Book Reviews

Pilgrimage to Dollywood (Morales)

Helen Morales. Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip through Tennessee. Chicago, Il.: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 192 pages. Hardcover. $22.50. The travelogue Pilgrimage to Dollywood by Helen Morales is an enjoyable book for academics, intellectuals, and readers who love Dolly Parton, if they are able to overlook some unpleasantness that could offend a…

A Shelter of Others (White)

Charles Dodd White. A Shelter of Others. Peninsula, Ohio: Fiddleback ltd, 2014. 216 pages. Softcover. $14.00. Whether we are born into a family or make a family, the urge to reside in a tribe is strong. So says Charles Dodd White in his novel A Shelter of Others. From the…

Shake Terribly the Earth (Childers)

Sarah Beth Childers. Shake Terribly the Earth: Stories from an Appalachian Family. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2013. 224 pages. Trade paperback. $24.95. Shake Terribly the Earth, an essay collection by West Virginian Sarah Beth Childers, captures essentials of the memoir genre and the central Appalachian multi-generational familial experience. Her…

Long Man (Greene)

Amy Greene. Long Man: A Novel. New York, N.Y.: Knopf, 2014. 288 pages. Hardcover. $25.95 In her much-anticipated second novel Long Man, Amy Greene takes up the challenge of creating a fictional account of the removal of citizens from their homes by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the mid-1930s.…

The Road from Gap Creek (Morgan)

Robert Morgan. The Road from Gap Creek. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books, 2013. 318 pages. Hardback with dust jacket, $25.95. Robert Morgan’s best-selling novel Gap Creek (1999) ends as Julie and Hank Richards cross the North Carolina state line, returning to Green River after surviving flood, fire, and their first…

Guests on Earth (Smith)

Lee Smith. Guests on Earth: A Novel. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books, 2013. 368 pages. Hardback with dust jacket. $25.95. At the beginning of this resonant and highly atmospheric novel, the narrator introduces herself as a small, bookish woman who lives in a half-basement apartment in the French Quarter, a…