LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
My favorite novel last year, also previously reviewed here, was The Dark and Bloody Ground, by Jenkins, Ky. native, and great friend, Roberta Webb. This one is an epic tale of the fictional first familes to settle in the uppermost reaches of The Big Sandy River near what is now Jenkins, Ky. The story follows family descendents from the late 18th into the mid 20th century. It is 381 hair-raising pages that kept me reading into the wee hours for several nights. Heritage Nook ships it for $25.
Eastern Kentucky Short Stories by Maynard C Adams is a 400-plus pages illustrated collection of historical essays, articles and photographs authored by a native of McRoberts, Ky. It is a fixture on my nightstand. Ships from Heritage Nook for $30.
The Strange Tale of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver by Robert Prather explores the whereabouts of the legendary Swift treasure and silver mine that persists to this day throughout eastern Kentucky. Numerous photos and documents are included in the 376-page book. Yet another one that had me gut hooked, and it’s $27 shipped from Heritage Nook.
My good friend and fellow Letcher Countian Jim Cornett, P.O. Box 336, Burnside, Ky. 42519, has written and self-published, self-printed and hand-bound, two excellent short novels as well as several how to and Appalachian cookbooks. All Jim’s work sells for less than $10 per book including S&H. If you want more information, you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at: 606-219-8302, cell phone: 606-561-5620 and have him send you a price list. Or mail him $20,tell him you want both novels and whatever else 20 bucks will buy.
All the literature I’ve mentioned here is suitable for, adolescents, young adults, and even old timers like yours truly. I simply believe the best way to keep ourselves and our youth in touch with their cultural heritage is to read it.