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True Christmas Stories from the Heart of Appalachia compiled and edited by James M. Gifford, Judith F. Kidwell, and Wayne Onkst

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This collection of 43 True Christmas Stories from the Heart of Appalachia combines entries from contemporary authors with selections from essays by historical authors, including Jesse Stuart, Cratis Williams, Thomas D. Clark, and Billy C. Clark. The contemporary authors are not nearly as well know, but some have previously published articles and books. Thirty-five of the stories are set in Eastern Kentucky, and the rest in adjoining states. These Christmas stories are endearing and do also illuminate regional life, making this book an especially appropriate Christmas gift especially for people who have a strong sentimental attachment to traditional mountain life.  The editors are James Gifford who has, for decades led the Jesse Stuart Foundation; Judith F. Kidwell is his administrative assistant, and Wayne Onkst is retired from his position as Kentucky State Librarian.

Ashland, Kentucky: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2019. 215 pages with illustrations and photos provided by the authors included. 6.5” X 9.5” trade paperback.