Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic from the gals at The Broke & The Bookish is about books that feature characters of some sort of type of our choosing. I debated a few ideas but finally settled on characters from Appalachia, an area that’s close to my heart – and my roots.
According to Wikipedia, Appalachia is a cultural region of the United States that stretches from Mississippi to southern New York. The image below gives you an idea of the wide swath that makes up this region of mountains, folklore, and often isolation and poverty.
I was born in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and I currently live just to the west of Appalachia in Kentucky. So the Appalachian region has definitely influenced my own culture and even my vocabulary. At this point you may be wondering how in the world you say ‘Appalachian’. My buddy (and author of Britallachian romance) Pepper Basham gives us a little lesson:
I’m always drawn to stories set here and I even have a separate bookshelf on Goodreads to record Appalachia-set books as I find them. Below are some of my faves, and of course we have to start with probably the most famous (which turns 50 this year!). Yes…. I know there are way more than 10 … but … I just couldn’t leave any of these out!
Links take you either to my review or to the book’s Amazon listing.
Even with these umpteen-many books, I know I left something out!! What about you? What are some of your favorite books with Appalachian characters?