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THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET

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A community's past sins rise to the surface in New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain's The Last House on the Street when two women, a generation apart, find themselves bound by tragedy and an unsolved, decades-old mystery.

1965

Growing up in the well-to-do town of Round Hill, North Carolina, Ellie Hockley was raised to be a certain type of proper Southern lady. Enrolled in college and all but engaged to a bank manager, Ellie isn't as committed to her expected future as her family believes. She's chosen to spend her summer break as a volunteer helping to register black voters. But as Ellie follows her ideals fighting for the civil rights of the marginalized, her scandalized parents scorn her efforts, and her neighbors reveal their prejudices. And when she loses her heart to a fellow volunteer, Ellie discovers the frightening true nature of the people living in Round Hill.

2010

Architect Kayla Carter and her husband designed a beautiful house for themselves in Round Hill's new development, Shadow Ridge Estates. It was supposed to be a home where they could raise their three-year-old daughter and grow old together. Instead, it's the place where Kayla's husband died in an accident--a fact known to a mysterious woman who warns Kayla against moving in. The woods and lake behind the property are reputed to be haunted, and the new home has been targeted by vandals leaving threatening notes. And Kayla's neighbor Ellie Hockley is harboring long buried secrets about the dark history of the land where her house was built.

Two women. Two stories. Both on a collision course with the truth--no matter what that truth may bring to light--in Diane Chamberlain's riveting, powerful novel about the search for justice.

THE MOONSHINER'S DAUGHTER

THE MOONSHINER'S DAUGHTER

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If you fell in love with 1960s North Carolina when reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Donna Everhart's The Moonshiner's Daughter will transport you right back. Everhart's sensitive and expert storytelling will capture you in this Southern coming-of-age novel!

Set in North Carolina in 1960 and brimming with authenticity and grit, The Moonshiner's Daughter evokes the singular life of sixteen-year-old Jessie Sasser, a young woman determined to escape her family's past . . .

Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser's daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she's concerned, moonshine caused her mother's death a dozen years ago.

Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth--one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school's gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the "monster" inside Jessie.

Resenting her father's insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs old and new, Jessie's loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths--and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.

THE MOUNTAINS-TO-SEA TRAIL ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA: WALKING A THOUSAND MILES THROUGH WILDNESS, CULTURE

THE MOUNTAINS-TO-SEA TRAIL ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA: WALKING A THOUSAND MILES THROUGH WILDNESS, CULTURE

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The Mountains-to-Sea Trail shows off the most spectacular, historic and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape.


Stretching one thousand miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey's Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, the route takes in Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British cemeteries complete with Union Jacks. The trail is half on footpaths and half on back roads, offering experiences not only in nature but also in small towns, at historic monuments, in family cemeteries and in local shops. Author Danny Bernstein has taken it all in and shares her knowledge for those who might follow in her footsteps.

THE NIGHT TRAIN

THE NIGHT TRAIN

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In 1963, at the age of 17, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. His band, the Amazing Rumblers, studies and rehearses Brown's Live at the Apollo album in the storage room of his father's shop in their small North Carolina town. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry -- aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk -- apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. His mother hopes music will allow him to escape the South.

A dancing chicken and a mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams and maintain their friendship, even while their world says both are impossible. In The Night Train, Edgerton's trademark humor reminds us of our divided national history and the way music has helped bring us together.

THE NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTEER, 2ND ED., A DICTIONARY OF TARHEEL PLACES AND THEIR HISTORY

THE NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTEER, 2ND ED., A DICTIONARY OF TARHEEL PLACES AND THEIR HISTORY

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The North Carolina Gazetteer first appeared to wide acclaim in 1968 and has remained an essential reference for anyone with a serious interest in the Tar Heel State, from historians to journalists, from creative writers to urban planners, from backpackers to armchair travelers.

This revised and expanded edition adds approximately 1,200 new entries, bringing to nearly 21,000 the number of North Carolina cities, towns, crossroads, waterways, mountains, and other places identified here. The stories attached to place names are at the core of the book and the reason why it has stood the test of time. Some recall faraway places: Bombay, Shanghai, Moscow, Berlin. Others paint the locality as a little piece of heaven on earth: Bliss, Splendor, Sweet Home. In many cases the name derivations are unusual, sometimes wildly so: Cat Square, Huggins Hell, Tater Hill, Whynot.

Telling us much about our own history in these snapshot histories of particular locales, The North Carolina Gazetteer provides an engaging, authoritative, and fully updated reference to place names from all corners of the Tar Heel State.





THE SASQUATCH SEEKER'S FIELD MANUAL

THE SASQUATCH SEEKER'S FIELD MANUAL

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  • Provides observational techniques for uncovering nature's clues hiding in plain sight
  • Includes maps, scientific figures, and illustrations
  • NOT A SPORTSMAN'S HUNTING GUIDE, as Sasquatch's value to science is potentially ground-breaking
  • Bestselling writer and naturalist David George Gordon delves into the remarkable history of one of the most iconic creatures of the Pacific Northwest: Sasquatch. This new field guide introduces readers to the Sasquatch--also popularly known as Bigfoot--in nature, in myth, and in modern culture. Gordon explores folklore, testimonies and evidence, and modern day encounters. He pieces together the species' physical features, behavior, and habitat, and suggests a "critical thinking" approach to the facts surrounding Sasquatch.

    Whether or not you are the one to discover Sasquatch, The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual, will help you become a better observer of nature, more knowledgeable data-gatherer, and skilled in basic tracking and wilderness navigation. Becoming a proficient citizen-scientist is a step toward bringing this creature into the spotlight of the scientific community. And along the way The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual will give you a deeper appreciation for the impact it has had on our daily life, ranging from Sasquatch garden pavers to frozen Yeti Yogurt.

    THE WISE ANIMAL HANDBOOK NORTH CAROLINA

    THE WISE ANIMAL HANDBOOK NORTH CAROLINA

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    Read-aloud time is about to get a lot more fun!

    The North Carolina Wise Animal Handbook offers laugh-out-loud animal kingdom advice for kids of every age! Engaging animal photos entertain while charming read-aloud rhymes help jump-start conversations about practical life solutions.
    The Read Together/Do Together? experience continues with pull out coloring pages in the back of the book featuring fun facts about special Tar Heel State animals including the eastern box turtle and Eastern gray squirrel.
    Enjoy the opportunity to share your own practical wisdom with your favorite little one as you read-aloud... and laugh-aloud....again and again.

    THE WORLD'S GREATEST MUSIC FESTIVAL CHALLENGE: A ROCKIN SEEK AND FIND BOOK

    THE WORLD'S GREATEST MUSIC FESTIVAL CHALLENGE: A ROCKIN SEEK AND FIND BOOK

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    From muddy fields to rock legends, Woodstock to Glastonbury, folk to dance, this book celebrates the greatest music festivals of all time. Explore the headliners and highlights from Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix and Oasis and beyond.

    Discover Monsters of Rock, Tomorrowland, Coachella, and South by South West as you hunt for the legends that performed there in this fast-paced, fun adventure through the history of music festivals.

    TOURING WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

    TOURING WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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    Have you ever been to the mountains of western North Carolina and wanted to see the scenery, but escape the crowds? Maybe you were tempted to take off down a side road, but hesitated, fearful of getting lost. Now, Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads can help you make that escape. The book's 21 tours cover the entire mountain region of western North Carolina and provide numerous opportunities for seeing unspoiled landscapes and pastoral scenes. But scenery is not the only focus. Once you're on the backroads, you might speculate about the history behind the old white clapboard farmhouse that dominates the valley ahead, or you might wonder about the rest of the story behind the two sentences on the historical marker at the side of the road. Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads fills in those details. Drawing from local histories and early travel writings, each tour is designed to be a journey through the history of the area. Tales of eccentric characters, folklore that has been passed down through the ages, and stories about early settlers combine to present a perspective that makes the scenery come alive. This third edition features updated directions, additional sites, new photographs, and nearby recreational opportunities. Use this guidebook to plan your next day trip, weekend getaway, or cycling adventure! John F. Blair's Touring the Backroads(TM) series includes travel books that literally take readers off the beaten path to historic sites and landmarks. Each book departs the highways and thoroughfares in favor of the backroads, giving directions, suggested routes, and historical details along the way. These books can be read at home, or they make excellent travel companions for those looking for something beyond the norm.

    Carolyn Sakowski is a native of Morganton, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in history from Queens University of Charlotte and an M.A. in history from Appalachian State University. She lives in Winston- Salem, North Carolina. Her previous books include Touring the East Tennessee Backroads and Travel North Carolina.

    I recommend it highly--not only for you outdoorsy types but also for history buffs and anybody who enjoys a good, old-fashioned Sunday drive. -- Polly Paddock The Charlotte Observer

    TRUE CRIME STORIES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

    TRUE CRIME STORIES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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    Explore the international headlines and the little-known crimes, the solved and the wrongly solved, in these tales of the North Carolina mountains.

    Western North Carolina is known for mountain vistas and wild, rocky rivers, but remote wilderness and quaint small towns can have a dark side. Learn the truth behind the famous murder ballad Tom Dooley. Delve into the criminal history of moonshine, and the tales of two unexpected bombers in idyllic Mayberry.

    Crime writer Cathy Pickens brings a novelist's eye to Western North Carolina's crime stories that define the sinister--and quirky--side of the mountains.