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NORTH CAROLINA: LAND OF WATER, LAND OF SKY

NORTH CAROLINA: LAND OF WATER, LAND OF SKY

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Bland Simpson, the celebrated bard of North Carolina's sound country, has blended history, observation of nature, and personal narrative in many books to chronicle the people and places of eastern Carolina. Yet he has spent much of his life in the state's Piedmont, with regular travels into its western mountains. Here, for the first time, Simpson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to bear on the entirety of his home state, combining storytelling and travelogue to create a portrait of the Old North State with care and humor.

Three of the state's finest photographers come along to guide the journey: Simpson's wife and creative partner, Ann Cary Simpson, professional photographer Scott Taylor, and writer and naturalist Tom Earnhardt. Their photos, combined with Simpson's rich narrative, will inspire readers to consider not only what North Carolina has been and what it is but also what we hope it will be. This book belongs on the shelf of longtime residents, newcomers, and visitors alike.



NORTH CAROLINA: OFF THE BEATEN PATH

NORTH CAROLINA: OFF THE BEATEN PATH

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Whether you're a visitor or a local looking for something different, North Carolina Off the Beaten Path shows you the Tar Heel State with new perspectives on timeless destinations and introduces you to those you never knew existed--from the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales. So if you've "been there, done that" one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.
PLANTING NATIVE TO ATTRACT BIRDS

PLANTING NATIVE TO ATTRACT BIRDS

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Welcoming birds to your yard isn't about choosing the right feeders and bird food. If you want to attract the widest range of birds to your home, you need to plant a diversity of native plants. Why go green? Native plants live longer; they are drought resistant, take less water and fertilizer, they cost less, are less work and easier to maintain. And a big plus--they are good for the environment. In 2007, Douglas Tallamy published the groundbreaking book, Bringing Nature Home, on going native to protect wildlife. Since then Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the National Wildlife Federation, and National Audubon have all endorsed and encouraged gardening with native plants. Planting Native to Attract Birds to Your Yard is the first book to cover planting native to specifically attract birds. The book recommends plants for all types of backyards, no matter how large or small--from large plots to container gardens. Sorenson gives state-specific recommendations for 31 Eastern U.S. states--including and east of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana to the East Coast, and from the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast--for native plants that support birds during the four seasons. The book covers the full gamut of native plants--nearly 200 species of trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, and perennials--and gives details on why specific plants are bird friendly and how to choose plants that work successfully in attractive home landscapes. It also includes dramatic color photos of nearly 70 bird species. Birders, gardeners, and landscapers--all who love birds and beautiful gardens--will find this book a must.
POET'S PROGRESS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES LARKIN PEARSON

POET'S PROGRESS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES LARKIN PEARSON

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REMARKABLE NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN

REMARKABLE NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN

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More than Petticoats: RemarkableNorth CarolinaWomen, 2nd Editioncelebrates the women who shaped theTar Heel State. Short, illuminating biographies and archival photographs and paintings tell the stories of women from across the state who served as tea"
ROAD TRIP USA: APPALACHIAN TRAIL

ROAD TRIP USA: APPALACHIAN TRAIL

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Rediscover the Open Road!

From the idyllic towns of New England to the charming heart of Dixie, Road Trip USA: Appalachian Trail is classic roadside Americana at your fingertips! Inside you'll find:

  • Mile-by-mile highlights so you can make the most of America's two-lane highways through New England, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia
  • Driving maps covering over 2,000 miles, from the north woods of Maine, through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, down to the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Full-color vintage and modern photos and illustrations of past and present America, in a slim, portable guide excerpted from Road Trip USA
  • Roadside curiosities and detours revealing the personalities, history, and kitschy character of the small towns and thriving cities along the route
  • Expert advice from road warrior Jamie Jensen, who has zoomed along nearly 400,000 miles of highway in search of the perfect road trip

  • Road Trip USA: Appalachian Trail is so full of the beauty of the American road, why wait to start your next adventure? Hit the Road!

    SCOUNDRELS, ROGUES, AND HEROES OF THE OLD NORTH STATE

    SCOUNDRELS, ROGUES, AND HEROES OF THE OLD NORTH STATE

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    Can you call yourself a self-respecting North Carolinian if you don t know that Babe Ruth hit his first home run in the Tar Heel State? That Annie Oakley gave shooting lessons in Pinehurst? That renowned Siamese twins Chang and Eng lived in Surry County? Or that unrepenting bootleggers hid out in Rutherford County?

    Father-daughter team K. Randell and Caitlin D. Jones think not, and to cure your curiosity, to supply you with clever quips at cocktail parties or to convince your teachers that you really have studied, they have gathered a wonderful collection of stories originally written by lauded North Carolina historian Dr. H.G. Jones for his long-standing In Light of History series.

    This revised and updated edition contains ten additional accounts of Tar Heel history, accompanied by archival images from the lifetime collection of Dr. Jones and a map highlighting each story s geographic interest area."

    SLAVERY IN WILKES COUNTY NC

    SLAVERY IN WILKES COUNTY NC

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    Slavery is a tragic chapter in the history of Wilkes County with a lasting legacy. Prominent businessmen and celebrated civic leaders, like General William Lenoir and William Pitt Waugh, were among the county's largest slaveholders. Judith Williams Barber endured forty-five years of slavery and garnered respect from both white and black residents. Her story is linked to free person of color and noted landowner Henderson Waugh, whose illustrious, slaveholding white father connected the two families--one slave and the other free. Author Larry Griffin takes readers on an emotional journey to separate fact from myth as he chronicles the history of slavery in Wilkes County.


    Prominent businessmen and celebrated civic leaders, like General William Lenoir and William Pitt Waugh, were among the county's largest slaveholders. Judith Williams Barber endured forty-five years of slavery and garnered respect from both white and black residents. Her story is linked to free person of color and noted landowner Henderson Waugh, whose illustrious, slaveholding white father connected the two families--one slave and the other free. Author Larry Griffin takes readers on an emotional journey to separate fact from myth as he chronicles the history of slavery in Wilkes County.

    STEP IT UP AND GO

    STEP IT UP AND GO

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    This book is a love letter to the artists, scenes, and sounds defining North Carolina's extraordinary contributions to American popular music. David Menconi spent three decades immersed in the state's music, where traditions run deep but the energy expands in countless directions. Menconi shows how working-class roots and rebellion tie North Carolina's Piedmont blues, jazz, and bluegrass to beach music, rock, hip-hop, and more. From mill towns and mountain coves to college-town clubs and the stage of American Idol, Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk, Step It Up and Go celebrates homegrown music just as essential to the state as barbecue and basketball.

    Spanning a century of history from the dawn of recorded music to the present, and with sidebars and photos that help reveal the many-splendored glory of North Carolina's sonic landscape, this is a must-read for every music lover.



    TAKING DOWN THE MOON

    TAKING DOWN THE MOON

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    In Taking Down the Moon, Lisa Muir has gathered an eccentric cast of characters - animals, beauty queens and community college teachers just to name a few - and placed them in such far flung places as Nevada's Fire Valley, New Zealand and the western mountains of North Carolina.
    At first, the stories appear to be straightforward, but we quickly learn nothing in Muir's world is ever as it seems. With What Remains, a grieving widow finds closure in her husband's secret life, taking a familiar plot to an altogether different territory. You Can't Collect Time tells the unusual tale of a young woman, her suitor, her birds and her transformation. Each story weaves its own tale of discovery, loss and independence, surprising the reader along the way.
    Both whimsical and unsettling, Taking Down the Moon's absurd, rustic and surreal stories illuminate the magical quality of the most ordinary moments.