29—Kentucky A to Z, A Bluegrass Travel Memoir by Amanda Hervey

Kentucky Monthly, 2012

Amanda Hervey is one of the most gifted writers I have ever read. I discovered her in Kentucky Monthly, a magazine about Kentucky (isn't it obvious). The magazine's editor, Stephen Vest (a fine writer in his own right), recruited Amanda to do 24 consecutive articles on small, out-of-the-way Kentucky communities, one for each letter of the alphabet. It was to be a grand road trip.

Amanda traveled from one end of Kentucky to the other discovering remarkable folks along the way and discovering herself, to boot. Her travelogue columns have been compiled in this sweet little book. In addition to the columns Amanda has added supplemental material about each trip.

In the opening chapter - A - she writes: "I wiped the sweat from my forehead and leaned into another curve, heading southbound on Kentucky Highway 704. The sun beat down through the windshield like the judgmental light in an interrogtion room, reminding me that I had only a few hours to find a story."

Kentucky A to Z is not only a journey through Kentucky but also a journey into the very old soul of Amanda Hervey.

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