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Brosi, George, Appalachian Heritage
Geoffrey Buckley and Michele Morrone. Mountains of Injustice: Social and Environmental Justice in Appalachia. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2011. 198 pages with illustrations and index. Hardback. $49.95.
This book features a foreword by Donald Edward Davis, the author of the first environmental history of Appalachia. The afterword is by Jedediah S. Purdy, the West Virginian who went from home-school to Yale and whose books about American values, and lack thereof, have attracted a great deal of attention. The material sandwiched between these weighty essays is notable in that it, too, takes a long, broad, serious view of the context within which the degradation of the Appalachian landscape has occurred. Michele Morrone and Geoffrey L. Buckley are both professors at Ohio University.
C. Daniel Crews and Richard W. Starbuck. Records of the Moravians Among the Cherokees: The Anna Rosina Years, Part 1- Success in School and Mission: Volume 3, 1805-1810. Tahlequah, Okla.: Cherokee National Press, 2011. 1462 pages with photos of original documents and an index. Hardback with dust jacket. $50.00.
This is volume three of an invaluable record that the Moravian missionaries left in diaries, minutes, reports, and letters describing their work among the Cherokees before their removal in the "Trail of Tears" to Oklahoma. C. Daniel Crews and Richard W. Starbuck are both archivists for the Moravian Church.
Ellen Cushman. The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People's Perseverance. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011. 238 pages with notes, references, illustrations, and index. Hardback with dust jacket. $34.95.
This thoroughgoing study of the Cherokee Syllabary has a carefully chosen subtitle that supports the author's primary thesis--that the syllabary was created by Sequoyah out of the Cherokee oral tradition, not as an effort to create a counterpart to the English language. The author is a professor at Michigan State University.
M. Anna Fariello. Cherokee Pottery: From the Hands of our Elders. Charleston, SC.: The History Press, 2011. 166 pages with a foreword by Tonya Carroll, an author's preface, an introduction by Jane Eastman, illustrations, notes, and bibliography. Trade paperback. $12.99.
These 166 pages pack a whollop. The illustrations are not only profuse, but gorgeous and artfully placed. The book's text is not just a wonderful story of Cherokee pottery traditions, but also an important history of those who have endeavored to chronicle it. M. Anna Fariello is a professor and librarian at Western Carolina University.
Jack Wayne Furbee. Growing Up Appalachian In the Van Camp Community of Wetzel County, West Virginia. Parsons, W.V.: McClain Printing Company, 2012. 282 pages with illustrations. Oversized trade paperback. $25.00.
This charming, profusely illustrated memoir gives insights into life in a farming community near the Ohio River.
Jesse Graves. Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine. Huntsville: Texas Review Press, 2011. 79 pages. Trade paperback. $12.95.
Although this is his first poetry collection, Jesse Graves has already established himself as one of the region's premier poets. "It is a particular pleasure to wecome this unusually mature and accomplished first book by Jesse Graves, one of the most exciting and authentic voices to emerge in our contemporary poetry.... I admire the assurance, the formal authority of his craft.... He is a master of the sonnet." -- Robert Morgan. "Jesse Graves is one of America's finest young poets." - Ron Rash. Jesse Graves was born and raised in Sharp's Chapel in rural East Tennessee, a place his ancestors settled in the 1700s. He now teaches at East Tennessee State University and is a principal editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. 3: Contemporary Appalachia.
Pauletta Hansel. The Lives We Live in Houses. Nicholasville, Ky.: Wind Publications, 2011. 70 pages. Trade paperback. $15.00.
Pauletta Hansel grew up in Breathitt County, Kentucky, where her parents taught at Lees Junior College. …