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About one thousand years ago, the Gaelic word clann, which means children, first came into common usage. The earliest example of checked or striped cloth worn in Scotland is a fragment of two-color “dog-tooth” checked woolen fabric—the so-called “Falkirk tartan”—circa a.d. 235. However, prior to the sixteenth century, there is no evidence of the tartan as it is recognized today.
Based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration charts, this companion to the Cruising Guide to North Carolina contains color navigational charts pertaining to that area. These large-format maps allow travelers to experience the delights of the storied North Carolina coastline and the Outer Banks with complete confidence. Marinas, historical spots, and restaurants that are detailed in the book are pinpointed and cross-referenced on these charts. Spiral.
Centering on Asheville and trekking out for sixty miles in all directions, this lighthearted, personal guide focuses on all the attractions of the region. Western North Carolina, bordering Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, attracts five million visitors annually. Paperback.
Take a trip across miles of salty seawater in the entertaining and informative children’s book Discovering Pirates. Part nonfiction, part poetry, and plenty of fun, Discovering Pirates takes young readers on a wave of adventure from the Mediterranean Sea into the tropical waters of the Caribbean. In this lavishly illustrated children’s book, one can find a world of riches, discovery, and excitement. Hardcover.
Did you know that Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable founded what was to become Chicago? That Charles Richard Drew invented a method of preserving plasma for blood transfusions? Or that Phyllis Wheatley wrote a poem about George Washington, and as a result was invited to meet him? Hardcover.
The Flags of Civil War North Carolina is the history of this short-lived republic (which later joined the Confederacy), told through the banners that flew over its government, cavalry, and navy. From the hand-painted flag of the Guilford Greys to the flag of the Buncombe Riflemen—made from the dresses of the ladies of Asheville—this collection is an exceptional tribute to the valiant men who bore these banners and to their ill-fated crusade for independence.
A comprehensive discussion of the flags that represented the southern nation between 1861 and 1865, The Flags of the Confederacy offers a detailed and well-researched look at the history of the national, state, and military flags that were developed during the period in which the new Southern nation existed.
This innovative story infuses Clement C. Moore’s classic poem with traditional Gullah folklore and characters. Traveling through a coastal South Carolina town, Buh Rabbit delivers his presents to all of the good boys and girls.
Christmas has come to the mountain country of Appalachia in a delightful new version of the classic holiday verse by Clement Moore. James Rice, illustrator of the bestselling Cajun Night Before Christmas, has teamed up with Thomas Noel Turner, a long-time resident of the Appalachian region and professor of education at the University of Tennessee, to add winsome dimension to the enchanting tale.
When her neighbor handed her the stack of yellowed letters that had been rescued from an Atlanta, Georgia, pile of trash, author Elizabeth Whitley Roberson had no idea who Eli Pinson Landers was. Landers, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, was the author of these evocative, insightful letters written to his mother, Susan Landers, back in their home of Yellow River, Georgia.
’Round Christmastime, things are a little different on the Emerald Isle. Father Christmas with his Irish eyes twinkling ushers in his seven elves, to enjoy the poteen and plum pudding and unpack his large sack. And thus begins the wondrous Irish Night Before Christmas. Hardcover.
Jack Hinson never planned to become a deadly sniper. A prosperous and influential plantation owner in the 1850s, Hinson was devoted to raising his growing family and working his land. Yet by 1865, Hinson had likely killed more than one hundred men and had single-handedly taken down an armed Union transport in his one-man war against Grant’s army and navy. By the end of the Civil War, the Union had committed infantry and cavalry from nine regiments and a specially equipped amphibious task force of marines to capture Hinson, who was by that time nearly sixty years old. They never caught him. Since then, the story of Jack Hinson has evaded astute historians, and until now, he has remained invisible in the history of sniper warfare.
One fall afternoon, young Ben Mozingo’s father, Cordes, takes Ben on a routine tour of The Bond, the large plantation for which he is superintendent. The routine tour, however, turns into a trip that will alter their lives forever. Paperback.
The expanding American frontier in the late 1800s created a battleground on which white and Indian cultures inevitably clashed. Slowly and inexorably the red man was pushed from his land and stripped of his birthright.
Traditional Wheaten Bannocks and unusual Sair Heidies both can be found in A Little Book of Scottish Baking. For those unfamiliar with the rich baking traditions of Scotland, Wheaten Bannocks were once a daily staple of the national diet before white flour became widely available. Sair Heidies, or “Sore Heads,” reflect the Scottish sense of humor. The straight-sided cakes are wrapped in paper “bandages” and have domed, crusted heads with lump sugar on top, representing “aspirin.”
Picture on an imposing castle on the moor—the cavernous main hall, the fire roaring in the hearth, a bearded man reciting Burns, and the merry men home from the hunt enjoying a festive banquet. Paperback.
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