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Appalachia North: A Memoir by Matthew Ferrence

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There are plenty of books that deal with Appalachia south of the Mason-Dixon Line, so I almost never review Pennsylvania books, but this book addresses directly the whole question of to what extent rural, hilly, Pennsylvania deserves to be considered “Appalachian.” Yes, it is a memoir, and it does this very subjectively with no attempt to present an intellectual argument. "Appalachia North is a lyrical homage to a region often misunderstood and overlooked. Ferrence’s engulfing prose brings to life an Appalachia north of the Mason-Dixon line and he does it with the eye of an honest poet." - Associated Press. The author grew up in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, did his undergraduate work at IUP and got a doctorate from WVU. He now teaches at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2019. 274 pages with a Bibliography.  Trade paperback