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Karen Cecil Smith

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Karen Cecil Smith is a biographer, poet, and award-winning children's picture book author and novelist. Her first book, a biography entitled Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife (1844-1939), is about a Virginia woman who gave birth to and lost 24 babies before becoming a midwife. Although Orlean Puckett delivered over a thousand babies in her community, she was much more than a midwife. She was a strong mountain woman who carried food to her husband John and other Civil War deserters who hid out in the hills from the Home Guard. She was a loyal neighbor and friend who fed anyone who came to her door. Although she couldn't read or write, Orlean Puckett was a wise and humorous woman. Using extensive research and interviews, Karen wa ...more

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“I would have been glad if it had been the Lord's will to let one of my children live.”
Karen Cecil Smith, Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife

“Biscuits are rough, potatoes are tough. I pray to God we all get enough.”
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“Child, there's a sayin' every fishmonger has. When you buy land, you buy stones. When you buy fish, you buy bones.”
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