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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 Book Reviews

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 Book Reviews

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 Book Reviews

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 Book Reviews

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 Book Reviews


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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 Book Reviews

​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 Book Reviews

“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 Book Reviews

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 Book Reviews

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 Book Reviews

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 Book Reviews

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 Cuisine

Franklin Roosevelt’s famous remark—“There is nothing to fear but fear itself”—contains both truth and the possibility for broad application. At one time or another, all of us face the fear created by an uncertain future. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Book Reviews

From grunts to generals, soldiers understand the enormous role terrain plays in warfare. An intimate familiarity with terrain—the high ground, a ford in a river, a trail through a marsh—can spell the difference between victory and disaster. more

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Book Reviews

Foodways is a relatively new term social scientists use to describe the cultural and economic practices relating to the production, distribution, and consumption of food. These scholars study what we eat, and how and why we eat it. more

Jul 21, 2014 10:57 AM Book Reviews

Though “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn” is sold as a religion/fiction/historical work, its front cover evokes a romance. Running toward the mountains, her dress just beginning to slip from her shoulders, Tamsen is a woman sought after. more

May 1, 2014 12:00 AM Book Reviews

Long ago, I heard the Kingston Trio sing of Tom Dooley. The song played on a jukebox in Grady’s Café in Boonville, N.C. It was the birthplace of a romance between a boy and a song. I loved that ballad then, and I love it now. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Book Reviews

With the arrival of the holiday and gift-giving season, so too come friends and family seeking to make the mountains part of their festivities. Indeed, in wintertime the Appalachians wear a stark sort of beauty. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Book Reviews

For audiences keen on gleaning more about the history, economics, social, and legal aspects of the moonshine trade in North Carolina and Tennessee, Dan Pierce's "Corn From a Jar" is the perfect book. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Book Reviews

Keeping Peter Byerly out of a bookshop, or a library, is no easy task. Given his problems with social anxiety, he’d rather be at home solving a crossword puzzle alongside a cup of tea. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Book Reviews

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