Appalachia North : A Memoir Paperback / softback
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
- Publication Date: 28/09/2018
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781946684707