There is a passage in the heart of Ron Rash’s novel, The World Made Straight, in which Leonard Shuler remembers…
Author, storyteller and playwright Gary Carden of Sylva has been awarded the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award presented by the North Carolina…
Sometimes a book touches our hearts in a very special way. In the winter and spring of 1978, having saved…
About 15 years ago, one frequent guest at our bed and breakfast here in Waynesville was a Mrs. Irene Harrison,…
Dear readers, your attention, please! Hailing from the backwater town of Alexandria, Miss., allow me to introduce 12-year-old Harriet Dufresnes!…
After reading three autobiographies in less than 10 days, I emerged from the encounter feeling much like a lover who…
Campus Sexpot: A Memoir! by David Carkeet. The University of Georgia Press, 2005. 137 pages. Before I was 10 pages…
  Like many of my fellow writers and readers, I am a sucker for word books. I love dictionaries —…
I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone by Nina Simone and Stephen Cleary. New York: Pantheon…
Valentine’s Day is just around the bend, and for anyone with even a breath of romance in the heart —…
Franklin, Tennessee. It is November 1864, and many of us (Civil War buffs) have been here before. We recognize this…
Preschool children are normally as full of questions as a quiz show host on a fast night. They want to…
“And so we stood together like that, at the top of that field for what seemed ages, not saying anything,…
In One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance (ISBN 0-312-30443-9, $23.95), Christina Hoff Sommers, author of…
When I heard the screen door slam, I knew she was gone. I made it to the window just in…
Talk To the Hand #?*!: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home…
Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd. Random House, 2005. 572 pages. Yikes! Saints and guardian angels defend us! It is yet…
The Compleat Gentleman by Brad Miner. Spence Publishing, 2004. 264 pages. The Truth of the Matter by Robb Forman Dew.…
Shortly after completing Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier discussed the possible subject of his next novel. Frazier said that he wanted…
This year marks 140 years since the end of the American Civil War. In that time a gigantic library of…
By Michael Beadle It’s no secret the “War in Iraq” is not going well. Even the most optimistic reports show…
Author Thomas Rain Crowe has been selected to receive the 2005 Ragan Old North State Award for his naturalist-based work…
This week letÕs peruse three unrelated books whose only commonality lies in the fact that they were either written by…
When I am at home, the TV is usually on. I like the company, and since I am almost deaf,…
Something is out of joint in the little fishing village of Bareneed on the coast of Newfoundland. The rules that…
Every now and then a disc arrives that I have absolutely no idea what to do with. Freakwater’s latest, Thinking…
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