by Peggy Ann Shifflett, 2010.
In her third book, Shifflett uses the “living room” bed as a symbol of important stages in the Appalachian family life cycle. The “living room” bed provided the warmest place in the home for children to be born, the sick and injured to heal, and the sick and elderly to linger until death. The reader learns about much of the folklore surrounding birth, healing, and dying in the context of Shifflett’s own experiences along with the personal stories shared by folks who grew up along the Appalachian Mountains from Grayson County to Rockingham County, Virginia. Some interviews were conducted with folks from West Virginia and Kentucky.
Paperback, 200 pages, with photographs and footnotes.