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My Appalachia: A Reminiscence Rebecca Caudill

My Appalachia: A Reminiscence

Rebecca Caudill

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ISBN : 9780030601651
Hardcover
90 pages
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In words and pictures, here is Appalachia—as it once was, and as it is now.Rebecca Caudill grew up in Appalachia. In a moving personal narrative, without bitterness or polemic, this distinguished author quietly tells the story of a remarkable regionMoreIn words and pictures, here is Appalachia—as it once was, and as it is now.Rebecca Caudill grew up in Appalachia. In a moving personal narrative, without bitterness or polemic, this distinguished author quietly tells the story of a remarkable region of the United States.There are no statistics, no catalogings of misery in My Appalachia. Miss Caudill simply tells the story of how it was when she grew up, when the snow was still clean, before the mines came, before the bitterness and bloodshed began. Poverty is a book word when the poor dont know they are poor, and in Appalachia, pride and dignity filled a half-empty stomach. Miss Caudills father rode off once a year to bring back books to teach her to read- she crossed a swaying foot-bridge over the river on the way to school- she listened to her father tell stories- she learned why he never owned a gun for self-defense (although everyone else did) and she watched her mother quilt, and sew, and paper the walls with pictures cut out from McCalls magazine.From such warm detail comes the sense of what has died in Appalachia, and the terrible sense of what it was like for Miss Caudill to return, years later, to find desolation.The countryside of this region, scarred, piled with refuse, but still defiantly beautiful, has been photographed by Edward Wallowitch. He has captured not only the landscape, but its people, their miseries and their joys. Straightforward and eloquent, this is as close as the outsider gets to Appalachia.