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Laughter in Appalachia
Laughter in Appalachia

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Pages: 159
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-87483-032-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-87483-032-3

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A Festival of Southern Mountain Humor

by Loyal Jones and Billy Edd Wheeler

This compilation of mountain humor will entertain you and your friends for hours. Chapters on Alcohol, Doctors & Lawyers, and Farming offer hilarious tall tales, like this: "Once when he had been out on a drunk for several days, he came home sick and weak and asked his wife to pray for him. She started out, 'O Lord, please help this old drunken fool.' The man raised his head and whispered weakly, 'Don't tell Him I'm drunk. Just tell Him I'm sick."

From the people of the Appalachian Mountains comes a special brand of humor-dry, colorful and earthy, aimed sometimes at the hillbilly's own foibles, but often at the outside world's pretenses, too.

As longtime fans of and contributors to Appalachian lore, Jones and Wheeler collected the material for this popular and timeless volume at the Festival of Appalachian Humor sponsored by the Appalachian Center at Berea College. Includes jokes and yarns on such topics as hunting, lawyers and doctors, alcohol, and religion, along with essays on the nature and origins of humor.