Publication date March 1, 2010

The Appalaches, or Talking Down a Hole

a thousand and one "proverbs"
by Steven R. Cope


Novelist, song-writer, poet, Steven Cope presents us with 1,001 Appalaches, his name for these lively and original proverbs or aphorisms that express basic truths, often with humor, but always with great insight and a rapier-like intelligence. Readers may enjoy this book in small samples over many sittings, but only if they can resist devouring it cover-to-cover the first time it’s opened.

157 -- Better to visit foolishness than to invite it into your home.

189 -- One should at least pretend to be less pretentious.

224 -- Teach a child who he is if you expect him to be somebody.

261 -- Weathermen are employed to mistate the obvious.

295 -- A stick is not a tree, though it be pasted with leaves.

364 -- Bacon and eggs do not come from the same cow.

418 -- A man can go home again, if the relatives haven’t destroyed it.

724 -- The feeble jogger is heroic.

932 -- A show of religion is no different than any other show.

995 -- If more people drove sheep, there would be far fewer accidents.

“While I wouldn’t attribute divine inspiration to Steven Cope’s writing (anymore than I would my own), these pithy sayings put me in mind of the Bible’s proverbs; they’re witty, dead-accurate, and thought-provoking. I can think of 1,001 reasons you should buy---and read---this book.” 
 --- Paul Prather