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Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree

(2007)
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Most of us grow up knowing who we are and where we come from. Lisa Alther's mother hailed from New York, her father from Virginia. One day a babysitter told Lisa about the Melungeons: six-fingered child-snatchers who hid in caves. Forgetting about these creepy kidnappers until she had a daughter of her own, Lisa learned they were actually an isolated group of dark-skinned people-often with extra thumbs-living in East Tennessee. But who were they? Descendants of Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony? Kin of shipwrecked Portuguese or Turkish sailors? Or were they the children of frontiersman, or displaced Native Americans? Part sidesplitting travelogue, part how (and how not) to climb your family tree, Alther's Kinfolks casts light on a little-known part of America's contentious racial history; it shimmers with wicked humor, dazzles with wit, and demonstrates just how wacky and wonderful our human family truly is.

    

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Used availability for Lisa Alther's Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree

Hardback Editions

April 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree - The Search for My Melungeon Ancestors
Author(s): Lisa Alther
ISBN: 1-55970-832-8 / 978-1-55970-832-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree
Author(s): Lisa Alther
ISBN: 1-61145-176-0 / 978-1-61145-176-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree
Author(s): Lisa Alther
ISBN: 1-61145-380-1 / 978-1-61145-380-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree
Author(s): Lisa Alther
ISBN: 1-55970-876-X / 978-1-55970-876-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree
Author(s): Lisa Alther
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA