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Hill women : finding family and a way forward in the Appalachian Mountains

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"Nestled in the Appalachian mountains, Owsley County is the poorest county in Kentucky and the second poorest in the country. Buildings are crumbling and fields sit vacant, as tobacco farming and coal mining decline. But strong women are finding creative ways to subsist in their hollers in the hills. Cassie Chambers grew up amidst these hollers, and through the women who raised her, she traces her own path out of and back into the Kentucky mountains. Cassie's Granny was a child bride who rose before dawn every morning to raise seven children. Despite her poverty, she wouldn't hesitate to give the last bite of pie or vegetables from her garden to a struggling neighbor. Her two daughters took very different paths: strong-willed Ruth--the hardest-working tobacco farmer in the county--stayed on the family farm, while spirited Wilma--the sixth child--became the first in the family to graduate high school, then moved an hour away for college. Married at nineteen and pregnant with Cassie a few months later, Wilma beat the odds to finish school. She raised her daughter to think she could move mountains, like the ones that kept her safe but also isolated from the larger world. Cassie would spend much of her childhood with Granny and Ruth in the hills of Owsley County, both while Wilma was a student and after. With her "hill women" values guiding her, Cassie went on to graduate from Harvard Law. But while the Ivy League gave her knowledge and opportunities, its privileged world felt far from her reality, and she moved back home to help her fellow rural Kentucky women by providing free legal services. Appalachian women face issues that are all too common: domestic violence, the opioid crisis, a world that seems more divided by the day. But they are also community leaders, keeping their towns together in the face of a system that continually fails them. With nuance and heart, Cassie uses these women's stories paired with her own journey to break down the myth of the "hillbilly" and illuminate a region whose poor communities, especially women, can lead it into the future"--

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Caledonia Library Association 929.2 CHA (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52135300313153
Checked out
11/11/2020
Dansville Public Library 929.2 CHA (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52117300536876
Available
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Honeoye Public Library 929.20 (Text)
New Adult Nonfiction
52120300383083
Available
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Lyons Public Library B CHAMBERS (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52141300556254
Checked out
12/14/2020
Naples Library B CHAMBERS (Text)
Adult Biographies
52124300384380
In transit
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Red Jacket Community Library B CHA (Text)
Adult Biography
RJP0104773
Available
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Sodus Community Library 929.2 CHA (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52148300525015
Checked out
12/12/2020
Victor Farmington Library 929.2 CHA (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52128300911605
Available
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Wadsworth Library - Geneseo 929.2 CHA (Text)
Adult New Nonfiction
52150300552791
Available
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Warsaw Public Library 929.2097 CHAMBERS (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52151300336169
Reshelving
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