"Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers," is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in women writers from Appalachia and a delight for anyone simply interested in women writers. I found women authors familiar to me, of course, but many others new to me as well. The majority of the essay authors are native to one of the Appalachian states (Kentucky may be the most frequently represented), though not all live there today; a few lived in Appalachia for only a few years, but all were shaped by place, and some by other Appalachian authors. Several mentioned Harriette Arnow (whose book "The Dollmaker" I included in my dissertation) as an influence. A few of the essays seem weak, but the majority are well written and offer fascinating glimpses into the authors' lives. I can't consult my copy to provide more details because I loaned it to an Appalachian woman in my creative writing class at the federal women's prison where I teach as a volunteer. She has been writing memoir in my class but kept apologizing for the way she writes/talks, despite her classmates' reassurance about the quality of her pieces. The book is a definite keeper!
Winner of the 1997 Appalachian Studies Award. Powerful, meditative, poetic collection of women writing about place, experiences and learning.