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If This Ain’t True, Grits Ain’t Groceries

posted Aug 24, 2012, 6:31 PM by Lynn Salsi   [ updated Nov 14, 2013, 4:31 PM by David Burkhart ]
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I edited the stories Glenn Bolick wrote as a tribute to his mountain upbringing. He says people think he talks funny, because he shortens words when he speaks. He points out how everyone in his community spoke the same; therefore, he captures the spirit of his life and times, as well as that of his parents and grandparents.

Readers will love the stories of his elementary school years and of his adventures taking dinner to his Daddy’s sawmill crew. Glenn and his siblings had many memorable times  in the one-room school house built at the top of the ridge. None of the students were happy about sitting in a drafty (often cold) wooden building where all grades were taught in the same room. 

Glenn and his brothers had the duty of taking three peck buckets packed filled with lunch to men working at the sawmill set over the creek. Their mama included various kinds of pies and sweets. Glenn and his brothers had to fight off temptation, but sometimes snitched a piece of pie.

Glenn and I agree that the southern Appalachian accent should be saved. Some of what people think is southern is a combination of colloquial speech, old English brought from England in the 1700s, some ignorance of standard English, and local sayings referred to as idioms.

Bolick has interspersed sayings throughout the book and relates stories about some of them. 

If This Ain’t True, Grits Ain’t Groceries is good for a lot of laughs, but it’s also a sentimental read for those who enjoy going down memory lane with one of America’s great raconteurs.

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