The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women


The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women: Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South features twenty-one oral histories from Appalachian women from the Foxfire archive. 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 1967 to the present, in Georgia and the Carolinas. Presented in their own voices, this volume covers topics of  work, family, and community, illuminating Cherokee and Black experiences, changes in Appalachian culture; and the importance of relationships. Reading each interview in this book is almost like sitting next to these women, joining them on their porches and in their homes as they take us on a journey through their childhoods and adult lives. As a collective, the stories speak against the  regional stereotypes and offer instead  a sampling of the many expressions of their strength.

“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


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