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

Dec 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

Have you ever pulled into an overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and gazed across the distance at the rippling mountain peaks and wondered, what are the names of all those mountains? Do they have stories to tell? more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

In Family of Earth, we find the seeds that would blossom in Wilma Dykeman’s later writing. Her love for the mountains, her concern for the environment and her ability to treat as equals people from varying backgrounds. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

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With June here, let’s wander the shelves and pick over some travel books. Whether you are living in Western North Carolina or just visiting, here is a smorgasbord of guidebooks that should enrich your explorations. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

“There are things that only pot likker can cure & times when what actually matters can be spooned on to a plate — the savories & the sweetest of things that simply taste like my North Carolina home.” — Sheila Smith McKay, Home in Mind more

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Sometimes commendable works of literature go out of print or fade away with the death of their author, only to be rescued and given new life by champions who have loved and admired them. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

This year, the muses of literature by North Carolina authors served up a feast of nectar and ambrosia, which—were I not speaking metaphorically—would make for some sticky reading. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

Home. The word slips from the mouth as easily as an exhalation of air. We don’t need to finagle over the word’s definition because, for each of us, home—like love—carries its own special connotations. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

In Over the Plain Houses, Atlanta writer Julia Franks gives us a powerful story of a disintegrating marriage, social change, and religious struggles, all set in Southern Appalachia. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

Rick is a man of many talents. He is an attorney, a private investigator, and a sometime employee of the Mountain Center, a group dedicated to land preservation in Western North Carolina. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

The energy that had brought Katherine Reid success in an Atlanta advertising firm has now deserted her: she retches up most of the food she tries to eat, and her body has become an arena of mysterious aches and pains. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads 1 Comments

Some people in our mountains view winter as a prison without walls. They hunker down with soups and other comfort food, and their spirits turn as bare as the leafless oak in the backyard. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads


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Asheville author Robert Beatty sets his new historical-fiction children’s book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, against the backdrop of the 250 rooms and 125,000 acres of forestland of the Biltmore Estate in the 1890s. more

Nov 5, 2015 10:50 AM Good Reads

“Only connect!” This commandment, famously written by British novelist E.M. Forster, applies to art and life, passion and love. In Above The Waterfall, author Ron Rash connects. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

​From Georgia to Pennsylvania and maybe even up to Maine, the Scots-Irish largely settled these mountains in which we live, the Appalachians. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

In Annaliese From Off, South Carolina author Lindy Keane Carter tells the story of Annaliese Stregal, a wife and mother from Louisville, Kentucky, whose life changes drastically when her husband demands she live with him at a lumber camp. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Walk into any bookshop in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and you will almost certainly find an impressive array of books celebrating these life and times—from hiking guides to Cherokee folk tales. And the new titles keep coming. more

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Will the South as a culture survive? More specifically, will readers a hundred years from now still identify certain contemporary writers as “Southern?” The first question is too large to ponder here. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads

Each cookbook in the UNC Press Savor the South collection celebrates a beloved food or tradition of the American South. Written by well-known cooks and food lovers, the books brim with personality. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia