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Yearwood to sign book about Pike

Ann Yearwood sat at her table by a window and sipped coffee as she watched little redbirds peck at bird seed in the feeder by the magnolia tree in her backyard. Two copies of her new book called Redbird Farm lay nearby. Redbird Farm is an account of an Atlanta family’s move to the country to farm, having no experience but nostalgia. Set in the 1950s and ‘˜60s, it follows the mother Eve’s adjustments and joys of living in rural Georgia. ’The farm nearly did Eve in,’ Yearwood said. A crisis occurs when Eve’s faith falters. Her encounter with the Lord deepens her faith and renews her confidence. Her husband Trent eventually learns to farm and Eve goes on to teach her strong family heritage to their four children. It is the semi-autobiographical account of the Yearwood family’s rural farming experience in Pike County. Yearwood and her husband came to Pike to farm and separate their children from the negative influences of the city. ’We write what we know, so those are the things I know,’ she said. ‘We didn’t know anything about farming, but we learned.’ Yearwood wrote the original draft of her book 20 years ago. At that time there was no market for a book with no cursing, no sex and no hate, she said, ‘but the pendulum has swung the other way. There’s a market for Christian books, for my book.’ Yearwood was born in Griffin and raised in Concord until age 8. Her family moved to Atlanta where she lived until she married. She and her husband E.W. came to Pike in the 1950s to farm and raise their children. Her job was to tend the children, chickens and garden. The farm is called Redbird Farm. When her oldest of four children was 6, she returned to Tift College and graduated after two quarters. She taught high school in Pike 15 years. She taught social studies, history, psychology and sociology. She left teaching for a while, got a master’s degree in gerontology and worked with the elderly about 10 months. Then she returned to teaching, retiring in 1997. Her last post was at Upson-Lee High School. She taught one summer at Gordon College. After her retirement, she got out her book and revamped it, polished some chapters and added some characters. The historical facts remained the same. She sent her manuscript to Tate Publishing over a year ago and it was accepted. It was released to bookstores in De-cember and is available locally and at major book outlets. It is also available by visiting www.tatepublishing.com. A second book is almost finished. Yearwood said it is more personal and she is not sure if she will publish it or leave it in a trunk for her children to find. A third on the drawing board is about teaching in the days that followed the death of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yearwood will hold a book signing Saturday, Feb. 14, from 3-5 p.m. at A Novel Experience.

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