Ridge Valley: New Book on my Heritage List

bookstack with shadow webI have added a new book to my list of Heritage Books entitled Ridge Valley: Living Life in a Coal Mining Town by Bob Menarcheck (2008). This historical fiction does a great job of describing the lives of European immigrant families living in a coal “patch” of Southwestern Pennsylvania circa 1920.  What I did not expect, and which engaged some new thought processes, was the incorporation of different points of view throughout the novel – that of poor miners and their families, Coal Barons, Union Organizers, Security forces, and poor Black workers who were recruited from the South.  The author presented insightful ideas and reminded me of things I have long forgotten.