At Home in the Heart of Appalachia

ISBN-10: 0385721390

ISBN-13: 9780385721394

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Description: John O’Brien 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 he’d 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.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Prologue
My Father Takes Me Home
The O'Briens Go Home Again
Reentry
The Heart of Appalachia
Sunday
Franklin High
Fall in the Mountains
Into the Heart of the Heart of Appalachia
A Fifth Season
Woodlands Mountain Institute
Winter in the Mountains
Spring and Summer
Shall We Gather at the River?
Juan in Appalachia
Advancing Mountain Culture
Bringing It All Back Home
Acknowledgments
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