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At Home in the Heart of Appalachia

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John OBrien was raised in Philadelphia by an Appalachian father who fled the mountains to escape crippling poverty and family tragedy. Years later, with a wife and two kids of his own, the son moved back into those mountains in an attempt to understand both himself and the father from whom hed become estranged.

At once a poignant memoir and a tribute to America's most misunderstood region, At Home in the Heart of Appalachia describes a lush land of voluptuous summers, woodsmoke winters, and breathtaking autumns and springs. John O'Brien sees through the myths about Appalachia to its people and the mountain culture that has sustained them. And he takes to task naïve missionaries and rapacious industrialists who are the real source of much of the region's woe as well as its lingering hillbilly stereotypes. Finally, and profoundly, he comes to terms with the atavistic demons that haunt the relations between Appalachian fathers and sons.

Synopsis:

This profoundly moving memoir offers a vibrant, refreshing portrait of perhaps the most misunderstood region in America. John O'Brien returns to his Appalachian home in the mountains in an attempt to understand himself and the father from whom he'd been estranged for over a decade.

About the Author

John OBrien has held writing fellowships at the University of Iowa and Stanford University, and he was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. His work has appeared in Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, TriQuarterly, Country Journal, Harrowsmith, and Grays Sporting Journal. This is his first book. He lives with his wife, Becky, in Franklin, West Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721394
Author:
O'Brien, John
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Obrien, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Mountain whites (southern states)
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 PHOTOS IN TEXT
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.24 x 0.7 in 0.75 lb

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Biography » Literary
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History and Social Science » Americana » Appalachians
History and Social Science » Americana » Southern States

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