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Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place By Scott McClanahan Crapalachia A Biography of a Place When Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan who suffered from cerebral palsy Crapalachia is a portrait of these formative years coming of age in rur
  • Title: Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place
  • Author: Scott McClanahan
  • ISBN: 9781937512033
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place By Scott McClanahan When Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy Crapalachia is a portrait of these formative years, coming of age in rural West Virginia.Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshotWhen Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy Crapalachia is a portrait of these formative years, coming of age in rural West Virginia.Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.
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    1. Scott McClanahan

      Scott McClanahan born June 24, 1978 is an American writer, filmmaker, and martial artist He lives in Beckley, West Virginia and is the author of eight books His most recent book, The Sarah Book, was featured in Rolling Stone, Village Voice, and Playboy NPR called the book brave, triumphant and beautiful it reads like a fever dream, and it feels like a miracle McClanahan is also a co founder of Holler Presents, a West Virginia based production and small press company.

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    1. Rating 4.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says When Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy Crapalachia is a portrait of these formative years, coming of age in rural West Virginia.Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.My Review MemoirI rememberat s what makes this book so damn good [...]


    2. I loved this book than I can say It was a wonderful book that I ll probably read again The story had emotion, grit, a hard humor that cracks me up every time, and it just felt very real to me Sometimes when you read memoirs, or any book really, you can sorta picture things but you can t fully get lost This book allowed me to get lost in it and I appreciate that than anything else in whatever I m reading.


    3. One time a man left home He had argued with his mother and father the day before he left They spoke horrible words to one another and he left without saying goodbye He had been gone many years and even spent time in jail Years later, he finally got out of jail and he wondered if his mother and father were even alive, and if they were ashamed of what had been said and of where he had wound up He wrote to them and told them he would be coming home on a specific day the following week If they wante [...]


    4. Even though I was only 14 years old, there was no telling when the angel of death might come to get my ass.This is a book about suicide, dead miners, and children being left to scream and writhe in pain because their parents can t afford doctors.And yet, I couldn t stop laughing.She told us the story about how he was trying to get his pension from the mines But before he got it, he had to fight for a couple of months He finally got a letter that went Dear Mr McClanahan, we regret to inform you t [...]


    5. McClanahan wrote about people I ve known and loved, and love, and remember, and misremember, and sometimes want to forget He pretended to be rock solid hard ass Appalachian West Virginian, then shape shifted in that magic way of the Scot Irishman and became liquid, seeped into my soul and washed loose all the debris that had settled there was resting quite nicely, in fact and stirred up all that shit and made me laugh and cry and nod my head in agreement and want a drink even though I don t drin [...]



    6. i am not going to write like a real review here but i will say that this book broke my heart and then stitched it back together again into something slightly larger than it was before, and i had a decent sized heart to begin with also the way this book is structured is like nothing i d really encountered in terms of the way scott sets up chapters and sections and characters and really makes this a book that is not only a memoir novel type situation the idea being that telling someone the facts o [...]


    7. This book is the perfect antidote for such trash as Honey Boo Boo or the duck and catfish folks that seem to constitute the entirety of non singing non cooking Reality TV these days Much like Winter s Bone, Crapalachia paints a depressingly realistic picture of what life is like for people living on the mountainous fringes of American society, yet does so in a way that doesn t rob them of their inherent dignity There is nothing cute or funny about these folks, and America really needs to devote [...]


    8. This book is evidence of the fact that McClanahan would live through the treacherously bad times and still manage to bring that big grin around and wide He ll say CURE FOR DEPRESSION and he ll show you what s up How to do it How to keep from letting a bummer bring you down I don t waste any time trying to discern between which parts of Crapalachia are true or not set together as a singular entity, family history as Crapalachia, it is all true, and every single word of it must be read Fiction Non [...]


    9. This is set in Danese, WV, a town so small I ve never even heard of it and not to brag or anything, but I know a fair amount of the smallest towns in West Virginia I have all kinds of mixed feelings about this one, so my rating might change once I let it stew for a bit As someone with Appalachian roots whose blood pressure isn t capable of handling jokes at the expense of rural America the excess of what do you expect from an uneducated hillbilly comments on the recent Duck Dynasty kerfuffle rea [...]


    10. Make sure you read the Appendix I don t want to spoil anything though, but the Appendix the fifth star in 5 and I m not a 5 star giving kinda guy But I do have weak spot for southern literature, as they call it I said smarter things along the way, there was from this book that I wanted, but I still walked away with so much Pick it up.


    11. McClanahan has, by virtue of his intense talents, built up an utterly unique reading experience He doesn t write books, he writes sermons And he doesn t preach them to you from on high so much as sit down across a plate of onion rings from you and, like a dear old friend, catch you up on the comings and goings in the cosmos with the subtle human joy of a drunken, mischievous sage Yes, the world can be ugly and hardbut as he says, Please tell me you remember kindness Please tell me you remember k [...]


    12. This guy is a riot I once saw him at a book reading and he was such a freak show that I took it off my about to read pile and put it on my someday I will get to it because he was one interesting guy pile don t believe me, watch this BUT ONLY CLICK IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THE FULL 10 MINUTES.c span video c4496625 Well,I decided to attempt the audiobook version, and what a treat trip WAY different.It cracks you up, makes you sad, makes you think, makes you consider I am certain he wrote it for the [...]


    13. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT If not my favorite book of 2014, it s up there It is also now, one of my comfort books.I don t even care if it was partially fictionalized I found the stories and characters absolutely fascinating I especially liked Ruby and Nathan, and Little Bill.Ohh, and I listened to the audiobook version The narrator they picked to read it was perfect He had the accent and tones down I liked it when he would say WHAT THE FUCK.



    14. It s nice to see a book from a small press Two Dollar Radio that aims at an honest portrayal of lives lived in Appalachia instead of a cartoon version get major review attention as this book did in the NYT This is a book about family, a place, a state of mind, a way of being There are rivers and malls and mountains mentioned, but not as you might expect The language is poetic and as casually simple and addictive as homemade crank Every spring for most of the last 20 years I ve gone to Appalachia [...]


    15. I will remember and I will love I will not forget the awful responsibility of time I will remember kindness and joy I will continue to reach for the mountaintops, even from the holler This book is a mountaintop More mountaintops, please More mountaintops.


    16. More personal and sedate than his short stories, Crapalachia still slays your heart with McClanahan s personal tales of family and death and sadness.


    17. Everything in this book is entirely true If you grew up anywhere close to the heart of West Virginia, and were raised by people who were raised by people who were raised by people who grew up there, too, then you ll understand exactly what I m talking about I m talking about a place where people revel in kitsch without irony and where the death of every family member develops its own gruesome folklore which is completely appropriate for kitchen table discussions, by the way A place where we watc [...]


    18. A combination of memoir and short stories, and some of the characters also tell stories I half expected a book with this title to be disparaging toward West Virginia, but instead it is a heartfelt, connected look at Scott McClanahan s extended family and the children he grew up with in rural West Virginia A few of the most memorable moments Funeral picturesHome nursesLearning the history of mining disasters in school


    19. I feel that McClanahan is a not a writer but an excavating machine He takes a huge bulldozer and digs in the ground of his life and in the ground of the places he comes from and in the ground of his heart and he delivers a story through pure raw power and earth and everything that makes us human including death His writing has an oral rhythm that I love, his language is striped off any unnecessary decorations and from time to time he explodes his writing to unexpected poetic fireworks I value th [...]


    20. This book will make you feel every person you ve ever known, those ghosts you loved that have never left I felt really sad, because fate, but really hopeful, because reflection, while reading this book Though home follows you, you can never go back I felt darkness because I had been deep in the hollers, and I knew glory because I had stood on top of the beautiful mountaintops More mountaintops please More mountaintops I don t know why it took me so long to read it Crapalachia.


    21. It doesn t get better than knowing a few pages in, I want to devour this book like a pan of his Grandma Ruby s peanut butter fudge The character of his uncle will stay with me for a long time, reminding me that everyone has layers to them if we just take the time to look.The bold appendix was perhaps my favorite part In it he offers his explanations for inventing, merging and modifying the truth I love how this speaks to subjective memory and the fluid embroidery of family stories A quote I just [...]


    22. Fact fiction fact fiction place fact fiction fact fiction family fact fiction West Virginia fact fiction story fact fiction love fact fiction fact fiction longing fact fiction fact fiction birth fact fiction fact fiction God fact fiction fact fiction dirt and stones.More bentanzer 2013 05


    23. I liked the way that the narrator in this book is as intimately connected to the emotion as possible, yet stands aside and just lets that emotion come across without really suggesting what the reader should feel It feels very natural and real, moving and powerful without ever appearing to try real hard In short, damn fine writing.


    24. Hot damn this book is good Like, really good Really really good I ll be effusive about it in detail over at The Nervous Breakdown in a month or two, but for now, just know that I think EVERYONE should be pre ordering this.


    25. I originally reviewed this book at InsatiableBooksluts.Rating 4.25 5 calls to 911 to get the ambulance to take you to the store to buy 7 Up for your sonHOLY BALLS YOU GUYS I AM WRITING A BOOK REVIEW Yes, yes, I actually read my ass a book and now I m reviewing the motherfucker Apologies to Scott McClanahan and Two Dollar Radio for referring to the book as motherfucker I have no evidence at all that the book fucked any mothers.I didn t know anything about Crapalachia when it arrived in my mailbox [...]


    26. We make jokes about Appalachia We express concern about its endemic poverty We find it scary although we have never been there We are not proud of ourselves when we find books about Appalachia titillating, but these stories always have such jaw dopping, outrageous elements that they make voyeurs of us all I am speaking of course about myself, but I think others might fess up to similar reactions McClanahan is from West Virginia, and this fictionalized memoir covers his teenage years during the 1 [...]


    27. Reading this book was like sitting by a woodstove at the age of four eating a banana that the oldest lady I have ever seen gave me because I m a visitor to her house that smells like snuff and dogs and I can t imagine how my dad knows her, but they have obviously been acquainted for a long time Reading this book was like looking through the dirty glass panes of the abandoned 4 room house out by the barn where my Great Uncle Clemont used to stay before or after he went to jail and seeing a pair o [...]


    28. Crapalachia It s the sort of nickname you d give to a hard scrabble place as you drive past it on the highway, bemoaning its lack of 3G coverage and frowning derisively at its high concentration of fast food chicken joints.This is the West Virginia of Scott McClanahan s boyhood The book s full title, Crapalachia A Biography of A Place, only begins to explain how inextricable McClanahan s formative years are from the ashen, rocky mountains of a very specific geographic place.Follow this link for [...]


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