Running on Red Dog Road and other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood

Red dogAuthor: Drema Hall Berkheimer

Publisher: Zondervan

Release Date: April 12, 2016

A great memoir that looks at life as a child in 1940s West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains.

Everyone has a story and Drema is no different. Throughout Running on Red Dog Road, she recounts her childhood memories living with her grandparents in West Virginia.  Growing up in the 1940s is drastically different from today and Drema shares her activities of farming, watching her grandfather preach, playing with gypsies, and visiting the annual carnival.  She also recounts the trouble she got into with her older sister and the challenges and fascinations of living with her brother who lost his hearing after a bout with spinal meningitis.  With mischief, hilarious stories, and heartbreak, Drema’s story is a snapshot in time that no history book could ever truly capture!

I always forget how much I enjoy reading memoirs. I often stray from non-fiction, but I need to be on the lookout for more stories like these.  Everyone has a story about their life that they should share.  They will all be different and we can learn from them.  Not only are they a picture of history, but they also teach valuable life lessons that still apply to present day.  I wish that my grandparents had written down their memories before they passed away.  I would have loved to learn more about them and who they were outside of the memories that I have made with them.

I really enjoyed all the stories that Drema shared. I think one of the most memorable is when she and her sister were playing cow power in the car where you counted the number of cows on your side of the car and then if you passed a cemetery, you had to bury all of your cows and start over.  I was also amazed at how many sayings that I recognized even though I grew up 40 years later in West Texas.  It is amazing how some things have been around for a long time.

I recommend this book for anyone who loves history or memoirs!

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