All the Time in the World

My taste in reading material is wide and varied: SF/fantasy/"speculative fiction", mysteries (police procedurals, mostly), history, fanfic, straight fiction, smutty vampire books, biographies, poetry, cereal boxes, assembly instructions, the fine print, and your mind.

Storming Heaven

Storming Heaven - Denise Giardina This is one of my all-time favorite books. My great-grandfather, having come from Scotland where his family had been farmers, ended up in the "Scottish settlement" in eastern Ohio and found employment in the coal mines there. By the time of the coal mine war in West Virginia (early 1920s), he would have been in his 50s and I doubt he was much involved in unionization efforts, if at all. Still, this novel's depiction of the hardships of deep shaft coal mining and the early days of the United Mineworkers remind me of what he must have experienced.