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Spooks Branch, a human history story

Spooks Branch was a singular place in settlers’ loreby Rob NeufeldImportant editorial note:This is a significant historical story that is also, in parts, personal and controversial.  It is about a few families who settled a particular cove and played out their heroic and complex legacies in ways that interacted with place and time.  You don't read this kind of story much because people don't like to expose themselves or stir up trouble, even a little.  This caution makes history classes boring…See More
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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

History of the "Asheville 1000" and the 1970s renaissance                       Let’s not miss the history of Asheville’s renaissance, Marilyn Ball’s new book, “The Rise of Asheville,” advocates.            She’d come here in 1977, making her one of the advance guard of “artists, entrepreneurs, and off-the-grid…See More
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Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam coveIn 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road.  Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.These cakes were made of very thin, sweet dough with dried apple sauce spread between…See More
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Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's geniusSnakes on the lane            In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway.  “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks.  Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box.  Max says he'd stop and look in it,  “What if it was full of rattlesnakes? “ his father asks.            The verbal match…See More
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Humanize the history--especially with Civil War--writes acclaimed author

Writer illuminates tangled web of Civil Warby Rob Neufeld             David Madden has written a book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” that deserves special attention.            First, there’s Madden’s background.  In 1992, he founded the U.S. Civil War Center in New…See More
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Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,It's funny, but also tragic and angry.  The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015.  Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.Here's an excerpt from the…See More
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Juniper Bends Quarterly Reading at DownTown Books & News

November 13, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Our very special Autumnal edition starts at 7PM and is sure to be a lively and vibrant set, with featured writers Randi Janelle, Tina FireWolf, Logan Parker, and Annabelle Crowe. Two of our readers have new books out, and as always there is wine flowing by donation. Hosts Lockie Hunter and Caroline Wilson look forward to seeing you there----remember, your wellbeing depends upon it.See More
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Love and Mercy ~ Up On Roan Mountain

My family lived and loved up on Roan Mountain and in the surrounding mountain areas, and this is their story. It's woven into a tapestry that weaves down through the years, before the days of the Civil War and up to present day. They were…
Nov 9
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It's All Relative--50 WNC women write about family

Family life as perceived by 50 WNC authorsby Rob Neufeld             If you have biases against small press books or anthologies of local writers’ work, I recommend you lay them aside and take a look at “It’s All Relative” (Stone Ivy Press), 52 stories and poems by 50 WNC women authors writing about family.           …See More
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Reading Preference:
History of North Carolina.
* A History of Buncombe County, North Carolina, F. A. Sondley (1930)
* A Pictorial History of Buncombe County, Asheville Citizen Times (1993)
* Abstracted Wills of Buncombe County, North Carolina 1831-1872, Frances Terry Ingmire, Compiler (1984
* Around Biltmore Village, Bill Alexander (2008)
* Asheville and Buncombe County, F. A. Sondley (1922)
* Asheville Mountain Majesty, Lou Harshaw (2007)
* Asheville's River Arts District, Rob Neufeld and Henry Neufeld (2008)
* Asheville: A History, Nan K. Chase (2007)
* Asheville: A Postcard History, Volume I, Sue Greenberg and Jan Kahn (1997)
* Asheville: A Postcard History, Volume II, Sue Greenberg and Jan Kahn (1997)
* Biographical History of North Carolina: From Colonial times to the Present, Samuel A. Ashe, Stephen B. Weeks, Charles L. Van Noppen, Editors, Volume VII (1908)
* Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley, Swannanoa Valley Museum (2004)
* Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds, Julian M. Pleasants (2000)
* Cabins & Castles: The History & Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina, Douglas Swaim (1981)
* Chronology of North Carolina, D. K. Bennett (1858) [containing sketches of Buncombe County men]
* Cyclopedia of Eminent and Representative Men of the Carolinas of the Nineteenth Century, Volume II, Edward Mc Crady, Samuel A’Court Ashe (1892)
* Early Tourism in Western North Carolina, Stephen C. Compton (2004)
* Family and Descendents of William Wallace McDowell & Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell, Frances Arthur McDowell, Compiler and Editor (undated but after 1997)
* Family History of Western North Carolina, Joyce Justus Parris (1998)
* Fashionable Asheville, Volumes I and II, David Coleman Bailey (2004)
* Genesis of Buncombe County, Theodore F. Davidson (1922)
* Historic Asheville, Bob Terrell (1997)
* In Buncombe County, Maria Louise Pool (1986)
* Look Homeward Asheville, Peter Olevnik (2008)
* Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N.C. Newspapers 1840-1870, An Index Robert M. Topkins, Compiler and Editor (1977)
* Sketches of North Carolina, Reverend William Henry Foote (1846)
* The French Broad, Wilma Dykeman (1955)
* The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War, John C. Inscoe and Gordon B. McKinney (2000)
* The History of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, North Carolina, Joyce Justus Parris (1996)
* The Smith-McDowell House: A History, Dr. Richard W. Iobst (undated, but after 1998)
* The Standard Guide to Asheville and Western North Carolina, Published by Fred L. Jacobs, Asheville, N.C. (1887)
* Thomas Wolfe of North Carolina, H. G. Jones, Editor (1982)
* Western North Carolina: A History from 1730-1913, John Preston Arthur (1914)
* Western North Carolina: A Visual Journey Through Stereo Views and Photographs, Stephen E. Massengill (1999)
* Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880, Ora Blackmun (1977)
* “Reminiscences of Western North Carolina,” Colonel Allen T. Davidson. Published in The Lycemu, a monthly Asheville newspaper that had a short life (May 1890 until some time in 1892)

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"Asheville" by W. Cotten Dowing

[The following poem is the last written by the able pen of our deceased friend and former countryman, Mr. W. Cotten Downing. It was first published in the Asheville Evening Journal Feb., 28 [1890], and finding, as all his writings did, such a warm reception from the people, it was called back and appeared again the next day in the same paper. We do not produce it as an average specimen of the poetical talent of this true Southern gentleman who loved the Sunny South, but who now lies cold in…


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