**** A Girl Named Zippy - The book that follows is about a child from Mooreland, Indiana, written by one of the three hundred. It's a memoir, and a sigh of gratitude, a way of returning. I no longer live there; I can't speak for the town or its people as they are now. Someone has taken my place. Whoever she is, her stories are her own (taken in part from the prologue)
Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie . . . 4.69 stars
Robert Dalby's Piggly Wiggly series set in rural Mississippi is too funny. For those of you who do not live in the deep South, Piggly Wiggly is a grocery chain. I've read: 1-Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly 2-Kissing Babies at the Piggly Wiggly 3-A Piggly Wiggly Wedding and I just discovered a newer one that I haven't read yet 4-A Piggly Wiggly Christmas
Kyra dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.
John and Sarah Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, were the most influential and gifted couple in eighteenth-century England. John Churchill proved himself to be not only the greatest military commander of his time — his bravery and skill were legendary — but also a masterful diplomat in the service of both King William III and later Queen Anne.