Friday, June 24, 2011

It's Quiet, It's Green, and It's Beautiful!

Book list 141-150

141.The Letter by Richard Paul Evans
142.The Garden of Ruth by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
143.A Hundred Years of Happiness by Nicole Seitz
144.Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
145.The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
146.So Many Books, So Little Time by Sarah Nelson
147.Unveiled by Francine Rivers
148.Unashamed by Francine Rivers
149.Unshaken by Francine Rivers
150.Unspoken by Francine Rivers

Number 144 is Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani.  I had never heard of Big Stone Gap, Virginia before I met my husband.  That's where his Mother's family is from, and over the years we've gone lots of times.  I absolutely love it, and I told my husband that if we ever get rich enough to have a second home, I'd love for it to be there.  It is quiet, it's so green, and it is beautiful!


My mother-in-law's mother lived in a trailor on the side of a mountain, and I can remember the first time Ronnie ever took me up that winding dirt/gravel road to her house.  She was a tiny woman, but tough as nails, straight forward (if you didn't want the truth you better not ask),funny, and so loving.  She absolutely loved the television show Law & Order.  She has passed on now, but I will always think fondly of her.  She was so fun to be around.

Source:  My Photo

My mother-in-law's father lived in a little house at the bottom of the mountain.  He had his own jewelry shop.  He was a very sweet man who loved the Lord and sang.  He made the wrap for my engagement ring.  He has passed as well, but I will always remember his smile.

Source:  My Photo

Papaw Jim's jewelry shop is on the left
Source:  My Photo

Near Big Stone Gap
Source:  My Photo

Near Big Stone Gap
Source:  My Photo

Adriana Trigiani used her hometown for the setting of her first book, Big Stone Gap.  Along with Big Stone Gap, she wrote a continuation of the story in the novels, Big Cherry Holler, Milk Glass Moon, and Home to Big Stone Gap

Adriana Trigiani

There's lots to do and see in Big Stone Gap!

**Southwest Virginia Museum

Southwest Virginia Museum

**Harry Meador Coal Museum

Harry Meado Coal Museum

**The June Tolliver House


**John Fox Jr.
**Trail of the Lonesome

John Fox Jr.
According to

"John Fox Jr. was a best-selling author of the early 1900's in this country.  Born in Paris, Kentucky in 1862, he received his formal schooling at his father's school, Stony Point Adademy and then entered Harvard University at the age of 16 as a sophomore.  He loved the arts, played the mandolin, was a member of the acting club, and a member of the tumbling team (which resulted in a lung injury from a fall on a trampoline that gave him problems the rest of his life).  He began his writing career as a reporter for the New York Sun.
His two most famous books were Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, which was declared a classic, and Trail of the Lonesome Pine, one of the best selling novels of all time.  Before the convenience of paperback books, Trail of the Lonesome Pine had only been outsold by the Bible and Gone With the Wind."

Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Source:  http://www.trailofthelonesomepine/.

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