My Appalachia: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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"My family lived as far back in the hollers as it was possible to go in Bell County, Kentucky. Dad worked in the timber woods and at a sawmill, when there was employment to be found. We ate what we grew on the place or could glean from the hillsides. Just about everything was made by hand. We had little contact with people outside the region." Sidney Saylor Farr grew up in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, the eldest of ten children.

Her devotion to her family led her to accept heavy responsibilities from a...

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My Appalachia: A Memoir

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Overview

"My family lived as far back in the hollers as it was possible to go in Bell County, Kentucky. Dad worked in the timber woods and at a sawmill, when there was employment to be found. We ate what we grew on the place or could glean from the hillsides. Just about everything was made by hand. We had little contact with people outside the region." Sidney Saylor Farr grew up in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, the eldest of ten children.

Her devotion to her family led her to accept heavy responsibilities from a very young age: at three, she remembers being put in charge of her baby sister while her parents worked in the corn field. At the age of twelve, Farr was forced to leave school to care for her ailing mother and younger siblings. Although she did not often have time to pursue her own goals, life in the mountains nourished and shaped Farr and the writer she would become. Her great-grandmother was a master storyteller, and stories passed down from generation to generation helped define her family history and fueled her imagination. Her Aunt Dellie, a voracious reader, received discarded books from the Pineville library, and as she shared these volumes with young Sidney, she opened the world to her eager niece.

Farr's intense determination compelled her to find her own path and gave her the strength to become one of the most influential figures in Appalachian letters, nurturing other young writers who wanted to document the region's particular way of life. Although living in Appalachia was difficult -- many people of Farr's generation left the mountains for good -- she persisted through countless challenges, including poverty, discrimination, and personal loss. Farr managed to thrive despite these adversities, educating herself, raising two sons, and becoming a voice for her family, community, and culture.

In My Appalachia, Farr shares the stories of her struggles and triumphs to create a vivid picture of a culture as enduring as the mountains. Composed of a rich mix of folklore, family history, and spiritual and intellectual exploration, Farr's deft and gentle storytelling reveals the beauty of life in Appalachia.

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""Removed from romantic and stereotyped portrayals of southern Appalachia, Farr's story is recommended for public and academic libraries with a strong interest in the region, as well as for readers who want to learn more about overcoming adversity."" -- Angela Leeper, MCREVIEW.com

""Illustrative and poignant.... Farr describes details of old ways of farming and gathering that will be new to many readers."" -- West Virginia History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813145686
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 12/6/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 900,995
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sidney Saylor Farr is a former editor of Appalachian Heritage and a former Berea College staff member. Her writing has appeared in Mountain Life & Work, Appalachian Journal, Organic Gardening, and other publications. Among her books are More Than Moonshine: Appalachian Recipes and Recollections and Table Talk: Appalachian Meals and Memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

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    I enjoy memoirs with a strong sense of place, and this book had me completely immersed in mountain life as a child in the nineteen thirties and forties. Her stories are rich with fascinating characters, authentic dialect, depictions of the daily chores that keep a farming family alive, and the ever-present force of the natural world around her. Her ambition to learn, and her desire to write, grow against this backdrop but when she is twelve her mother¿s illness forces her to quit school and help raise nine younger children. She marries at fifteen to escape that life. She discusses her intense isolation as she struggled to find her voice, express her creativity, and reach her academic goals. I felt her pain as she lived with an abusive husband not capable of loving her, and then ultimately lost the only men for whom she felt life-changing passion. When she found, through counseling, the courage to face down her husband, to risk a hit to the face or another ego crushing insult, and emerge from a loveless marriage intact, I cheered for her. Women who have had to struggle their way free of oppressive relationships will recognize the walls it builds around their self confidence, and women who have yet to break free will see a path into the light. Her spiritual growth after meeting Tom Sawyer, a man whose life was radically changed after his dramatic near-death experience, moved me to learn more about him. I loved watching her transformation from an insecure mountain girl to a spiritually and emotionally secure woman. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about Appalachia and those who enjoy watching women step from the darkness into the light.

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