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morning cram (unearthing edition)

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“The mystery ship: a wooden vessel found last month under the ruins of New York City’s World Trade Center has since been moved to a science lab in Maryland, where each day brings new discoveries.”

~NPR hears how the thrill of discovery doesn’t stop with the digging.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah dumps its top pick for city manager citing sensitive information and will fund indigent burials. Murray Parks may soon have a trespassing fine in place. A Cadiz man is in police custody for (allegedly) sexting with a minor. A Mayfield wife-killer gets 20 years. House Speaker Stumbo: Rand Paul will lose and Paul calls for more online donation$ (so is WKMS).

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville is building a new electricity substation in anticipation of the Hemlock Semiconductor. Storing gas underground? The state will help.

ILLINOIS~ Quinn applies for federal grants to fund teaching jobs.

Good Reads – A Parchment of Leaves

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A Parchment of Leaves
by Silas House

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Product Description:
It is the early 1900s in rural Kentucky, and young Saul Sullivan is heading up to Redbud Camp to look for work. He is wary but unafraid of the Cherokee girl there whose beauty is said to cause the death of all men who see her. But the minute Saul lays eyes on Vine, he knows she is meant to be his wife. Vine’s mother disapproves of the mixed marriage; Saul’s mother, Esme, has always been ill at ease around the Cherokee people. But once Vine walks into God’s Creek, Saul’s mother and brother Aaron take to her immediately. It quickly becomes clear to Vine, though, that Aaron is obsessed with her. And when Saul leaves God’s Creek for a year to work in another county, the wife he leaves behind will never be the same again. The violence that lies ahead for Vine, will not only test her spirit, but also her ability to forgive—both others and herself.

Laura Cash says:

“If you love House’s first book, Clay’s Quilt, then you will not be disappointed with A Parchment of Leaves. House writes of Appalachia and uses the same dialect as was in his first novel, but he changes the viewpoint to a strong, female protagonist, a Cherokee woman named Vine. Set in the early 1900s, Vine learns the true meaning of family, prejudice, love, betrayal and all the consequences that ensue.”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

August 18, 2010 at 9:12 am