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Back On Her Feet

In Flat Broke With Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia, Asheville writer Jennifer McGaha takes readers on a wild ride through disaster and triumph.

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Hickory Nut Gorge

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Geology and hydrology go a long way toward explaining the rugged landscape of the Hickory Nut Gorge, southeast of Asheville. But science can only go so far toward helping us understand the mystique of that area. more

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Although he lived in Asheville most of his adult life, Herbert Hyde always considered himself a son of his birthplace, the Smokies. Known as “Hub” to family and friends, he revered his roots and showed this with sparkling clarity countless times. more

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I stopped doing CD and book reviews at the end of 2013, but reading Becky Mushko’s latest book Them That Go, set in the 1970s in the same Virginia mountains where I was born and raised, has inspired me to put on my reviewer’s cap one last time. more

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The beard. Symbol of wisdom and masculinity to some. For others, an indicator of menace and neglect. Loved and loathed. Derided and defended. Our feelings about a full face of whiskers are quite polarized. more

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Guy Smalley illustration • smmalleyart.com

In February 1962, a few days before my 10th birthday, my daddy came to me with a twinkle in his eyes and a spring in his step and said, “Linda Sue, your 10th birthday is a special birthday because it marks the end of your first decade in this world." more

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You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to identify the booklovers at the Biltmore Estate. Simply stand near the library at the Biltmore House and observe the queue of visitors passing by. more

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Courtesy of Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University.

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