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Singing Family of the Cumberlands by Jean Ritchie

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Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), who illustrated the first editions of this book is understandably iconic as you can see from the illustrations on the cover. And Jean Ritchie (1922-2015) is also an icon. Growing up in a large singing family in the mountains of Perry County, Kentucky, she popularized the dulcimer as a musical instrument and wrote and sang many of the most revered song of her native region.  The skill with which she put words together in her songs reverberates throughout this memoir. And it includes the words and music to 42 traditional mountain songs!