Good Reads


Seven Novels Speak with a Mountain Tone

I delight in books of literary compendia. Sometimes, of course, I quarrel with the selections.



Bird Strike

Guy Smalley illustration

Late one night I was driving down a North Carolina back road in my pickup listening to public radio. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Jack Coburn was a pivotal figure in regional affairs at the onset of the Great Depression, and arguably of greater significance in the Park’s creation than anyone on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. more

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Lilly was not a white-gloved lady. “An independent woman with no means” more aptly describes my grandmother. She entered the world in 1890, the same year the National Women Suffrage Association and the Women Suffrage Association merged. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

The holidays are approaching, and once again you have no idea what to give your beloved Uncle Fergus and Aunt Ida. What to do? What the blazes do you give such people? Well, books, of course. But not just any books. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Sam Hunnicutt introduces his book by stating, “I claim to be a perfect hunter and fisherman for game fish; I know the best kinds of hunting outfit to use, I know the best kind of gun to use for killing game and also the best dogs to use for hunting.” more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Fort San Juan: What Lies Beneath

Warren Wilson College

It is January of 1567. You are Juan Martin de Badajoz, a Spanish conquistador skilled with the sword, the harquebus, and crossbow. You have crossed 3,000 miles of dangerous ocean. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Two hundred years ago, early explorers of the Southern Appalachians pondered the piles of stone they encountered at “all the gaps in the mountains.” While most of those cairns have disappeared, they remain a mystery. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads