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An American Family

Winner of the 1984 Lillian Smith Award The saga of the Ledfords of Lancaster, Kentucky, Generations transcends family biography to become a social history of our national experience, a metaphor of America. This twentieth anniversary edition brings the Ledfords' remarkable story up to date.


"Riveting."—Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review

"A chronicle of the Ledfords that invites us all to contemplate a realistic picture of how—family by family, homestead by village by city—our multifaceted country came to be."—Chevy Chaser

"Egerton's technique of taking the reader through the process of writing the book with the Ledfords gives the reader a glimpse of the subjects' thought processes, attitudes, intelligence and wit. Burnam and Addie Ledford left us all a history that is at once unique to them and quintessentially Kentuckian."—Kentucky Monthly

"An exemplary work of oral history. . . . This anniversary edition invites a new audience to the pleasures of local and regional history as interpreted by a master journalist through the voices of those who lived it."—Lexington Herald-Leader

"In Egerton's hands, the Ledfords' memoirs are a tale of America itself: a social history that not only gets to the heart of being American, but, for an anthropological standpoint, also describes the way meaning is transmitted and preserved within social groups."—Nashville Scene

"There is no way to read this book without coming away with a deeper appreciation of what America is all about."—Nashville Tennessean

"Egerton urges us to recall, record, write down and remember the tales and traditions that make us the people we are."—Nashville Tennessean

"In Egerton's hands, their story becomes a small American epic. . . . Generations illustrates the power of memory and the spoken word. . . . His accomplishment is as durable and as loving as the Ledfords' lives."—Washington Post

9780813190594 : generations-egerton
Paperback / softback
384 Pages
$28.00 USD

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