Velma Allen's family arrived in North America in 1630 on the ship The Mary and John. Her memoirs tell the tale of childhood on Grandfather Mountain, in North Carolina in the early 20th century and the family's trek north to Lansing, Michigan, in 1929. Allen weaves together these two very different cultures and ways of living in a colorful and interesting tapestry.
An important slice of American history and an excellent read.
"Sophie is a charming character who inspires me to have faith in love."
"Cake is an enriching and fun collection of poetry by a skilled author and a genuinely loving human being."
The New York Reader
Keillor has ‘Cake’ — reads it, too
Fairbanks-area writer Doreen Fitzgerald got the Garrison Keillor treatment this summer. On June 26, The Writer’s Almanac host read her poem, “Dog Days” June 26 on his nationally broadcast public radio program. The poem is from her recently published book, Cake. If you missed the reading, a transcript and a RealAudio recording remain available online at The Writer’s Almanac Web site. “Fitzgerald writes disciplined poems, tight in rhythm and sound, often in formal modes,” according to the site posted by publisher, The Ester Republic Press.