Discussion Bound: At Home in the Heart of Appalachia by John O’Brien« Back to Events
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Frances Mulhall Achilles Library | North Wing, Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Place, Asheville, NC 28801
Join our monthly book discussion where we read and discuss books that relate to artwork in our galleries. Moderated by a member of the Museum’s staff or a volunteer, we exchange ideas and learn about books, art and each other. Bring your copy of the book.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
At Home in the Heart of Appalachia by John O’Brien
At once a poignant memoir and a tribute to America’s most misunderstood region, this book describes a lush land of voluptuous summers, woodsmoke winters and breathtaking autumns and springs. John O’Brien sees through the myths about Appalachia to its people and the mountain culture that has sustained them. And he takes to task naïve missionaries and rapacious industrialists who are the real source of much of the region’s woe as well as its lingering hillbilly stereotypes. Finally, and profoundly, he comes to terms with the atavistic demons that haunt the relations between Appalachian fathers and sons. Moderated by Lauren Bacchus, Museum Shop & Event Coordinator.