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Jessica L. Barton. Historic Photos of Birmingham in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Nashville: Turner Publishing Company, 2010. 206 pages with photos. Hardback with dust jacket, $39.95.

This carefully balanced book contains six pictures of whites demonstrating against integration and six pictures that actually show black citizens. A couple of pictures include people of both races in the same shot. Many of the photos, however, are of buildings, including a McDonald's restaurant, and Loveman's Department Store with a Confederate flag draped over it to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. It is compiled by Jessica Barton, the assistant archivist at the Birmingham Public Library.

Daleen Berry. Sister of Silence: A Memoir. Morgantown, W.Va.: Nellie Bly Books, 2011. 317 pages with a foreword by Kenneth V. Lanning. Trade paperback, $18.99.

This is the dramatic memoir of a Morgantown, West Virginia, woman who was a victim of domestic violence told in a matter-of-fact, yet strikingly compelling, manner. "Ms. Berry captures her extraordinary personal journey from pain and bewilderment to resilience and peace."—Hilda Heady.

Wendell Berry. Leavings: Poems. Berkeley, Ca: Counterpoint, 2010. 132 pages with two indexes. Hardback in dust jacket, $23.00. Trade paperback, $14.95.

Five of these poems first appeared in Appalachian Heritage, while others appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, and other periodicals. Most of the book collects Berry's Sabbath poems from 2005 to 2008. These poems are part of his decades-long tradition of outdoor Sunday meditation and writing.

The Blue Ridge Anthology, 2011. Bremo Bluff, Va.: Cedar Creek Publishing, 2011. 313 pages. Trade paperback, $18.00.

This is an anthology of local fiction writing out of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tyler Boulware. Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation: Town, Region, and Nation among Eighteenth-Century Cherokees. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. 234 pages with illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. Hardback with pictorial cover, $69.95. [End Page 108]

This is an important book that deserves a better title and a lower price. Basically the book attempts to reconstruct (not deconstruct) where the Cherokees lived in the eighteenth century.

Lynn Coffey. Backroads Vol. 2: The Road to Chicken Holler. Charlottesville, Va.: Quartet Books, 2010. 277 pages with foreword by Monty Joynes and photos. Trade paperback, $20.00.

In 1980, Lynn Coffey moved from Florida to the Virginia Blue Ridge. This is the second book compiled from the little magazine, Backroads, which she published that provides delightful vignettes of the lives of her neighbors who live near Lyndhurst in Augusta County.

Donald Davis. Tales from a Free-Range Childhood. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, Publisher, 2011. 239 pages. Trade paperback, $12.95.

Donald Davis is well known as a Western North Carolina preacher/storyteller and prolific author. This is his memoir of growing up in Haywood County.

Macel Ely II. Ain't No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely. Atlanta: Dust-to-Digital, 2010. 345 pages with index, discography, CD liner notes, photos, and CD. Hardback with dust jacket, $50.00.

Brother Claude Ely (1922–1978) was born in the Pucketts Creek area of Lee County, Virginia, and worked as a coal miner both before and after service in World War II. In 1949, after a mine accident that severely injured him, he was called to preach full-time in the Pentecostal Holiness tradition. He preached first in Lee County, Virginia, and then in adjoining Harlan County, Kentucky. He began a radio program in 1954 in Mayking, in Letcher County, Kentucky, that combined preaching with gospel singing. This led to appearances at the famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance in Rockcastle County. The next year he became the pastor of The Church on the Hill in Cumberland, Kentucky, in Harlan County. At the beginning of the 1960s Ely was pasturing a church in Grundy, Virginia. After traveling extensively as an evangelist, especially in Ohio and Michigan, Ely's next church was in Newport, Kentucky, but when the Scotia mine disaster happened, Brother Ely returned to Letcher County to preach some of the funerals of the miners. The author is a great nephew of Brother Claude Ely, an ordained minister, and a resident of Maryville, Tennessee.

Sherri Wood Emmons. Prayers...


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