Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hill Country

 I've been watching Christy, the TV series based on the book by Cathrine Marshall.  I enjoyed reading the book and I think they did a good job on the series.  It reminds me of when we went to see Cades Cove in Tennessee, like the families in stories like the Nine Brides and Granny Hite, one of my all time favorite books.
Do you know of any other good books or movies about mountain/frontiersmen/country folk?  I like historical fiction and true, inspirational stories with happy endings.
  I was interested to note that some of the collars on Fairlight's blouses were similar in shape to Olivia's house dresses!  And in the first season, episode one, or two, Mary Jackson guest stars on Christy (Miss Emily Baldwin from the Waltons).


Jane said...

Have you read Hattie Big Sky? A wonderful story based on a real person settling in the Montana territory. Christy was so beautifully filmed. Too bad there aren't more shows like it.

Kristen said...

Definitely read "The Legend of Mammy Jane!" I read it as part of a book circle on a website called Chickens in the Road, and I absolutely loved it. Finished it in two days because I couldn't put it down. It's based on a real person and Jane was a Civil War-era wonder woman. Here's a blog post that tells a little about it:

AuntLou said...

Love A LANTERN IN HER HAND by Bess Streeter Aldrich, based on her mother's stories of settling Nebraska. I have a copy you may borrow. :)

donaleen said...

Jane Kirkpatrick

She writes historical fiction. Here are some of my favorites

Love To Water My Soul - a story that starts on a wagon train. A young girl is lost and raised by Indians.
Homestead - the true story of her own homesteading here in Oregon
A Gathering of Finches
A Sweetness to the Soul

Amelia said...

We love the Christy series, we also own it and it is one of our favorite treats for nighttime viewing.

Birdie said...

There's a movie I love about traditional folk singing in Appalachia called Songcatcher, it's such a good movie!

Eva Girl said...

I love this! All of these sound great : ) Keep the referrals coming!!!

Edie said...

Oh, I loved Christy when it came on so long ago! I must have been maybe around 14? I remember loving the character Fairlight's name so much that I wrote a silly poem using her name! Have you read Cold Mountain? It's set during the Civil War, and takes place at a real location in North Carolina. The movie is really good also, especially the soundtrack(mostly bluegrass), but of course the book is always better! You have a lovely blog, and I've enjoyed peeking through your archives since I stumbled upon it a few days ago. It's inspiring to see someone so joyful in their homemaking! Something funny - when I first noticed my now husband way back in high school, he reminded me so much of John-Boy, except his mole was on the opposite cheek! Now he's bigger, and wears a beard so the resemblance is lost, but it's still fun to go back and look at old photos!

Margo said...

I also love Julie, by Catherine Marshall. Wow, that takes me back to high school when I first read those books.

I got a great biscuit recipe from Hattie Big Sky - it's on my blog (and in the book!).

ok, got out my book journal and found the following to recommend with pioneering aspects:

They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox Jr.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Except for Me and Thee by Jessamyn West
Hitty by Rachel Fields


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