In 1967, Marshall wrote the novel Christy based on the life of her mother, Leonora Whitaker, who left her home in North Carolina in 1909 to teach at a mission school in the Appalachian Mountains. After Marshall later visited the school in Del Rio, Tennessee, she wanted to tell her mother’s story. Marshall conducted extensive research into Appalachian life and culture, so even the fictionalized aspects of the novel are still well-founded.
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Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney. UPSTAIRS, an Edwardian home would have been a picture of elegance and calm, adorned with social gatherings and extravagantly envisioned dinner parties. DOWNSTAIRS, it was a hive of domestic activity, supported by a body of staff painstakingly devoted to ensuring the smooth running of the household. (Adult NonFiction) 3/13/13