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
Non-fiction (essays, memoirs, journals, documentary photos)
• Travels of William Bartram (1791). [G,S]
• On Borrowed Time: The Book by Stephen Black (Infected Press, Flat Rock, 2008). [G]
• A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834) [M,H,G] Crockett spent time in Buncombe County, married a Swannanoa girl.
• The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist by Thomas Rain Crowe, illustrations by Robert Johnson (Wind Publications trade paperback, Oct., 2008). [H,G,S] A musing prologue to either Eden or environmental Armageddon; and then an account of activism as Crowe discovers that Jackson County wildnerness is threatened by development
• Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods by Thomas Rain Crowe (U. of Ga. Press, 2005) [H,G] A key work, in the vein of Thoreau, by poet, editor, and nature writer Crowe.
• Somehow Form a Family by Tony Earley (Algonquin, 2001). [H,G] The Rutherford County author exemplifies creative non-fiction, writing often in the Appalachian vein.
• Something Permanent by Walker Evans, with poems by Cynthia Rylant (Harcourt, Brace, 1994). [M,H] Appalachia during the Depression.
• The Making of a Writer: the Journals of Gail Godwin, Vol. 1, edited by Rob Neufeld (Random, 2006). [H,G,S]
• Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart (1922; U. of Tenn. Pr., 1984) [H,G,S] The 2004 TWR book.
• Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River by John Lane (U. of Georgia Press, 2004). [H,G] A major source in understanding the region and issues raised by Ron Rash’s Saints at the River.
• Hugh Morton’s North Carolina (UNC Press, 2003). A generous collection of photographs by the late Grandfather Mountain owner and steward.
• My Journey to Appalachia: A Year at the Folk School by Leanor Lambert Wilson (Bright Mountain Books, 2004). John C. Campbell Folk School memoir. [G]
• Circling Home by John Lane (U. of Georgia Press, 2007). [H, G, S] Exploration of the one-mile stretch around his home on Lawson’s Ford Creek, South Carolina.