An Exploration of Tackiness

“The Tacky South,” a collection of essays edited by Katharine A. Burnett and Monica Carol Miller, features a wide range of writers examining instances of “tackiness” to explain how this particular aesthetic category has functioned over time, and with Dolly Parton as a recurring centerpiece.

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“Daffodil Hill” Is a True Story About Resilience, Autonomy, and Farm Animals

A review of Jake Keiser’s memoir, “Daffodil Hill.”

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The Myth of Resilience Recast: Emi Nietfeld’s “Acceptance”

With insight and humor, Emi Nietfeld’s memoir, “Acceptance,” interrogates the social structures that sometimes supported and frequently ensnared Nietfeld as a young woman.

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An Outsider’s Reckoning in “Twilight in Hazard”

In “Twilight in Hazard,” journalist Alan Maimon weaves political commentary, social analysis, and personal narrative of Appalachia.

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The American Southern Gothic: An Evolving Screen Genre

A review of “The American Southern Gothic on Screen” by Karen Horsley.

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“We Carry Their Bones” Unearths The Dark History of the Dozier School for Boys

A review of Erin Kimmerle’s book, “We Carry Their Bones.”

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New Biography Places Lorraine Hansberry Center-Stage

A review of “Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind a Raisin in the Sun” by Charles J. Sheilds.

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