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Sitting Up With the Dead: A Storied Journey Through the American South
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Arcade Pub
Publication date February 7, 2017
Pages 432
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781628727036
ISBN-10 1628727039
Dimensions 0 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Original list price $16.99
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: For the first time in paperback, an acclaimed look at the American South through the lenses of its most acclaimed storytellers and their tales.

Rarely does a nonfiction work come along that is as original and refreshing as Sitting Up with the Dead. Here, take a ride with Pamela Petro as she embarks on a series of road trips through the states of the Old South to collect its stories and meet its tellers of traditional tales. Some of them are local celebrities, others national treasures. Among them are Ray Hicks, a National Heritage Fellow; Kathryn Windham, the “ghost lady”; Nancy Basket, a kudzu paper-maker; Colonel Rod, self-proclaimed “Florida cracker”; and Grammy Award-winner David Holt. You encounter plat-eyes and boo-hags, Jack the trickster and Brer Rabbit, mule eggs, singing turtles, talking corpses, and flying Africans from the sea islands of South Carolina.

Stories provide the connective tissue of the South, linking the past with the present. They join communities as widespread as the coastal plains of the Carolinas and Georgia, the swamps of the Gulf Coast, and the mountains and valleys of Appalachia. As distinctly American as jazz, they blend cultures and oral traditions as diverse as those of southern England, Ireland, West Africa, and native America. They contain bits of lived history, both from before the Civil War and after. In Sitting Up with the Dead, Pamela Petro offers a paradoxical wake for the undying body of the Old South, to hear its truths and contemplate its robust afterlife in the tallest, “lyingest,” most fruitful, and most haunting of its tales.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781559706124
 
1 edition from Arcade Pub (April 17, 2002)
9781559706124 | details & prices | 414 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $25.95
About: Including Jack the trickster, boo-bags and plat-eyes, ghosts, and singing turtles, an enchanting and entertaining collection of tales, culminated from the author's journey to the South and filled with the rich history and culture of each location, from some of the most colorful and creative storytellers in the world celebrates the South's oral tradition.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781559706759 Book cover for 9781611452266 Book cover for 9781628727036
 
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from Arcade Pub (February 7, 2017)
9781628727036 | details & prices | 432 pages | List price $16.99
About: For the first time in paperback, an acclaimed look at the American South through the lenses of its most acclaimed storytellers and their tales.
from Arcade Pub (April 18, 2011)
9781611452266 | details & prices | 352 pages | List price $21.95
About: An inspired road trip through the South to uncover some of America’s most talented and colorful storytellers, their tales, and the lush land that links them.
Reprint edition from Arcade Pub (April 1, 2003)
9781559706759 | details & prices | 432 pages | List price $13.95
About: Including Jack the trickster, boo-bags and plat-eyes, ghosts, and singing turtles, an enchanting and entertaining collection of tales, culminated from the author's journey to the South and filled with the rich history and culture of each location, from some of the most colorful and creative storytellers in the world celebrates the South's oral tradition.

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