12 Rounds in Lo's Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia


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West Virginia University Press
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5.4 X 0.6 X 8.4 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Todd Snyder is associate professor of rhetoric and writing at Siena College and author of The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity.


"Snyder's discerning eye and well-tuned ear help turn his exploration of boxing in coal country into a resonant account of work, church, masculinity, family, and more. It's on the lowest levels of the fight world--DIY gyms, Toughman competitions, amateur cards at local venues--that the social and cultural embedding of boxing in everyday life comes most vividly alive, and Snyder introduces us to some unforgettable scenes and characters."
--Carlo Rotella, author of Cut Time: An Education at the Fights

"An affecting testimonial to the power of action and of storytelling--to say nothing of a good right hook--to make real change."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This is a very special book, both in its focus on one man who did work that mattered and in its portrayal of a distressed region whose economy is based on a dying industry."
--Booklist, starred review

"This memoir will appeal to many readers: those in gender studies who study manifestations of masculinity, scholars who examine the collapse of the coalfields and the rampant unemployment found in Central Appalachia, and West Virginians who possess a fierce pride in the Mountain State and celebrate small-town triumphs."
--Jeff Mann, author of Loving Mountains, Loving Men