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Rebecca Tolley-Stokes

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

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Before the Great Flood of 1913, “it had already been a month of frightening weather.” Blizzards covered the Midwest, Tampa suffered a cold spell, and a hurricane hit Georgia and Alabama. more

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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

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Hundreds of young American women poured onto trains heading South, all uninformed about their destination. It was 1943, and the women were united by one thought: their work in the civil service would “bring a speedy and victorious end to the war.” more

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Beck dreamt of opening a bookstore…someday. That opportunity appeared sooner than Welch and Beck thought, so they followed their bliss and bought a 1903 mansion in Big Stone Gap, Va. more

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For almost three decades Lark Crafts of Asheville, N.C., has published books celebrating the creative spirit and providing crafters with information and inspiration to leverage their skills beyond what they have imagined. more

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A new guide to the chefs and restaurants of Western North Carolina by John E. Batchelor sure to compel readers and eaters out of their hot kitchens for a chance at new experiences and a return to old favorites. more

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Adelaide Lyle had brought most of the children of River Road Church of Christ into the world before the hospital was built around Marshall, N.C., area. She had attended the church since she was a girl, at least fifty or sixty years. more

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The last known Carolina parakeets, the only parrot native to North America were extinct around the turn of the twentieth century; reports of the exact year vary. Their habitat extended south to the Gulf of Mexico and east through the Ohio Valley. more

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Pip and Otto were the youngest of Gilead Tattnal’s 24 known offspring, but their older siblings couldn’t, or wouldn’t, take them in. Life at the orphanage is rough, but the boys have each other, until the morning Pip awakes to find Otto missing. more

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The opening pages of this re-issue of Camping and Woodcraft invites city-dwellers to shed the “sights and smells and clangor” for a blessed interval in the outdoors. more

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Alan Lomax followed his father, John Lomax, collecting songs across the United States during the Great Depression. They collected folksongs from chain gangs, work crews, field hands, and others throughout the South and other regions. more

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Readers grow up seeing the world through Davis’ eyes beginning as early as when he thought his name was “Baby” up through his experience watching Hitchcock’s “Psycho” on the big screen in this collection of twenty stories. more

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Imagine a secret friendship in a small North Carolina town between two high school boys in 1963, one black, the other white. Clyde Edgerton’s The Night Train captures the yearning of Larry Lime Nolan and Dwayne Hallston for adulthood and escape. more

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Given the trendiness of foraged foods in metropolitan areas, ramps average $12 a pound or more, but allium tricoccum doesn’t appear within the pages of Hank Shaw’s Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast. more

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One of the first lessons in beekeeping C. Marina Marchese learned is that the female, the “Queen Bee,” ruled the hive. This jives with simple wisdom found in tourist traps selling tchotckes that read “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy." more

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