Author: Rachael Treasure
Publisher: Penguin UK
'For me, being in a paddock means anything is possible . . .' Country girl and bestselling novelist Rachael Treasure seemed to have it all, a long-dreamed-of lifestyle on her own patch of dirt in Tasmania's rugged and beautiful wilderness. But through the breakdown of her marriage, Rachael lost her family farm and, in her words, lost her way in life. Discovering an all-new compass to live by, she took her two kids and her dogs and left the beaten path. Mass production, intensive farming, men on the land and women in the home - everywhere Rachael looked she saw ongoing harm to the soil and the foodchain. By going down the dirt roads and getting back to grassroots, she discovered another set of stories about country life in Australia, and a different way to live on the land. From her rebel granny to pioneering farmers and passionate animal handlers, Rachael became inspired by fresh ways to do things. Down the Dirt Roads starts as a heartfelt and moving insight into the life of a single mother displaced from her home, and becomes a groundbreaking and powerful book about healing, health and hope. Nourishing and sustaining, it presents a practical and positive vision of what life on our land could become.
Author: Rachael Treasure
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
'For me, being in a paddock means anything is possible . . .' Country girl and bestselling novelist Rachael Treasure had worked hard to build a long-dreamed-of lifestyle on her own patch of dirt in Tasmania's rugged and beautiful wilderness. But through the breakdown of her marriage, Rachael lost her family farm and, in her words, lost her way in life. Discovering an all-new compass to live by, she took her two kids and her dogs and left the beaten path. Intensive farming, men on the land and women in the home - everywhere Rachael looked she saw ongoing harm to the soil and the foodchain. By going down the dirt roads and getting back to grassroots, she discovered another set of stories about country life in Australia, and a different way to live on the land. From her rebel granny to pioneering farmers and passionate animal handlers, Rachael became inspired by fresh ways to do things. Down the Dirt Roads starts as a heartfelt and moving insight into the life of a single mother displaced from her home, and becomes a groundbreaking and powerful book about healing, health and hope. Nourishing and sustaining, it presents a practical and positive vision of what life on our land could become.
Author: Shonna Milliken Humphrey
Against a backdrop of highways, diners, and cheap coffee, one couple finds peace through the redemptive power of love. Told from a wife s perspective, "Dirt Roads and Diner Pie" is the story of one couple s struggle to confront the long-reaching effects of childhood sexual abuse. Musician and former lead singer of the United States Air Force Band, Travis James Humphrey lived for thirty months in a culture of childhood sexual abuse while studying at New Jersey s prestigious American Boychoir School. After his tenure, Travis buried his memories deep. Years into the marriage, these memories began to surface and threaten their relationship. In an effort to resolve the problems, Shonna and her husband hit the road and navigated their way through the treacherous terrain of mental illness, sexual dysfunction, and shame. She details their journey within a month-long road trip throughout the southeastern United States taken shortly after Travis made his experience public. While the effect of child sex abuse informs nearly every aspect of their shared life, it does not define their relationship. That is the message Shonna offers: Sexual trauma may dominate, but it need not define the relationship. Shonna Milliken Humphrey s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Salon.com, Down East, and Maine magazine. For two years, she wrote regular food, restaurant, and lifestyle columns for the Maine Sunday Telegram. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing and Literature from Bennington College. "
Author: Barbara P. Walsworth
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Barbara P. Walsworth grew-up in the backwoods and freshwater swamps of northwest Louisiana. She draws from her experiences there to create intriguing characters and a suspenseful novel, The Red Dirt Road. In the summer of 1962, fourteen year old Partheny Preiste's abusive, alcoholic father moved his family from southwest Texas to the backwoods of northwest Louisiana...and then, immediately abandons them. While struggling for the basic necessities, they discover someone is watching from the surrounding woods. And, even more disturbing, they learn of the recent murder of a small black child found in the swamp behind their shanty. What this evil wants and takes almost destroys this family. They battle to keep their faith and stay strong in the face of a heartbreaking tragedy and bring a murderer to justice. Excerpt from Chapter one: The sun had moved into the late morning sky. There was too much light to suit him now and besides hunger pains were bringing to memory the hot-water cornbread and steaming pot of vegetable soup Ellie would have waiting. So he turned back, making a wide circle around the big cypress tree that had become his stopping point. Ev had taken only a few steps when something caught his eye.. behind a fallen tree log. Blue paper? No. Blue fabric, fluttering in the light breeze. He moved closer.. why was a doll thrown away here in the swamp? Bending, he peered over the fallen log. "Oh, my God in heaven!" He choked. Next to the log lay a small brown child. Her blue flowered dress caught on the bark of the rotting tree, waved flag-like, as if marking her death site.
Author: Bill Hunt
Publisher: Bill Hunt
A moving coming-of-age story, written, possibly by one of the last of Southerners to grow up on a working sugar plantion. Told through the eyes and voice of the young son of the white overseer, this is a unique and heartfelt remembrance of events past, and a portrait of a time and place on the cusp of dramatic change. It's the 1940s and Billy lives on Shirley Plantation near the small town of Bunkie, Louisiana. Effortlessly, he moves back and forth across the lines of segregation, while navigating a whites-only life at church and school, then returns to the lively black community on the plantation. But slowly, surely, he begins to lose his childhood innocence, at the same time, he sees the different way which society treats whites and blacks. Mag, a black woman who is like a second mother, is forced to leave the plantation when she looses her field-worker man to a younger woman. From that day on, her empty hosue in the workers' Quarters is a reminder of how fast everything is changing in his small world, which he loves. A rare snowstorm on Thanksgiving Day brings out the difference between his life in the "Big House," to the life lived by the plantation workers in the row of small houses along the dirt road. Billy struggles to find meanings in their lives, and bridge the separation between his life and lives of the black workers as best he can. While this way of life has faded into history, his memories of that life have not. A stunning portrait of life in a unique era that will never be again, eloquently told by a man who lived it.
Author: Watt Key
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
The story of of the orphan boy Moon, begun in Watt Key's award-winning Alabama Moon, continues with Dirt Road Home After his recapture, gutsy 14-year-old Hal Mitchell is sentenced to live at Hellenweiler, an institution that is more like a jail than the boys' home it's supposed to be. Hal could walk out in just a few months if he keeps out of trouble. But in a place like Hellenweiler, the more he tries to avoid the gangs and their violence, the stronger Hal's fellow inmates try to make him fail. This title has Common Core connections. "Key does a fabulous job of keeping his readers involved in the story and vested in the characters. Even reluctant readers will most likely find this one hard to put down." -- VOYA
Author: Dan Lewis
8,000 Miles of Dirt is the backroad travel guide describing 140 of Wyoming's scenic country byways. This new and revised Second Edition contains more than 120 photographs and 140 maps detailing each individual trip. 8,000 Miles of Dirt is the required travel guide and source book for: Natives, Photographers, Bushwhackers, Rock hounds, Tourists, Picnickers, Sunday drivers, Mountain bikers, Campers, Explorers, Naturalists, Bird watchers, Sightseers, Hunters, and Anglers. In addition to information on starting and ending points, distances, and major junctions, this guide also describes special features and landmarks such as: rivers - streams - lakes - buttes - basins - springs - valleys - canyons - mountains - peaks - crossings - ridges - rims - flats - bluffs - hills - draws - gaps - divides - trails - passes - sand dunes - petroglyphs - campgrounds - overlooks - state parks - historical sites - national forests - wildlife refuges.
Author: Dale Forrester
Dime Stores & Dirt Roads is a collection of short stories by Dale Forrester, a writer from Chickamauga, Georgia. To call him a first-time writer would not be completely correct. In fact, he discovered his style of writing way back in the sixth grade ...a certain teacher and a school girl or maybe two from those days can attest to it. His stories range from humorous and sometimes sentimental recollections, to emotional journeys that he deftly shares. Yes, you'll laugh and yes, you may shed a few tears ...sometimes in the same story. Dime Stores & Dirt Roads is classic storytelling by a writer who can somehow still keep that sixth grade innocence, while giving us his stories of a lifetime.
Author: Romona Robinson
Raised in a tiny, poverty-stricken town in rural Missouri, Romona Robinson, along with her ten siblings, knows what it means to struggle. Under the tutelage of her hardworking, protective, and God-fearing mother, Romona develops an affinity for the Bible and Walter Cronkite. She also believes her home on a dead-end dirt road would lead her to somewhere. And it does. While crossing paths with the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama, Romona experiences unimagined pain, love, and success. Her compelling story will inspire you to examine your own purpose and leave you filled with a desire to walk in faith, not fear.
Author: Grant Jerkins
From the critically acclaimed author of A Very Simple Crime, a chilling story of a young boy coming to grips with genuine evil. A red dirt road on a sweltering day. A car loses control, flips through the air. A woman crawls out, bloody and battered, staggers toward the boy on the bike, the one she swerved to avoid. But he runs away... Kyle is ten in the summer of 1976, and his world is all about secrets-secrets hidden in the maze of cornfields, in caves, in the embers of scorched earth, behind creaking doors and down basement stairs...and in the darkest of hearts. But there's a policewoman at the front door. The Paralyzed Man watches him from a neighboring porch. And no matter which way Kyle turns, no place seems safe anymore...
Author: Carlton Reid
Publisher: Island Press
Cyclists were written out of highway history in the 1920s and 1930s by the all-powerful motor lobby:Roads Were Not Built For Cars tells the real story, putting cyclists center stage again. Not that the book is only about cyclists. It will also contains lots of automotive history because many automobile pioneers were cyclists before becoming motorists. A surprising number of the first car manufacturers were also cyclists, including Henry Ford. Some carried on cycling right through until the 1940s. One famous motor manufacturing pioneer was a racing tricycle rider to his dying day.
Author: Thad Sitton, James H. Conrad
Publisher: University of Texas Press
In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory—they got their own land. While other ex-slaves and many poor whites became trapped in the exploitative sharecropping system, these independence-seeking individuals settled on pockets of unclaimed land that had been deemed too poor for farming and turned them into successful family farms. In these self-sufficient rural communities, often known as "freedom colonies," African Americans created a refuge from the discrimination and violence that routinely limited the opportunities of blacks in the Jim Crow South. Freedom Colonies is the first book to tell the story of these independent African American settlements. Thad Sitton and James Conrad focus on communities in Texas, where blacks achieved a higher percentage of land ownership than in any other state of the Deep South. The authors draw on a vast reservoir of ex-slave narratives, oral histories, written memoirs, and public records to describe how the freedom colonies formed and to recreate the lifeways of African Americans who made their living by farming or in skilled trades such as milling and blacksmithing. They also uncover the forces that led to the decline of the communities from the 1930s onward, including economic hard times and the greed of whites who found legal and illegal means of taking black-owned land. And they visit some of the remaining communities to discover how their independent way of life endures into the twenty-first century.
Author: Drema Hall Berkheimer
“Mining companies piled trash coal in a slag heap and set it ablaze. The coal burned up, but the slate didn’t. The heat turned it rose and orange and lavender. The dirt road I lived on was paved with that sharp-edged rock. We called it Red Dog. My grandmother always told me, ‘Don’t you go running on that Red Dog road.’ But oh, I did.” Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave through Drema’s childhood in 1940s Appalachia after Drema’s 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, jitterbug lessons, and traveling carnivals, and though 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.
Author: Anita Ballard-Jones
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
This work of fiction will take the reader back to 1950 and allow them to live the next thirty-years through the lives of the memorable characters living along Rehoboth Road. The setting is a small town located south of Macon, Georgia. It was a time of the theft of innocence for fifteen year old Elizabeth Turner, the daughter of Rev. John Turner, a prominent Baptise minister. Elizabeth was afraid to tell her parents of her ordeal, but seven months later, she gave birth to her son, Johnny. Rev. Owen Oliver, the guilty, escaped traditional punishment through the secret that was allowed to brew. The events that followed resulted in an earthquake of lies, betrayal and doubts of faith. Meet Sarah, Elizabeth's sister, their mother, Loretha, Rev. Oliver's wife, Thea and their son, Malcolm, who was born three days after Johnny, and last meet the most memorable, Mrs. Collins (MaDear). From the first chapter, REHOBOTH ROAD will grab the reader and won't let them go until the end.