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Loving Mountains, Loving Men is the first book-length treatment of a topic rarely discussed or examined before: gay life in Appalachia. Appalachians are known for their love of place, yet many gays and lesbians from the mountains flee to urban areas. Jeff Mann tells the story of one who left and then returned, who insists on claiming and celebrating both regional and eroti ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Ohio University Press (first published 2005)
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Jeremy Wood
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My hometown is Hinton, West Virginia, and I, too, grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and Tim McGraw on the long truck rides through the winding backroads. My best and my worst memories were made in the little town by the river that I terribly miss, but, like Mann, I feel that Hinton is too conservative—too oppressive for someone like me. For example, my mom withdrew me from Summers County High School because of the incessant bullying I suffered on a daily basis as someone who existed somewhere o ...more
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Very informative read of the Appalachian culture learning to accept LGBT lives. Their stories of how one can cope here is incredible ! I would not read again but recommend it.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mann's memoir offers a very unique perspective of Appalachia that is too commonly masked by discrimination, hatred, and fear. His perceptions of his own life, his family, his hometown, his environment, are all portrayed through his experience as a gay male in West Virginia.

While I do genuinely enjoy the novel, I felt it was a bit too romantic for my taste. Mann is very creative and enjoys creating an image inside the reader's mind, however sometimes it just comes off too strongly.

I admire his
A.B. Gayle
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, shelf-32
After reading the rest of Jeff's memoirs, Edge and Binding the God, I thought there was nothing else to learn about the man and the writer, however this book filled in a couple of gaping holes in the jigsaw.

For starters we learn more about Jeff's relatives and his long term partner, John.

In his essay "How to Live with Peace" Jeff says
One of the great blessings of having a spouse is being able to lay down that terrible search for touch, for romantic and erotic connection, and concentrate on the
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: folks who enjoy memoir, poetry, nature, Appalachia
I highly, highly recommend this book. Especially if you're one of my fellow WVU alums on my friends list... :)
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Jeff Mann’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review and The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; two full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine and On the Tongue; a collection of personal essays, Edge: Tr ...more

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