Fred’s Books

About Slow Road Home ~ a Blue Ridge Book of Days (2006)

About What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader (2009)

Both books center around relationships–to nature, place and community. They express a “personal ecology” that is accessible, personal, honest and authentic.

Readers find the short passages make pleasant reading at bedtime or any time you want to pick up a book and open it anywhere and enjoy a short grampa tale or story or everyman-essay, and know you will put the book down with a smile or sigh of satisfaction.

Maybe you came here already determined to buy one or both books, in which case, no further delays: below are ways to buy including the Paypal buttons to quickly purchase books. On receipt of your paid request or form with payment, I will box and send them along immediately.

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What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader
What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader

Slow Road Home

Please send at least one friend, relative or neighbor to this site. Books become like old friends. I promise you, these will.

23 thoughts on “Fred’s Books”

  1. I am enjoying reading “Slow Road Home.”
    We returned to Virginia after living 12 years in Fayetteville, NC. (All Sand and No Mountains)
    We now live at Smith Mountain Lake, but still love our
    home county of Floyd.

    Curtis E. Nester
    Author of “Faith Will Keep You Afloat”

  2. Fred, I noticed your website on a postcard I get and the photo intrigued me to go to your site. I like your stuff. Come up to Grayson County sometime and enjoy our beauty as well. Thanks, Chris

  3. fred, can you call me at 434-977-4400 about the virginia festival of the book here at blue ridge mountain sports…john holden 434-977-4400

  4. Greetings Fred. I just stumbled upon your site and love it. I have linked to you on my blogroll and would love it if you’d link to me. Scroll down on my home page to see a recent entry about Floyd. I lived there for a year in ’03-’04. No place like it! I still have some dear friends there.

  5. Hi, Fred.
    I’m Jim’s, the Story Teller’s, brother in SC.
    A word of thanks to you for your many kindnesses to him, initially offering him a place to shoot, but more recently and dramatically, inspiring him to write like he talks. Like many who have a gift, he seemed “born to blush unseen”, without opportunity or encouragement to cast his seed upon the waters. You show up, and the rest is unfolding history. We’re getting a real charge out of this in SC. For all you’ve done, much gratitude from the lowcountry. See you later, on the porch.

  6. Dear Mr. First
    Your photographs take my breath away! There is almost a painterly quality to them and they make me want to run to the mountains and leave the cities behind! Thank you for this wonderful website and photographs.

  7. Hi from Helen!
    I’m planning to highlight your website and books at a program I’ll be doing for a PEO group in Blacksburg. This will be a short overview(20 minutes or so) of what I understand from looking at these and choosing excerpts.
    The group is a womens’ Philanthropic Educational Organization dedicated to helping women achieve their educational goals. There are 3 chapters in the Blacksburg area.
    Please let me know if you would have anything special you’d wish me to mention at this house meeting on August 10, 2010 in Blacksburg.
    Best wishes and thanks for your work, Helen Renqvist(Newport, VA)

  8. When will WHAT WE HOLD IN OUR HANDS be available for ebooks? I purchased SLOW ROAD HOME yesterday in Martinsville and upon checking out your website found it to purchase for my Sony Reader. I would so love to have WHAT WE HOLD IN OUR HANDS on my eBook.

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Photos and Front Porch Musing from Floyd County Virginia