BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
Monday, December 2, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America’s “forgotten tribe” of white working class voters. Journalists flocked to the region to extract sympathetic profiles of families devastated by poverty, abandoned by establishment politics, and eager to consume cheap campaign promises. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a frank assessment of America’s recent fascination with the people and problems of the region. The book analyzes trends in contemporary writing on Appalachia, presents a brief history of Appalachia with an eye toward unpacking Appalachian stereotypes, and provides examples of writing, art, and policy created by Appalachians as opposed to for Appalachians. The book offers a must-needed insider’s perspective on the region.
Catte dives into the historical imbalances of power that have led time and time again to America’s fascination with the horrors of Appalachia. Taking specific aim at Elegy, she offers an insightful guide on thinking and talking about a region many only understand as a place to feel superior to.
Bring your lunch and enjoy great conversation at the Brown Bag Book Club!
Water and snacks provided.
New members welcome!
Snacks Provided: Yes
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch