updated November 3, 2015
This list includes books published within the last two years. For classics, see Guide to WNC Literature.
WNC NOSTALGIA & LYRICS
• A Happy Day at Longtown: with Poems, Songs & Declarations by Tom Thomasson (iUniverse, Oct. 19, 2015). Personal history, family history and community history set in the rural western North Carolina Mountains told in poetry and prose filled with nostalgia. See Amazon page.
HOME TO BEARWALLOW
• Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland by Jeremy B. Jones (John F. Blair hardcover, 2014, 269 pages, $24.95). The subject of Jeremy Jones’ museful “personal history” is compelling and timely. After experience in Honduras, Jones, an Edneyville native, returns to the elementary school that had nurtured him to teach ESL to Spanish-speaking immigrants. He ranges between childhood and adult experiences as they relate to his geographical North Star. Read full review.
VIETNAM FIGHTER PILOT
• Firehammer by Ric Hunter (Red Engine Press trade paper, Jan. 2014, 272 pages, $17.95; and Kindle). Hunter, a retired USAF colonel and top gun fighter pilot— now a WNC resident and magazine feature writer—dedicates his first novel to his high school best friend, a Marine who died during Operation Hastings in the Vietnam War. With great authority, Hunter creates the world of F-4 pilots, whom he follows to the evacuation from Saigon. See full review.
LIVES PIERCED BY FEELING
• A Shelter of Others by Charles Dodd White (Fiddleback trade paper, June 6, 2014, 216 pages). White's latest--the story of feeling, struggling people trying to make peace with the world in an Appalachian landscape--promises to resonate as much as his previous fiction. (See website.) Read about his WWI novel, Lambs of Men; and his collection of stories, Sinners of Sanction County.
TESTIMONIES OF FAITH
• Stones of Remembrance: Seven Women’s Experiences of Faith by Beverly La Point, Fran Ohlsen and others (YAV Publications trade paper, 2014, 123 pages, $12.95) “Seven Christian women gathered together in the winter of 2012 to write their memoirs,” the book jacket states. The results are not just testimonies of the saving grace of their beliefs, but also heart-rending stories.
• Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox (Tyndale House hardcover and paperback, March, 2014, 384). Cox of Leicester teamed up with Gutteridge to create a story that follows four families as they try to influence their children’s lives over the summers they spend with them. The book won the CLASS Reunion Kudos Book Contest, sponsored by CLASSemiars, an agency that trains writers and speakers in communicating Christian messages. See Cox's parenting blog.
• Prissy and the Little Squirrels Rescue the Calf by JoAnn Bryson (publicist, Wayne Drumheller, firstname.lastname@example.org). Brevard children’s author and retired school librarian publishes her third squirrel picture book, this one about confronting a bully as two squirrels assist a donkey in saving a calf from a coyote.
CHIMNEY ROCK NOVEL
• Dancing on Rocks by Rose Senehi (K.I.M. Publishing trade paper, May 2014, 296 pages, $15.95). Senehi’s seventh novel and fourth Blue Ridge tale takes us to Chimney Rock, where history and tourism come to a head for a family that owns an old inn. There’s a lot of local lore on these pages, as well as natural dialogue, brooding suspense, and light romance. The heroine, Georgie Haydock, returns to town to help care for her mother, a wonderfully spunky hoot, who has been in a motorcycle accident. Georgie’s haunted by the years-ago disappearance of her sister; and re-attracted to a guy who’s works as the land manager for a nature preserve. Mom likes to research old deeds, for legend has it that an ancestor had buried gold in a cave; and Senehi has done her deed-reading research. “Dancing on Rocks” is satisfying fictional fare, full of protein and good seasoning. See author events.
ANN DUNN POETRY
• Birthmark: Poems by Ann Dunn (Urthona Press trade paper, Jan. 2014, 89 pages). With a rhythmic meter that flutters like a tail on a kite, Ann Dunn’s poetry in her third volume of poems flies. What lifts Dunn’s work is her mythology—“Mother said I came from the ocean,/ from the bones of dead whales and sailors”—her dramatic flourishes—“Imagination’s martial flag unfurls”—her storytelling; and her connection to dance, the art form for which she has become famous. in her poem, “Air,” she writes about her “regular ballet dream,” in which she leaps from the wings and flies “above the high balcony called ‘The Gods.’” Dunn’s vivid language finds its best match when applied to modest subjects, such as trees in her yard; and mist filling a cove.
• Fiddler of the Mountains: Attuned to the Life and Times of Johnny Mull by Eva Nell Mull Wike (Donning Company hardcover, Nov. 2013, 96 pages, $25). See review.
DOCUMENTS RE: CHEROKEE
• Native Americans in Early North Carolina: A Documentary History, compiled and edited by Dennis L. Isenbarger (Office of Archives and History, N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources, Feb. 2014, 376 pages). See feature story.
• Wish by Leanna Sain (CreateSpace trade paper, Jan. 2014, 186 pages, $16.95)The Hendersonville author of the acclaimed Southern historical fantasy trilogy that began with “Gate to Nowhere,” shifts her setting to New York and to a mystery rooted in a wish. Maddie McGuire, a contemporary 17-year-old orphan, stops at a machine at Macy’s that enjoins her to “Imagine—wish—dream—believe.” Cajoled by her friend, she volunteers, “I want to see Dad again.” The encounter that ensues leads to discoveries about her parents and a dangerous quest for truth. Author website.
• Jhator by Christine Lajewski (Black Mountain Press trade paper, 2014, 348 pages). Following the accidental death of her brother and other family members, Sofia finds her way through grief after having freed a white snake from an entanglement in her yard and by beginning to hear animal voices. Three animals in particular play a role—her pharaoh hound, Jet; a doe; and a vulture named Anat. “You would be more than a little impressed if I told you all of the ages and places I have feasted,” Anat tells Sofia at one point, exhibiting his morbid friendliness. “Jhator,” the ritual toward which Sofia is tending is the name of the Tibetan “sky burial,” in which a dead body is placed atop a mountain to be exposed to the elements and for removal by vultures. “I am a Buddhist, was raised Catholic, became a shaman and spiritual author, and I teach science. All facets coexist nicely,” Lajewski says on her Twitter feed.
COLLEGE TOWN MURDER
• A Dying Flame by J.D. Harris (CreateSpace, Jan. 28, 2014, 221 pages, $12.59). Asheville author and former college fundraiser applies his Western Carolina University creative writing degree to his second novel, a thriller about a murderer at loose in a small college town. The sleuths—a police chief, an heiress, and a college professor—join forces to track the killer while having to deal with their own pasts. the chief grew up a fatherless black child in the town, and was hired to contain the crime in the black neighborhoods. The professor had been a golden boy who’d used his looks and privilege to take advantage of many women. As a con artist, he could “tell another con artist a mile away.” The heiress is descended from a plantation owner who had taken liberties with his slaves.
• North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. 1, edited by Michelle Gillespie and Sally G. McMillen (University of Georgia Press, Feb. 15, 2014, 408 pages; hardcover, $79.95; paper, $26.95). The 18 portrayals, written by various scholars, does what the publisher did with Southern Carolina women in a 2009 publication. It ranges from the American Revolution to the early 20th century, and from Edenton to Qualla Town. Included are Elizabeth Maxwell Steel, a Patriot innkeeper in Salisbury; Edith Vanderbilt; Mary Martin Sloop, the Crossnore doctor; Arizona Nick Swaney Blankenship, a Cherokee arts advocate; and Samantha Biddix Bumgarner, Jackson County country music singer. The WNC scholars include: Robert Hunt Ferguson (of Western Carolina University; he writes about Bumgarner); John C. Inscoe (Appalachian history author and University of Georgia professor; he writes about Sloop); and Sheila R. Phipps (of Appalachian State University; she writes about Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a Confederate spy). the editors’ introduction stresses the theme of progressivism in women’s contributions.
• Clog! By Dan Smith (Square D Books trade paper, Dec. 2013, 279 pages, $15) Mountain folk will associate the title with dancing rather than plumbing, as does the author, a 1964 graduate of Cranberry High School in Avery County. Through fictional entries logged from March through November, 1963, he follows Eb McCourry, a football player recovering from an injury, and several others as they pursue a trophy against odds; and as Eb navigates thorny social issues.
• Limestone Gumption: A Brad Pope And Sisterfriends Mystery by Bryan Robinson (Five Star hardcover, Jan. 22, 2014, 314 pages, $25.95)Brad Pope, the psychologist-sleuth, returns to his hometown in remote Florida to find his father, and instead finds himself named as the lead suspect in a murder case involving a cave diver. He revisits his Grandma Gigi, founder of the Women’s Preservation Club, the sisterfriends of which seem sinister.Robinson, Professor Emeritus at UNC Charlotte, has written many non-fiction books, including “The Smart Guide to Managing Stress.” “Gumption” is his debut novel. See website.
BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE LIVES ON
• Far From the Centers of Ambition: A Celebration of Black Mountain College (Lorimer Press trade paper, 2-volume set, Sept. 2013, $35.70). The book grew out of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2008 “Spirit of Black Mountain College” celebration. The first volume, “Confluence,” edited by poet Lee Ann Brown and series editor Rand Brandes, brings together the work of poets, writers, artists and essayists associated with the experimental college and with the 2008 celebration. The second volume, “Varve,” features the poetry and art of Morganton author Ted Pope, often cited as embodying the avant-garde and Appalachian. See blog.
MURDER IN COMMUNE
• Murmur by Tami Rasmussen (Tate Publishing trade paper, Oct. 29, 2013, 148 pages, 11.99) Rasmussen of Franklin tells a story about a horrific murder that threatens the traditional way of life of residents of a Carolina mountain commune, still adjusting to modern society in the 1970s.
SENSE OF PLACE, CHATTOOGA & BEYOND
• State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love ed. by Aïda Rogers, forward by Pat Conroy (U. of S.C. Press hardcover, 2013, 245 pages, $39.95). Among 37 pieces, Liz Newell writes about the botanical garden at Clemson University; Kirk Neely represents the fish-blessed Chattooga River as “Holy Ground”; and, in a section titled, “Gone,” Dot Jackson sums it up in “Remembering Keowee”; and John Lane submits “The Upper Broad River: A Pastoral.” Uniformly good, intimate writing reaches occasionally into the hills and rapids.
PANTHEISTIC EPIC FANTASY
• Lonely in the Heart of the World by Mindi Meltz (Logosophia trade paper, 825 pages, $29). Meltz, whose debut novel, “Beauty,” translated empathy for animals into honest, poetic prose, now has fashioned an epic-sized, pantheistic fairy tale in which a woman named Lonely goes on a quest for love. The Hendersonville author has opened up a niche for herself; and Publishers Weekly has called her work, “sometimes gushing, frequently heart-tugging, and always gripping.” Meltz will be at Malaprop’s Bookstore, Asheville, 7 p.m., Oct. 11 (25406734); City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, 3 p.m., Nov. 9 (586-9499); and Firestorm Cafe and Books, 7 p.m., Dec. 6. (255-8115).
AWARD-WINNING SOLDIER STORIES
• Flashes of War: Short Stories by Katey Schultz (Loyola Universityʼs Apprentice House trade paper, 2013, 172 pages, $16.95). Celo resident reveals, in spare prose, the minds of soldiers in war. It is the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year for literary fiction, awarded by the Military Writers Society of America. Visit author website at www.kateyschultz.com.
LOCAL SOLDIER'S VIETNAM CHRONICLE
• Charlie One Five: A Marine Company’s Vietnam War by Nicholas Warr (Texas Tech University hardcover, “Modern Southeast Asia Series,” Aug. 2013, 329 pages, $39.85). Hendersonville resident Warr, former 2nd Lt., Charlie 1/5, and author of the acclaimed “Phase Green Line: The Battle for Hue, 1968,” brings together research, memories, and stories told him by dozens of Marines. Some sections dwell on battle reports; and others open up with generous narratives—for instance, Sgt. Craig Jackson’s tales of his enlistment up through his involvement in the Battle of Vinh Huy.
LIZARDS, SNAKES & TURTLES
• The Reptiles of Tennessee, ed, by Matthew Niemiller, R. Graham Reynolds, and Brian T. Miller (U. of Tenn. Press trade paper, photo quality paper, Aug. 15, 2013, 387 pages, $38.43) This remarkable volume fills a gap in Tennessee natural history, providing maps, finding aids, descriptions, natural history, and conservation notes for 60 native species; plus essays and clear photographs.
RECOMMENDED HISTORY WALKS
• Tar Heel History on Foot: Great Walks through 400 Years of North Carolina’s Fascinating Past by Lynn Setzer (UNC Press “Southern Gateways Guide,” Oct. 1, 2013, 368 pages, $40 hardcover, $20 trade paper). The people at UNC Press, who once stated that they don’t do tour books, are now turning them out like griddlecakes at a chef’s convention. Setzer’s walk-oriented guide is very much a tour book, punctuated by promotional enthusiasms (“Oh, to play in North Carolina!” and “Gold!!!!!Reed Gold Mine”); and is drawn as much from websites as foot travel. Comprehensiveness, historical summaries, and the walking theme make it a useful volume.
MURDERED VISTA WORKER
Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan by Mark I. Pinsky (John F. Blair hardcover, Oct. 1, 2013, 288 pages). Story soon to follow.
• Historic Inns of Asheville by Amy C. Ridenour (Arcadia “Images of America” trade paper, Sept. 30, 2013, 128 pages, $16.25). Enthusiastic embracer of Asheville presents her pictorial survey of this area’s tourism industry. She speaks and shows images in Reuter Center, UNC Asheville, 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19.
LAUREY'S HONEY RECIPES
• The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen by Laurey Masterton (Storey Publishing digital and print book, Sept. 27, 2013, 208 pages, $14.95; Kindle, $9.99). The Asheville chef and beekeeper presents such taste treats as avocado and mango salad; and pork tenderloin with orange blossom honey mustard. Author event at Accent on Books, Oct. 12. See Laurey's website.
ASHEVILLE MEDICAL HISTORY
• The History of Medicine in Asheville by Freeman Irby Stephens, M.D. (Grateful Steps hardcover, 2013, 364 pages, $35.96). The beloved, retired local physician recounts 200 years of local medical history, with stories about noted caregivers.
MOUNTAIN MURDER HISTORICAL
• Darby by William Roy Pipes (Ecanus Publishing trade paper, 2013, 226 pages, $14.99; Kindle, $3.99). The murder in 1895 of a Wilkes County farmer sets off a family feud ten years later, as the novel starts with a challenge to a duel. Powerful period talk fills this historical mystery novel.
• Fish Food: A Novel about Life, Death, and Commas by James Loy (CreateSpace, Sept. 13, 2013, 218 pages, $14.20; Kindle, $3.99). A grammar-obsessed, hearing-impaired evolutionary biologist in Martha's Vineyard is busy inventing a shark repellent when his demented uncle visits from Tennessee. Loy, Knoxville-born Hendersonville resident, is instrumental in staging the Blue Ridge Bookfest. See author's page.
ASHEVILLE PIONEER BIO
• Robert Henry: A Western North Carolina Patriot by Richard Russell (History Press trade paper, 192 pages, $19.99). New research and greatly filled-out bio of man with several noteworthy experiences. See story. Next event: Old Buncombe County Genealogy Society, 128 Bingham Road, Suite 950, Asheville, 1 p.m., Oct 26, 2013 (253-1894).
LEE SMITH'S ZELDA NOVEL
• Guests on Earth by Lee Smith (Algonquin Books hardcover, Oct. 15, 2013, 345 pages, $25.95). Smith's novel about Highland Hospital in the 1930s and 40s, Zelda Fitzgerald, and others is a cry of love for society's misfits. See review.
TOMMY HAYS' ASHEVILLE NOVEL
• What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays (Egmont trade paper, Sept. 24, 2013, 304 pages, $12.76). Hays goes to young adult characters to portray two families overcoming the loss of loved ones in Montford, where Thomas Wolfe's legacy plays a part. See review and interview.
ROBERT MORGAN NOVEL
• The Road from Gap Creek by Robert Morgan (Algonquin hardcover, Aug. 27, 2013, 352 pages, $25.95). Hank and Julie Richards' daughter, Annie, tells of her parents tough years during the Depression and WWII; lyrical and grounded, the novel has a wide scope. See publisher website.
• Appalachian Bestiary, written by Gary Carden, illus. by Mandy Newham-Cobb (trade paper, 2013, published with a grant from the Jackson County Arts Council). See feature about it.
INSPIRING ARTIST RETROSPECTIVE
• Flight of the Mind: A Painter’s Journey through Paralysis by Marcus C. Thomas, narrative by Leslee N. Johnson (Lydia Inglett Publishing large format hardcover, 212 pages, photo quality paper, including 118-page gallery, $95; collector editions also available). To order, visit http://www.marcusthomasartist.com. See feature story about it.
TESTIMONY TO POWER OF PRAYER
• I Will Lift up My Eyes: The Power of Praise and Prayer by Ann Davis Melton (WestBow Press trade paper, 2013, 221 pages, $17.99). Sylva native, Waynesville resident, and former superintendent of Madison County Schools, Melton answers difficult questions of faith, and resoundingly affirms the power of prayer in directing God's power into our lives. She fills her books with personal stories.
TRACKING THE VIGILANTE
• Don't Fear the Reaper by Rick Hensley (PublishAmerica trade paper, 2013, 512 pages). WNC native and Hendersonville resident, Hensley spins a tale about two detectiive who hunt down a man who kills people who prey on the weak and helpless. The writing is professional; and very much in the hard-boiled tradition.
• Ezekiel's Temple: A Scriptural Framework Illustrating the Covenant of Grace, revised ed., by Emil Heller Henning III (Xulon Press trade paper, 2013, $10.99). A reading of the last nine chapters of Ezekiel, and a testament to his own salvation.
NOVEL WITH HAYWOOD ROOTS
• End of the Road by Zeata P. Ruff (YAV Publishing Co. trade paper, June 2013, 197 pages, $12.95). Clyde author's first novel, story of mountain family, their abusive neighbor, and a murder, set in 1949.
WOMAN WITH WOLVES
• The Secret World of the Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf by T. Delene Beeland (UNC Press harcover, June 10, 2013, 272 pages, $28). Asheville nature and science writer follows fish and wildlife conservationists. See author website.
BOOK ONE OF 1830S SAGA
• Sautee Shadows: Book One of the Georgia Gold Series by Denise Weimer (Canterbury House trade paper, Apr. 2013, 256 pages, $15.95). Saga of four families in 1830s gold discovery country. See author website. See publisher website.
ASHEVILLE REDEMPTIVE FICTION
• Come Here Come Here by O.W. Hammond (Safe Harbor Books trade paper, Dec. 2012, 182 pages, $11.99). High quality, Asheville small press issues character-driven fiction about man whose past catches up with his disappointments. See publisher website.
• One Woman's Journey towards Self by Ellen Braverman (E.B. Publishing Co. trade paper, Dec. 2012, 182 pages, $20). See author's YouTube video.
MADISON COUNTY LEGEND
• George: Mafia, Manchura, and...North Carolina by Roland Woody (Peppertree Press trade paper, 121 pages, Apr. 5, 2013, $12.95). Reverential treatment of the true tale of a man's man.
SENSORY, METAPHYSICAL POEMS
• Turnings: Poems of Transformation by William Johnson Everett (Resource Publications trade paper, Mar. 13, 2013, 80 pages, $11). See author's blog.
• In the Laurels, Caught by Lee Ann Brown (Pence Modern Poet Series, Fence Books, May 7, 2013, 88 pages, $15.95). See publisher webpage.
• Sarranda’s Heart: A Love Story of Place by Celia H. Miles (Stone Ivy Press trade paper, May 2013, 314 pages, $16). Read review.
HAPPY LAND NC MYSTERY
• A Murder in Passing: A Sam Blackman Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press hardcover, July 2013, 259 pages, $24.95). Read review.
DAMN LOVE STORIES
• Damn Love by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (Ig Publishing trade paper, June 2013, 200 pages, $15.95). Linked short stories about complex gay and straight relationships set in San Francisco and North Carolina; written by an Asheville resident.
• Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway by Leonard Adkins (UNC Press trade paper, June 2013, 432 pages, $18.00). Detailed descriptions and photographs of every trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Appalachian Trail, and other public trails.
CHARLES PRICE LOOKS AT VENDETTA
• Season of Terror: The Espinosas in Central Colorado, March-October 1863 by Charles F. Price (UP Colorado hardcover, June 2013, 352 pages, $34.95). Non-fiction historical account of the Espinosas, Hispanic serial murderers with a mission to kill every Anglo in Civil War-era Colorado Territory; written by a WNC resident. See review. See author webpage.
INTENSE DRAMA AT GIRLS CAMP
• The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani (Riverhead hardcover, June 2013, 400 pages, $27.95). Rebellious teenager Thea Atwell is sent to an equestrienne boarding school in WNC where she must take responsibility for her future; see article.
NEW FOLK TALES
• Mountain Shadow Memories by Joe Cobb Crawford (Laurel Mountain Press trade paper, May 2013, 169 pages, $17.95). Collection of “almost true” Southern Appalachian tales passed down by mountain friends and relatives with story paintings by folk artist Ken Woodall.
BOTHWELL'S SENTIENT FANTASY
• She Walks on Water by Cecil Bothwell (CreateSpace trade paper, May 2013, 244 pages, $12). “A young woman in Haiti, a young man in Japan, a strange connection across species, across the ocean, around the world. It all began with an earthquake.” (from publisher blurb) Written by an Asheville politician and community advocate.
• Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains by Daniel S. Pierce (Great Smoky Mountains Assoc. trade paper, April 2013, 112 pages, $9.95). UNCA history professor discusses the history of moonshining beyond its stereotypes.
NC'S WILD PLACES
• Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt by Tom Earnhardt (UNC Press hardcover, April 2013, 336 pages, $35). Host of UNC-TV’s “Exploring North Carolina” presents a “richly illustrated love letter to the wild places and natural wonders of North Carolina,” from the mountains to the coastal plain. (from publisher blurb)
MARY CROW MYSTERY
• Music of Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense by Sallie Bissell (Midnight Ink trade paper, April 2013, 384 pages, $14.99). A young woman is murdered in a haunted cabin in Pisgah County and attorney Mary Crow must solve the case; written by an Asheville resident. See author webpage.
• I Choose Forgiveness by Roberta Brunck (Clear Word Publishing paperback, Jun. 2013). Author recalls her childhood of abuse and neglect and how she overcame it to forgive her mother. See more.
• Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle by Susan Reinhardt (Grateful Steps paperback, Jun. 2013, 384 pages). Recently divorced woman tries to rebuild her life while surrounded by goofy characters in her parents' hometown in South Carolina. See author webpage.
ASHEVILLE WOMAN'S SAGA
• The House of Rose by Nita Welch Owenby (Ammons paperback, Apr. 2013, 232 pages). Abused 14-year-old WNC girl struggles to make a future for herself; author was born in Franklin, NC.
LOCAL SCI-FI LAUNCHER
• Inkling by John D. Waterman (Dennett Ink e-book, Apr. 2013, 107 pages). An amateur computer programmer is tasked with saving the day on a mining spaceship. See author webpage and a brief interview on "Inkling."
LOVED AND OBSERVED SUBJECTS
• Barefoot in the Snow by Julia Nunnally Duncan ( World Audience trade paper, Apr. 2013, 67 pages). In new book of poems, Duncan slows down time as she immortalizes moments in childhood with love for the individuals she observed. See review.
1880s MOUNTAIN WOMAN
• Sarranda's Heart: A Love Story of Place by Celia Miles (Stone Ivy Books, May 2013). Mountain woman returns home, grist mill, and love after Civil War, Author's webpage.
WILKES BOYS AT WAR
• Four Brothers in Grey by Mary Alice Hancock (1975; Star Route Boosk reprint, 2013, 320 pages). Story of four Wilkes County boys who fought iin the Civil War, told through their letters. See more.
BLUE RIDGE MUSIC
• Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to the Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills ed. by Fred C. Fussell with Stece Kruger (issued by N.C. Arts Council, photo quality paper trade paper, UNC Press, Apr. 2013, 303 pages, with music CD). See website.
GAIL GODWIN NOVEL
• Flora by Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury hardcover, May 2013, 288 pages, $26). In her 14th novel, Godwin reveals the soul of a smart, smug 10-year-old-girl as she transforms into someone capable of understanding simple-heartedness. Her progress will come at a great price. The setting: Mountain City (fictional outgrowth of Asheville), 1945. Read review and author interview.
CIVIL WAR MONUMENTS
• North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History by Dougl;as J. Butler (McFarland trade paper, May 2013, 272 pages, $39.95). 109 monuments are documented, including the first (in Fayetteville's Cross Creek Cemetery, 1868); the first dedicated to a single military unit (Co. I, 25th NC Regiment, Montmorenci Methodist Church in Candler); and one for African Americans (Academy Green, Hertford). See publisher webpage.
• Willie Stargell: A Life in Baseball by Frank Garland (McFarland trade paper, Apr. 2013, 272 pages, $29.95). Straightforward account of Pittsburgh great's career, including stint for Asheville Tourists. See publisher webpage.
NEW FLYNN POEMS
• Colony Collapse Disorder by Keith Flynn (Wings Press trade paper, February 2013, 120 pages, $16.00). Read more about it.
INSIGHT INTO GROVE ET AL
• Tales of the Grove Park Inn by Bruce E. Johnson (Knock on Wood Publication trade paper, 2013, 374 pages). See article about book.
MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL
• The Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History by Danny Bernstein (History Press trade paper, 174 pages, $19.99). Read more about it.
DARK FAMILY SECRET
• Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Mississippi Family Secret by Molly Walling (University Press of Mississippi hardcover, Sept 2012, 240 pages, $28). Asheville author and UNCA adjunct writing instructor unciovers family secrets involving miscegenation and murder. See author website.
• We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter by Angela Fordice Jordan (Univ. Pr. of Mississippi hardcover, Aug. 2012, 191 pages, $25). The politically liberal daughter of a conservative Mississippi governor relates the in-the-spotlight life of her family, which underwent her parents’ divorce; an honest, intimate portrait of a popular couple’s fall from grace, and their coda. Jordan now lives in WNC. See author website at afjordan.com.
ACCLAIMED DEBUT MYSTERY
• Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason (Simon & Schuster: Gallery Books hardcover, Feb. 2013, 320 pages, $24.99). Darkly humorous debut thriller novel about a man who accidentally kills another man and buries the body in the backyard, where landscapers later unearth two more unknown bodies; written by a WNC resident. The novel got starred reviews in “Publisher’s Weekly” and “”Booklist.” See author website at www.jamie-mason.com. Mason speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville (254-6734), 7 p.m., Feb. 23, 2013.
DAD, THE MONSTER-MAKER
• The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Balzer + Bray hardcover, Jan. 29, 2013, 432 pages, $17.99). Debut novel by a Brevard native and Asheville resident; young adult Gothic thriller inspired by a story by H.G. Wells’ “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” A 16-year-old girl in 1894 London travels to her estranged father’s island and finds murder, madness, romance, and the taint of madness in herself. See author website at meganshepherd.com. Shepherd speaks at Highland Books, 277 North Broad St., Brevard (884-2424), 5 p.m., Jan. 29; and at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville (254-6734), 7 p.m., Feb. 2.
• Shadows Tail Them Home by Pris Campbell and Scott Owens (Clemson University trade paper, Dec. 2012, $15.00). A continuation of an earlier work; a sequence of poems, collaboratively written, describing a relationship; written by local poets. See Scott Owens’ website, “Musings,” at scottowensmusings.blogspot.com. The authors speak at Taste Full Beans Coffee House, 29 2nd Street Northwest, Hickory (325-0108), 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26.
•Just Holler Bloody Murder by Dershie McDevitt (CreateSpace trade paper, December 2012, 298 pages, $12.12). Author event: 3 p.m., Sun., Mar. 10, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café. Debut mystery novel about a UNC-Asheville professor who returns to her home on Timicau Island, SC and is pulled into investigating a murder and the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy; written by an Asheville resident. See author website.
TRAIL OF TEARS
•It’s My Trail, Too: A Comanche Indian’s Journey on the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Ronald Cooper (CreateSpace trade paper, October 2012, 366 pages, $18.95). The author, a member of the Comanche Nation, journeyed down the Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in early 2011. This memoir of his experience expresses self-reflection, tribal pride, and inspiring determination; written by a Cherokee County resident.
JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS
• Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness by Georganne Spruce (CreateSpace trade paper, June 2012, 290 pages, $12.99). Memoir of the author’s search for an authentic identity through many forms of spiritual healing; written by an Asheville resident. See author website. Spruce speaks at Grateful Steps Publishing House & Bookshop. 5 p.m., Feb. 9.
CIVIL WAR WOMAN
• Alma’s Prayer by Robert Heffner (Dog Ear trade paper, Oct. 2012, 192 pages, $14.00). A woman takes drastic measures to keep her family together as the Civil War begins to affect the Blue Ridge Mountains, and she worries about her son in the Confederate Army; written by a local author about WNC.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE
•The Hotten Report by Robert McDonald (Finbar Press trade paper, December 2012, 168 pages, $14.95). A “blow-by-blow account” of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, “and a moving tribute to the indomitable spirit of the American combat soldier,” according to the author in the Asheville Citizen-Times, December 16, 2012; written by a WNC resident.
•Shadows Tail Them Home by Pris Campbell and Scott Owens (Clemson University trade paper, December 2012, $15.00).
A continuation of an earlier work describing a difficult relationship between a man and a woman, with new poems that focus on “the boy” and the aftermath of the relationship; written by local poets. See author website.
SHOOK OF SHOOK HOUSE
•Greater Than the Mountains Was He: The True Story of Johann Jacob Shook of Haywood County, North Carolina by Wilma Hicks Simpson (Tate Publishing trade paper, March 2013, 184 pages, $20.99). Read more.
HENDERSON COUNTY AUTHOR
•The Tourist Killer by FC Etier (Venture Galleries trade paper, November 2012, 204 pages, $12.99). See author interview.
•The Button Sisters by Penny Graham, illus. by Roger Bacon (CreateSpace trade paper, October 2012, 124 pages, $9.95). Read more.
DEBUT STORY COLLECTION
•Out Across the Nowhere by Amy Willoughby-Burle (Press 53 trade paper, October 2012, 110 pages, $12.95). Read more.
POET'S SOUL SEARCH
•Essential Occupation by Steve Brooks (New Native Press trade paper, October 2012, 42 pages, $12.00). Read more.
DR. HUFF'S KIDS' B0OK
•Why the Clown Wouldn’t Smile by Olson Huff (Grateful Steps hardback, November 2012, 40 pages, many color illustrations, $14.95). Read more.
CHEROKEE SOLDIER'S MEMOIR
•The Memoirs of Robert Youngdeer: Marine, Chief, and Proud American (Museum of the Cherokee Press, Oct. 2012, 464 pages, $25). Read about book and Nov. 11 event.
BYER'S NEW POEMS
•Descent: Poems by Kathryn Stripling Byer (LSU Press, Nov. 2012, 68 pages, $17.95). Byer's sixth volume of poems "confronts the legacy of southern memory, where too often 'it's safer to stay blind.'" See author website. See publisher website.
•Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America edited by Tyson Miller, designed by Kelly Spitzner (SEE Innovation large format trade paper, Oct. 2011, $29.95). Resource book for citizenship in such areas as a stable economy, new media, education, power generation, health, and community;-edited by Asheville resident.
•Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky (Doubleday hardcover, Nov. 20, 2012, 256 pages, $25.95). "A rollicking, eye-opening, fantastically indiscreet memoir of a life spent (and misspent) in the hotel industry" by son of noted Asheville public relations pro.
•Murdoch's Curse: A Saga of Western North Carolina by Jerry Jacover (Tate Publishing, Nov. 20, 2012, 368 pages, $19.99). Scots-Irish legacies converge on two families at WNC tract. See publisher website.
MADDEN'S NEW NOVEL
•London Bridge in Plague and Fire by David Madden (U. of Tenn. Press hardcover, 358 pages, 29.95),
LOCAL BEER HISTORY
•Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing by Anne Fitten Glenn (History Press trade paper, Sept. 25, 2012, 192 pages, $16.99). See publisher webpage.
CHARLES PRICE WESTERN
•Vengeance on the Sweetgrass: A Literary Western by Charles Price (e-book, 296 pages). Acclaimed historical fiction author offers a new treat. See author blog.
•A Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776 by Nadia Dean (Cherokee: Valley River Press, available Dec. 22). See website.
•A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music by Jason Howard (Univ. Pr. of Kentucky hardcover, Sept. 18, 2012, $24.95). See website and trailer.
•The Gettysburg Vampire by Susan Blexrud (Crimson Romance, Amazon Digital Services, Nov. 5, 2012.) See Asheville author's page on Crimson Romance ebooks.
HENDERSON COUNTY FAMILY
•Darkness Comes in the Morning by Frederick B. Jones (self-published trade paper, 2012, 144 pages, ISBN 978-0-692-01766-1). Mills River author's story about his parents lives 100 years ago.
CHEROKEE ART OF TELLING
•Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars' Club by Christopher B. Teuton, with Hastings Shade, Sammy Still, Sequoyah Guess, and Woody Hansen, illustrations by America Meredith (UNC Press hardcover, Oct. 8, 2012, 272 pages, $30). Forty interwoven stories, conversations, and essays about western Cherokee beliefs and storytelling art.
ABUSE HAUNTS HEROES
•Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin's hardcover, 2011; Thomas Dunne trade paper, 2012, 442 pages, $14.99). See review.
GAP CREEK REISSUE
•Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books trade paper, Aug. 2012 reissue of 1999 novel, with Author's Note and excerpt from upcoming sequel, The Road from Gap Creek).
HOT SPRINGS NOVEL
•A Short Time to Stay Here by Terry Roberts (Ingalls Publishing Group trade paper, Sept. 1, 2012, 269 pages, $17.95). See book's webpage.
•The Waterhouse by Jubal Tiner (Press 53 trade paper, 196 pages, $17.95). Stories featuring points of view of three boys growing up; by Brevard College professor of English. See author website.
•Night Bloom by Virginia Redfield (Amazon Digital Services, Apr. 5, 2012). Memoir of the author's escape from her mother's oppressive fundamentalist mother's influence. See author website.
BLUEGRASS AND DEEP SIX
•Gunfight in Gatlinburg: A Tony Kozol Mystery by J.R. Ripley (Raleigh: Beachfront Entertainment hardcover, July 20, 2012, 242 pages, $27.95). Sleuths Tony and Rock investigate murder at bluegrass gig for Single Action Gun Enthusiasts Convention. See author website.
ENMITY IN WNC
•Hellebore: A Novel of Reconstruction by William F. Kaiser (Boone: Canterbury House trade paper, Apr. 2012, 256 pages, $19.95.). Sequel of Bloodroot (2007), story of Truehill family of WNC, Reconstruction, family feuds, and KKK.
•Mystical Madison: The History of a Mountain Region by Milton Ready (EverReady Publications trade paper, May 2012, 256 pages, $24.95). See history article that draws on book.
•The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail: Community, Environment, and Belief on a Long-Distance Hiking Path by Susan Power Bratton (U. of Tenn. Pr. hardcover, June 29, 2012, 304 pages, $49.95).
PERRY ON FRANKIE, UPDATED
•The Untold Story of Frankie Silver: Was She Unjustly Hanged? by Perry Deane Young (iUniverse trade paper, new edition, May 4, 2012, 279 pages). See author website.
•Staubs and Ditchwater: A Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks' Hoodoo by Byron Ballard (Asheville: Silver Rings Press, 2012). See review.
•Delia's Place by Lin Stepp (Canterbury House trade paper, Apr., 2011, 255 pages, $15.95). Fourth novel in author's Smoky Mountain novel series.
MILITARY FAMILY LIFE
•I'd Follow Him Anywhere by Coe D. Hughes (WorldComm trade paper, Mar. 8, 2012, 504 pages, $18.50). Weaverville author's love story based on an itinerant military family.
•Rainsongs: Poems of a Woman's Life by Meta Commerse (Miras Press trade paper, Dec. 2011, 113 pages, $12). Haywood County Community College instructor writes poems about family, history, and racism as abuse.
WOMEN ON WORDS
•Remember Me As a Time of Day compiled by Emoke B'Racz and Piri B'racz Gibson, anthology of poems by Women on Words poetry group at Malaprop's Bookstore (Burning Bush Press paperback, Aug. 2012). See description.
NAVY YARD LIFE
•USNA Life! Families, Homes and Treasured Memories of the United States Naval Academy" by Vicki H. Escudé. Escudé is now CEO of Executive Leadership Coaching in Asheville.
•Washed in the Blood by Lisa Alther (Mercer University Press hardcover, 463 pages, $26). See author website.
DE CASTRIQUE'S LATEST
•The 13th Target by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press hardcover, July 3, 2012, 250 pages, $24.95).
•Americana Rural by Nancy Dillingham (Wind Publications trade paper, 135 pages). See review.
•Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Great Smokies by George Ellison with artwork by Elizabeth Ellison (History Press trade paper, 2012, 160 pages, $21.99). See review.
•Presbyterians in North Carolina: Race, Politics, and Religious Identity in Historical Perspective by Walter H. Conser Jr. and Robert J. Cain (U. of Tenn. trade paper, 264 pages, $29.95).
•The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers (Amazon Digital Services). Ghost ship adventure by Whiitier resident and founder of The Smoky Mountain Ghost Trackers of Western North Carolina.
•Naked Came the Leaf Peeper (Burning Bush Press trade paper, 2011, 210 pages, $14.95). See review
MISS JULIA'S 12TH
•Miss Julia to the Rescue by Ann B. Ross (Viking hardcover, Apr. 3, 2012, 311 pages, $25.95). See review.
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
•Bain’s New York: The City in News Pictures, 1900-1925 by Michael Carlebach (Dover hardcover, Mar. 14, 2012, 221 pages, many large b&w photos, $29.95). See review.
FACTORY FIRE NOVEL
•City of Slaughter by Cynthia Drew (Daniel & Daniel trade paper, Mar. 10, 2012, 312 pages, $15.95). See review.
CATHERINE CARTER POEMS
•The Swamp Monster at Home by Catherine Carter (LSU Press trade paper, Feb. 2012, 78 pages, $18.95). See review.
•That Was Oasis by Michael McFee (Carnegie Mellon U. Pr. trade paper, Jan. 2012, 88 pages, $15.95). See review.
•Murder a Appalachia through My Eyes: A Series of Photos from My Life in the Mountains of Southern Appalachia by Tipper Pressley (Blind Pig & the Acorn, 2011 trade paper, 29 pages). See review.
•Murder at the Jumpoff by Jenny Bennett (Canterbury House trade paper, Mar. 1, 2012, $14.95). A muder mystery set in the world of off-trail hiking in the Smokies. Publisher website. Author's member page, with photos.
CALDWELL--COUNTY, NOT ERSKINE
LAW & ORDER IN ASHEVILLE
TOWN & FARM POEMS
•For One Who Knows How to Own Land by Scott Owens (FutureCycle Press,
1930S IN THE MOUNTAINS
•Grassy Top Mountain by Charles Fletcher (Fletcher Books, 2310 Harris Circle N.W., Cleveland, TN 37311; email@example.com). Read review in Cleveland Daily Banner.
•Visionary Shamanism by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon. (Bear & Company trade paper, 192 pages, $16; includes CD). Star Wolf of Asheville "is eager to share her powerful personal story of how she overcame her own addiction and how she's been able to help thousands with her transformative and healing breathwork."
•Look up Asheville II, photographs by Michael Oppenheim, historical essays by Laura Hope-Gill, foreword by Robert Morgan, designed by Michele Scheve. (Grateful Steps hardcover). See website.
• Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey by David Joy (Fairview: Bright Mountain Books trade paper, 208 pages, $16). Claiming a natural identification with fish, as well as with a fishing family, Joy uses his deep experience to write strong passages, when not engaged in set-ups or transitions. See website.
UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDE
• The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains, 4th ed., by Lee Pantas (R. Brent & Co. trade paper, 2011, 505 pages, $18.95). Maximum-packed, moderately discriminating guide now includes two-page sections for WNC towns. See website.
MURDER AMONG SNAKE-HANDLERS
• Twice Bitten: A Matt Davis Mystery by Joe Perrone jR. (and on Kindle, Jan. 17, 2012). Petty thief wanders into snake-handling ministry, and murder ensues in Sheriff Davis' jurisdiction.
• The Cherokee Syllabary by Ellen Cushman (U. of Oklahoma Press hardcover. Dec. 2011, 256 pages, $34.95). Cherokee Nation citizen and Michigan State U. professor shows how alphabet developed in line with Native linguistic concepts.
SAGA IN FAIRVIEW
• Render Unto the Valley by Rose Senehi (KIM Publications, Jan. 2012, 296 pages, $15.95) Third "stand alone" novel in Senehi's Southern Blue Ridge Series; family feud involves preservationists. Read review. Author website
• Tragedy on Toe River: A Narrative of Frankie Stewart and Charlie Silver by Rex Redmond (Redhrex13@aol.com, 2010, 171 pages). Redmond is a local history author and descendant of Silvers and Stewarts.
• The Swing Girl: Poems by Katherine Soniat (Louisiana University Press, Sept. 12, 2011, 88 pages, $13.57) Soniat's new collection contemplates the present through the fragmented lens of history. Website
PEACE AFTER HORROR
• Murder as a Call to Love, A True Story of Transformation and Forgiveness by Judith Toy (Cloud Cottage Editions, Nov. 21, 2011) First book by a survivor of a family mass murder, who identifies mindfulness as her turning point toward forgiveness. Toy teaches at Southern Dharma Retreat Center and Cloud Cottage Community of Mindfulness. Website
• Drops of the Night by Julia Nunnally Duncan (Greensboro, NC: March Street Press, 178 pages, $15). Release of author's acclaimed novel. Website.
• Tar Heel Terrors: More North Carolina Ghosts and Legends by Michael Renegar (Bright Mountain Books, trade paper, Oct. 2011, 176 pages, $12). Coast to mountains, collected from classic retellings and fresh experiences.
ROBERT MORGAN'S NEW HISTORY
• Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion by Robert Morgan (Algonquin hardcover, Oct. 18, 2011, 525 pages, $29.95). Read review.
VOICES FROM TITANIC BY WOLF
• The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic: a novel by Allan Wolf (Candlewick Press hardcover, Oct. 2011, 477 pages, $21.99). Award-winning Asheville author's novel in verse, expressing voices of all characters, including John Jacob Astor, a rat, and an iceberg.
VICKI LANE NOVEL
• Under the Skin by Vicki Lane (Bantam trade paperback, Oct. 2011, 417 pages,$15.) Lane's sixth WNC-set Elizabeth Goodweather novel has come out as trade paper rather than mass market.
• Riceville by Anne E. Chesky (Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing trade paper with many photos, 128 pages, $21.99).
HERITAGE TOUR CLASSIC
• Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, 3d edition, by Carolyn Sakowski (John F. Blair trade paper, Oct. 1, 2011, 334 pages with index, $19.95). Popular armchair and road trip book with new directions, sites, and photos.
100 B.C. FICTIONALIZED
• Getorix: Games of the Underworld by Judith Geary (Ingalls Publishing Group trade paper, Nov. 2011, 246 pages, $15.95). Banner Elk publisher; App State instructor's historical adventure about a turning point between Celts and Romans. See author website.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROINE
• The Chamomile by Susan F. Craft (Ingalls Publishing Group trade paper, Nov. 2011, 251 pages, $15.95). Banner Elk publisher; historical novel based on 1780s South Carolina.
LOVE INTEREST V. THE POLLUTERS
• Naked and Hungry by Ashley Memory (Ingalls Publishing Group trade paper, Nov. 2011, 174 pages, $15.95). Banner Elk publisher; Pittsboro author's thriller about a back-to-the woods loan officer and a sexy investigator versus polluters.
CONFEDERATE SUBMARINE MYSTERY
• The Ninth Man by Brad Crowther (Ingalls Publishing Group trade paper, Nov. 1, 2011, 281 pages , $16.95, 828-297-6884). Banner Elk publisher; Charleston mystery involving present time and 1864 submarine disappearance.
MICHAEL HARDY ON CIVIL WAR
• North Carolina in the Civil War by Michael C. Hardy (History Press trade paper, Aug. 2011, 160 pages,$19.99). Veteran Civil War historian brings many of his studies and site visits together. Author website.
TOE RIVER PHOTO-POEM
• Reflections in a River: Photographs by Joan Medlicfott and Haiku by Nancy Dillingham (Grateful Steps, Asheville, trade paper with coated paper, 32 pages, $19.95). See website.
• Haunted Watauga County, North Carolina by Tim Bullard (History Press trade paper, Aug. 26, 2011, 128 pages, $19.99), Laurinburg journalist puts forward local tales about a hanged Tory, a headless dog, a phantom plane, and more.
• Beaverdam: Historic Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountaims: A Nostlagic Look at a Valley and Its People by Rex Redmond (Postal Instant Press, large format trade paper, 2010, 305 pages, 864-284-6360). The author has substantially revised his 2006 publication, "Bits of Beaverdam," to include additional interviews, responses, and research.
FRANKIE SILVER RETOLD
• Tragedy on Toe River 1831: A Narrative of Frankie Stewart and Charles Silber by Rex Redmond (trade paper, 2010, 172 pages, 864-284-6360). Redmon, Beaverdam historian (see above) is both a Stewart and Silver descendant.
• North Carolina in the Civil War by Michael Hardy (History Press trade paper, Aug, 2011, 160 pgerds, $19.99).
• Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies by Erica Abrams Locklear (Ohio U. Pr.: Swallow Press, July 2001).
CEDAR MOUNTAIN BOYHOOD
• Hill of Beans: Coming of Age in the Last Days of the Old South by John Snyder (Smith/Kerr Associates trade paper, 215 pages, $24). The Cedar Mountain boy turned New York businessman, inventor, and filmmaker writes a substantial memoir of his early days and reclaimed home.
• Transylvania Remembered by Peggy Hansen, based on interviews (Highland Books trade paper, 224 pages, $15.99). Hansen interviewed elders about their 1920s - 40s memories, and a harkening back to neighborliness.
BILL CARVER'S LATEST
• Damned: A Novel by Bill Carver (Mountain Voice Publishers, 2 Junaluska Rd., Andrews, 28901, trade paper, 287 pages, $16.95).
• Autumn Bends the Rebel Tree: A Novel by Carolyn Guy (Canterbury House trade paper, May 2011, 264 pages, $16.95). Guy, a member of High Country Writers, tells tale of woman who raised family during Depression.
BACKPACKING IN N.C. GUIDE
• Backpacking in North Carolina: The Definitive Guide to 43 Can't-Miss Trips from Mountains to Sea by Joe Miller (UNC Press, Mar. 21, 2011, 256 pages, 39 photos, 40 maps; harcover, $45; trade paper, $20). 33 of 43 are in the mountains.
FOSTER MOTHER IN SMOKIES
• For Six Good Reasons by Lin Stepp (Canterbury House trade paper, 248 pages, Apr. 2011, $15.95). The third book in Stepp's engaging "Smoky Mountain novel" series. See review of first novel, The Foster Girls. See author website.
WHO KILLED THE TYCOON IN ASHEVILLE?
• ...face down and very dead!by Everett and Ann Colby (iUniverse trade paper, Apr. 2011, 145 pages).
• Hera’s Revenge: An Yvonne Suarez Travel Mystery by Wendy Dingwall (Canterbury House trade paper, Apr. 1, 2011, 216 pages, $14.95). Boone resident and CEO of Canterbury House Publishing, launches her debut novel, the first in a series. See more info.
• For Six Good Reasons by Lin Stepp (Canterbury House trade paper, “A Smoky Mountain Novel,” Apr. 1, 2011, 256 pages, $15.95). A romance, well grounded in region, about a single woman who cares for six foster kids.
COLLECTED ZACK ALLEN
• Eggtown and Other Stories by Zack Clark Allen (Folk Heritage Books trade paper, Nov. 2010, 171 pages). Former editorial page writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times collects and weaves his stories about North Carolina and the mountains.
• The Gospel according to Jerry by Jerry Sternberg (Feb. 2011). The Depot Street businessman and native binds twenty of his columns from Mountain Xpress. Proceeds go to Helpmate, from which the book can be purchased. See article.
ANIMAL VISIT GUIDE
• Animal Adventures in North Carolina by Jennifer Bean Bower (John F. Blair trade paper, 275 pages, $14.95). Winston-Salem writer appraises 70 opportunities to appreciate animals in the state with lively writing and on-site research. See publisher website. http://www.blairpub.com/alltitles/animaladventuresnc.html
LOADED FISHING GUIDE
• Fishing North Carolina by Mike Marsh (John F. Blair trade paper, 352 pages, $19.95). Wilmington outdoors journalist covers all regions of N.C. –100 sites, 28 in WNC; plus a guide to fish species and how to snag them.
• Chamber of Truth: Quest for the Devil by John M. Burchfield (Dallas: The P3 Press trade paper, 237 pages, $16.99). Asheville author’s novel involving the principles of Freemasonry. See author website. http://www.johnburchfieldbooks.com/
ACCLAIMED AUTHOR’S THIRD
• Wadmalaw: A Ghost Story by Bart Bare (Canterbury House trade paper, Mar. 1, 2011, 264 pages, $16.95). Blowing Rock author’s third novel (see review of first, Girl: A Novel) goes to the sea islands to reveal an old home haunted by slaves. See publisher website. http://www.blairpub.com/alltitles/wadmalaw.html
BRAVE NEW WORLD
• Universal Man, Part One: Graceful Runner by Meredith Eugene Hunt (Asheville: Chaotic Terrain Press trade paper, 2010, 212 pages). Novel about near-future by spokesperson for Center for Bio-ethical Reform/Life Advocates. See publisher website. http://chaoticterrain.com/id1.html
• Sorrowheart by K.A. Thomas (Concord, NC: Comfort Publishing trade paper, 193 pages, Jan. 2011, $13.99). Raleigh author’s young adult fantasy. See author website. http://www.kathomas.typepad.com/
USEFUL GARDEN GUIDE
• The Successful Gardener Guide: North Carolina ed. by Leah Chester-Davis and Toby Bost (John F. Blair trade paper, Apr. 1, 2011, 254 pages, 250 color photos, $19.95). Handsomely produced guide to desirable plants, with many tips.
PEOPLE & PLACES
• Hidden History of the Western North Carolina Mountains by Alice Sink (History Press trade paper, 2011, 144 pages, $19.99). Kernersville writer and and retired High Point University professor presents short, intriguing pieces on dozens of people and places.
MISS JULIA RETURNS
• Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann B. Ross (Viking hardciver, Apr. 5, 2011). Miss Julia and the antics of the town of Abbotsville are back with a dead body, gossip, and mishap in the twelfth installment of Ross' bestselling series.
MARIJO'S WISE VOICE
• A Book of Spiritual Wisdom for All Days by MariJo Moore (rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING trade paper, 134 pages, $18). The poet, fiction writer, and editor turns her insight toward a wide range of subjects in weekly passages.
• James Still in Interviews, Oral Histories and Memoirs edited by Ted Olson(McFarland & Company trade paper, "Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies, 23," 316 pages, $39.95). Still, author of River of Earth, and one of Southern Appalachia's greatest writers, is appreciated by notable contemporaries.
• Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal by Silas House and Jason Howard (U. of Kentucky Pr. trade paper, Feb. 18, 2011, 320 pages, $19.95). House, author of Clay';s Quilt, and Howard, editor of We All Live Downstream, both natives and activists, chronicle the horror of mountain top removal in central Appalachia through key testimonies.
LOCAL SCHOLAR'S LIFEWORK
• The Correspondence of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester (by Noel Kinnamon (Ashgate, 2010). Part of Kinnamon's lifelong study of a propgressive 17th century Englishwoman. See description.
LOCAL ARCHAEO-THRILLER WRITER
• The Last King of the Maya by David Talon (visit website). The author describes it as "Indiana Jones meets the Mexican soap opera." A young Mayan stands with one foot in the world of his ancestors. His family guards the lost city of Kanan Ti'kimil. His father has sold out to an American archeologist.
GREAT GUIDE TO FARMS
• Farm Fresh North Carolina by Diane Daniel (UNC Press trade paper, Mar. 7, 2011, 296 pages, 25 illus., 6 maps, $18.95). One-third of this inclusive, personally researched intelligent guide is devoted to the mountains; and covers farmers' markets, farms, orchards, vineyards, and participatory activities. See website.
• Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton (HarperCollins trade paper original, Feb.. 2011, 348 pages, $13.99). Asheville author's novel portrays a poor family that confronts its differences and regrets when the oldest brother goes missing. Read review.
• Fimbul-Winter by Debra Allbery (Four Way Books trade paper, Oct. 2010, 90 pages, $15.95). Remarkable landscape-shaped, metaphorical journey in thirty poems by Director of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Read review.
THRILLER AT THE GPI
• The Unexpected Guest by Bruce Johnson (Knock On Wood trade paper, 2011, 298 pages). Fred Seely has to contend with the mysterious death of a young woman in the Grove Park Inn, 1918. Review forthcoming. See author website.
N.C. WINE HISTORY
• A History of North Carolina Wine: From Scuppernong to Syrah by Alexia Jones Helsley (History Press trade paper, July 2010, 126 pages, $19.99). See brief review.
• Fatal Undertaking by Mark De Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press, Oct. 2010).. Fifth title in the Buryin' Barry Mystery series, featuring an undertaker who lives in the mountains. See author website.
POEMS BY CROWE
• Crack Light by Thomas Rain Crowe (photographs by Simone Lipscomb, Wind Publications trade paper, Jan. 1, 2011; 99 pages; hardcover, $25; trade paper, $15). The celebrated local poet and essayist, whose writing integrates international traditions, collects poems from his career. See review.
TUCKASEEGEE NEAR-DEATH DEBUT
• Revising the Pact by Todd Kirby (CreateSpace trade paper, Sept. 2010, 179 pages). Kirby, a Greenville, SC architect, has composed a snappy, spooky tale aboout an oblivious man who has a reckoning after drowning. See review.
• At Dusk by Julia Nunnally Duncan (Old Seventy Creek Press trade paper, Sept. 2010, 85 pages). Nunnally Duncan's fifth book (third of poetry) represents moments in days in the life of a modern mountain woman--some occasional; some hauntingly private. See webpage; learn about Nov. 13 and Dec. 11events
• Lambs of Men by Charles Dodd White (Casperian Books, Nov. 1, 2010). Review.
• The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina: New Roots in the Old North State by Hannah Gill (UNC Press, Nov. 1, 2010, 224 pages, hardcover, $49.95; trade paper, $18.95). Brief review.
• Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden by Kathryn Hall (Estrella Catarina trade paper, July 22, 2010, 254 pages, 19.95.). Hall, now a California resident, presents 52 stories related to gardening wisdom, including some gleaned from time in Fairview, Buncombe County. See author's richly nourished blog/website.
• Sweetie by Kathryn Magendie (Bell Bridge Books trade paper, Oct. 2010). Novel about a wild mountain girl, best friend to one, sinister influence to others.
• The Long Roll by Bill Burnette (CreateSpace trade paper, July 2010). A contemporary novel that has as its backdrop the Civil War re-enactment of the Battle for Spotsylvania Courthouse.
• The Sheriff by Charles Fletcher (Boone: Parkway Publishers trade paperback, Aug. 2010, 182 pages). Memories of 1920s and '30s Haywood County take shape in a novel about a sheriff looking for a successor.
• Building One Fire: Art + World View in Cherokee Life by Chadwick Corntassel Smith and Rennard Strickland (Tahlequaj, Oklahoma: Cherokee Nation hardcover, July 2010, 224 pages, large format, many color photos, $24.95), Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Smith joins with writer, Strickland, to reveal eighty artists who express Cherokee philosophy.
• Loving Ruby by Lois Chazen, illustrated by Sundara Fawn (Asheville: Grateful Steps, Aug. 2010). Author's story of rescuing a baby cardinal.
• The Sound of Poets Cooking edited by Richard Krawiec (Durham: Jacar Press trade paper, Sept. 1, 2010, $15.95). The poetry anthology and cookbook includes food poems and/or recipes by a lot of writers, including Fred Chappell, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Jaki Shelton Green.
• Echoes across the Blue Ridge: Stories, Essays, Poems by Writers Living in and Inspired by the Southern Appalachian Mountains, edited by Nancy Simpson (Winding Path trade paper, Aug. 2010, 248 pages, $16). the book was produced by N.C. Writers' Network West, and includes many of its members.
• Butterfly Girl by Bill Whitworth (Land of Sky Books, July 2010, 252-9515). Sheriff Jason Duke conducts his first murder investigation in the fictional mountain town of White Shoals in North Carolina near the Smokies.
• God Can Use Anyone...Even Me: The Charles Pickens Story by Charles E. Pickens and Patricia A. McAfee (Asheville: Grateful Steps hardcover, with CD, Dec. 2009, 111 pages, $26.50). Legendary Asheville R&B singer tells his life, with co-writer McAfee, in a straightforward way that illuminates the Southside community in Asheville and the national scene.
• Village Wisdom: Immersed in Uganda, Inspired by Job, Changed for Life, story and photographs by Carrie Wagner (Asheville: Butler Mountain Press hardcover, 240 pages, coated paper, many b&w and color photos, $34.95). Asheville author recreates, through memoir, journal entries, letters, and photos, her and her husband's community-building and community-joining time in Uganda.
• Moonshiner's Daughter by Mary Judith Messer (Lake Junaluska: Doing Well Now Publishers trade paperback, June 2010, 231 pages, $14.95). Author recounts the story of her early life, growing up in remote parts of Haywood County in the 1940s and '50s.
• Appalachians All: East Tennesseans and the Elusive History of an American region by Mark T. Banker (University of Tennessee Press hardcover, April 2010, 328, $39.95). Author, a returned native and history Ph.D., presents a chronicle of the region through the parallel stories of Knoxville, Cades Cove, and a coal town.
• The Green Jeep: Recollections of a Boy and His Stepfather in Florida Cracker Country by Howard S. Jones Jr. (BookSurge Publishing, Feb. 2010, 218 pages, $16.98). Author, now Brevard resident, recalls his time coming-of-age on admirable stepfather's cattle and citrus ranch.
• Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath edited by Andrew L. Slap (University Press of Kentucky hardcover, May 2010, 389 pages, $40): Collection of investigations by scholars, with encompassing intro by Gordon McKinney.
• Girl: A Novel by Bart Bare (Canterbury House trade paper, May 2010, 188 pages, $12.95). East Tennessee orphan girl escapes authorities with flight to Boone area and disguise as boy. • Little Switzerland by Chris Hollifield and David Biddix (Arcadia trade paperback, June 2010, "Images of America" series, $21.99).
• Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock (Lark Books, April 2010, 136 pages, $19.95).
• On the Road Home: An American Story: A Memoir of Triumph and Tragedy on a Forgotten Frontier by John Russell Frank, Ph.D. (iUniverse trade paperback, 2010, 356 pages, $23.95). Montreat retiree chronicles his family’s involvement in wars and culture in Phillippines, WWI to 1950.
• Fortunes of Fate by R. Jacqueline Barry (iUniverse trade paperback, 2009, 319 pages, $19.95). North Asheville resident’s romantic, historical novel about four women who go from small town to D.C. during WWII.
• Now Might as Well be Then by Glenda Council Beall: Poems (Finishing Line Press chapbook, 2009, www.finishinglinepress.com). The author teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School and Tri-County Community College.
• The Devil's Courthouse: A Southern Thriller by Lawrence Thackston (PublishAmerica trade paper, May 2010, 238 pages, $24.95). A rising body count in the Great Smokies involves and implicates many.
• Village Wisdom: Immersed in Uganda, Inspired by Job, Changed for Life by Carrie Wagner (Butler Mountain Press, hardcover, April 2010, case bound, 240 pages, 185 photographs). The Asheville author and her husband served in Uganda with Habitat for Humanity International. .
PREVIOUSLY LISTED ON TOP SELLER LIST
1. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins hardcover, Oct. 2009, 528 pages, $26.00). The story moves from Revolutionary Mexico to post-WWII Asheville, where a witness to history works as writer, assisted by a remarkable mountain woman.
2. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown hardcover, Jan. 2010, 570 pages, $26.99). An artist’s otherworldly obsession with a woman he paints but does not know reveals various loves—by best-selling Asheville author of The Historian.
3. Miss Julia Renews Her Vows by Ann Ross (Viking hardcover, Apr. 2010).
4. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (Bantam hardcover, March 2010). Cake-baking, magical realism, and a search for a grandmother are some of the highlights of the Asheville author’s latest romance.
5. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (Bantam trade paper ed., Apr. 2009). Best-selling Asheville author’s second novel, featuring characters involved in food rituals, none more so than a lovelorn 27-year-old who fills her need with candy.
6. Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie (Bell Bridge Books, Apr. 2009).
7. No Room for Doubt: A True Story of the Reverberations of Murder by Angela Dove. Waynesville author’s account if her stepmother’s murder; father’s heart-rending shortfalls; and victim’s mother’s heroism. (Berkley trade paper, Mar. 2009).
8. Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone by Nadine Cohodas (Pantheon Books hardcover, Feb. 2010, 464 pages, $30). The first three chapters treat her growing-up years in Tryon.
9. Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin (Random House hardcover, Jan. 2010, $26). Personal histories and politics make the perfect storm at a convent school modeled after St. Genevieve’s in Asheville, with the author getting into everyone’s minds.
10. Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese (Quirk Books hardcover, May 2009). Acclaimed journalists, now Asheville residents, reveal amazing lives.
11. Miss Julia Delivers the Goods by Ann B. Ross (Viking hardcover, Apr. 2009, 352 pages). The popular Miss Julia sorts out a new installment of personal and community trouble.
12. Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France by Daniel Pierce (UNC Press hardcover, Apr. 2010, 360 pages, $30). Story-and-research-rich history of stock car racing up through the early 1970s.
13. Serena by Ron Rash. Lauded novel about husband and wife lumber tycoons controlling destinies in backwoods and board rooms. (Ecco hardcover, Oct. 2008;paperback, Sept. 2009).
14. Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco hardcover, Mar. 9, 2010, 224 pages, $22.99). Twelve short stories by author of Serena.
15. Finding Your Way in Asheville by Cecil Bothwell, 2nd ed. (CreateSpace trade paper, Feb. 2009). A popular local guide, updated.
16. Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya by George Stuart and David Stuart (Thames & Hudson hardcover, Nov. 2008). Barnardsville resident George Stuart and his son David are world experts on interpreting Mayan culture.
17. The Frontier Nursing Service: America’s First Rural Nurse-Midwife Service and School by Marie Bartlett (McFarland trade paper, Dec. 2008). Compelling account of woman who developed health service in region by working with residents.
18. Eat Your Yard! Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape by Nan K. Chase (Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith trade paperback with photo quality paper, Jan. 2010, 160 pages, $19.99).
19. Two of the Missing: Remembering Sean Flynn and Dana Stone by Perry Deane Young (1975; Press 53 Classics edition, Mar. 2009). Local writer’s account of two photojournalist friends who went missing in Vietnam.
21. Faster Pastor by Sharyn McCrumb and Adam Edwards (Ingalls Publishing Group hardcover, April 1, 2010, 302 pages, $23.95). Comic Southern novel by popular McCrumb and race car driver co-author.
22. Requiem by Fire by Wayne Caldwell (Random House hardcover, Feb. 2010, 351 pages, $25). Companion novel, to Cataloochee; portrays effects on Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the residents it displaced.
23. She-Rain by Michael Cogdill (Morgan James trade paperback, Mar. 31, 2010, 360 pages). WYFF4 TV news anchor's novel about a fugitive finding love in WNC.
24. As the Twig Is Bent by Joe Perrone Jr. (CreateSpace, Jan. 2009). Asheville author’s mystery-thriller about murders in Manhattan and trails in chat rooms.
25. Road to Tater Hill by Edith Hemingway (Delacorte, Sept. 2009). 11-year-old staying with family in the N.C. mountains during a personal crisis befriends an old mountain woman.
26. More Than Friends: Poems from Him and Her by Allan Wolf and Sara Holbrook (Wordsong hardcover, Oct. 2008). Award-winning author and performer Wolf teams with colleague to produce back-at-you verse dialogue charting teens’ romance.
28. Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative (Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia) by Linda Tate (Ohio University Press hardcover, Mar. 2009).
29. The Blue Star by Tony Earley (Little, Brown hardcover, Mar. 2008; paperback, Aug. 2009). Award-winning author’s sequel to “Jim the Boy,” in which 17-year old Jim Glass’s attraction to a part-Cherokee girl leads to an intensified awareness of Rutherford County.
30. The Middle of the Air by Kenneth Butcher (John F. Blair hardcover, Sept. 2009, 307 pages). First novel by Butcher, Hendersonville resident and inventive ceramic engineer, involves a missing nuclear waste, a local setting, and occult and scientific doings.
31. Ghost Cats of the South by Randy Russell (John F. Blair hardcover, Oct. 2008). Russell's fourth ghost story collection transforms folklore into stories with charm.
34. Manners & Morals of Victorian America by Wayne Erbsen (Native Ground Books trade paper, March 2009). A fascinating and fact-filled miscellany.
35. Soul Catcher: Book One of The Outsider Trilogy by Deborah Smith writing as Leigh Bridger (Bell Bridge Books, Memphis, Oct. 2009). Bestselling author of regionally set romance/thrillers assumes an alternate persona to portray an alternate world of half-demons.
36. Cherokee Basketry: From the Hands of our Elders by M. Anna Fariello (The History Press, Charleston, trade paperback, photo quality paper, Sept. 2009, 160 pages, $12.99). An account of the history and methods of Cherokee basket-making by a leading archivist, working at WCU.
37. The North Carolina Birding Trail: Mountain Trail Guide (Apr. 2009, 190 pages, www.ncbirdingtrail.org)
38. Tell Me about Orchard Hollow by Lin Stepp (Canterbury House trade paperback, March 2010, 284 pages, $15.95). The second Smoky Mountain Novel by Stepp, following “The Foster Girls”--this one about a betrayed wife who seeks her friend in Townsend, Tennessee.
39. What Virtue There Is in Fire: Cultural Memory and the Lynching of Sam Hose by Edwin T. Arnold (U. of Georgia Pr. hardcover, April 2009). ASU English professor’s story of an 1899 lynching in his home region—expanded to create a deep cultural study.
40. Ancestors and Others: New and Selected Stories by Fred Chappell (St. Martin’s hardcover, Nov. 2009, 320 pages, $27.99). The stories reveal how Chappell, over his notable career, has made myth out of a mountain upbringing and life of reading.
41. Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians: by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert (UNC Press, 256 pages, 50 color and 41 b&w images, Apr. 2010; hardcover, $45; paperback, $20). Brevard College ecologist's substantive and personally gained understanding of the region's environment and biology.
42. Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia by Tim Barnwell (W.W. Norton hardcover, text and b&w photos, CD included, Sept. 2009).
43. King of the Moonshiners: Lewis Redmond in Fact and Fiction ed. By Bruce E. Stewart (U. of Tenn. Pr. Trade paper, Feb. 2009). Three early portrayals of local 19th century outlaw; plus lengthy intro.
44. Save a Spaniel: A Tale of Loss and Survival, Featuring a Dog by Cathy Mitchell (trade paperback, 265 pages, amazon.com).
45. When the Parkway Came by Anne Mitchell Whisnant & David E. Whisnant (Chapel Hill: Primary Source Publishers hardcover with school binding, Jan. 2010, 59 pages). Story of Parkway as told by displaced resident to his granddaughter, for children.
46. Opening Day: A Matt Davis Mystery by Joe Perrone Jr. (CreateSpace trade paperback, Mar. 2010, 322 pages, $14.95). Retired NYPD detective becomes small town police chief and discovers body; by WNC author of “The Twig Is Bent.”
47. Whale Falls: An Exploration of Belief and Its Consequences by Cecil Bothwell (Brave Ulysses Books, Feb. 2010, 224 pages, $12). Asheville investigative journalist and now councilman combines history, natural history, and meditations to pur forward need for sustainability. .
48. The Legendary Hunters of the Southern Highlands: A Century of Sport and Survival in the Great Smoky Mountains by Bob Plott (History Press trade paper, Nov. 2009).
49. October Crossing by Robert Morgan (Broadstone books paperback original, Sept. 2009). Collection of poems by award-winning Henderson County-bred author.
50. Sharks on My Fin Tips: A Wild Woman’s Adventures with Nature” by Simone Lipscomb (Grateful Steps, Oct., 2008)
51. The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress in Appalachia by Rob Amberg (U. of Ga. Press hardcover, Dec. 2009, 192 pages, $39.95). Art quality photos, oral histories, and journal entries compose a view of an iconic highway through Madison County.
52. The Fifth Skull by Terrell Garren (Reprint Co. hardcover, Oct. 2008). Suspenseful and disturbingly true story of the horrors encountered by the “lost boys of the Confederate Junior Reserve.”
54. Cherokee Thoughts Honest & Uncensored by Robert J. Conley (U. of Okla. Press trade paper, Oct. 2008). Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at WCU, and accomplished historical novelist, challenge conventions about Cherokee identity.
55. Winding Round the Square by Betty Benedict (XLibris trade paperback, Jan. 2010, 282 pages). Come-back-home Hayesville native's recollections of life in the 1930s and 40s.
57. Hiking North Carolina's Blue Ridge Heritage by Danny Bernstein (Milestone Pr. Trade paper, Mar. 2009). The new authoritative guide by everywhere hiker.
58. The Life and Times of Ray Hicks: Keeper of the Jack Tales by Lynn Salsi (U. of Tenn. Press hardcover, Oct. 2008). Many interviews with the late great Beech Mountain storyteller transformed into a memoir that provides insight into mountain ways.
60. Birthed from Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War compiled and edited by MariJo Moore (Fulcrum trade paper, Dec. 2008). Local literary leader presents bold selections, both thematically and chronologically wide-ranging.
61. The Fitzgerald Ruse by Mark de Castrique (Ingram Publisher Services hardcover, Aug. 2009). Sequel to Asheville set-mystery, Blackman’s Coffin, featuring war veteran/detective.
62. Images of America: Haywood County by Michael Beadle (Arcadia trade paper, Mar. 15, 2010, 128 pages). .
63. 3000 Miles in the Great Smokies by William A. Hart Jr. (History Press trade paper, Sept. 2009).
64. Up River: A Novel of Attempted Restoration by George Ivey (Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, trade paperback, [Nov.] 2009, 300 pages, $16.95). Career Southern Mountains preservationist fictionally portrays a man's efforts in the community to preserve an aquatic species.
66.Images of America: Spruce Pine by David Biddix and Chris Hollifield, foreword by Gloria Houston (Arcadia Publishing trade paper, Sept. 2009, 128 pages, many historic photos, $21.99).
67. Beech Mountain Man: The Memoirs of Ronda Lee Hicks by Thomas Burton (U. of Tenn. Pr. hardcover, Aug. 2009). The author of Serpent-Handling Believers produces a life of Ronda Lee Hicks in his own words, representing in part the dark side of mountaineers.
69. The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians, poems by Laura Hope-Gill; color photographs by John Fletcher Jr. (Asheville: Grateful Steps hardcover, Sept., 2009, 116 pages).
71. Six Poets from the Mountain South by John Lang (LSU Press trade paper, 221 pages, $24.95). Emory & Henry College professor's essays about about Jim Wayne Miller, Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, Jeff Daniel Marion, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Charles Wright.
72. Appalachian Children's Literature: An Annotated Bibliography compiled by Roberta Teague Herrin and Sheila Quinn Oliver, foreword by George Ella Lyon (McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C., "Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies, 26," trade paper, Nov. 2009, 355 pages).
74. Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns as told by Orville Hicks by Julia Ebel (Parkway Publishers, Apr. 2009). Ebel uses a free verse form to capture the popular storytellers versions of traditional tales.
76. Circling Home by John Lane (U. of Ga. Press trade paper ed., Mar. 2009). Premiere nature writer from area writes history of land within walking distance of home.
77. Sports in the Carolinas: From Death Valley to Tobacco Road edited by Ed Southern (Novello trade paper, June 2009). Collection of well-written short pieces that adulate sports heroes including Junior Johnson and Choo-choo Justice.
78. Family Hiking in the Smokies: Time Well Spent by Hal Hubbs, Charles Maynard, and David Morris (U. of Tenn. Pr., Knoxville, trade paper, 2009, 125 pages). Guide book presents 42 excursions, short and long, based on authors' trips with their children.
79. Radical Passions: A Memoir of Revolution and Healing by Kendall Hale (IUniverse, Nov. 2008). Candid, whirlwind account of a life as a student radical, union organizer, feminist musician, health clinic builder, seeker of inner peace, and Fairview mother and farmer.
80. Sixty Slices of Life…on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster by Fred Flaxman (Weaverville: Story Book Publishers trade paper, Dec. 2009, 249 pages). Tongue-in-cheek memoir including insights into public radio.
82. Warriors by Ed Nielsen (booksurge.com, Jan. 2009). Local authors presents first-person accounts of nine Vietnam War vets, four from WNC.
83. Meigs Line by Dwight McCarter and Joe Kelley (Grateful Steps, May 2009). Rangers explore the Cherokee-settler boundary in the Smokies.
84. A Life for a Life: The American Debate over the Death Penalty by Michael Dow Burkhead (McFarland & Co trade paper, Aug. 2009, 215 pages,$39.95). Asheville criminal psychologist reviews several issues surrounding the death penalty; published by Jefferson N.C. company. .
86. Homunculus by Jerry Stubblefield (Black Heron Press hardcover, March 2009). Novel about failing Appalachian writer whose imaginative, horrifying invention comes to life.
87. The Firescalds: Road to the Sky by Cleveland Jones (Holy Fire Publishing, Jan., 2009). Novel based on the author’s growing up in the Barker’s Creek community in Jackson County.
88. A Doctor All My Life by Lewis Rathbun (Grateful Steps, 2009). Doctor and Humanitarian Lewis Rathbun shares his stories of his life in women’s medicine throughout the 20th century. .
89. Sorrow’s End: A Novel by Maurice Stanley (Fairview, NC: Historical Images, Bright Mountain Books paper, 295 pages, $14).
90. Pure Bunkum: Reporting on the Life and Crimes of Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford by Cecil Bothwell. First person account of tracking down the Sheriff Medford story. (Brave Ulysses, Nov. 2008)
91. Get It Yet?: Everyday Rules for the Game of Life by A. Hugh Schintzius, Ed.B., M.Ed. (iUniverse trade paperback, Nov. 2009, 133 pages, $13.95). WNC author retiree publishes lines of wisdom gained from decades of philosophy and Bible reading.
93. Weavers of the Southern Highlands by Philis Alvic (Univ. of Kentucky Pr., 2003; trade paperback, 2009). This history of four centers of activity includes Fireside Industries at Berea and the Penland Weavers and Potters.
94. Remembering Highlands: From Pioneer Village to Mountain Retreat by Isabel Hall Chambers and Overton Chambers (History Press trade paperback, Sept. 2009).
95. The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist by Thomas Rain Crowe, illustrations by Robert Johnson (Wind Publications trade paperback, Oct., 2008). Essays that muse about Eden and environmental Armageddon; and then testify to an idyllic existence in Jackson County threatened by development.
96. The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee collected and edited by Barbara Duncan (UNC Press trade paper, July 2008)
97. Basil’s Dream by Christine Hale (Livingston Press trade paper, Apr. 2009). An American family’s move to Bermuda entangles them in politics, romance, and complicated alliances.
98. Rooted Deep in the Pigeon Valley: A Harvest of Western Carolina Memories by Carroll C. Jones (WinocaPress, Wilmington, N.C., hardcover, 244 pages, $19.95). Canton native and paper-maker presents historical accounts and memories. Previoiusly, he'd published the detailed history, The 25th North Carolina Troops in the Civil War,
99. Jackson County: Then & Now by Nick Breedlove and Lynn Hotaling (Arcadia trade paper, 2009, 96 pages). Sylva Herald publishers produce illustrated book, with ample, informed captions.
100. Silence by Christopher Brookhouse (Permanent Press hardcover, Jan. 2009). Literary Asheville novelist’s spare portrait of teens finding their way.
101. Beauty: A Novel by Mindi Meltz (Hidden Door Press trade paper, Jan. 2009, 215 pages)
102. Return to Nowhere by Leanna Sain (Twilight Times Books, Sept. 2009). Henderson County author’s sequel to Gateway to Nowhere, a romantic mystery.
104. The Day of the Knights by Jack Joseph Prather (PublishAmerica, Jan. 2009).
105. When Day Is Done by Julia Nunnally Duncan (March Street Pr trade paper, 2009). A woman reflects on her life in Milton, N.C., a town based on Marion.
107. Mountain Born: A Recollection of Life and Language in Western North Carolina by Jean Boone Benfield (Spartanburg: Reprint Company trade paper, May 1, 2010). Memories and sayings of rural Buncombe County, 1940s and 50s, by descendant of Israel Boone. .
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• The Blue Rose of Venice: Poems by Thomas Rain Crowe (Mountains and Rivers Press chapbook, Jan. 2010, $10). Poems chronicle experience and impressions of travel.
• Fire Gazer: Arson at the Wolfe House by Kevin Burton McGuire (Reminiscing Books trade paper, Nov. 2009, 100 pages, $11.95). Historical fiction about serial arsonist.
• Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 16, no. 1, 2009 issue 19, $13, 223 pages).
• Biltmore House Trivia: 200 Years of Fascinating Facts by Carole Marsh (Gallopade, Sept. 2009).
• Laughter Was God's Idea: Stories about Healing Humor by Chaplain Jack Hinson (Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Sylva, paperback, 2009, 149 pages). Chaplain at Harrison Regional Hospital shares the humor he uses as therapy.
• First Creation: 100 Years of Land Conservation by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, introduction by Randolph P. Shaffner (Highlands: Faraway Publishing hardcover, [Sept.] 2009, 96 pages, many color illus., $49.95). A photo appreciation of the nearly 1,800 acre preserve, with quotes and poems by naturalists.
• Smoky Mountain Magic by Horace Kephart, with a foreword by Libby Kephart Hargrave and introduction by George Ellison (Gatlinburg, TN: Great Smoky Mountains Association, Oct. 2009, 205 pages; paperback $12.95, hardcover, $19.95).
• Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of Passion by Jim Casada (High Country Pr. trade paperback, 2009, 448 pages). Casada’s magnum opus on his know-how and storehouse of folklore, arranged by creek.
• Colloquy in Black and White: Poems by Nancy Dillingham (Catawba Publishing Co. trade paper, Oct. 2009, 55 pages, $10).
•. Shadowboxing: One Man's Inspiring Battle with Stroke Recovery by William G. Robertson (Highbridge Press, Asheville, 2009). Survivor of a massive stroke, Robertson relates what went through his mind as he recovered.
• My Mountain Granny: The Story of Evelyn Howell Beck in the Mountain Town of Whittier, North Carolina by Matthew Baker (Ammons Communications, Aug. 2009).
• Hominy Valley Revisited: A Journey Back to Our Favorite Times by J.L. Mashburn (Enka: Colonial House Publishers hardcover, 372 pages). Two-page history accounts, accompanied by about a dozen photos each, covering nine communities, and serval subjects, such as “School Days” and “American Enka’s First Dutch Families.”
• Aretha’s Hat: Inauguration Day, 2009 by Kathryn Stripling Byer and Penelope Scambly Schott (chapbook in collaboration with Ash Creek Press, Portand, Oregon, 52 pages). In response to the Obama inauguration, Byer and Scambly alternated in representing the spirit of the day, and the experiences it recalled.
• Clothes Lines from 75 Western North Carolina Women Writers, ed. By Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham (Charlotte, NC: Catawba Publishing Co., 255 pages, $20). Stories and poems about clothing by women writers of the area.
• Quote These, College Edition by Tawan Maurice Perry (TMP Publishing, 2009). Book of quotations created by Warren Wilson College assistant dean of student life for students.
• Step Back in Time: A Walking Tour of Black Mountain by Nancy Mason and Jerry Pope (Sally the Bear trade paper, 2009, 48 pages). Sixteen sites, watercolors and photos, descriptions, and sidebars.
• College Degree in 3: A Guide for Completing College in Less than Four Years by J. Wilson Bowman, Ph.D. (R.J. Enterprises trade paper, 2009).
• The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Pat Riviere-Seel. Poems comprising the story of a woman executed in 1984, told through voice of her daughter. (Main Street Rag, Jan. 2009)
• Elizabeth and the Old Fool, and Other Stories by Naomi P. Bastow (Vantage, Dec. 2008)
• A Precious Window of Time: A Manual for Teaching and Nurturing Middle School Girls” by Howard Hangar and Dr. Vicki Garlock (Lobster Press, 2009)
• View from My Porch: A Look Back at Plumtree by Fran Vance Clemons (Books Books Books large format trade paperback, Oct. 2008)