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Jeff Minick

In August 1940, five days of thunderstorms and torrential rains brought massive flooding to large parts of Western North Carolina. more

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Sometimes a writer so imaginatively recreates a place and a people that the book becomes a time machine, sweeping us into the past so effectively that when we finish reading the last page we feel as if we have breathed the air of a different century. more

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In Flat Broke With Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia, Asheville writer Jennifer McGaha takes readers on a wild ride through disaster and triumph. 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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I delight in books of literary compendia. Sometimes, of course, I quarrel with the selections. more

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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

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Fort San Juan: What Lies Beneath

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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

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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

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In the late summer of 1780, the fifth year of fighting between the Americans seeking independence and the British Empire, the American South seemed doomed to fall to British control. more

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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

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