Category: Book Buzz
Published: 08 June 2012
It's Not My Mountain Anymore by Barbara Taylor Woodall
"What a VOICE!”
--Andrea Robinson, Editor, Random House
“A novel full of passion, soul, and powerful writings...”
--Appalachian Voices Magazine
“The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing...”(Job 39:8)
A pasture is a feeding place that sprouts green morsels of nourishment for hungry creatures and provides rest in green shady groves near rippling waters. My pasture is the portion of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains located in North Georgia. According to some old timers the name “Appalachian” means “People of the Other Side.” It both describes and defines my people well.
Mountain people are our greatest resource. Any disclosure about us captures national attention because in large part we remain separated from urban America by endless mountain ranges, unique folklore, damnable stereotypes and fierce independence.
There is a fascination here that holds rich and poor, strong and weak captive, not with chains and fetters but by an almost touchable solace that affords many visitors and second home owners an escape from city rat races. The mountains I once knew and loved as a child are not the same. Inevitable changes to both the landscape and its inhabitants clash harshly with cherished memories of a passing era. Giant pastures that natives had called our own to roam, hunt, fish and explore began to shrink by ownerships that established boundaries with No Trespassing signs and security gates.
Taste the harsh realities of change told in an absolutely authentic voice, written by a former Foxfire student. “It’s Not My Mountain Anymore” is balanced and satisfying with moving stories that will moisten eyes and bring laughter.
Barbara is a down-to-earth seventh generation Appalachian who tells it like it is. There is a message in her book, a message she expresses in the statement, “The mountains I once knew are not the same. Inevitable changes both to the landscape and its inhabitants clash dramatically with cherished memories of a passing era.”
As speaker, Barbara’s deep sense of humor transcends the underlying drama of her message. She speaks with the sincerity of one who totally believes in her appeal to the audience to take note of the drastic changes being brought to the landscape of the Appalachians.