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Biggers, Jeff. THE UNITED STATES OF APPALACHIA: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Emeryville, CA, Shoemaker & Hoard, 2005). Bibliography, index, 288 pages.

~~~ In a time when the world has become a global village and America a global nation, there is one place where things are largely as they used to be. Protected by mountains, largely ignored by modern industry and developers, Appalachia is America’s first and last frontier. Encom-passing more than 195,000 square miles in thirteen states, it possesses the least understood and most underappreciated culture in the United States.
~~~ A beautifully produced companion volume to the PBS documentary narrated by Naomi Judd, The Appalachians fills the void in information about the region, offering a rich portrait of its history and its legacy in music, literature, and film.
~~~ The text includes essays by some of Appalachia’s most respected scholars and journalists; excerpts from never-before-published diaries and journals; firsthand recollections from native Appalachians including Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, and Ralph Stanley; indigenous song lyrics and poetry; and oral histories from common folk whose roots run strong and deep. The book also includes more than one hundred illustrations, both archival and newly created. Here is a wondrous book celebrating a unique and invaluable cultural heritage.

$17.95





Evans, Mari-Lynn; Robert Santelli and Holly George-Warren (eds). APPALACHIA: America's First and Last Frontier. NEW copy, hardcover. (NY: Random House, 2004). 9.5 x 7.5, over 100 photographs & illustrations, contributors notes, index, 288 pages.

~~~ In a time when the world has become a global village and America a global nation, there is one place where things are largely as they used to be. Protected by mountains, largely ignored by modern industry and developers, Appalachia is America’s first and last frontier. Encom-passing more than 195,000 square miles in thirteen states, it possesses the least understood and most underappreciated culture in the United States.
~~~ A beautifully produced companion volume to the PBS documentary narrated by Naomi Judd, The Appalachians fills the void in information about the region, offering a rich portrait of its history and its legacy in music, literature, and film.
~~~ The text includes essays by some of Appalachia’s most respected scholars and journalists; excerpts from never-before-published diaries and journals; firsthand recollections from native Appalachians including Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, and Ralph Stanley; indigenous song lyrics and poetry; and oral histories from common folk whose roots run strong and deep. The book also includes more than one hundred illustrations, both archival and newly created. Here is a wondrous book celebrating a unique and invaluable cultural heritage.

$25.00





Williams, John Alexander. APPALACHIA: A History. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998). 6x9, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 496 pages.

~~~ Interweaving social, political, environmental, economic, and popular history, John Alexander Williams chronicles four and a half centuries of the Appalachian past. Along the way, he explores Appalachia's long-contested boundaries and the numerous, often contradictory images that have shaped perceptions of the region as both the essence of America and a place apart. Williams begins his story in the colonial era and describes the half-century of bloody warfare as migrants from Europe and their American-born offspring fought and eventually displaced Appalachia's Native American inhabitants. He depicts the evolution of a backwoods farm-and-forest society, its divided and unhappy fate during the Civil War, and the emergence of a new industrial order as railroads, towns, and extractive industries penetrated deeper and deeper into the mountains. Finally, he considers Appalachia's fate in the twentieth century, when it became the first American region to suffer widespread deindustrialization, and examines the partial renewal created by federal intervention and a small but significant wave of in-migration.
~~~ Throughout the book, a wide range of Appalachian voices enlivens the analysis and reminds us of the importance of storytelling in the ways the people of Appalachia define themselves and their region.

$29.00










Runolfson, Kevin. THE THINGS YOU FIND ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: A Memoir of Discovery, Endurance and a Lazy Dog. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010). 6x9. 45 photographs, index, 228 pp.
~~~ This upbeat nitty-gritty memoir, based on the author’s 2001 trail journal, chronicles one man’s hike the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, beginning just north of Atlanta and finishing six months later in Maine. The journey included adventures with a faithful and eccentric dog, a new romance, and the challenges and triumphs of walking 2167 miles in all kinds of weather.

$30.00







Gayheart, Willard and Donia S. Eley, WILLARD GAYHEART, APPALACHIAN ARTIST. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003). 81 photographs, bibliography, index, 199 pp.
~~~ Willard Gayheart, a pencil artist from eastern Kentucky who now lives in southwestern Virginia, presents the history, people and culture of the Appalachian region. This book combines a biography of Gayheart with a portfolio of his work and his comments on his inspirations and techniques. His art has its roots in his childhood and his memories of that time inspire him today. Gayheart is also known for his portrayals of Appalachian musicians and ways of life, and many such drawings are reproduced here.

$35.00






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Almond, Harold D., MD. STORIES OF A WEST VIRGINIA DOCTOR. NEW copy, trade paperback. (McClain Printing Company, 1997). 114 pages.

~~~ Harold David Almond was born in 1915 to a large, close-knit family in New Jersey. Coming to the mountains and forests of West Virginia to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College, Harold began a never-ending love affair with this wondrous place. Starting his practice in Upshur County in 1949 he devoted himself to tending to the lives of his patients until his death in 1999.

$15.00


Banks, Jay, MD. HOUSE CALLS IN THE HILLS: Memoirs of a Country Doctor. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Mountain State Press, 1996). 131 pages.

~~~ Take a trip through the hills of West Virginia with Dr. Jay Banks, general practitioner. Read along as he begins his rural practice in Beaver, West Virginia. Blessed with a good nurse, acceptance by the locals, and a sense of humor, Dr. Banks recounts his memories with affection and wit. These were the days of many house calls to the country folk - delivering babies, dealing with swarming flies, and accepting items in trade. A compassionate and humorous look at a rural medical practice.

$10.95


Brown, Vickie Osborne. MOUNTAIN MIDWIFE: Life and Times of Isabella Brown Neal. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: West Virginia Book Company, 2010). 148 pages.

~~~ Mountain Midwife is the story of Isabella Brown Neal, a hard-working, outspoken old mountain woman. Known as Belle, she traveled the hills of Clay County, West Virginia delivering babies and nursing the area’s poorest families. Belle walked or rode her old nag, often traveling alone with just a doctor’s bag of herbs, a lantern, and a shotgun.
~~~ Called into service no matter the weather, the distance, the time of day or night, Belle would respond to almost any need, and was happy to do it. When a wild-eyed, exhausted 10 year old would appear to bring Belle for a birthing, she would fix him cornbread and buttermilk, and reassure him he had done his job. Next the two would jump on Belle’s horse and head out.
~~~ It is estimated that Belle delivered over 3,000 babies in her 40-year career. A lost breed, Belle never expected formal payment, most often didn’t receive it, and would graciously accept a ham or chicken. While Belle could be stubborn and outspoken, she spent her life caring for families when they needed it most, and delighted in the work.

$12.95










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Crissman, James G., DEATH AND DYING IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA: Changing Attitudes and Practices. Near fine, trade paperback. (Urbana: Univ of Illinois Press, 1994). Illustrations.

$14.50










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Dickey, James and William A. Bahe, WAYFARER: A Voice from the Southern Mountains. VG+/VG+ Maroon boards; oversize. (Birmingham: Oxmoor House, 1988). 1st edition, profusely illustrated

$40.00


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