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We are pleased to announce that our annual Christmas Open House and Sale is now in progress through Friday, November 19.  All regular-priced items (with our usual exceptions) will be 25% off.  We will also have drawings for prizes and other fun stuff.  Please join us and support the WCC Absher Bookstore.  

We will also be selling handcrafted jewelry by student artist, Jacob Hoke.  Please note that his jewelry will not be included in the event discount.  

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.

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