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The Resource At home in the heart of Appalachia, John O'Brien

At home in the heart of Appalachia, John O'Brien

Label
At home in the heart of Appalachia
Title
At home in the heart of Appalachia
Statement of responsibility
John O'Brien
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"John O'Brien was born in Philadelphia, his father having left his beloved home in the West Virginia mountains after an impoverished childhood made all the more painful by family tragedy. Struggling to escape a father defeated by disappointment, displacement, and poverty, John too left home. When John decided to settle near his father's birthplace in West Virginia, he hoped to comprehend the elder O'Brien's attachment to the land, as well as the disabling fatalism he had carried north." "What he discovered is hardly the mythic Appalachia most Americans imagine, but a world of extravagant beauty - lush with green mountains, deep forests, ice-cold trout streams, and small hill farms. The people we meet who inhabit this land are for the most part unpretentious, working class, straightforward, open, commonsensical, and easygoing. They tend to look back more than most Americans do, defining themselves by how they fit into an extended family that includes their ancestors. We are in a mountain culture that feels old and deeply rooted, that follows a traditional way of life. It is a world the author would finally love and call his own." "We also come face-to-face with provincialism, intolerance, and - perhaps Appalachia's defining legacy - the horrors of the coalfields and chemical plants. We see clearly what rapacious greed and exploitation have done for generations to much of the landscape and to the lives of the people. And we learn of the stream of reformers and missionaries, ever ready to show Appalachia the way, whose real contributions tend to be negligible or absurd."--Jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
975.04
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • CT275.O24
  • F245.42.O25
LC item number
  • A3 2001
  • A3 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Label
At home in the heart of Appalachia, John O'Brien
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-306)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A Fifth Season
  • Woodlands Mountain Institute
  • Winter in the Mountains
  • Spring and Summer
  • Shall We Gather at the River?
  • Juan in Appalachia
  • Advancing Mountain Culture
  • Bringing It All Back Home
  • My Father Takes Me Home
  • The O'Briens Go Home Again
  • Reentry
  • The Heart of Appalachia
  • Sunday
  • Franklin High
  • Fall in the Mountains
  • Into the Heart of the Heart of Appalachia
Control code
ocm47078211
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780394564517
Lccn
2001089765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)47078211
Label
At home in the heart of Appalachia, John O'Brien
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-306)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A Fifth Season
  • Woodlands Mountain Institute
  • Winter in the Mountains
  • Spring and Summer
  • Shall We Gather at the River?
  • Juan in Appalachia
  • Advancing Mountain Culture
  • Bringing It All Back Home
  • My Father Takes Me Home
  • The O'Briens Go Home Again
  • Reentry
  • The Heart of Appalachia
  • Sunday
  • Franklin High
  • Fall in the Mountains
  • Into the Heart of the Heart of Appalachia
Control code
ocm47078211
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780394564517
Lccn
2001089765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)47078211

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