What You Are Getting Wrong about Appalachia (None)

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Belt Publishing
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5.0 X 7.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Elizabeth Catte is a writer and historian from East Tennessee. She holds a PhD in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and is the co-owner of Passel, a historical consulting and development company. She lives in Staunton, VA.

"The most damning critique of Hillbilly Elegy." --Nancy Isenberg, New York Review of Books

"A spiky polemic."--Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker

"An unflinching indictment of the dominant narrative of American rurality. . . . The perfect primer for readers seeking factual, realistic portrayals of the rural and working class experience."--Leah Hampton, Los Angeles Times"A bold refusal to submit to stereotype." --Kirkus Reviews

"Succeeds in providing a richer, more complex view of a much-maligned region." --Publishers Weekly

"What are we getting wrong about Appalachia? A lot. And we are not just getting it wrong because we do not know. We are getting it wrong because reckoning with the reality of the Appalachia people and culture serves a historical project of disdain, distancing, and deliberate disinvestment in our nation. Elizabeth Catte has written an essential guide on how to talk about race, class, gender and the cultural geographies that shape our lives. Our discourse on Appalachia has been used a cudgel, much of it designed to obscure more than it reveals. Catte uses data and lived experiences to reveal an Appalachia that is not some 'othered' out there against which we compare ourselves to make inequality more palatable. This is a necessary antidote to the cyclical mainstream interest in Appalachia as a backwards, white working-class caricature." --Tressie McMillan Cottom, Professor of Sociology and author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

"A brief, forceful, and necessary correction." --Frank Guan, Bookforum

"A necessary response to the bigotry against a much-maligned culture." --Chris Offutt, author, Kentucky Straight

"Fiercely argued and solidly grounded, this an excellent primer on understanding and resisting the common distortions about Appalachia's past and present." --Anthony Harkins, author of Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

"You couldn't kill this book with a hammer. Come and watch Elizabeth Catte clip the hollow wings of little Jimmy Vance. Stay and behold an enlightened vision, a living solidarity found among the strong and varied peoples of this misunderstood land. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia asks Florence Reece's old question: Which side are you on? Some of us are sticking to Appalachia until every battle's won." --Glenn Taylor, author of The Ballad of Trenchmount Taggart

"Highlighting decades of suppressed workers' rights movements, as well as prison facilities that still exploit low-cost labor, Catte expands the perspective on Appalachia. Readers will indeed get more right about this slice of the country after reading her book." --Cheryl Krocker McKeon, Shelf Awareness