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Oral History
Oral History
Author: Lee Smith
"Delightful and entertaining." — PEOPLE — When Jennifer, a college student, returns to her childhood home of Hoot Owl Holler with a tape recorder, the tales of murder and suicide, incest and blood ties, bring to life a vibrant story of a doomed family that still refuses to give up.... — "Deft and assured....[Lee Smith] is nothing less than masterly...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345316073
ISBN-10: 034531607X
Publication Date: 7/12/1984
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
Interwoven with the moving and deeply human recital of loves and losses are the folklore, the music, the scenery of the region-one can almost hear the twang of banjos and the high nasal voices; one almost breathes in the air of Hoot Owl Holler - Cleveland Plain Dealer review
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Helpful Score: 3
This is an in depth, yet interesting look at the rich history of the Appalachian family life throughout the ages. From wichcraft to trailer-trash this book covers it all.
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Helpful Score: 2
A fascinating glimpse of a remote and rural part of the country. You won't put this one down!
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Helpful Score: 1
An absorbing story of a young college student, who learns about herself as she chronicles the lives of her ancestors. The authors wonderful portrayal of folk beliefs of the Virginia region, makes this a must read for anyone interested in folklore!
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Helpful Score: 1
Like nothing Ive read before. The families draw you in- its hard to put down.
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