Letcher County native Debbie Mosgrove Hodson is the author of a new book, entitled “A Different World”, which focuses on the southeastern region of Kentucky. The collection of essays and photographs highlights the region and the Appalachian heritage those in the region share.
“This area of Kentucky, to this day, too often has a negative image in the minds of people in other places,” Hodson said. “My corner of Kentucky, as I like to call it, is a wonderful place to live. There’s so much beauty here, so much that is right and good, so much richness in our history and heritage — those are the things I want others to see. Those of us who live here, while recognizing our challenges, share a common bond and a heartfelt love for these mountains and this region of Kentucky. This little collection of essays is for all of us who know what it’s like to smile when we see those mountains rising out of the fog every morning.”
Hodson is the daughter of Fernoy and Shirley Mosgrove, former residents of Thornton and Mayking. Some older residents of Letcher County may remember her grandmother, Sadie Mosgrove, whose restaurant, Fernoy’s Drive- In, operated for many years at Thornton. As an adult, Hodson lived with her husband, Roy, in Harlan County for a number of years and has now resided in Knott County for more than 25 years.
She is also the author of “A Mountain Rainbow” and “Blackberry Bend”, two children’s books focused on the Appalachian region of Kentucky. “A Mountain Rainbow” is now in its second printing. Her new book, “A Different World”, is available at Cozy Corner in Whitesburg or by mail order through IvyStone Press, P.O. Box 50, Emmalena, KY 41740 for $9.95 plus $3 shipping and handling.