Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree

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Most of us Think we know who we are and where we come from. Lisa Alther's mother hailed from New York, her father from Virginia, and every day they reenacted the Civil War at home. To scare her into obedience, a babysitter told young Lisa about the Melungeons: six-fingered cave-dwelling child-snatchers. Lisa later learned they were actually an isolated group of dark-skinned people-some with extra thumbs-living in East Tennessee. But who were they? The remnants of Raleigh's Lost Colony? The descendants of European...
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Most of us Think we know who we are and where we come from. Lisa Alther's mother hailed from New York, her father from Virginia, and every day they reenacted the Civil War at home. To scare her into obedience, a babysitter told young Lisa about the Melungeons: six-fingered cave-dwelling child-snatchers. Lisa later learned they were actually an isolated group of dark-skinned people-some with extra thumbs-living in East Tennessee. But who were they? The remnants of Raleigh's Lost Colony? The descendants of European settlers, African slaves, and Native Americans? Discovering that a cousin had had his extra thumbs removed, Lisa set out to unearth who these Melungeons really were-and why her grandmother wouldn't let her visit some mysterious branches of their family tree. Sweeping and provocative, Kinfolks shimmers with wicked humor, illustrating just how wacky and wonderful our human family really is.

About the Author:
Lisa Alther is the author of five best-selling novels, which have been published in fifteen languages and sold over six million copies worldwide. She divides her time between Tennessee, Vermont, and New York City

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  • ISBN-13: 9781559708760
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/18/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Lisa Alther is the author of five bestselling novels which have been published in fifteen languages and sold over six million copies worldwide. She divides her time between Tennessee, Vermont, and New York City. This is her first work of nonfiction.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
The Virginia Club     1
My Inner Hillbilly     23
Insects in Amber     43
Wannabes     65
Blood Sport     81
Wilderness Forts     103
The Bermuda Triangle     129
Sea Cruise     145
Forebear Fatigue     165
Teletubbies for Christ     193
Chief Sit 'n' Bull     211
All-American Stir-Fry     231
Acknowledgments     237
Selected Reading     239
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