage Nook’s website and writing a check.
I trade at Heritage Nook because the owner, Brenda Salyers, does more to promote central Appalachian writers than anybody I know and, if you search her catalogue, you’ll also discover that she stocks well over 200 titles written by folks from the hills that I call home.
Heritage Nook Books, 8009 Main St., P.O. Box 373, Pound, Va. 24279. Check out the website at www.heritagenook.com or call Brenda Salyers at 276-796-4604. Or stop by the store and browse next time you’re in Pound. You save a bunch of money by shopping in the store.
Hot on the heels of Clinch River Justice comes Honaker Virginia native and recently retired Dean of Eastern Kentucky University Business School, Alfred Patrick’s, latest book entitled Clinch River Echos.
Readers may recall a recent review of Al’s Clinch River Justice in this column just last month. Echos is not a sequel to the first book, but the setting, deep in the rugged hills and hardscrabble farms of southwest Virginia is the same and a few characters from Justice do make cameo appearances in the second book. If you liked Clinch River Justice, you will absolutely love Clinch River Echos.
Al Patrick’s hobby is hiking our nation’s premier trails. With C.R. Echos, he has certainly found his literary stride. The tale is another murder mystery romance in which the author also explores the ignorant ugliness of bigotry and violent crime. Al continues to capture our mountain language (“the copperhead was quiled in the middle of the path”) and his writing style makes me feel like I was right there. Heritage Nook ships the book for $19, $24 for CR Justice or $36 for both when bought as a set, a savings of $7. Or order directly from the author: Al Patrick, P.O. Box 2077, Richmond, Ky. 40476. Email Al at: athiker37@ bellsouth.net or phone him at 859-623-4290.