Michael Abraham books in order
Michael Abraham is an American author, adventurer and businessman.
Born and raised in the heart of Appalachia, Southwest Virginia, Michael earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, arguably the toughest thing that he has ever done.
Although he has had a career in engineering, sales, marketing, and management, living in Seattle and Washington for a decade, Michael has spent his entire life in Virginia.
He is married to Jane and the two have one adult daughter.
Some of his hobbies include backpacking, motorcycling, cycling, walking, and juggling.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Travelogue
- Union, WV (2010)
- Providence, VA (2012)
- WAR, WV (2013)
- Orange, VA (2015)
- The Spine of the Virginias: Journeys Along the Border Between Virginia and West Virginia (2010)
- Harmonic Highways (2011)
- Keepers of the Tradition: Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians (2015)
- Chasing the Powhatan Arrow: A Travelogue in Economic Geography (2016)
Detailed book overview
Wayne Derek Quarles, a selfish and ill-tempered Northern Virginia resident, losses his mistress, his job, his Hummer and his wife within the span of a week.
While on his way to an elderly great-uncle in West Virginia, Wayne’s life takes a turn for the worse after he sustains terrible injuries; one that forces him to stick around for a while.
As he stays with Uncle Phil, Wayne shockingly learns that that his troubles, as well as his recovery process, are strangely similar to those of his great-great-great-great grandfather, Andrew Jackson McGranahan--a Confederate veteran of the War Between The States.
This is a moving tale of finding healing and vindication in contemporary Appalachia.
Seventeen-year-old Sammy Reisinger is a violin virtuoso who comes from a rich family based in New Jersey.
Having inherited an invaluable Cremonese violin from her grandfather, Sammy is schooled in the classics.
Captivated by the traditional Appalachian music, she decides to attend the venerable Old Fiddlers Convention in Southwest Virginia.
But while performing there, disaster strikes, leaving her apparently stranded and without a family.
Sammy and her small host community however learn to come to terms with the terrible tragedy.
Providence, VA is a novel about inner strength found in adversity.
Tragedy isn’t something new to the coal country of Southern West Virginia, one of the most impoverished places in America.
And more often than not, the tragedies normally arise from corporate malevolence.
When tragedy however strikes a coal impoundment dam upstream of War, West Virginia, bringing with it a devastating black stream of death, Lucas “Pug” Graham and a group of survivors launch a desperate and determined quest to deliver justice.
WAR, WV is a novel about searching for justice in the Appalachian coalfields.
Marjorie Taliaferro is filled with sadness after her dearest twin sister, Sally Taliaferro Bradley, is afflicted with breast cancer.
Things however worsen when Sally is forcefully removed from her rightful position of governorship of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Incensed, Marjorie, her life partner Anne Randolph, and a group of supporters embark on a mission to reclaim Sally’s position along with a measure of fair governance to the state.
This is an engrossing novel about political intrigue.
Just 73 days after Fort Sumter was ambushed by a South Carolina militia, sparking the War Between the States, a group of railroad executives and politicians from 27 Virginia counties assembled in Wheeling, which was at the time the third largest city in Virginia, giving rise to the formation of West Virginia—the nation’s 35th state.
To date, West Virginia is the first and only state formed from another state without the consent of the parent state.
In The Spine of the Virginias, author Michael Abraham talks about the West Virginia formation myth, along with a series of contemporary vignettes of people and places along the border between Virginia and West Virginia.
In 2004, The Virginia State Legislature, through a proclamation, fittingly declared a series of roads throughout the southwestern part of the state as the Virginia Heritage Music Trail.
Nicknamed The Crooked Road, it was meant to showcase the traditional Appalachian music whose roots spread the culture.
Although the music has existed since the arrival of the first European and African immigrants, the initiative brought the region in focus, paying massive dividends as The Crooked Road has become among the leading tourism initiatives in the nation, attracting visitors from all over the globe.
Riding his classic 1981 Honda CBX, author Michael Abraham takes readers on an exciting journey through the spiritual heart and soul of Appalachia.
Tradition is what connects the past with the future, stitching together cultures and civilizations.
Portrait artist Leslie Roberts Gregg and author Michael Abraham, both natives of Appalachia, have never forgotten about the unique cultural environment that nurtured them into who they are today.
In this collaborative effort, the two present a compilation of a dozen portraits of contemporary Appalachians who are upholding the traditions of their ancestors
They include portraits of people who are following the hobbies and occupations of their parents and grandparents.
From the time of its opening in the 1880s, the Norfolk & Western Railway essentially transported freight that mainly comprised of coal. They would be conveyed from the central Appalachian coal fields in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, to the eastern seaboard port of Norfolk and to Cincinnati, after which they would then be transported to the steel mills and power plants of the Great Lakes region.
Although its main business was coal, N&W also provided passenger service.
Given that the railroads don’t carry passengers anymore, author Michael Abraham explores the route by car, motorcycle, bicycle, and canoe, learning more about each area’s history, whilst profiling entrepreneurs, historians, railfans and everyday people.