The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women
Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South
by Ahrens, Kami
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add email@example.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 07 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 14 Feb 2023
In 1966 in Rabun County, Georgia, a group of high school English students created the Foxfire magazine, a literary journal that celebrated Appalachian stories, peoples, and culture. The publication was filled with poetry and prose from local students and authors and featured interviews with community members. These oral histories quickly became the focal point of the magazine and, eventually, the material that generated the multivolume Foxfire book series.
Now, pulled from the vast Foxfire archive comes the first volume in the series focused specifically on the lives of Appalachian women. These remarkable narratives illuminate a diverse regional culture held together by the threads that are woven between women and place, and through generations. Told sometimes with humor, sometimes with sadness, but always with a gripping rawness and honesty, the stories recount women’s lived experiences from the 1960s to the present. The interviews cover work, family, and community, illuminating Cherokee, Black, and white women’s experiences; changes in Appalachian culture; and the importance of relationships in daily life. Reading each interview in this book is almost like joining these women on their porches and in their homes as they take us on a journey through their lives. Taken together, the stories speak against regional stereotypes and offer instead a sampling of the many expressions of these women’s strength.
Kami Ahrens is curator and director of education at the Foxfire Museum.
"These authentic, unaffected firsthand accounts show that we have much to learn from these women—their compelling knowledge has enlivened these communities and is critical to a broader understanding of place." —Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of Even As We Breathe and former executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation
"These complex, powerful narratives expand our perspectives on this region and the women who live there, particularly offering counternarratives to those who romanticize Appalachia or otherwise misrepresent mountain residents." —Sandra L. Ballard, Appalachian State University
"Kami Ahrens has selected a rich collection of powerful and compelling oral histories that reminds us of Foxfire’s extraordinary and enduring legacy." —Brent D. Glass, director emeritus, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
"Foxfire publications have long been essential to understanding Appalachia and folk traditions. This new, expertly edited book offers selections that are incisive and diverse, presenting timeless voices and amplifying their resonance in present times." —Rose McLarney, author of Forage and editor of A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia
Average rating from 10 members
Readers who liked this book also liked:
Michael Farris Smith
Matthew J. White
Michael M. Baden, MD
Michael W. Waters
SHIN; Maripori; Yue; Junko Kitamura; Suzu Kawana; Ramiru Kirisaki
Harmony Willow Hansen
Cecilia S. Grugan
John Miller; Susan McCormack