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50 THINGS TO DO IN THE WILD

50 THINGS TO DO IN THE WILD

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This stylish guide to all things to do in the outdoors will bring day hikers and campers of all ages closer to nature in delightful and unexpected ways. Readers learn traditional bushcraft skills, like making a bow and arrow, weaving a fishing net, and building a Swedish fire log, along with fun and accessible projects including making natural candles, creating a mudslide, and taking a night walk in the woods. Maria Nilsson's playful and informative illustrations bring each skill to life, making this the perfect gift for outdoors enthusiasts of all skill levels, from first-time hikers to experienced trekkers. The perfect size to toss in your day pack, 50 Things to Do in the Wild will become an essential companion on all your outdoor adventures.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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This classic 1843 tale by Charles Dickens has all your favorite characters in their original telling: Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the rest. This beautiful hard cover edition includes the original illustrations, in full color, by John Leech. The cover is also very close to the original. All in all, if you want to read "A Christmas Carol" as nearly as it was when it was first written, this edition is for you.

Also available as a soft cover edition and as a facsimile (info below).

Note: John Leech's illustrations were created as engravings which had to be colored by hand, or through wood cuts. Due to the desire to create an edition that is as faithful to the original as modern typesetting technology will allow, they were not mofidied or enhanced for this edition. Readers should be aware that Leech did not produce his illustrations using computers, as this method, which does in fact allow tremendous clarity, was not invented for more than a hundred years later. Furthermore, while this edition is in full color, not all of Leech's illustrations were in color. Many of them were in black and white. Only the ones that were in full color are, in this edition, in full color.

An exact facsimile (with some of these same caveats) is available in the edition with this ISBN: 978-1-1645940-38-8

A HISTORY OF HONEY IN GEORGIA AND THE CAROLINAS

A HISTORY OF HONEY IN GEORGIA AND THE CAROLINAS

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In the late 1800s, Georgia and the Carolinas produced millions of pounds of honey and created a lasting legacy within the industry. The uses for the sweet nectar go well beyond flavor. Bee pollination extensively benefits agricultural crops in the area. Elements from the beehive are commonly used in popular cosmetics, medicines and mead. Beekeepers also face serious challenges like Colony Collapse Disorder. Join author and beekeeper April Aldrich as she traces the delectable history of honey and beekeeping throughout the region, from ancient apiaries to modern meaderies and beyond.
A NUTSHELL HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA

A NUTSHELL HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA

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From its dubious beginnings as a pirate-filled colony to a popular tourist destination, North Carolina has an amazingly colorful history.


Author and illustrator Ben Fortson presents that history in the form of off-the-wall anecdotes, p

A POPULAR HISTORY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA: MOUNTAINS, HEROES, & HOOTNOGGERS

A POPULAR HISTORY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA: MOUNTAINS, HEROES, & HOOTNOGGERS

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The ancient hills of Western North Carolina have cradled a culture that encompasses Cherokee heritage, pioneer legacies and urban visions.


For those who visit and those who make the region their home, there is something captivating about the mountains of Western North Carolina. We meet Lillian Exum Clement, the first female legislator in the South; and Nina Simone, the African American singing prodigy from Tryon. We get to view controversial elements of the Civil War in Western North Carolina from multiple points of view and draw our own conclusions. We comprehend the variety of people who have created the region as it exists now--alive with traditions, contradictions and promise.

Instead of merely reciting historical fact, and with a warm, accessible style, Asheville Citizen Times writer Rob Neufeld helps readers understand the history of the mountains by allowing us to walk in the shoes of the Native Americans, farmers, soldiers and others who preceded us. More than an enlightening read, this book illuminates the progression of frontier life that we have come to know as Western North Carolina history. By linking the lives and experiences of the land's various inhabitants, Neufeld captures the spirit of Appalachia within this volume.

AMERICANA MUSIC: VOICES, VISIONARIES, ETC.

AMERICANA MUSIC: VOICES, VISIONARIES, ETC.

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With roots in Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, New Orleans, the Piedmont, Memphis, and the prairies of Texas and the American West, the musical genre called Americana can prove difficult to define. Nevertheless, this burgeoning trend in American popular music continues to expand and develop, winning new audiences and engendering fresh, innovative artists at an exponential rate.

As Lee Zimmerman illustrates in Americana Music: Voices, Visionaries, and Pioneers of an Honest Sound, "Americana" covers a gamut of sounds and styles. In its strictest sense, it is a blanket term for bluegrass, country, mountain music, rockabilly, and the blues. By a broader definition, it can encompass roots rock, country rock, singer/songwriters, R&B, and their various combinations. Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Carl Perkins, and Tom Petty can all lay valid claims as purveyors of Americana, but so can Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, and Jason Isbell. Americana is new and old, classic and contemporary, trendy and traditional.

Mining the firsthand insights of those whose stories help shape the sound--people such as Ralph Stanley, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Paul Cotton and Rusty Young (Poco), Shawn Colvin, Kinky Friedman, David Bromberg, the Avett Brothers, Amanda Shires, Ruthie Foster, and many more--Americana Music provides a history of how Americana originated, how it reached a broader audience in the '60s and '70s with the merging of rock and country, and how it evolved its overwhelmingly populist appeal as it entered the new millennium.

AMERICANA SONGBOOK

AMERICANA SONGBOOK

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(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). 45 roots favorites in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. Includes: Broken Halos (Chris Stapleton) * Copperhead Road (Steve Earle) * Hurricane (The Band of Heathens) * If I Had a Boat (Lyle Lovett) * If We Were Vampires (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) * Live and Die (The Avett Brothers) * Mykonos (Fleet Foxes) * Pancho & Lefty (Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson) * The Story (Brandi Carlile) * Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show) * and many more.
ASHE COUNTY

ASHE COUNTY

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Journey into the Ashe County of yesteryear, a time dominated by horse and buggies, dirt roads, and early farms.


The mountain region of North Carolina possesses an uncommon grace and beauty, a landscape full of breathtaking peaks, lush forests, and winding rivers and creeks. Within this picturesque scenery, pioneering spirits settled in Ashe County and established communities in an environment both enchanting and perilous. Officially formed in 1799, Ashe County stands as one of the High Country's oldest and most intriguing areas. In this volume, containing over 200 black-and-white images, readers will journey into the Ashe County of yesteryear, a time dominated by horse and buggies, dirt roads, and early farms. Starting in the 1870s and stretching into the twentieth century, this stunning visual history allows today's reader to meet the resilient and rugged families that carved towns and communities into this mountainscape, to ride the Virginia Creeper railroad as it carries lumber and other goods to waiting markets, and to stroll along the banks of the historic New River, now recognized as a national Heritage River.

BABY GOAT: FINGER PUPPET BOOK

BABY GOAT: FINGER PUPPET BOOK

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Bursting with color and charm, this finger puppet book lets babies and inquisitive toddlers touch, feel, and explore their growing world.

Newborns will love snuggling up with Baby Goat! Baby Goat plays, climbs, meets new friends, and drifts off to bedtime with her loving family. Featuring a plush finger puppet that peeks into each lovingly illustrated page, Baby Goat will delight infants and parents alike.

- Baby Goat's bright and colorful cloth finger puppet is ideal for little hands to grow and engage their motor skills.
- A sweet and simple new baby gift--just the thing for baby showers and birthdays
- Easy sentences and charming illustrations make Baby Goat a perfect bedtime story.

Recommended for fans of Babies on the Farm: A Lift the Flap Board Book, Baby Giraffe: Finger Puppet Board Book, and Old MacDonald Had a Farm: Finger Puppet Board Book

- Family Read Aloud Books
- Newborn and Toddler Board Books Ages 0-3
- Baby Animal Books

Yu-Hsuan Huang, also known as Smallx2, is an illustrator and artist from Taichung City, Taiwan, where she lives with her family and cats.

BACKPACKER: THE NATIONAL PARKS COAST TO COAST

BACKPACKER: THE NATIONAL PARKS COAST TO COAST

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Explore the crystal clear waters on the Summit Lakes Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park, take in the expansive views at Shenandoah National Park's Old Rag Mountain, or traverse the sandstone cliffs at Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. Choose your adventure from any of the forty-four national parks profiled throughout the book. This book delivers jaw-dropping photos, detailed hike descriptions and maps, ranger essays, and more, all of which combine to create an intimate look at the best our national parks have to offer.
BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS

BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS

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Most of our plants are pollinated by bees. Approximately 50% of the managed bee population has been killed off in the last 10 years and colony collapse disorder continues to endanger our honey bee population. Along with bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and some mammals are also pollinators. This lightweight, waterproof and easy to use guide can be used at home or in the field. Beautifully illustrated and impeccably researched, Waterford Press guides have sold over 5 million copies
BEST DOG HIKES IN NORTH CAROLINA

BEST DOG HIKES IN NORTH CAROLINA

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This guidebook reveals a collection of sixty of the best dog friendly hiking trails in North Carolina. From mountain views to the coveted coast, there's a trail for you and your trusty companions. Your pups will frolic, swim, play, explore, and enjoy every step of the way. Throughout are full-color photos and maps, helpful tips, and tailored hike specs with information on leash requirements, trail surface, other trail users, and more. You'll also find important advice about hiking with dogs and preparation before you hit the trail. Grab the leash, don your pack, and get ready for an adventure that will have tails wagging for days to come.
BLUE RIDGE MUSIC TRAILS OF NORTH CAROLINA

BLUE RIDGE MUSIC TRAILS OF NORTH CAROLINA

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The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are the heart of a region where traditional music and dance are performed and celebrated as nowhere else in America. This guide puts readers on the trail to discover many sites where the unique musical legacy thrives, covering bluegrass and stringband music, clogging, and other traditional forms of music and dance. The book includes stories of the legendary music of the Blue Ridge Mountains, maps, and contact information for the featured sites, as well as color illustrations and profiles of prominent musicians and music traditions. Chapters are organized county by county, and sidebars include interviews with and profiles of performers, information about various performance styles, and a brief history of Blue Ridge music.

The updated second edition adds three new music venues, along with updated information on the almost sixty music sites in Western North Carolina profiled in the previous edition. Also included are new full-color photos, two new artist profiles, and a CD of twenty-six classic songs from the mountains and the foothills.



BLUEGRASS 20TH ANNIV EDITION

BLUEGRASS 20TH ANNIV EDITION

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The twentieth anniversary paperback edition, updated with a new preface

Winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Distinguished Achievement Award and of the Country Music People Critics' Choice Award for Favorite Country Book of the Year

Beginning with the musical cultures of the American South in the 1920s and 1930s, Bluegrass: A History traces the genre through its pivotal developments during the era of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in the forties. It describes early bluegrass's role in postwar country music, its trials following the appearance of rock and roll, its embracing by the folk music revival, and the invention of bluegrass festivals in the mid_sixties.

Neil V. Rosenberg details the transformation of this genre into a self-sustaining musical industry in the seventies and eighties is detailed and, in a supplementary preface written especially for this new edition, he surveys developments in the bluegrass world during the last twenty years. Featuring an amazingly extensive bibliography, discography, notes, and index, this book is one of the most complete and thoroughly researched books on bluegrass ever written.

CAROLINA BLUEGRASS

CAROLINA BLUEGRASS

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In the Carolinas, bluegrass is more than music--it's a way of life. The origins of the genre date back to the earliest frontier settlements, and banjo music appeared at dances in Greenville, South Carolina, as early as 1780. The genre was essential to socialization in the textile mills of both states. Old-time music of the Blue Ridge Mountains heavily influenced the sound. Bill Monroe, considered by many to be the father of bluegrass, began his recording career in Charlotte in 1936. Many of the most popular bands, such as the Hired Hands and Briarhoppers, regularly performed live on local television stations in Columbia, Spartanburg and Charlotte. Today, bluegrass festivals fill local calendars across the region. Author Gail Wilson-Giarratano uses interviews and the historic record to tell this unique and compelling story.
CHRISTMAS FAIRY TALES

CHRISTMAS FAIRY TALES

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This sparkling collection of fairy tales captures the true spirit of Christmas - a mixture of magic, fantasy and joy. It opens with Hans Andersen's moving story, 'The Book of Fairy Tales, ' and also features two other Andersen tales, 'The Fir Tree, ' and 'The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree, ' specially translated for this edition. Ruth Sawyer's joyous 'Schnitzle, Schnotzle, and Schnootzle, ' and Alf Prøysen's witty 'Father Christmas and the Carpenter, ' are two classic modern tales to stand beside such enchanted favourites as 'The Nutcracker' by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and the Russian legend of 'Babushka and the Three Wise Men.' All are beautifully illustrated by Isabelle Brent, whose gold-leaf pictures glow with seasonal cheer.
CLASSIC CAMPFIRE STORIES

CLASSIC CAMPFIRE STORIES

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Need a good scary story to tell to youngsters--or to anyone, young or old, who wants a little fright before going off to sleep in the great outdoors? Nothing goes better with gooey s'mores and a glowing campfire than a good ghost story, and this collection of Doc Forgey's best scary classics and frightening folktales will send shivers up anyone's spine. Classic Campfire Stories includes forty classic stories of adventures and ghosts, all fun and easy to remember and retell. Read about: The Valley of the Blue Mist The Human Hand La Cucaracha Mine The Partner The Mackenzie River Ghost The Death of the Old Lion The Ice Walker only in 1985 version The Message The Haunting of the House on the Ridge
DIY TIE DYE STYLE

DIY TIE DYE STYLE

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The go-to guide for tie-dye success! Take tie dye to the next level with this in-depth visual guide! Capture bursts of color in intricate waves and patterns with expert tips from the women behind PrettyLifeGirls. Move beyond the basic t-shirt, and tie-dye sweats, masks, home decor, and so much more. Start simple with standard binding patterns, and then skill build to more advanced techniques. Includes XX projects with step-by-step instructions guaranteed to make you fall in love with the art of tie dye! Everything you need to know for all things tie dye in an easy-to-follow step-by-step formatLearn all the basics plus more advanced techniques such as reverse tie-dye, ice dyeing, and much moreDye t-shirts, socks, pillows, and everything in between!
FIRST DEGREE RAGE

FIRST DEGREE RAGE

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"There was no brown in his eyes at all. They were just two black buttons. I looked in his eyes. All I saw was solid black against the whites. It wasn't natural. It was... creepy, unnerving, demonic." - Detective Paula May

Terrifying things are happening to Kay Weden, a forty-something single mom and high school teacher in Salisbury, North Carolina. Despite having no known enemies, Kay's home, car, and peace of mind are under attack throughout 1993. Most chilling of all are the senseless attacks on her only son and the shot fired in the night through a wall of her house, which narrowly misses his head as he sleeps.

Kay's new love interest is the charming Viktor Gunnarsson. He's a handsome Swede who left his home country to seek political asylum in the U.S. after being charged with the 1986 assassination of Sweden's Prime Minister Palme. Viktor was briefly held in custody but subsequently released due to a lack of evidence.

The romantic connection between Kay and Viktor is immediate and intense until Viktor disappears without warning, leaving Kay baffled and sad. Kay leans on her loving, elderly mother, Catherine Miller, for solace until Catherine is brutally murdered inside her home by an unknown intruder.

With nowhere else to turn, Kay reconnects with her ex-fiancé L.C. Underwood, a seasoned police officer, particularly adept at criminal investigations. L.C. assures Kay he will get to the bottom of the incessant and tormenting occurrences.

When Viktor's nude body is found two hours away in the snowy Appalachian Mountains, local Sheriff's Detective Paula May is assigned to investigate his murder. What follows is an intense, hair-raising investigation that will shock you from the bitterly cold beginning to the unthinkable end.

FLORIDA'S SEASHELLS

FLORIDA'S SEASHELLS

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Florida's Seashells, the bestselling guide for beachcombers, is now updated and expanded in a new edition. This new volume has more shells identified and explained, with 287 species represented by over 400 full-color images and 175 range maps.

This book showcases the diversity of Florida's seashells and presents them in the way they come to us on beaches. Knowing the names, stories, and varied appearances of seashells can sharpen a beachcomber's eyes to their beauty and rarity, and offer collectors an outlet for the appreciation of nature's splendor. The book's elegant organization allows easy identification of seashells common to the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.

Other Pineapple Press guides for the curious beachcomber:

  • Florida's Living Beaches
  • Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas
  • Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas
  • FOUR BROTHERS IN GRAY

    FOUR BROTHERS IN GRAY

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    GARDENING NATIVE PLANTS: SOUTH

    GARDENING NATIVE PLANTS: SOUTH

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    In today's South, where fine gardening is a tradition, many homeowners and professional gardeners are discovering a vast "new" palette of plant materials--native plants. They are realizing that these native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines, and grasses are far better suited, and therefore easier to grow and maintain, than most of the imported plants that populate traditional landscapes. In this book, the authors offer an exciting vision of the many possibilities and advantages of "going native." Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 gorgeous color photographs, this book is both an introduction to more than 280 of the most familiar and easiest-to-find native plants of the South and a basic primer on how to use them effectively.
    GREAT DAY HIKES ON THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN-TO-SEA TRAIL

    GREAT DAY HIKES ON THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN-TO-SEA TRAIL

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    The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is an 1,175-mile destination trail that crosses North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. It traverses 37 counties, 7 national parks and forests, and nearly a dozen state parks and historic sites. This is the first-ever guide to day hikes along the crown jewel of North Carolina foot trails. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or new to the outdoors, this official guide from Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is your go-to companion for exploring all the trail has to offer, showcasing everything from scenic mountain vistas to surprising escapes in the state's Piedmont region and the wonders of coastal plain pocosins.

    Features include
    - 40 hikes carefully chosen to appeal to hikers of all experience levels
    - Helpful hike finder feature to identify the perfect hikes for birding, waterfalls, history, universal accessibility, and more
    - Turn-by-turn guidance and key points of interest for each hike
    - Full-color maps and photographs
    - Helpful information about the trail's history and ongoing development








    GROW GREAT VEGETABLES IN NORTH CAROLINA

    GROW GREAT VEGETABLES IN NORTH CAROLINA

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    Get the inside dirt, North Carolina!

    This ultimate local guide to growing vegetables and other edibles provides you with insider advice on climate zones, average frost dates, and growing season details across North Carolina. Information includes details on sun, soil, fertilizer, mulch, water, and the best varieties for your region. A garden planning section helps with design and crop rotation, and monthly lists explain what to do from January through December. In-depth profiles of nearly 50 edibles round out the information and help ensure a can't-miss harvest.

    HAUNTED NORTH CAROLINA: GHOSTS

    HAUNTED NORTH CAROLINA: GHOSTS

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    North Carolina is rich in Native American, Colonial, and Civil War history, and this heritage brings stories of ghosts and creatures from coastal tidewater to the western mountains. Readers will encounter the spirit of infant Virginia Dare in the form of a white deer, shipwreck survivors guided by ghosts to safety, a Halifax County reverend's encounter with the Devil, phantom marauders at Hannah's Creek Swamp, the spirit who directed his will from the grave, hauntings in the State Capitol, and mysterious figures at Devil's Stairs.
    HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS

    HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS

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    Journey through the mountains with North Carolinian Alice Sink as she investigates the history of life in western North Carolina that traditional accounts have overlooked.


    Hidden History of the Western North Carolina Mountains reveals the people, customs and folklore of the region, exploring bygone traditions, fascinating real-life characters and tales so tall they rival the peaks that shape the landscape. What was life like for workers in the gristmills? Was Abraham Lincoln actually born in Bostic in Rutherford County? Who was Amos Owens, and why was he known as the "Cherry Bounce King"? Buried deep within the hills and hollers of North Carolina's majestic Appalachian Mountains are stories, traditions and a proud cultural heritage unlike any other.

    HIKING NORTH CAROLINA

    HIKING NORTH CAROLINA

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    In March 2021, Hiking North Carolina, 4th edition received a bronze award in the "best travel book or guide" category from the North American Travel Journalists Association competition. With full color photographs and maps, this thoroughly updated and revised fourth edition is a guide to more than 500 hiking trails in all regions of the state, from the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Piedmont and the Outer Banks.
    HOLY SMOKE: THE BIG BOOK OF NORTH CAROLINA BARBEQUE

    HOLY SMOKE: THE BIG BOOK OF NORTH CAROLINA BARBEQUE

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    North Carolina is home to the longest continuous barbecue tradition on the North American mainland. Now available for the first time in paperback, Holy Smoke is a passionate exploration of the lore, recipes, traditions, and people who have helped shape North Carolina's signature slow-food dish. A new preface by the authors examines the latest news, good and bad, from the world of Tar Heel barbecue, and their updated guide to relevant writing, films, and websites is an essential. They trace the origins of North Carolina 'cue and the emergence of the heated rivalry between Eastern and Piedmont styles. They provide detailed instructions for cooking barbecue at home, along with recipes for the traditional array of side dishes that should accompany it. The final section of the book presents some of the people who cook barbecue for a living, recording firsthand what experts say about the past and future of North Carolina barbecue. Filled with historic and contemporary photographs showing centuries of North Carolina's barbeculture, as the authors call it, Holy Smoke is one of a kind, offering a comprehensive exploration of the Tar Heel barbecue tradition.

    HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER

    HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER

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    A fresh perspective, an outdoor exploration, a new adventure about to begin: How to Be A Wildflower is the book to celebrate these and other wide-open occasions. Encouraging self-discovery through encounters with nature, beloved artist Katie Daisy brings her beautiful paintings and lettering to this collection of things to do and make, quotes, meditations, natural history, and more.

    - Maintains wonder and inspiration with a collection of peaceful pages filled with things such as a prompt to hike by the light of the moon, a recipe to make rhubarb pie, and a place to press flowers
    - Features stunning and whimsical illustrations to fill you with serene and calming thoughts that inspire a closer relationship with the world around you
    - Katie Daisy is an artist whose work captures the essence of living with nature and How to Be a Wildflower is a glowing example of that

    For pure whimsy, you just can't beat How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy. The Bend, Oregon, artist brings her beautiful paintings and lettering to this delightful book, a collection of nature-inspired quotations, meditations, lore, and even a recipe for fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie. --Traditional Home

    For every wild and free spirit--and those who aspire to bemdash;this is a field guide to living life to the fullest.

    - Every page inside the charming two-piece case invites readers to wonder, gather, savor, and ponder the natural world around them.
    - Makes a great coffee table book and a starter to interesting and motivational conversations.

    IMAGES OF AMERICA WILKES COUNTY

    IMAGES OF AMERICA WILKES COUNTY

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    Told through the lens of vintage images, discover the rich and storied past of Wilkes County, North Carolina.


    Hardy pioneers settled this area of the North Carolina backcountry in the 18th century. Perhaps best known for illegal whiskey and stock car racing, Wilkes County heritage also lies in agriculture and industry. Farmers toiled the land while industrialists and merchants built houses, businesses, railroads, and services in the county's three municipalities: Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, and Ronda. Major corporations Lowe's and Holly Farms were born here. Americana music is a staple of local culture, with popular festivals like MerleFest drawing international acclaim to the area. The enduring folkways and down-home values of this rural community have long made Wilkes County a place where the roots of family and history run deep.

    INSIDERS GUIDE TO THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS

    INSIDERS GUIDE TO THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS

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    Insiders' Guide to North Carolina's Mountains is the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to the region that includes Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Cherokee, Blue Ridge Parkway, and other nearby environs. Written by two locals (and true insiders), this guide offers a personal and practical perspective of the area and its surrounding environs.
    KENTUCKY'S BLUEGRASS MUSIC

    KENTUCKY'S BLUEGRASS MUSIC

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    It is likely that most fans of bluegrass music would concede that no state should be more associated with bluegrass music than Kentucky and rightly so. Bluegrass music draws its name from the band that Kentuckian Bill Monroe formed during the late 1930s and 1940s. Bill named his band Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys to honor his home state. Eventually, the music these bands and others like them were playing came to be known as bluegrass music. Later, another Kentuckian, Ebo Walker, while playing with the Bowling Green-based bluegrass band, New Grass Revival, coined the phrase newgrass to describe the band s progressive style of music. Other Kentuckians such as Bobby and Sonny Osborne, J. D. Crowe, Ricky Skaggs, and Dale Ann Bradley have become bluegrass stars. Some of the musicians from Kentucky covered in this book are quite famous some are not. Famous or not, all of them have a deep-rooted passion for the music they play."
    LAST WORDS OF THE HOLY GHOST (P)

    LAST WORDS OF THE HOLY GHOST (P)

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    Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2015.

    Funny, heartbreaking, and real--these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can't stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother's house for the "awful pretty" singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child's drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people--tethered to the places that shape them--survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost's last words.
    MOON GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

    MOON GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

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    Moon Travel Guides: Find Your Adventure

    From majestic mountaintops to lush forests and untouched wilderness, take in the best of the Smokies with Moon Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Moon Great Smoky Mountains National Park features:

  • Itineraries for every timeline and budget, ranging from one day in the park to a week-long trip, including: Best of the Smokies, Family Fun, Escape the Crowds, and Best Hikes
  • Strategies for getting around the Great Smoky Mountains, avoiding crowds, and exploring the less-visited areas of the park
  • In-depth coverage of gateway cities and towns in both Tennessee and North Carolina, including Gatlinburg, Asheville, Pigeon Forge, and Knoxville, as well as worthwhile stops like Cherokee, Bryson City, and Maggie Valley
  • Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Expert tips for travelers looking to go hiking, biking, zip-lining, rafting, and more, plus essential packing and health and safety information
  • The top activities and unique ideas for exploring the park: Cruise along Newfound Gap Road for epic views and scenic overlooks, try your hand at fly-fishing, and enjoy the refreshing solitude of a night camping under the stars. Hike to beautiful waterfalls, catch a glimpse of the buzzing fireflies, and sample a little local moonshine. Visit remnants of the region's historic settlements, spot local wildlife, or explore the bustling nearby cities
  • Valuable insight from nature lover and Smoky Mountains aficionado Jason Frye
  • Honest advice on where to stay inside and outside the park, including the best spots to pitch a tent, park your RV, or relax at an upscale resort
  • Up-to-date information on park fees, passes, and reservations
  • Recommendations for families, LGBTQ+ travelers, seniors, international visitors, travelers with disabilities, and traveling with pets
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    MOONSHINERS AND REVENUERS

    MOONSHINERS AND REVENUERS

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    MORE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS - A CONTINUING CHRONICLE OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN CORN WHISKEY, WINES, CIDERS, AND BEERS

    MORE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS - A CONTINUING CHRONICLE OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN CORN WHISKEY, WINES, CIDERS, AND BEERS

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    Originally published in 1985, More Mountain Spirits" is a companion volume to Joseph Dabney's American classic "Mountain Spirits." More mountain moonshine stories and characters on both sides of the law come to life alongside intoxicating recipes for brandy, wine and beer made from every fruit and vegetable grown in the hills. And of course, there's corn whiskey and real apple cider, too, as well as a step-by-step illustrated guide to building a copper pot still."
    MOUNTAIN GHOST STORIES & CURIOUS TALES OF WESTERN NC

    MOUNTAIN GHOST STORIES & CURIOUS TALES OF WESTERN NC

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    For centuries, the mountains of western North Carolina have inspired wonder and awe. It was only natural that man, after gazing at such scenic wonders, would turn some of the mystery he felt into legend. Sometimes these legends attempted to explain natural phenomena, sometimes they attempted to explain an occurrence that appeared to be supernatural, and sometimes they grew up around the eccentric characters that were drawn to the isolation of these mysterious hills. This collection of eighteen stories presents some of the mystery and awe that the mountains convey, and it may alter your perception of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains forever. You may never stand atop Roan Mountain during a storm without thinking you hear a ghostly choir. You may gaze at the top of Chimney Rock during a hazy summer afternoon and wonder if it really is a ghostly cavalry fight you see. If you spend the night near High Hampton, you may find yourself listening for the call of the lonesome white owl. If you stand at Wiseman's View, you will probably think that you, too, can see the Brown Mountain Lights. Standing atop Clingman's Dome, you may wonder if there really is an enchanted lake where animals flock to heal their wounds somewhere in the valley below. And you will always wonder if the fly you hear on your mountain walk means that Spearfinger is lurking nearby.

    For several years, folklorists Randy Russell and Janet Barnett have taught a course about Southern folklore at the North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Russell is also the author of several mysteries, including Edgar Award nominee Hot Wire. They live in Asheville, North Carolina.

    MOUNTAIN PASSAGES: NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

    MOUNTAIN PASSAGES: NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

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    This intriguing collection of essays results from writer George Ellison's thirty-year fascination with Western North Carolina and its Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.


    These essays offer a window onto the rich heritage of this stun

    MOUNTAIN SPIRITS - A CHRONICLE OF CORN WHISKEY AND THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MOONSHINE TRADITION

    MOUNTAIN SPIRITS - A CHRONICLE OF CORN WHISKEY AND THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MOONSHINE TRADITION

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    Originally published in 1974, Mountain Spirits "traces the history of whiskey making from its origins in Ulster, Ireland, through its arrival in the United States in the great waves of mostly Scotch-Irish settlers who traveled the Great Philadelphia Wagon
    MUSIC MAKERS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PLATEAU

    MUSIC MAKERS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PLATEAU

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    During the late 1920s, Ralph Peer and the Victor Recording Company visited the city of Bristol to look for new talent. They stumbled upon Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, two future legends of country music; however, other amazing musicians were unable to make the trip to Bristol for the auditions because of work and family obligations. For the locals, music was more than a way to earn fame and fortune; the music was part of the fabric of life in this rural environment. Some individuals did become famous, including the Stoneman Family, who recorded The Ship That Didn t Return/ The Titanic, and Henry Whitter, who recorded The Wreck of Old 97, but that was never the focus. The songs they played and created accompanied an entire generation through the Great Depression and World War II and into the vigorous growth of the 1950s and 1960s. All of these musicians influenced the birth, growth, and continued development of the Galax Fiddlers Convention, which is known around the world by old-time mountain music fans."
    MUSICAL INSTRUMENT COLORING BOOK

    MUSICAL INSTRUMENT COLORING BOOK

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    Explore the pages of Musical Instrument Coloring Book and unleash your inner artist! Featuring: - Forty-six illustrations of musical instruments - Single-sided printing on high-quality paper to reduce the chance of bleed-through - Perforated, removable sheets that are easy to frame or share at coloring parties
    MYSTERIOUS TALES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

    MYSTERIOUS TALES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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    These dark hills and hollers hold endless secret wonders. UFO sightings join mysterious booming noises and the famous Brown Mountain Lights in lists of unexplained phenomena. Ghosts abound from Biltmore to Grandfather Mountain. Learn about the Phantom Rider of the Confederacy and all the spots where the devil is said to have set foot on Tar Heel soil. Sightings of Bigfoot join the legend of the Wampus Cat in tales told around the fire at night. Master storyteller Sherman Carmichael explores the lore of the mountains.
    NEW BLUE RIDGE COOKBOOK: FARM FRESH

    NEW BLUE RIDGE COOKBOOK: FARM FRESH

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    More than 100 recipes, both old and new, celebrating the regional foods of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
    NORTH CAROLINA BIRDS: A FOLDING

    NORTH CAROLINA BIRDS: A FOLDING

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    The Tarheel State is the permanent or migratory home of 473 species of birds, including the state bird, the northern cardinal. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species and includes an ecoregion map featuring prominent bird-viewing areas. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.
    NORTH CAROLINA BUTTERFLIES AND POLLINATORS

    NORTH CAROLINA BUTTERFLIES AND POLLINATORS

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    Pollinators in North Carolina include bats, bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, and beetles. These beneficial species are both beautiful to observe and critical to the preservation of the state's diverse eco-system and agriculture. This portable folding guide includes illustrations and descriptions of 140 species and a back-panel map featuring some of the state's top nature viewing hot spots. A handy field reference and perfect take-along guide for visitors and nature enthusiasts of all ages. Made in the USA.www.waterfordpress.com
    NORTH CAROLINA MOONSHINE: AN ILLICIT HISTORY

    NORTH CAROLINA MOONSHINE: AN ILLICIT HISTORY

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    North Carolina holds a special place in the history of moonshine. For more than three centuries, the illicit home-brew was a way of life.


    NASCAR emerged from the illegal moonshine tradeas drivers such as Junior Johnson, accustomed to r

    NORTH CAROLINA MURDER AND MAYHEM

    NORTH CAROLINA MURDER AND MAYHEM

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    Author Rick Jackson tells the stories behind some of the most famous, and most heinous, crimes in the history of the Old North State.


    The smiling faces and southern hospitality of North Carolina promise a paradise for visitors and resi

    NORTH CAROLINA NATURE SET

    NORTH CAROLINA NATURE SET

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    The North Carolina Nature Set offers the best in wildlife and plant identification for The Tar Heel State. The set includes three Pocket Naturalist Guides to North Carolina, Trees & Wildflowers, Birds, and Wildlife, and is attractively packaged in an acetate bag. The beautifully illustrated folding guides highlight well over 300 familiar and unique species and include ecoregion maps featuring prominent wildlife-viewing areas and botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, Pocket Naturalist Guides are lightweight, pocket-sized sources of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike. Made in the USA.
    NORTH CAROLINA TREES AND WILDFLOWERS

    NORTH CAROLINA TREES AND WILDFLOWERS

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    The North Carolina Highway Wildflower Program fills the highway medians with native wildflowers. The state flower, the Dogwood, is one of thousands of species of plants growing in the diverse ecosystems found throughout the Tarheel State. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers and also includes an ecoregion map featuring prominent botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.
    NORTH CAROLINA UNIONISTS AND THE FIGHT OVER SUCCESSION

    NORTH CAROLINA UNIONISTS AND THE FIGHT OVER SUCCESSION

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    Before the Civil War, North Carolina was divided by the battle over secession. Some state leaders remained loyal to the Union because they saw the potential for compromise with Northern states. William Alexander Graham helped broker the Compromise of 1850. John Motley Morehead and Jonathan Worth led the campaign against secession in early 1861. Most continued to serve their state under the Confederacy. Although Zebulon B. Vance opposed secession, he served in the Confederate army and as governor of the state during the Civil War. Historian and author Steve M. Miller tells the story of the Tar Heel Unionists who bravely fought to steer their state away from the disastrous future they foresaw.