Sunday, May 31, 2009

Something's Rising

Something's Rising : Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal by Silas House and Jason Howard

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813125464
ISBN-13: 978-0813125466

Being a huge fan of House’s work, I bought this book at the lecture series “Evening With the Mountainkeepers.” Not only was I able to meet House and get him to autograph my book, I was privileged to hear him read an excerpt from this important books.

Mountaintop coal removal is a controversial topic, especially in Appalachia. On one hand, the practice supplies much needed jobs for the residents of mining towns; on the other, this practice destroys natural wildlife habitats, leaving deep scars upon the land.

This book contains the personal stories of 13 residents of the Appalachian region and gives you a representation of their views and opinions. I think this is an important book, not only for the understanding of mountaintop removal, but also for learning about the cultures of Appalachia.

1 comment:

Gin said...

Silas, Jason and Jim Tomlinson, author of Nothing Like an Ocean, will be reading at the Berea Arts Council this Thursday, June 4th at 7 PM. There's more information on the Arts Council website -