(author, Ohio University Press, 2009)
Listen to Linda read the opening of the book.
Power in the Blood traces Linda Tate’s journey to rediscover the Cherokee-Appalachian branch of her family and provides an unflinching examination of the poverty, discrimination, and family violence that marked their lives. A dramatic family history that reads like a novel, Power in the Blood is innovative and groundbreaking in its approach to research and storytelling.
Finalist, Colorado Book Award
Winner, Colorado Authors’ League Award for Nonfiction
“I think Power in the Blood is a remarkable memoir. This is a big, human, and entirely revelatory book.” – Lee Smith
“…a literary masterpiece” – Story Circle Book Reviews
(author, University of Georgia Press, 1994)
A Southern Weave of Women is one of the first sustained treatments of the generation of women writers who came of age in the post-World War II South as well as one of the first to situate southern literature fully within a multicultural context. A Southern Weave of Women considers the ways in which the women writers of the present generation reflect, expand, transform, and redefine long-standing notions of regional culture and womanhood.
“A good introduction to a feminist reading of southern writers.” – Library Journal
“…her prose style is uncluttered and clear”– Mississippi Quarterly
(editor and author of introduction, University Press of Mississippi, 2001)
Part of Mississippi’s Literary Conversations Series
How does a girl from Grundy, Virginia, become a successful writer? The interviews and profiles in Conversations with Lee Smith tell the story of one woman’s discovery of her coal-mining hometown as a potential “literary place.”
“Editor Linda Tate has made an excellent selection that affords us a rounded picture of Smith as a writer and as a person.” – The State