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BOOKS


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Pinhook Publishing Company currently distributes five books written by Sarah Huff Fisk.  

There are two historical fiction novels, two children's books, and one nonfiction work.  In addition, Big Spring Press has published another nonfiction book about the writings of Howard Weeden.  All currently available books are discussed below.

Please scroll down for details of each one.

FOUND AMONG THE FRAGMENTS


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FOUND AMONG THE FRAGMENTS (A Story of Love and Courage)

Found Among the Fragments, in its authentic setting and framework of actual events, faithfully mirrors the excitement and hardships of life in a Southern town during the Civil War.  The characters are a delight to meet in their day-to-day activities; and the book’s pages are inhabited by numbers of enchanting and lively children, who help to soothe away much of the heartache.  

     “Hey there, girl! Your ma’s a Yankee woman, ain’t she?”  

      Mattie Elliott peered between the palings at the three boys on the  dusty path beyond the fence.  She had never been asked that in all of her nearly five years. Yankee woman!  What did that mean?”...  

For Mattie’s mother, Emily, a native of New York state, it means confusion and near despair when her gentle, artistic husband, William Elliott, goes away to fight for his beloved South in a war she cannot understand.  

Left in the home of her brother-in-aw, Albert Baker, another New Yorker, Emily joins in his struggle to protect their loved ones and save his business in the Alabama town that has been their home for a decade.  

When Union forces take over Huntsville, real danger threatens.  Frightened, anxious women seeking to care for their children find they can only make over, make do, and endure. 

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Mrs. Fisk writes about her native city with considerable ease.  After many years of research, she can visualize the town during its early days.  

In this book, she brings to life the Huntsville of 1862:  blue coated Union soldiers on the streets; frightened women trying to protect their children; the lack of food, clothing, and fuel; and all the day-to-day problems of living with fear and anxiety.  

The settings on West Holmes Street and in the downtown area are illustrated by maps. Important local happenings are true.  But don’t expect a historical narrative! This is a novel with strong characters, surprising incidents, and vivid scenes from the daily life of a family and their neighbors.  It is also a testament to the courageous women of this critical time.

BUILT UPON THE FRAGMENTS


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BUILT UPON THE FRAGMENTS (In 1880's Huntsville, Alabama)

This book continues the story of the Baker and Elliott families during one of Huntsville’s most interesting periods.  The bitterness of the South’s defeat in the Civil War lingers, yet events never dreamed of are about to take place in town, as prosperous newcomers invest in the beautiful valley and nearby Monte Sano mountain.  

John Gideon Baker of Owego, New York, is among the newcomers.  His mission, in late 1875, is to reopen the Baker Marble Yard, which his uncle, Albert Baker, had established back in 1851.  The business had flourished until the war raging in the area brought its collapse.  After that, danger and near starvation forced the Baker family’s return to New York state, yet memories of their pleasant years in Huntsville continue to call them back.  

As daunting as John’s task seems in a strange town, he soon finds friends who remember his uncle. While times improve and his talent for working with stone rescues the Marble Yard, he is able to invest in several profitable business ideas of his own.  Plenty of danger and excitement comes from membership as a volunteer in the Huntsville Steam Fire Company.  In 1876, John varied Mattie Elliott, daughter of Emily and William Elliott, and the many joyous or sad experiences of their young family typify the times in which they lived.    

Real characters moving through the actual events, problems, and delights of that long-ago day bring this story to life.  

Return of the Albert Baker family is eventually accomplished, and handsome examples of their remarkable monument art can still be seen in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville’s historic graveyard.

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA 1823


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Civilization Comes to the Big Spring : HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA 1823

Catch a glimpse of Huntsville, Alabama as it was in 1823!  

Visit the little town in the untamed southern wilderness where John Hunt built the first cabin near the Big Spring in 1805.  Meet the streams of settlers, builders, and merchants, who came to try their fortunes in the rich area.  Learn how these capable pioneers built the early town from materials at hand:  trees felled in the forest, wooden pegs for nails, clay baked into bricks, and the products of the blacksmith’s forge.  

Sarah Huff Fisk, after years of research into early Huntsville, ably gives her conception of the appearance of some seventy of the first buildings around the Public Square.  With no photographs to guide, she used information from deeds, old newspapers, and the few surviving buildings from the era.  Each structure is numbered to relate it to the documented text.  One by one their stories are told:  owners, builders, the succession of merchants, their goods as advertised in the local newspapers, the offices of doctors, lawyers, the commerce of a bustling town—and some of its problems.  

Read how the waters of Big Spring were put to use for the town’s civilized needs, and of the great fires that destroyed most of these buildings before the advent of photography.  

The text centers on the buildings and their occupants, but it also reflects the wild rush of Federal land sales and the town in 1819 when Huntsville played host to the convention that organized the State of Alabama.  

Here is a well-documented, fully-indexed book naming business and professional men, builders, artisans, and many others who lived in early Huntsville.  

The artist also offers her conception of the Public Square and Big Spring 1823 scene in an eye-catching print suitable for framing.  Visit the ART section of this website and learn why this amazing work was done.

LOST WRITINGS OF HOWARD WEEDEN


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LOST WRITINGS OF HOWARD WEEDEN AS "FLAKE WHITE"

How could any of the published writings of such a famous artist and poet as Howard Weeden become lost? Easily! As a woman from Huntsville, Alabama, she followed the nineteenth-century custom of secretly publishing under a pen name.  

"Flake White," the name Miss Weeden chose, is that of an oil pigment used by artists, such as herself, to render highlights in their paintings. 

Consequently, when she wrote as "Flake White," she continued giving "light" with prose that is eloquent, economic, and compassionate.  For 30 years (1866-1896), her articles appeared in the Presbyterian Christian Observer newspaper and other papers. 

Now collected and republished for the first time, these "lost" writings provide historic insight into a time and a vision that will enrich a new generation of readers. 

Collected here for the first time are over 40 writings by Miss Weeden that have been compiled and edited by Sarah Huff Fisk and Linda Wright Riley. 

You may contact Linda Riley by email at lwriley@bellsouth.net for more information and order books. Also visit the Weeden House Museum website to learn more about internationally renowned Maria Howard Weeden. www.weedenhousemuseum.com

LONG AGO IN MADISON COUNTY


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LONG AGO IN MADISON COUNTY by Kenney and Fisk

One day long ago the Hinds family left the Tennessee hills.  They rode south in a covered wagon pulled by oxen.  Pa held the reins to guide the oxen along an old Indian trail.  It was a long and bumpy ride.  

At night, they camped in the woods.  Ma cooked over a campfire.  They were all very hungry and tired.  

Daniel and Milly heard strange noises in the woods.  But they were not afraid.  Pa and Ma would care for them.  

The trip would take many days.  Pa wanted rich, new land to farm.  He would build a cabin there. Then the Hinds family would have a new home.  They would be pioneers in Madison County. 

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This story is based on the family of Levi Hinds, who settled near Berry Mountain about two miles north of Maysville.  When the Federal Government put Madison County lands on sale on August 7, 1809, Hinds made the first purchase.  

Allie Norris Kenney draws on her years of experience as a teacher of first grade to tell an appealing and adventurous story in words readable by a young child.  She describes the life of early settlers, how they made soap and candles, and helped each other.

The drawings by Sarah Huff Fisk enhance the book’s appeal by continuing the adventurous tone and adding details that picture for a child many facets of life in pioneer days.  

The first edition of Long Ago in Madison County  was published by the Madison County School System as a social studies textbook for use in primary grades.  This book will help children compare the life of long ago with their own life today.

Visit the ART section of this website and find out more about the drawings featured in the book.

O COME ON DOWN, UNCLE OLLIE!!


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O COME ON DOWN, UNCLE OLLIE!!

IT'S SUMMER VACATION!!  School is out, and eleven-year-old Henry Honeycutt is looking forward to spending his vacation time doing exciting things.  But, Henry and his uncle, Ollie, have very different ideas about what that means.  

In the rural mountains of Tennessee in 1951, electricity had not yet come to Honeycutt Knoll.  So there was no TV or video games.  Can you imagine?  But, there were always plenty of things to be done.  Then, suddenly word arrives that power is coming right through Uncle Ollie's land. Everyone starts dreaming and wishing for things that could be run by electricity.  But, where will the money come from?

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SARAH HUFF FISK tells this story through the bright eyes of Henry Earl (H.E.) Honeycutt as his lively/quirky family plans and schemes to take advantage of this life-changing event. WARNING: This book contains improper grammar and spelling.  The mountain-dialect is as the imagination of the author envisioned it. This creative story would not be the same without this type of dialog—it adds considerably to the charm of the book.  

As usual, Mrs. Fisk's characters are full of life and personality—they practically jump from the pages. And, yes, there is a moral to be learned from the story.  Although the target audience is children, I firmly believe that this enchanting story will be enjoyed by both young people and older generations--Emily Saile, Pinhook Publishing Co.