|About the Book|
Withrows award-winning columns appear in The Jackson Herald and TheCharleston Daily Mail. Rooted in Appalachia, Beyond the Apple Orchard is partmemoir, part reflection, and part humor. Each part is filled with insight, witand wisdom. While herMoreWithrows award-winning columns appear in The Jackson Herald and TheCharleston Daily Mail. Rooted in Appalachia, Beyond the Apple Orchard is partmemoir, part reflection, and part humor. Each part is filled with insight, witand wisdom. While her book captures the pulse of everyday life in a particularplace and time, its universality can make anyone nod and smile.Withrow brings to life a bygone era in her essay A Sense of Place. ThePrayer and Faith Tabernacle stood high on a hill overlooking Cat Eyes beerjoint. . . . [Walking past Cat Eyes], I could hear the beat of country tunesand smell the stench of stale beer intermingled with cigarette smoke. A fewminutes later, as I walked up the hill, . . . I could hear echoing down from theTabernacle the singing of hymns. . . As odd as it may seem, many of thesame people frequented both places. . . .The author offers Survival Tips for Everyday Living. From folding afitted sheet to opening childproof containers, this essay provides hilariousadvice. Heres the authors take on child discipline. Getting children tobehave has been a problem since Cain slew Abel, but Ive noticed a difference indiscipline techniques of yesteryear and today. We now have something called thetime-out chair, and children love it. Ive seen them snicker all the way to thechair and smile slyly when they get to leave it. . . . Then there is thepractice of counting. The parent begins with one. Then the parent says moreloudly two, and by three the child is supposed to obey. . . . [One day] Iheard a parent say, two thousand four, two thousand five . . . . Keenobservers know that most children are more intelligent than adults. . . .Giles Snyder of West Virginia Public Radio notes that her essays leave herlisteners clamoring for more. . . . Her vivid descriptions of yesteryear andher wit and wisdom ring true with our audience. . . I cant recommend Dollyswork enough.