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Inhaltsangabe: "In a narrative reminiscent of the great Kentucky author Jesse Stuart, Dr. Grant Begley has written a tribute to his father and to Appalachian Kentucky, spanning the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. The book is a celebration of John D Begley, first in his family to become literate, who devoted his life to education, to the children of Appalachian Kentucky, to his family, and foremost to God. John D's story is told from the eyes of his son, first a boy, then a young man, growing up in a Kentucky long since gone. The hills and rivers are brought vividly to life, as are the many colorful characters. One learns how to float down the Middle Fork river in a home-made raft, dig and test a well, "cure" asthma ("tizzy"), choose the right "box supper," thrive at Berea College, fight dirty politics, and build the walnut cross for the church where one's casket eventually is placed. The tale is told with equal parts love and wry humor. The result is a portrait of a man, a place, and an era one ought not to forget. In short, Hewn From the Rock is a great read and a historical gem."
Evelyn Pluhar-Adams, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
The Pennsylvania State University, Fayette Campus
"Hewn from the Rock is an eloquent, sensitive, and honest mental map of what once was in Eastern Kentucky. Reading it brings to mind sights, smells, and tastes of lives lived courageously, intentionally, and sturdily. We owe Dr. Begley?in the tradition of Harry Caudill and Jesse Stuart?a debt for taking the time to pass these lives and traditions on to us."
Director, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies, Associate Professor of History
"This is an engaging memoir about an aspiring family who were bone and blood of a notably unprogressive part of eastern Kentucky. The main subject of the narrative is John D Begley, a man of solid character who struggled to get enough education to become an imaginative schoolteacher, principal, and an effective school superintendent in a country that sorely needed to educate its people. This story is also about his wife Myrtle Jones Begley, who was also an effective teacher and parent, and their two boys, Grant, the author of this memoir, and his brother Philip, both of whom were inspired by their parents to become medical doctors in distinguished careers. Dr. Begley?s hope is that the lives of John D and Myrtle Begley will negate some of the persistent stereotypes about Appalachian people."
Retired Director, Berea College Appalachian Center
Buchbeschreibung The Clark Group, 2009. Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0000997440