Billy Manas

Sobriety Nuts and Bolts

— Kickass Recovery, by Billy Manas (New World Library, 2020) Reading a book on addiction recovery is not as daunting as recovery itself, but it can be a difficult task for numerous reasons, including how it ...
WV Observer

And That Works for Me

Strange times. Is there a better way to sum up the last month? At this point, there’s nothing I can write about here that many of you aren’t already thinking. Still, there’s so much to think about. To keep i...
Doug Pifer

Winter is Party Time for Crows

People might say a crow is a crow, but in the Potomac and Shenandoah Valley, when you see a crow it could be one of three different species. By far, the most common is the American crow, followed by the slightl...
The Winter Sisters

Appalachian Magical Realism

— The Winter Sisters, by Tim Westover (QW Publishers, 2019) Magical realism is often associated with the Latin American literary tradition where it originated from and its entwinement of the mundane and the ...

Bringing Back Bob (Part 2)

— Everyone Can Help Restore Wildlife Habitat On our wall hangs an ammunition poster printed in the 1940s featuring a crouched rabbit and ten Bobwhite quail. Painted by sporting artist Lynn Bogue Hunt, it cel...
Timothy Dodd

The Shadow of the Land

— Fissures and Other Stories, by Timothy Dodd (Bottom Dog Press, 2019) Timothy Dodd’s Fissures and Other Stories is a slim tome of 19 short stories that mostly take place in West Virginia, but whose range of...