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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 feels 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. 

©2016 Drema Hall Berkheimer (P)2017 Tantor

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  • brooksie
  • 05-03-2018

Sweet story

great slice of light story with delightful narration. Heartwarming and fun. Makes you long for those days...

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  • Leah
  • 27-11-2017

Nostalgia.....

Loved this entire story with its old-school mannerisms. Familyisms, local lore.... the description of every occasion was so spot on that I could imagine I was right there. Pretty amazing.
I loved comparing, in my mind, the way life was back then, to the time I grew up, and now.
I'm not a re-listener however, I look forward to hearing this story again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2020

Lovely!

I enjoyed this immensely. I live not far from Beckley, WV. My Daddy is one year younger than the author. Although he did not grow up in a strict church setting, his parents taught him basically the same ideals in regards to cussing, telling lies and so on. He is the most humble man I’ve ever known. He doesn’t believe in bragging and he would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. This heart warming memoir immediately felt familiar to me. Both my parents had childhoods that follow the path of this book. Many of the foods mentioned are still very much a part of my life, having learned how to make them from my Mommy. Thank you for sharing your wonderful remembrances. The narrator did well with our southern WV accent, that made the listening all the more sweet.

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  • Hilary B
  • 22-11-2020

Wonderful story

Loved every chapter of this book. The narrator did a great job. totally binge worthy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-2020

Appalachian story at its finest!!

Love, love, LOVE this book. We Appalachians can tell our stories the best!! Give it a try.

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  • Renee Riva
  • 09-05-2020

Loved it!

So enjoyable without anything dark or depressing. its hard to find just a good happy story these days. So loved the humor. Great narration for audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-2019

Captivating

Transported to another time through this book; I listened nearly straight through. Excellent narration brought every image to life for me.

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  • Connie Sue
  • 20-03-2018

Entertaining as only childhood discovery can be!

Enjoyed the relatable and everyday stories of a young girl as she shares her experiences. Wonders of growing up made me laugh as the author shares the reminders of the innocence and ‘naughtiness’ of childhood.

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