WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA BOOKS
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Written by Rob Neufeld, February 2007, Revised Sept. 2007
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Reading audience key: [E] Young children [C] all children [W] children with adult help [M] middle-school students [H] high school students [G] general readers [S] scholars
Folkways and arts
• Sodom Laurel Album by Rob Amberg (Lyndhurst Books, 2002) [H.G] An intimate photo document of a beloved family.
• Endings and Beginnings: Millennial Juried Exhibition, Western North Carolina, 2000-2001, Asheville Art Museum [H,G,S]
• The Face of Appalachia: Portraits from the Mountain Farm by Tim Barnwell (W.W. Norton, 2003) [M.H,G] Great photos and insightful, short background essays.
• On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs by Tim Barnwell (Norton, 2007). Striking full-page photos of life and landscape, with excerpts from photographer’s notes and conversations in back. [M.H,G]
• North Carolina Architecture by Catherine W. Bishir, photography by Tim Buchman (UNC Press, 2005) [S]
• Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet by Jo Carson (Orchard, 1989). [C,W,M,H] Poems based on stories by East Tennesseans by oral history expert.
• The Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina by Jjay Fields and Brad Campbell (HandMade in America).
• The Arts at Black Mountain College by Mary Emma Harris (MIT Press, 1987). [H,G,S] Big book, lots of text, and excellent images.
• The Keepers: Mountain Folk Holding on to Old Skills and Talents by Robert Isbell (John F. Blair, 1999) [H,G]
• Cornbread Nation 4: The Best of Southern Food Writing, edited by Dale Volberg Reed and John Shelton Reed (University of Georgia Press trade paperback, 2008). [G]
• The Rich Heritage of African Americans in North Carolina (N.C. Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development) [W,M.H,G]
• The Life and Times of Ray Hicks: Keeper of the Jack Tales by Lynn Salsi (U. of Tennessee Press, 2008). [H,G,S] Interviews with the late great Beech Mountain storyteller are edited into a memoir that provides insight into mountain ways.