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Running on Red Dog Road

And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood
Written by: Drema Hall Berkheimer
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min

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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
  • 05-03-18

Sweet story

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

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  • Leah
  • 27-11-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-19

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
  • 20-03-18

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.