Chatham Books & author Linda Hamlett Childress
Last Thursday, Becky Mushko (AKA Ida B. Peevish) drove us in her PT Cruiser to Chatham so we could visit the Chatham Book Store on Main Street and meet author Linda Hamlett Childress. Linda's first book, A Tobacco Farmer's Daughter, is a collection of childhood memories. Linda has now written Rural Route 2, which she calls a collection of stories from a more adult perspective.
Linda was delightful! She chatted with folks, some of whom were related to her family, mentioned her brother-in-law who was tasked with hauling in two boxes of her books, and visited with Bill, who was managing the bookstore, and April, who calmly sold books and answered questions.
Linda signed the books everyone bought, and even bought a copy of MY book, When Men Move to the Basement when she saw the cover and read the title.
Linda read a short excerpt from Rural Route 2 about an elderly neighbor, Aunt Arves, who is 100 years old, lives alone, and doles out some very commonsense advice to Linda. She also kept insisting Linda finish her book, knowing Linda's job as a dental hygienist in Roanoke as well as her continuing education, kept her more than busy.
Linda mentions in the foreward of Rural Route 2 that her first book "helped her find her way back to her family."
Linda Hamlett Childress can be reached through: http://www.tobaccofarmersdaughter.com