Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood

Running on Red Dog Road And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood 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

  • Title: Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood
  • Author: Drema Hall Berkheimer
  • ISBN: 9780310344964
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Grandma told me, Don t you go running on that red dog road But I do Gypsies, faith healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers wea 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 Grandma told me, Don t you go running on that red dog road But I do 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.

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    1. What a delightful, warmhearted book about a family living in the the Appalachian Mountains or so I thought for the longest time. The author, Drema Hall Berkheimer, paints a romantic view of her family life back in the 1940s, and who’s to say that it wasn’t like that? Her grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher, a word I could never spell but one that I am familiar with from my own childhood. If it were not for the preaching in this book, I would have loved being part of her family, but now I [...]

    2. "Scratch any West Virginian a few layers down and you're bond to find a vein of coal. Yours runs deep. You were born in a coal camp at Penman, West Virginia, on November 17, 1939. I helped you into this world. Good thing. By the time the doctor came you'd been looking around all big-eyed for more than an hour."\Remember, The Waltons? I thought I was getting a biographical insight into coal-mining West Virginia, and instead I got The Waltons, a long-running television series about a rural Virgini [...]

    3. My first religious publisher imprint. I was about a third of the way through, went to pick the book up, and saw the Zondervan icon on the back, and if I weren't enjoying the book so much, would've stopped at that, like a vampire faced with a head of stinky garlic.I'm glad I kept reading. Berkheimer has created a lively, warm homage to her Pentecostal grandparents, who raised her and her sister and brother in East Beckley, WVA while their widowed mother was employed in NYC as a Rosie the Riveter. [...]

    4. Running on Red Dog Road is the story of author Drema Hall Berkheimer’s idiosyncratic childhood in 1940’s West Virginia. Filled with odd and yet lovable characters like the hobos that visited and worked for a free meal, the gypsies that set up camp in town each year, and the snake charming church her grandmother makes her swear to avoid, Berkheimer’s memoir is an unusual blend of bizarre, hilarious and heartwarming memories. Reading much like a real life rendition of The Truth According to [...]

    5. Every once in a while, a voice comes along that makes you yearn for a childhood you never lived. Author Drema Hall Berkheimer invites you to skip along with her, big sis Vonnie, and best friend Sissy into the coal mining hills and hollers of West Virginia, at a time when gypsies and hobos were as common as doctors who made house calls. My husband is a longtime fan of Drema's work. Tom calls Running On Red Dog Road "The Waltons meet Little House on the Prairie told with Mark Twain’s humor."We b [...]

    6. Completely heartwarming. Takes you down a red dog road into 1940-50's West Virginia and treats you to grandparents and an upbringing that will bring snippets of your own childhood back and the rest will make you smile. Written as a story about the love of her family and her upbringing, she wrote this for her grandchildren and great grandchildren but luckily, let us have a glimpse as well.

    7. thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a free copy for an open and honest reviewund this book very interesting but didn't really stand out though maybe it was the language used to portray her childhood and in parts felt very run of the mill

    8. Put simply, I adored this book. It reminded me of Sally Morgan’s novel, My Place, and I consider this high praise indeed. I was totally unaware that it was published under a Christian imprint, but frankly I didn’t really notice anything overtly preachy or prosthyletizing that would have tipped me off. The narrative voice is at once childlike and sage, the storytelling often giggle-out-loud funny, and all in all, I found the author’s style deeply enjoyable.Reading this book, I felt like mys [...]

    9. I absolutely loved this book.Drema Hall Berkheimer has written a treasure with this publication. Drema's life during the 1940's in the Appalachians is not an easy one. Her father is killed in the mines, where nearly every man works. Drema was all of 5 months old. Working in the mines was, as we know, extremely dangerous and the miners' safety was not always a priority. To compensate Drema's mother's loss, she was paid $1,000. No one questioned if this was fair; it just was. Iva used the $1,000 t [...]

    10. This book makes me think of To Kill a Mockingbird. Or maybe I'm thinking of Tom Sawyer. Although these are vignettes of Appalachian life instead of a novel, the reader is carried into 1940s West Virginia through a mischievous child's vivid memories of what was then "everyday" life. Drema's stories pull us into her world with turns of humor, poignancy, love and discovery.Above all, I came away loving her Grandma and Grandpa. Their common sense, resilience, ingenuity, and steadfast faith were the [...]

    11. I recently posted that I had gotten an advanced reader copy of Running on Red Dog Road by Drema Hall Berkheimer. Here is what I posted:Now I am not one to read memoirs but so far this book has caused me to genuinely smile at the recollections Mrs Berkheimer has in terms of her relationship with her grandparents growing up in World War II era coal country: West Virginia. The book so far has also elicited feelings of envy and longing for the same kind of memories of grandparents that Mrs. Berkheim [...]

    12. This story creates great visuals and allows the reader to experience the history of the Appalachia through the eyes of someone who lived it. The reader allows us to see from both a young and old point of view.

    13. 2.5. A series of vignettes from a 1940s Appalachian girlhood. The author's choice to tell her story from a child's point of view and with a child's vocabulary naturally limits its scope. This one will come down to personal taste. The molasses covered Hee Haw hoke did not appeal to me, but others will no doubt find it charming.

    14. MemoriesThough I wasn't born in west Virginia, I lived in northern Appalachian country of western pa. Much of this book rang true in my heart

    15. When author Drema Berkheimer was just 5 months old, her 29 year old father was killed in a mining accident in the mountains of East Beckley, West Virginia. Her mother was given $1,000 in widow's pay and two days to move out of the mining camp. Berkheimer's mother packed up and moved Drema and her two siblings in with their grandparents. Drema's mother got a job in Buffalo, NY building war planes during World War 2. This memoir covers those war years (and shortly after), looking at Drema's upbrin [...]

    16. Back when the author, now 76, was a child growing up in an Appalachian coal town, life was simple and good. Grandma and Grandpa helped raise her and her sister while mom worked. Most of the adults in this story were good, hardworking, trustworthy individuals who had their faults but not many. The pages are filled with references to long-gone familiar old brands, like the Sears catalog standing in "when money and toilet paper were gone," and Grandma's preference for Rumford over Clabber Girl baki [...]

    17. I would like to thank Netgalley for offering me this book to read for on honest review. I loved the thought behind the description of this book. I have always been a big fan of the Little House Series and Ann of Green Gables. I thought this book might figure somewhere in those genres. The book is a very easy read but I sometimes got lost in the story. The progression of age for the main character was hard to keep up with, which made the book hard to conceive at times. The character starts off at [...]

    18. Most interesting memoir by a woman who grew up in coal country of Appalachia, living mostly with Pentecostal preacher grandparents whose life was defined by their church. The book was full of sayings from the region: " Might help some and won't hurt any. Make sure it's your good side you're showing to the world. There's no sense to be made of it. Keep high hopes and low expectations. No use adding foolish talking to foolish acting. Safe is a whole lot better than sorry. Enough to be thankful for [...]

    19. Running on Red Dog Road brought back so many memories that I had to keep reminding myself that I was not reading about my own family. Speech, food, church (I actually broke out singing some of those old hymns as I read read them.), the landscape all took me back to a time when life was easier. More than anything I could sit on my own sweet grandmother's porch for a bit.To Drema Hall Berkheimer - you are a natural born story teller, please don't stop.

    20. From the first sentence, I heard Drema’s voice, telling the story family gone before her begged to be told for so long. You cannot help but say, “Just one more page before I go to bed, just one more,” until there are no more…then you wish there was. Thank you for sharing and making me yearn for my childhood days once more. We must never forget. — CJ Loiacono

    21. Running on Red Dog Road was a very enjoyable book about growing up in 1940's West Virginia. I read it as a nice form of escape from the 21st century fast paced lifestyle. It is a charming tale of a little girl growing up with her Christian grandparents. Her mother, is off in New York as a part of the war effort. The grandparent's hard work for their family, and non family (wandering hobos) is an admonition to those of us who complain for doing much less. The sheer volume of meals the grandmother [...]

    22. Good story of life in the Appalachians during the war, when families might be separated as women took men’s jobs for “the cause”. A girl comes of age while living with her grandparents when her mother and aunt take jobs in New York. The coal mines took her father and threaten to take her grandfather. She lives a sheltered life with her older sister and brother in a deeply pious Pentecostal family. She envies the Methodists and lives in constant fear of having her sins, such as playing card [...]

    23. If you’re looking for a book that harkens back to rural and small town American life a few decades ago, this memoir is the book for you.The author grew up in West Virginia and writes humorously but lovingly and respectfully about her childhood there in the 1940s. Although I grew up in the piedmont of North Carolina in the 1950s, I could identify with many of the things she wrote. Ms. Berkheimer and I grew up in a simpler time than the one we’re living in now. Home-canned produce from the gar [...]

    24. This memoir leaves you entranced by the author's Pentecostal grandma and grandpa who lovingly raised her and her sister in their meager home in Beckley, West Virginia. I love true stories about growing up in Appalachia; life was so simple in the 1940's and Drema came to realize with time how greatly her grandparents shaped her life forever. Her childish resentments melted away when her grandpa died. She moved away to Florida to be close to her grandma but upon her death, moved her husband and fa [...]

    25. Maybe a 4.5, but I can't figure out why I'd rate this down. I loved the author's voice and they way she nailed telling these memories both through her 4-year-old eyes and her adult filter at the same time. It was charming, sweet, funny, touching, poignant, interesting, quirky and so much fun to read. Her imagery was beautiful and reading this made me feel like every single word the author chose was so deliberate. Highly recommend!

    26. I really enjoyed that the different chapters told different sections of his life because it kept the book interesting. It was difficult to read about his father dying, but it could be a book that helped someone deal with the loss of a parent. This book is just really informative because it gives facts about coal and mining. It was interesting to read this book because it was set back during a time of war, which is something I have never truly experienced.

    27. Forever HomeIt is not always so, but often where and with whom we spend our formative years has such a profound influence on us that only deep reflection can reveal it. Ms. Hall Berkheimer has managed to breathe life into a time and lifestyle in the Appalachians that aches with morality, wisdom, and fortitude. In doing so, she makes us laugh, cry, and wonder at what we may have lost in our ceaseless search for modern convenience. In doing so, she took me home.

    28. Sweet memoriesThis was a wonderful tribute to a strong family, with strong women. It captured the essence of a childhood filled with sturdiness and love. It made me wish for the strong values and love to be present again. Talk about making America great again!What was missing in this book were the "perils." Maybe the title was intended as a play on words, but the perils described here were so mild it made me long for those kind of problems for every child growing up.

    29. Wonderful illustrations! The style is a joy to look at. The story is a little dry for most children. It's a book written in 1st person recalling life from a child's point of view. It can be kind of sad for some kids so you may want to watch out for that. Overall, a good read for intermediate readers of an older age!

    30. A different kind of children's book. It is long winded, and lacking colorful pictures, but still a good read. I would use it for upper level elementary classrooms, because of the amount of content it gives. This book gives so much information about a life that a lot of students wouldn't know. A great and important diverse book.

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