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Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

by Charles Frazier

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 449 PAGES

Set in North Carolina, this is the best-selling novel of a wounded Confederate soldier who abandons the front line and journeys home to his prewar sweetheart. In spare, eloquent prose, Frazier describes the strong bond between a man and the land. (USS74, $16.00)

Biltmore Estate: The Most Distinguished Private Place

Biltmore Estate: The Most Distinguished Private Place

by John M Bryan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 157 PAGES

A detailed history of the Biltmore Estate, once the largest private residence in the US. John Bryan, an architecture historian at USC, features original architectural drawings, sketches, plans, presentation drawings, nineteenth-century photographs and vibrant new color photography. (USS205, $50.00)

Moon North Carolina

Moon North Carolina

by Sarah Bryan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A great resource for the independent traveler, this guidebook features a good introduction to land, history and culture, as well as practical detail on getting around, where to go, and where to stay. With personality, detailed local maps, glossary and suggested itineraries. (USS447, $19.99)

North Carolina Map

North Carolina Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2005
  • MAP

A fold-out map of North Carolina in the classic National Geographic style. Includes insets of Asheville, Charlotte, Winston/Salem, Fayetteville and Wilmington as well as information on Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Unfolded size: 21in x 18in. (USE653, $7.95)

 
Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations


by Chris Santella

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Santella showcases a wide variety of expertly selected places to bike, from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and the Indochina Trail in Vietnam to the urban jungle of New York City. (BCY37, $24.95)

Far Appalachia, Following the New River North

Far Appalachia, Following the New River North


by Noah Adams

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The host of NPR's All Things Considered travels the New River by car, bicycle, and canoe, investigating Appalachian history, ecology and local flavor along the way. (USM104, $16.00)

Historic Asheville


by Bob Terrell

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 260 PAGES

A cogent history of Asheville, North Carolina, when the land was wild and it was still a frontier town. As it happens, Asheville had its share of street brawls, Indian fights, wagon trains, saloons and brothels. Author Bob Terrell is a leading Asheville historian and a gospel music preservationist. (USE654, $21.99)

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike


by Grant Petersen

  • SPORT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Bicycle commuter, reformed racer and proprietor of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek California, Grant Petersen covers equipment, health, safety and attitude in 87 short and illustrated, often provocative essays. (BCY22, $13.95)

North Carolina Civil War Documentary

North Carolina Civil War Documentary


by W. Buck Yearns

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 365 PAGES

A collection of primary source material describing North Carolina from the secession movement through the Civil War (USS114, $27.95)

North Carolina, A History

North Carolina, A History


by William Stevens Powell

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

A short history of North Carolina for the general reader, published in celebration of the bicentennial and revised by the author in 1988. (USS126, $19.95)

Trail of Tears, The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation

Trail of Tears, The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation


by John Ehle

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

The history of the Cherokee, from their first settlement in the Southeast to their forced exile from Georgia to the West; it makes for a heartbreaking story of history, politics and power. (USE21, $16.95)

The Vanderbilts

The Vanderbilts


by Jerry Patterson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

A popular history of the powerful and wealthy American family. Patterson's survey of the Vanderbilts' opulence is well illustrated with 250 pictures of the family's members, their art, glittering mansions and the monuments integrally tied to their legacy. (NYC108, $57.50)

Evensong

Evensong


by Gail Godwin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

A moving novel set in the fictional Appalachian hamlet of High Balsam in the Smokies of western North Carolina. (USE27, $14.95)

Southern Selves

Southern Selves


by James H. Watkins

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 377 PAGES

A vibrant collective picture of the American South from both sides of the tracks and both sides of the color line. With 31 contributions by such prominent southern literary figures as Mark Twain and Maya Angelou. Spanning roughly 100 years, each selection resonates with the distinct experience of growing up in the South. (USS67, $17.00)

The Height of Our Mountains, Nature Writing from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley

The Height of Our Mountains, Nature Writing from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley


by Michael P. Branch | Daniel J. Philippon

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 460 PAGES

A diverse anthology and portrait of the region, covering from 1612 to 1996. (USS295, $30.00)

The Land Breakers

The Land Breakers


by John Ehle

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

This highly praised piece of historical fiction, set in the mountain territory of North Carolina, follows a group of early settlers as they left the auspices of the American colonies for the wilderness. (USE631, $17.95)

The Marrow of Tradition

The Marrow of Tradition


by Charles Waddell Chesnutt | Eric J. Sundquist

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Based on the violence that erupted in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898, this novel dramatizes the politically charged race riots that engulfed the city. (USS127, $16.00)

This is Where We Live, Short Stories by 25 Contemporary North Carolina Writers

This is Where We Live, Short Stories by 25 Contemporary North Carolina Writers


by Michael McFee

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

A collection of short stories from the last 15 years. Includes pieces by Philip Gerard, Heather Ross Miller and June Spence. (USS129, $24.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 446 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area. (USS31, $22.00)

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