Three Seas, Three Centuries, One Scots-Irish Family
Chicago Review Press, Hardcover, 9781556529696, 364pp.
Publication Date: November 2009
"Matthews is a graceful writer, providing the necessary historical facts and documentations while keeping us squarely focused on the people and their stories . . . Simply splendid." Booklist, starred review
"A deeply felt, illuminating narrative." Kirkus Reviews
"A richly textured, strongly researched and documented, beautifully written family history that any student of Americana will find irresistible. The 'novelistic' inventions that punctuate Matthews's historical narrative are uncannily evocative. A wonderful book!" Christopher Herbert, Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Northwestern University
"An often poignant story that is both instructive and wittyand likely to impel many to take a closer look at their own family trees." Larry Lockridge, professor of English, New York University; author, Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr.
"Middling Folk examines generations of a middle class family and in so doing opens a window to a part of America's history that has long been missing." Katherine Bateman, author, Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty