I'm reading Arkansas native Nancy Powell's book about pioneer life in Faulkner County.
More specifically, it's about a little girl growing up on the same dirt road I did near a small community called Centerville.
It's fun picturing the house in the book since I used to trespass in the falling shell of the house on the top of the hill, a really hard bike ride up, but worth it for the ride back down.
There are a couple of characters I think I recognize, though Nancy changed their names.
I like how she recounts - from her grandmother's perspective - the labor of cooking on a wood-burning stove and milking cows.
She talks about spending the night in the wagon yard in Conway, and about what an exciting place it was to be.
In today's paper there's another Arkansas native who also shares tales of past generations of women in her family.
Her story takes place near Mt. Vernon, which is very near where my great grandparents settled and raised my grandfather.
The author's name is Marylin Hayes-Martin, and her book is "Common Thread - Uncommon Women."
Powell's book that I am reading is the first in the Ollie's Angels series, and is called "Dark Secrets."
Both books are about strong, real women.