The Greatest "Appalachia" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Call Home The Heart by Olive Tilford Dargan

    "Call Home The Heart" is a poignant tale set against the backdrop of the early 20th-century Appalachian Mountains, where the protagonist, a young woman, grapples with the constraints of poverty and societal expectations. As she navigates the challenges of her harsh rural life, she is torn between her deep connection to her home and the desire for a broader, more fulfilling existence. The narrative explores themes of self-discovery, resilience, and the quest for personal freedom, capturing the spirit of an era and the enduring human struggle to find one's place in the world.

    The 2983rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Daughter Of The Hills by Myra Page

    "Daughter of the Hills" is a historical novel that delves into the life of a young woman growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, the narrative explores the protagonist's journey from her roots in a coal mining community to her involvement in the labor movement. The story reflects the struggles of class and gender as she confronts the harsh realities of exploitation and seeks to find her place in a rapidly changing world. Her personal growth is intertwined with the broader social and political upheavals of the era, highlighting the intersection of personal and collective struggles for justice and equality.

    The 2983rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

    "Flight Behavior" is a thought-provoking novel that explores the effects of climate change on a small town in Appalachia. The story centers around a young woman who stumbles upon a forest filled with a massive population of monarch butterflies, which have migrated there due to changing weather patterns. This unusual event brings a flurry of scientists, reporters, and religious leaders to the town, causing upheaval in the community and forcing the protagonist to reevaluate her understanding of the world.

    The 3935th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

    "Demon Copperhead" is a short story by Barbara Kingsolver about a young woman named Codi who returns to her small hometown in Arizona to care for her father, who is dying of Alzheimer's disease. As she reconnects with her past and the people in her community, Codi discovers a dark secret about her family's history and must come to terms with the truth. The story explores themes of family, identity, and the impact of the past on the present.

    The 3952nd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington

    The book is a personal journey of a journalist who, while covering a murder trial of a snake-handling preacher, becomes deeply involved in the culture of snake handling in Southern Appalachia. He explores the history and religious significance of snake handling, while also wrestling with his own faith and the nature of religious ecstasy. The narrative is a blend of true crime, personal memoir, and religious exploration.

    The 6655th Greatest Book of All Time

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