North Carolina Books

North Carolina Books

Compiled by Eileen L. McGrath

 


January 2015

Book Reviews (PDF)

Marianne Gingher, ed. Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers
Carl Nordgren. Anung’s Journey: An Ancient Ojibway Legend as told by Steve Fobister
Anna Hider and Julia Hider. Badass Civil War Beards
Sarah Mayorga-Gallo. Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood
Luddy, Karon. Bewilderment of Boys
John Lane. Fate Moreland’s Widow
Bob Garner. Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm
Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr. Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

 


January 2014

 

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Catherine W. Bishir. Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 380 pp.  $30.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-0875-4. Reviewed by Elizabeth Dunn, Duke University.

ACC Basketball Cover

Dan Collins. The ACC Basketball Book of Fame. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 2013. 319 pp. $26.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-606-5. Reviewed by

Jay Gaidmore, College of William and Mary.

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Alex Albright. The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy. Fountain, NC: R.A. Fountain, Inc., 2013. 194 pp. $20.00. ISBN 978-0-9842-1022-0. Reviewed by Steven Case, State Library of North Carolina.

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Sarah McCulloh Lemmon and Nancy Smith Midgette. North Carolina and the Two World Wars. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, 2013. 245 pp. $15.00. ISBN 978-0-86526-444-1. Reviewed by C. William Gee, East Carolina University.

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Karen Matthews. The Legend of Lizard Lick: A North Carolina Folktale.  North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. 36 pp.  $15.00. ISBN 9781479382477. Available through www.carolinasouvenirs.com  and amazon.com. Reviewed by Laura Gillis, formerly Forsyth County Public Library.

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Lynn Setzer. Tar Heel History on Foot: Great Walks through 400 Years of North Carolina's Fascinating Past. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 348 pp.  ISBN 978-1-4696-0890-7 (paper) $20.00. Reviewed by Kate Hickey, Retired from Elon University.

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Carolyn Ross Johnston, ed. Voices of Cherokee Women. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 2013. 295 pp. $12.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-599-0. Reviewed by Elizabeth Hobart, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry. Introduction by Wilton Barnhardt.  Hillsborough, NC: Eno Publishers, 2013. 218 pp. $15.95. ISBN 978-0-9832-4755-5. Reviewed by Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries.

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Michael Ellis. North Carolina English, 1861-1865: A Guide and Glossary. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2013. 328 pp. $95.00. ISBN 978-1-62190-002-3. Reviewed by Jenny McElroy, Minnesota Historical Society.

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Lawrence S. Earley. The Workboats of Core Sound: Stories and Photographs of a Changing World. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 166 pp. $35.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-1064-1. Reviewed by Tommy Nixon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Mark I. Pinsky. Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2013. 280 pp. $24.95. ISBN 978-0-8958-7611-9. Reviewed by Matthew Reynolds, East Carolina University.

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Marilee Haynes. A.K.A. Genius. Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 2013. 208 pp. $9.95. ISBN 978-0-8198-0830-1. Reviewed by Linda Winkler, Wake County Public Libraries.

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Gerald W. Thomas. Rebels and King’s Men: Bertie County in the Revolutionary War. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Office of Archives and History, 2013. 221 pp. $15.00. ISBN 978-0-86526-451-9. Reviewed by Maurice C. York, Louisburg College.

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David La Vere. The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 262 pp. $30.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-1090-0. Reviewed by David W. Young, University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

September 2013

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Fred C. Fussell, with Steve Kruger. Photographs by Cedric N. Chatterley. Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 281 pp. $20.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-0821-1. Reviewed by Michelle Cronquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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David Bryant, George Davidson, Terri Kirby Hathaway, and Kathleen Angione. North Carolina's Amazing Coast: Natural Wonders from Alligators to Zoeas. Athens: University of Georgia Press, in cooperation with North Carolina Sea Grant Program, 2013. 1 vol., unpaged.  $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8203-4510-9. Reviewed by Laura Gillis, formerly Forsyth County Public Library.

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Tim Peeler. The Easter Monday Baseball Game: North Carolina State and Wake Forest on the Diamond, 1899-1956. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2013. 230 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-7864-7452-3. Reviewed by John Blythe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Lee A. Craig. Josephus Daniels: His Life & Times. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 474 pp. $35.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-0695-8. Reviewed by Robert G. Anthony, Jr., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jay Barnes. North Carolina’s Hurricane History, 4th ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 335 pp. $35.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-0652-1. Reviewed by Eleanor I. Cook, East Carolina University.

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Deb Williams. Charlotte Motor Speedway History: From Granite to Gold. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2013. 158 pp. $19.99. ISBN 978-1-62629-018-4.
 

Richard Miller. Bowman Gray Stadium. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013. 127 pp. $21.99. ISBN 978-0-7385-9918-2.

Both reviewed by Suzanne Wise, Appalachian State University.

 


June 2013

Summer Kinard. Can’t Buy Me Love. Durham: Light Messages, 2013. 267 pp. $18.95. ISBN 978-1-61153-054-4. Reviewed by Anna Craft, UNC Greensboro

Philip Gerard. Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 276 pp. $30.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-0207-3. Reviewed by Brian Dietz, North Carolina State University Libraries

Wilton Barnhardt. Lookaway, Lookaway. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2013. 361 pp. $25.99. 978-1-250-02083-3. (Also available as an ebook:  $12.99; 978-1-250-02150.) Reviewed by Arleen Fields, Methodist University.

Tom Earnhardt. Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 314 pages. $35.00. ISBN 978-1-4696-0699-6. Reviewed by Dianne Ford, Elon University.

Georgann Eubanks. Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guidebook. Photographs by Donna Campbell. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 367 pp.  ISBN 978-1-4696-0701-6 (cloth) $39.95. ISBN 978-1-4696-0702-3 (paper) $22.00. Reviewed by

Cindy Shirkey, East Carolina University.

Peggy Payne. Cobalt Blue. Winchester UK: Roundfire Books, 2013. 299 pp. $20.95.  ISBN 978-1-78099-808-4. Reviewed by Carol Truett, Appalachian State University.

April 2013

Spoma Jovanovic. Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2012. 226 pp. $34.95 ISBN 978-1-55728-991-9. Reviewed by

Michele Hayslett, UNC Chapel Hill

Murdock John McSween. Confederate Incognito: The Civil War Reports of “Long Grabs,” a.k.a. Murdoch John McSween, 26th and 35th North Carolina Infantry. Edited by E. B. Munson.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2013. 263 pp. $45.00. ISBN 978-0-7864-7210-9. www.mcfarlandpub.com. Review by  Biff Hollingsworth, UNC Chapel Hill

Richard Krawiec, Allison Elrod, and Debra Kaufman. …and love…. Durham, NC: Jacar Press, 2012. 177pp. $15.00. ISBN 978-0-9845740-5-6. Reviewed by Ingrid Ruffin, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 


January 2013

David S. Cecelski. The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway & the Slaves’ Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. 352 pp. $30.00. ISBN 978-0-8078-3566-1. Reviewed by C. William Gee, East Carolina University.

James L. Hoffman. Day Trips, The Carolinas: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler. First ed.  Guilford, CT: GPP Travel, 2012. 391pp. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7627-7940-6. Reviewed by Laura Gillis, formerly Forsyth County Public Library

John Yow. The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal: The Secret Lives of Birds of the Southeastern Shore.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. 234 pp. $26.00. ISBN 278-0-8078-3561-6. Reviewed by Kate Donnelly Hickey, Elon University (retired).

Bland Simpson. Two Captains from Carolina: Moses Grandy, John Newland Maffitt, and the Coming of the Civil War: A Nonfiction Novel.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. 187 pp. $28.00. ISBN 978-0-80878-3585-2. Reviewed by Rodney Lippard, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry. Hillsborough, N.C.: Eno Publishers, 2012. 207 pp. $15.95. ISBN 978-0-9832475-3-1. Reviewed by Tommy Nixon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Judy Goldman. Losing My Sister: A Memoir. Winston Salem: John F. Blair, 2012. 270 pp. $21.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-583-9. Reviewed by Jennifer L. Smith, Elon University

John E. Batchelor. Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2012. 338 pp. $19.95. ISBN: 978-0-89587-581-5.  Reviewed by Mark Stoffan,
Western Carolina University.

Virginia Kantra. Carolina Home. New York: Berkeley Sensation, 2012. 294 pp. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-425-25093-8.  Reviewd by Linda Winkler, Wake County Public Libraries.

Woody Durham, with Adam Lucas. Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 2012. 241 pp. $26.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-577-8 (alk. paper), ISBN 978-0-89587-578-5 (ebook).

Reviewed by Margaretta Yarborough, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


August 2012

Judy Hogan.  Killer Frost. Wethersfield, CT:  Mainly Murder Press, 2012. 237 pp. $15.95. ISBN 978-0-9836823-8-7. Reviewed by Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries.

Ann Tatlock. Travelers Rest. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2012. 344 pp. $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7642-0810-2. Reviewed by Anna Craft, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Terry Roberts. A Short Time to Stay Here.  Banner Elk, NC: Ingalls Publishing Group, 2012. 268 pp.  $17.95.  ISBN 978-1-932158-99-1. Reviewed by Carol Truett, Appalachian State University

Marybeth Whalen. The Mailbox: A Novel.  Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2010. 303 pp. $14.99.  ISBN 978-0-7814-0369-6. Reviewed by Katherine R. Winslow, North Carolina Wesleyan College

Erik Lars Myers. North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries. Winston-Salem, N.C.: John F. Blair, 2012. 285 pp. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-571-6. Reviewed by John Blythe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

J. Samuel Walker. ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 395 pp.  $30.00. ISBN 978-0-8078-3503-6. Reviewed by Calvin Craig, Gaston College.

27 Views of Asheville: A Southern Mountain Town in Prose & Poetry. Introduction by Rob Neufeld.  Hillsborough: Eno Publishers, 2012. 204 pp. $15.95. ISBN 978-0-9832475-1-7. Reviewed by Roberta Engleman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (retired).

Bob Garner. Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue: North Carolina’s Favorite Food. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair Publisher, 2012. 323 pp. $24.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-574-7. Reviewd by Valerie Freeman, Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Campus.

Jeffrey J. Crow, Paul D. Escott, and Flora J. Hatley Wadelington. A History of African Americans in North Carolina, 2nd rev. ed. Raleigh: North Carolina Office of Archives and History, 2011. 292 pp. $15.00. 978-0-86526-351-2. Reviewed by Jennifer Townes, Saint Augustine’s College.

Gerald W. Thomas. Destitute Patriots: Bertie County in the War of 1812. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 2012. 233 pp. $15.00. ISBN 978-0-86526-412-0. Reviewed by David W. Young, University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Rose Senehi. Render Unto the Valley. Chimney Rock, NC: KIM Publications, 2012. 288 p. $15.95. ISBN 978-0-615-49995-6. Review by Arleen Fields, Methodist University.

Jack J. Prather, Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina. Hendersonville: Future Now Publishing, 2012. 400 p. $19.95. ISBN 978-1466276222. Reviewed by Steven Case, State Library of North Carolina.


December 2011

Julia Taylor Ebel, with M. Joann Moretz. Mama’s Wreaths. Vilas, N.C.: Canterbury House Publishing, 2011. 64 pp. $10.95. ISBN 978-0-9829054-3-2.  Reviewed by Deborah Ashby, Sandhills Community College.

Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea V. Ames, Stephen J. Culver, and David J. Mallison. The Battle for North Carolina’s Coast: Evolutionary History, Present Crisis, and Vision for the Future. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 142 pp. $25.00. ISBN978-0-8078-3486-2.  Reviewed by Matthew Reynolds, East Carolina University.

William H. Rohe. The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 298 pp. $45.00. ISBN 978-0-8122-4343-7.  Reviewed by Beth L. Rowe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

James Valentine, with text by Chris Bolgiano. Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, & Wilderness. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 136 pp. $35.00. ISBN: 978-0-8078-3514-2.  Reviewed by Nicole Robertson, Vance-Granville Community College.


October 2011

27 Views of Chapel Hill: A Southern University Town in Prose & Poetry. Hillsborough, NC:  Eno Publishers, 2011. 235 pp. $16.50. 978-0-9820771-91.  Reviewed by Kelley Lawton, Duke University.

Deborah Beckel. Radical Reform: Interracial Politics in Post-Emancipation North Carolina.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011. 296 pp. $45.00. ISBN 978-0-8139-3002-2.  Reviewed by C. William Gee, East Carolina University.

Steve Cushman. Heart with Joy. Vilas, N.C.: Canterbury House Publishing, 2010. 182 pp. $14.95. ISBN 978-0-9825396-3-7.  Reviewed by Judi Bugniazet, Perquimans County Library.

Carolyn Guy. Autumn Bends the Rebel Tree. Vilas, N.C.: Canterbury House Publishing, 2011.  261 pp. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-9825396-9-9.  Reviewed by Carol Truett, Appalachian State University.

Leonard Carson Lambert, Jr., as told to Michael Lambert. Up from These Hills: Memories of a Cherokee Boyhood. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011. 197 pp. $18.95. ISBN 978-0-8032-3536-6.  Reviewed by David W. Young, University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

 

Cheryl Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts. North Carolina Lighthouses: Stories of History and Hope. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2011. 152 pp. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-7627-7351-0.  Reviewed by Nina Exner, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Eileen Clymer Schwab. Shadow of a Quarter Moon. New York: New American Library, 2011. 380 pp. $15.00. ISBN 978-0-451-23328-8.  Reviewed by Arleen Fields, Methodist University.

Carole Watterson Troxler. Farming Dissenters: The Regulator Movement in Piedmont North Carolina. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 2011. 221 pp. $15.00. ISBN 978-0-86526-350-5.  Reviewed by Jason E. Tomberlin, University of North Carolina.

Stan Ulanski. Fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks: The Complete Guide to More Fish from Surf, Pier, Sound, & Ocean. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 198 pp. $20. ISBN 978-0-8078-7207-9.  Reviewed by Stephen Bank, Wake County Public Library.

Ann Greenleaf Wirtz. The Henderson County Curb Market: A Blue Ridge Heritage since 1924. Boone, N.C.: Parkway Publishers, 2010. 172 pp. $19.95. ISBN 978-1-933251-71-4.  Reviewed by Michelle Cronquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


June - August 2011

 

Jennifer Bean Bower. Animal Adventures in North Carolina. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 2011. 263 pp. $14.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-382-8.  Reviewed by Michelle Cronquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  Leah Chester-Davis, and Toby Bost, eds. The Successful Gardener Guide, North Carolina. Winston-Salem, N.C. : John F. Blair, 2011.  218 pp. $19.95.  ISBN 978-0-89587-515-0 and 978-0-89587-515-7 (ebook).  Reviewed by Nancy R. Frazier, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (retired).
  Diane Daniel. Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers’ Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids’ Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries and More. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 282 pp. $18.95. ISBN 978-0-8078-7182-9.  Reviewed by Michele Hayslett, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Donald Davis. Tales from a Free-Range Childhood. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair Publisher, 2011. 239 pp. $12.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-509-9.  Reviewed by Catherine Tingelstad, Pitt Community College Library.
  Gregory P. Downs. Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 346 pp. $39.95. ISBN 978-0-8078-3444-2.  Reviewed by Audra Eagle Yun, Wake Forest University.
  Clint Johnson. Touring the Carolinas’ Civil War Sites. 2nd ed. Winston-Salem, NC:  John F. Blair, 2011. 360pp. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-89587-403-0.  Reviewed by Vicki Miller, Winston Salem State University.
  Joe Miller. Backpacking North Carolina: The Definitive Guide to 43 Can’t–Miss Trips from Mountains to Sea. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 238 pp. $45.00 ISBN 978-0-8078-3455-8 (cloth); $20.00 ISBN 978-0-8078-7183-6 (paper).  Reviewed by Katie Nash, Elon University.
Tim Peeler, and Roger Winstead. NC State Basketball: 100 Years of Innovation. Raleigh: NC State University Athletics Department, 2010. 245 pp.  $30.00. ISBN 978-0-8078-3447-3. (Copies of this publication may be ordered from the UNC Press web site (www.uncpress.unc.edu) or by calling Longleaf Services at 800-848-6224.)  Reviewed by Suvanida Duangudom, Wake Technical Community College.
  Kevin Reynolds. Native North Carolina: The What, Why, and Where of Native American Place Names. Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers, Inc., 2010.(Distributed by John F. Blair, Publisher) 122 pp. $14.95. ISBN 978-1-933251-72-1.  Reviewed by Jennifer McElroy, Minnesota Historical Society Library
  Bland Simpson and Scott Taylor. The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside and Sound Country. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 140 pp. $30.00. ISBN 978-0-8078-3439-8.  Reviewed by Shannon Tennant, Elon University.
  Alan D. Watson. Tyrrell County: A Brief History. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 2010. 244 pp. $15.00, paperback. ISBN 0-86526-347-7.  Reviewed by Patrick M. Valentine, East Carolina University.