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Appalachia North : A Memoir, Paperback / softback Book


Appalachia North is the first book-length treatment of the cultural position of northern Appalachia-roughly the portion of the official Appalachian Regional Commission zone that lies above the Mason-Dixon line.

For Matthew Ferrence this region fits into a tight space of not-quite: not quite "regular" America and yet not quite Appalachia. Ferrence's sense of geographic ambiguity is compounded when he learns that his birthplace in western Pennsylvania is technically not a mountain but, instead, a dissected plateau shaped by the slow, deep cuts of erosion.

That discovery is followed by the diagnosis of a brain tumor, setting Ferrence on a journey that is part memoir, part exploration of geology and place.

Appalachia North is an investigation of how the labels of Appalachia have been drawn and written, and also a reckoning with how a body always in recovery can, like a region viewed always as a site of extraction, find new territories of growth.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 296 pages, 6 illustrations
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781946684707


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