“. . . Butter in the Morning should also survive as it serves the ages by describing, explaining and preserving powerful truths about authentic Kentuckians. . . . .That Stamper can evoke heartfelt emotion while sidestepping the counterfeit drama of sentimentality would be reason enough for her writing to rule. But the fact that she can sift through the prosaic to capture the consequential and, thereby, show readers how even one’s most routine encounters can shape life’s meaning elevates her work from formulaic writing to art”

for the complete review, see L. Elisabeth Beattie, in the Courier-Journal, August 22, 2013

There's a family story about a wise frog at the heart of this collection of essays by Georgia Green Stamper. The frog falls into a metal can of cream--just half-full. The accident occurs at twilight, but the little fellow keeps paddling until morning--when he finds himself sitting, rather miraculously, on a pat (or [lily]pad) of butter. The author, essay by essay, tempts us through her rich, creamy prose to do the same--not to ever stop moving our feet, not to cut ourselves off from our capacity for hope.

see this February 18, 2013 review by Joyce Dyer, in Reviews of Butter in the Morning on Amazon


“Kentucky author Georgia Green Stamper's BUTTER IN THE MORNING collects a number of essays and newspaper columns, principally from NPR station broadcasts and THE OWENTON NEWS-HERALD. A collection of personal/family history, commentary on contemporary issues, and slice-of-life vignettes, BUTTER transcends nostalgic "Grandmaw was great" reminiscing and instead depicts genuine, considered feeling with unflinching expression.

That's not to say that the collection lacks its lighter moments. Slice-of-life vignettes, such as "Bill and Me," where Stamper compares a local television weather forecaster's involvement in a threatened snow storm's drama to her own difficult experiences with blizzard conditions, and "The Ghosts of Christmas Past," a discussion of a distant relative/relation's rattled composition as wind howls through windows, offer good-humored commentary about our shared experiences as a community. These anecdotes and observations read like parts of a conversation where friends just shake their heads and smile.

This volume's strength lies in Stamper's depiction of those who face difficult challenges as well as her growing understanding of what those challenges have meant. "The Summer I Was Ten," for example, describes Stamper's hard-earned awareness of mortality, heightened by her learning that her attempt to bring help to her ailing mother in labor, an attempt she considered heroic at the time, turned nevertheless to misfortune. Another article, "Mother," describes how her mother's resolve in response to many setbacks and difficulties shaped Stamper's own character. "Santa" offers a brief description of compassion and understanding where a simple gesture changes a child's life in a significant way. In Stamper's collection, I did not find tragic figures or victims; I found people who endured through resilience, compassion, and responsibility.

Stamper has subtitled her collection PIECES OF A KENTUCKY LIFE, but she doesn't mean fragments. She means pieces the way a quilt would be put together, stitched, never complete, patched with newer stuff from time to time, because quilts aren't made of broken objects. They're made of well-loved, well-worn patches stitched together into a comforting whole.”

see this May 17, 2013 review by Thomas Alan Holmes and another from January 21, 2013, by Steve Flairty, in Reviews of Butter in the Morning on Amazon

“BUTTER IN THE MORNING by Georgia Green Stamper is a treasure, one readers of all ages will love because it is a picture and catalogue of the true Americana for which people search. Search no more. This author is a gifted writer. Her stories will take readers to a time before telephones, computers, TV, and high tech gadgets when families shared anecdotes, games, and bits of gossip and philosophy with each other for entertainment.

Stamper's ability to describe events, people, places, and celebrations with flair and humor, whether it is the blizzard of 1950, when drifts were surely nearly twenty-seven feet high, or how getting the right Halloween costume can become an obsession, or reflections such as "When Your Babies Become Mothers" is outstanding. Her stories about growing up in eastern Kentucky are bright and colorful, and her essays about the wonder and chaos of loving three daughters and their extended families are memorable. BUTTER IN THE MORNING will resonate with men as well as women. Stamper writes about farming, politics, Kentucky River boats, the men in her life, specifically her father, and subjects that illustrate "pieces of Kentucky life." She sees the drama of life in ordinary routines and captures the essence of place and home.

In this little book of essays, Stamper connects with readers in such a way they will identify, sympathize, cheer, and possibly shed a tear remembering similar experiences and the rich heritage upon which family values are taught and shared. None of her essays do a better job of it than "Dog Days of August," a gem of philosophy and humor. I cannot recommend this book more highly. It's the book I wish I had written. Five stars.”


see this March 25, 2013, review by Rachel S Roberts, on Amazon

“There is a freshness and honesty to her stories that makes you laugh, smile, and even shed a a few tears. . . . Whether she’s writing about guacamole, her childhood home going up in flames, an encounter with chiggers, or getting into the wrong car on a rainy day, Georgia’s words are warm and sincere.”


Michael Embry, in his blog spot


“This collection of essays is at once heartwarming and nostalgic. . . . This is a perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s day, or to take with you when you only have a few minutes to read.”

Bobbi Rightmyer, in the Kentucky Authors Examiner, January 30, 2013