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The Climb from Salt Lick: A Memoir of Appalachia
by Nancy L. Abrams
West Virginia University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-946684-20-2 | Paper: 978-1-946684-18-9
Library of Congress Classification TR140.A2635A3 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 770.92

In the mid-1970s, Nancy L. Abrams, a young photojournalist from the Midwest, plunges into life as a small-town reporter in West Virginia. She befriends the hippies on the commune one mountaintop over, rents a cabin in beautiful Salt Lick Valley, and falls in love with a local boy, wrestling to balance the demands of a job and a personal life. She learns how to survive in Appalachia—how to heat with coal and wood, how to chop kindling, plant a garden, and preserve produce.

The Climb from Salt Lick is the remarkable memoir of an outsider coming into adulthood. It is the story of a unique place and its people from the perspective of a woman who documents its burdens and its beauty, using words and pictures to tell the rich stories of those around her.

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