Running on Red Dog Road

Running on Red Dog Road

And Other Perils of An Appalachian Childhood

Book - 2016
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Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave through Drema’s childhood in 1940s Appalachia after her father is killed in the coal mines, her mother goes off to work as a Rosie the Riveter, and she is left in the care of devout Pentecostal grandparents. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that reads like a novel with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and indisputable charm. Drema’s coming of age is colored by tent revivals with Grandpa, poetry-writing hobos, and traveling carnivals, and through it all, she serves witness to a multi-generational family of saints and sinners whose lives defy the stereotypes. Just as she defies her own. Running On Red Dog Road is proof that truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to life and faith in an Appalachian childhood.
Publisher: Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 2016
ISBN: (ebook)
0310344964 (softcover)
9780310344964 (softcover)
Branch Call Number: B BERKHEIMER
Characteristics: 203 pages ; 23 cm


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Dec 07, 2017

What a fun book to read. Brought back memories of the WV hills where my father's family lived in a log cabin with 13 kids. Book is well written and I loved the many interesting stores that were shared.

Jan 11, 2017

I enjoyed this peek into growing up differently than I did. Truly interesting and entertaining.

Jan 04, 2017

What a delightful memoir--my favorite read of the year!
Berkheimer has created a warm love letter to the grandparents who raised her during WW II.
While her mother was away in New York, working as a Rosie-the-Riveter, Berkheimer's grandparents raised her and her siblings in Beckley, W VA.
Tales of spying on rattlesnake handlers at Sunday church services, gypsies, and lots of descriptions of wonderful home-cooked meals, this was nostalgic with zero sappiness.


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