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Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina
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Feb 25, 2010

it was amazing
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Read from March 09 to April 25, 2010

I can't believe I have lived in West Virginia all my life and have only just now read this book. It is especially timely, with the recent Big Branch Mine disaster, two other mine disasters, and the controversy of Mountaintop Removal Mining in our area.

Giardina really understands the love/hate relationship West Virginia has with coal, and explores it from all angles in her book. Her charcters are so well-conceived that I feel I know these people. My Great-Grandfather and his brother were Italian immigrants who worked in the mines near Pratt, WV (home of Mother Jones!) and it was interesting to hear about what life was like for these miners back then.

I hated for the book to be over. Time to read more of her writing!

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03/09/2010 page 93
31.74% "Living in West Virginia and seeing the stranglehold that the coal industry has on the state, this has been a must-read for me for some time."

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