Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean:Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia

In Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray collect essays from today s finest established and emerging writers with roots in Appalachia Together, these essays take the theme of silencing in Appalachian culture, whether the details of that theme revolve around faith, class, work, or family legacies.In essays that take wide ranging forms makiIn Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray collect essays from today s finest established and emerging writers with roots in Appalachia Together, these essays take the theme of silencing in Appalachian culture, whether the details of that theme revolve around faith, class, work, or family legacies.In essays that take wide ranging forms making this an ideal volume for creative nonfiction classes contributors write about families left behind, hard earned educations, selves transformed, identities chosen, and risks taken They consider the courage required for the inheritances they carry.Toughness and generosity alike characterize works by Dorothy Allison, bell hooks, Silas House, and others These writers travel far away from the boundaries of a traditional Appalachia, and then circle back always to the mountains that made each of them the distinctive thinking and feeling people they ultimately became The essays in Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean are an individual and collective act of courage Taken from official website
Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia In Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray collect essays from today s finest established and emerging writers with roots in Appalachia Together these essays take the

  • Title: Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean:Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia
  • Author: Adrian Blevins Karen Salyer McElmurray Dorothy Allison Rob Amberg Pinckney Benedict Kathryn Stripling Byer Sheldon Lee Compton Michael Croley
  • ISBN: 9780821421680
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean:Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia”

    1. Creative Non-Fiction "confessional stories". These essays contain all the information that could NEVER make it into a dust jacket bio. Want to know your fav authors motivations, dark secrets, struggles, or sexual orientation- look no farther! It's all here. Contributors write about families left behind, hard-earned educations, selves transformed, identities chosen and risks taken. Great writing that reaches deep into the histories of the authors. The LGTB crowd is well represented here, many had [...]

    2. "For better or worse, this was my country, and I could not let it go until it blessed me. What form that blessing would take I did not know yet. I only knew that when it came I would recognize it through its disguises. It is this that keeps poets in their countries through namelessness, doors closing, hungers, and there are many kinds, until they are forced to abandon home, which can, in itself, become a blessing." (Mary Lee Settle, in Charley Bland, quoted by Aaron Smith in his essay "For Bette [...]

    3. 3.5 stars. These are my people! If you have Appalachian roots, you’ll see yourself again and again in these essays. They concern religion (Silas House’s essay about growing up in the Holiness Church); Appalachians’ outsider status, with a particular emphasis on the LGBT experience, and reflections from authors who have left the region for good (Melissa Range’s “Outsider Appalachian”, David Huddle’s “Above My Raising”).The collection also included a great but harrowing essay by [...]

    4. The essays, prose, etc. in this collection are gems. I'm not Appalachian, but I am a born/bred North Carolinian. The internal struggles the writers lay bare are not just for fellow Appalachians; I think that people from all walks of life should read these reflections.

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