Lynn Coffey, “The Road to Chicken Holler,” at New Dominion Dec. 11

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Lynn Coffey will present selections from her second book in her Backroads series of Appalachian culture

The Road to Chicken Holler

Saturday, December 11 at 11:00 AM

The Road to Chicken Holler (“Backroads 2”) is a continuation of interviews and crafts of the Blue Ridge Mountain people. From midwives and home births to homemade lye soap, bear hunting, apple butter boiling, wild game recipes and more, The Road to Chicken Holler captures the heart and soul of the Appalachian natives and activities of their everyday lives.

For 25 years, from 1981 through 2006, years Lynn Coffey published the Backroads monthly newspaper from her home at Love Gap, Virginia on the Blue Ridge Parkway. During this time she personally interviewed each of the people featured in the stories. When she retired, these same people kept asking if she would write something more permanent to preserve all the articles since they contained a rich history of their culture, a history and a tradition that was slipping away. Reminiscent of the Foxfire series, The Road to Chicken Holler continues Coffey’s compilation of these stories, with personal interviews, activities, and crafts of the Appalachian culture.

Bestselling author Brad Herzog called the predecessor Backroads I (Backroads, Plain Folk & Simple Livin’ ) “a treasure trove of mountain lore, mountain humor, mountain history, mountain interests, and mountain concerns. But mostly, it is a loving account of mountain people.”

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