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The Resource Shake terribly the earth : stories from an Appalachian family, Sarah Beth Childers

Shake terribly the earth : stories from an Appalachian family, Sarah Beth Childers

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Shake terribly the earth : stories from an Appalachian family
Title
Shake terribly the earth
Title remainder
stories from an Appalachian family
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Beth Childers
Title variation
Stories from an Appalachian family
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Language
eng
Summary
"In this linked collection of essays, Sarah Beth Childers takes the stories she grew up listening to and uses them to make sense of her own personal journey in a thoughtful, humorous voice born of Appalachian storytelling. Based on interviews, letters, archives, and memory, these essays bring to life events that touched the entire region: large families that squeezed into tiny apartments during the Great Depression, a girl who stepped into a rowboat from a second-story window during Huntington, West Virginia's 1937 flood, brothers who were whisked away to World War II and Vietnam, and a young man who returned home from the South Pacific and worked his life away as a railroad engineer. The book also demonstrates the ways our hearts and lives take root in our own particular patches of Appalachia. The author's mother, Marcy, listens to fundamentalist Christian radio evangelists, pays for her mentally ill mother's food and cigarettes with a part-time job at a department store, longs for love, and dreams of becoming a majorette. Years later, Sarah Beth attends Marcy's chosen church, a Pentecostal congregation where members blow whistles and run circles around the sanctuary with lampshades on their heads, and she faces her own love problems at a fundamentalist Baptist school, where she feels isolated as one of the school's few Pentecostals. Sarah Beth's experiences allow her to tackle fundamentalist Christianity as an insider, admitting its flaws but also showing the positive side of such ardent belief. Throughout this book, Sarah Beth seeks to find her own place within the fundamentalist Christian community and her family, and she looks for the joy and clarity that often emerge after times of tragedy and change, when the earth shakes terribly beneath us"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Ohio University Press series in race, ethnicity, and gender in Appalachia
Label
Shake terribly the earth : stories from an Appalachian family, Sarah Beth Childers
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
O glorious love -- Shorn -- Through a Train window -- My dead-grandmother essay -- Scissors -- Ghost siblings -- Garbage-bag charity -- At his feet as dead -- Give 'em Jesus -- Hot girls in short skirts -- Shake terribly the earth -- November leaves -- Boat stories: three generations -- The Tricia has crashed -- Kite string
Control code
ocn847837255
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 197 pages
Isbn
9780821420621
Isbn Type
(pb)
Lccn
2013026978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780821420614
  • (OCoLC)847837255
  • (Sirsi) b13271908
Label
Shake terribly the earth : stories from an Appalachian family, Sarah Beth Childers
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
O glorious love -- Shorn -- Through a Train window -- My dead-grandmother essay -- Scissors -- Ghost siblings -- Garbage-bag charity -- At his feet as dead -- Give 'em Jesus -- Hot girls in short skirts -- Shake terribly the earth -- November leaves -- Boat stories: three generations -- The Tricia has crashed -- Kite string
Control code
ocn847837255
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 197 pages
Isbn
9780821420621
Isbn Type
(pb)
Lccn
2013026978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780821420614
  • (OCoLC)847837255
  • (Sirsi) b13271908

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