New book in stock!
Queen of the Hillbillies, a collections of works from May Kennedy McCord put together and edited by Patti McCord, granddaughter of May Kennedy McCord, and Kristene Sutliff, a professor emerita at Missouri State University. Published by The University of Arkansas Press and is part of the Chronicles of the Ozarks series.
Kristene will be here for a presentation and to sign copies on Saturday, December 16th from 10 - 11am.
The distinctive culture of the Ozarks has been preserved through those who lived it and shared by those who love it. May Kennedy McCord did both of these things: her words, based on pure devotion to the region and its people, not only benefited her contemporaries but will also inspire new readers who can now see the Ozarks through her eyes.
- Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, author of Passport to the Ozarks (Volume I available for purchase at Turners Station)
May Kennedy McCord, lovingly nicknamed "First Lady of the Ozarks" and "Queen of the Hillbillies," spent half a century sharing the history, songs, and stories of her native Ozarks through newspaper columns, radio programs, and music festivals. Though her work made her one of the twentieth century's preeminent folklorists. McCord was first and foremost an entertainer - at one time nearly as renowned as the hills she loved.
Despite the encouragement of her contemporaries, McCord never published a collection of her work. In 1956, Vance Randolph wrote to her, "If you didn't have such a mental block against writing books, I could show you how to make a book out of extracts from your columns. It would be very little work, and sell like hotcakes... I could write a solemn little introduction, telling the citizens what a fine gal you are! The hell of it is, most of the readers know all about you." In Queen of the Hillbillies, editors Patti McCord and Kristene Sutliff at least bring together the best of McCord's published and previously unpublished writing to share her knowledge, humor, and inimitable spirit with a new generation of readers.