Diamonds in the Dew
an Appalachian Experience : An Appalachian Experience
AUTHOR: Stanger M.S., Nora
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Poverty is an oppressive situation that eats at the core of the human experience.Â Educators across the country are focusing upon poverty as a key issue affecting student performance.Â Diamonds in the Dew: an Appalachian Experience is written from the viewpoint of one who has overcome poverty and the paralyzing shame-based living that is often associated with it.Â
The author, Nora Stanger, was a child of poverty within the Appalachian region.Â She was one of eight children raised in a single parent home after being deserted by her father.Â In a desperate attempt to keep her children, Nora's mother buys a crumbling log cabin in a hollow to house her family.Â Nora shares memories of the pain of poverty and battles with the welfare system.Â Â She describes the struggle to overcome social and emotional barriers to gain a better life.Â Diamonds in the Dew offers practical tips for three specific audiences:Â those who are currently experiencing some form of poverty and long for higher ground; those who desire to better understand and assist people struggling with poverty; and those who have moved out of poverty but desire to define and re-connect with life's lessons learned.
PUBLICATION DATE: 9/1/2003