Scarecrow in Gray
The title of Barry Yelton's Scarecrow in Gray is derived from the impression of the condition of the Confederate soldiers as described by a new [North Carolina] recruit, Francis Yelton, the author's great-grandfather. The book is a personal, emotional tale of the new private's adventures during the final year of the Civil War, in which the men were all so starved they looked like scarecrows. (From a reader review on Amazon.com.)
Yelton, a Forest City native, married Judy Jackson, daughter of the late Clyde and Ruby Jackson. They currently live on Beason Road in Cliffside and attend Cliffside Baptist Church, where Barry serves as a deacon.
Anita Price Davis & James M. Walker
Rutherford County in the Korean War
Highlights the Korean War-era service and sacrifice of the people of Rutherford County. An intimate and revealing portrait of the strength of a community and the character of its people. Nearly 20 photos and write-ups of Cliffside men and women who served during the Korean conflict.
Slow Road Home
“Both down-to-earth and heartwarming, the Slow Road Home is just one of those books that enrich your experience as a reader... [The author is] a good companion, using his knowledge as a naturalist, his eye for a picture, and his decidedly poetic voice to point out all the small things one might otherwise miss, while spinning a yarn that captivates the imagination.” (A reader's comment.)
Alfred Reno Bailey
Cliffside: Portrait of A Carolina Mill Town
Words and pictures portraying the gentle and loving nature of Cliffside and the generations of people who have called it home. Two hundred fourteen photos of the places and people of Cliffside from the earliest days to the 1980s. Photos of or references to over 400 of the town's citizens.
The Sweet Everlasting
Narrator Ellis Burt, the 74-year-old son of a poor white Georgia sharecropper, grew up during the Depression and served six years in the penitentiary while still a young man. Moving restlessly back and forth from time present to time past, he recalls his childhood, courtship and marriage, trying to sort out what brought him to the one awful moment when he fell hapless victim to his early social deprivation.
Price Davis, James M. Walker
County in World War II, Vol. II
A follow-up to Rutherford County in World War II
continues to illustrate the tremendous contributions of a brave
community to the World War II effort. Patriotic photographs, many of which
were collected by the authors during personal interviews with local veterans and
other dedicated residents, memorialize this proud county’s service
and commitment to the war effort.
You'll recognize several of those included in the book:
Glenn McKinney; Hollis Owens, Jr.; Dan Scruggs; Robert
Condrey; Solon Smart; and others.
“Plant Life is an American classic...it
presents a compelling and moving portrait of an entire community. In
this case, it is the life of a cotton mill (in Russell,
N. C.) and three generations of women who work there...Stark,
poetic, funny, gritty, and intense, their stories will move
you to tears and make you laugh at the same time. Never
have the lives of Southern working women been so well documented,
their stories so truly told.” —Lee
[Pamela Duncan was born in Asheville and raised in Black Mountain,
Swannanoa, and Shelby, N.C. She holds a B.A. in journalism
from UNC Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English and creative writing
from NC State University in Raleigh.]
Price Davis, James M. Walker
County in World War II
Rutherford County gave generously and selflessly to World
War II. Local men and women participated in every significant
engagement of the war, in every imaginable capacity, in every
branch of service.
Several Cliffside men are represented in the book, among them Grover Haynes,
Jr. and James Price.
Carolina During The Great Depression
Through interviews with survivors
of the Depression, the use of photographs taken by federally
supported photographers and research into
the history of the period, this work provides an accurate
and even uplifting portrait of the people of the Mountains,
and Coastal areas of North Carolina in the 1930s.
Life in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung
A memoir by an extraordinary Lattimore, N.C. women who has
spent over 50 years in an iron lung. Famous author Patricia
Cornwell says: “I have long been inspired by the way [Martha]
has lived so courageously and gracefully above the tragedy of
A Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, Marlette has
written a first novel based on tidbits of family lore, primarily
concerning his grandmother Gracie Pickard, who was involved
in the bloody Great Textile Strike of 1934. This work of oppression,
rebellion, family tradition, love, and death sheds light on
a little-known chapter of North Carolina history and contains
just the right mix of humor and dignity.
Dowd Hall (Editor)
a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World
Drawing on oral interviews and workers' letters,
the authors re-create the village world of the cotton mills
of the Carolina Piedmont region from its beginnings in the 1880s
until this distinctive cultural fabric began to unravel in the
You can enjoy much of the book's contents at this
Price Davis and Barry E. Hambright
of America— Chimney Rock and Rutherford County
Contains more than 225 photographs of Rutherford
County—and features many Cliffside scenes and people.
The book is organized by townships, and includes many photographs
of each township.
Available at Fireside
Bookstore and Grindstaff's Interiors in Forest City, NC.
Over but the Shoutin'
Bragg's memoir of a hardscrabble Southern youth
pays moving tribute to his indomitable mother and struggles
to forgive his drunken father.
heartfelt biography of his maternal grandfather, Charlie Bundrum.
Marvelous stories collected from various relative are not just
snapshots of a colorful character. They're also the author's
tribute to an oral culture with tenacious roots and powerful
significance in the American South.
Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian
You're treated to both a very funny personal
memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who
created it, and the places it passes through
A novel full of warm humor and honesty as told
by Willy Tweedy, a fourteen-year-old boy living in a small,
turn-of-the-century Georgia town
Heros: Rutherford County Men Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice
During World War II
A total of 149 service men from
Rutherford County sacrificed their lives beteen Dec. 7, 1941
and Dec. 31, 1945. The book is a tribute to them and to their
sacrifice. Contains photos and news accounts of each man's background,
his passing and his survivors.
Dr. Anita Price Davis, Professor of Education at Converse
College, Spartanburg, S.C., is a native and resident of
Ellenboro, N.C. She is the granddaughter of P.R. Price,
well-known owner of the large general store that stood
for decades at the intersection of Highways 74 and 120.]
She had as much business keeping a stray dog
as she had walking across Egypt--which not so incidentally is
the title of her favorite hymn. She's Mattie Rigsbee, an independent,
strong-minded senior citizen, who at 78, might be slowing down
just a bit. When young, delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in
on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray
Green Tomatoes at
the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fannie Flagg mixes direct and empowering confrontations
with racism, sexism, and ageism with the colorful and endearing
language of the depression-era South and the cafe's recipes
for grits, collard greens, and, of course, fried green tomatoes.
P. Reynolds (Editor), Susan Walker (Editor), Eliot Wigginton
oral history of the Depression-era South presents the voices
of Appalachian citizens and discusses folk arts, homespun crafts,
Appalachian lore, boarding houses, railroad building, and the
Kaye Carver Collins (Editor),
Lacy Hunter (Editor)
the rituals and recipes of the Appalachian homeplace, including
a one-hundred page section on herbal remedies, and segments
about planting and growing a garden, preserving and pickling,
smoking and salting, honey making, beekeeping, and fishing,
as well as hundreds of firsthand narrative accounts from Appalachian
In the waning months of the Civil War, a wounded
Confederate veteran named Inman gets up from his hospital bed
and begins the long journey back to his home in the remote hills
of North Carolina.
When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow,
she was twenty and he was forty. She was the carefully raised
daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer
who had never owned anything in his life. They didn't fall in
love so much as they simply found each other and held on for
Ellen is an old woman in a child's body; her
frail, unhappy mother dies, her abusive father alternately neglects
her and makes advances on her, and she is shuttled from one
uncaring relative's home to another before she finally takes
matters into her own hands and finds herself a place to belong.
The unforgettable story of the 26th North Carolina
Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg. In July 1863 the regiment's
eight-hundred-plus troops--young men from North Carolina's mountains,
farmlands, and hamlets--were thrust into the firestorm of Gettysburg,
the greatest battle ever fought in North America.
In rural Arkansas in 1952, it's harvest time
on the Chandler farm, and the family has hired a crew of migrant
Mexicans and “hill people”to pick 80 acres of cotton.
A certain camaraderie pervades this bucolic dream team. But
it's backbreaking work, particularly for the 7-year-old narrator,
Living Confederate Widow Tells All
Lucy Marsden married at the turn of the last
century, when she was fifteen and her husband was fifty. If
Colonel William Marsden was a veteran of the "War for Southern
Independence", Lucy became a "veteran of the veteran"
with a unique perspective on Southern history and Southern manhood.
(4 volume set)
At Home in Mitford
A Light in the Window
These High, Green Hills
Out to Canaan
Welcome to Mitford, North Carolina, the small
mountain town at the center of Jan Karon's [first four] bestselling
novels about rector Father Tim and the heartwarming cast of
characters surrounding him.
Happened in North Carolina
From the search for a lost colony to the filming
of a television drama in Wilmington, the twenty-seven episodes
presented in It Happened in North Carolina take readers of all
ages on a lively tour through the history of the Old North State.
Get the inside story on such events as the North Carolina gold
rush, the Wright brothers' first real flight, a misplaced Rose
Bowl game, and the case of the telltale laundry ticket.
The setting is an isolated pocket of southern
Appalachia, in a wrinkle on the map that lies between farms
and wildness. Kingsolver recounts not one but three intricate
Kill A Mockingbird
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama,
during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years
in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and
their father, Atticus.
...opens with one wrenching death and ends with
another. In between, this novel of turn-of-the-century Appalachian
life works in fire, flood, swindlers, sickness, and starvation--a
truly biblical assortment of plagues, all visited on the sturdy
shoulders of 17-year-old Julie Harmon.
With just the quote of a jingle
or a telling announcer's phrase, Gerald Nachman evokes a whole
era and an important segment of our social history.
Short History of a Small Place
Young Louis Benfield tells the story of his
tiny little North Carolina town. There is the looniness of his
family, the town of characters, the charm and naviete that gives
us a world unknown, and stories that deserve to be told about
how it is to grow up a certain kind of way.
Last of How It Was
Louis Benfield's stories ramble like a footpath
through the North Carolina hills, with sentences that continue
for whole paragraphs and paragraphs that continue for pages,
creating a style that seems incomprehensible on the page but
which reveals its meaning when read aloud, in all its Southern
Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth
and other stories from Cliffside, North Carolina
reader writes: I am familiar with the area known as Cliffside;
and in Ron Rash's book, I found it easy to relate to the instances
and the people that are described. The stories are humorous,
and the book is a good one to pick up after a long day at the
With the Horsemen
Stories rich with Southern culture of a bright,
sensitive lad growing up on farm in Georgia during the Depression.
Clover is a 10-year old black girl from a small
town in South Carolina, whose life changes forever when her
father dies and she is forced to forge a new relationship with
the white stepmother she hardly knows.
[Dori Sanders live and writes in York County,
...traces the roots of an extended, country-western
“singing”' family from an 1830's hollow to contemporary
and Tender Ladies
Ivy Rowe may not have much education, but her
thoughts are classic, and her experiences are fascinating. Born
near the turn of the century in the Virginia Mountains, Ivy's
story is told completely through letters she is forever writing,
and that you will forever want to read....
A childhood memory re-experienced, a funeral
that brings about a family reunion, and the excavation of a
swimming pool on the site of an old well, uncover family secrets
and air the dirty linen in this behind-the-scenes look at life
and family, memory and forgetfulness, anger and forgiveness
in a small Southern town.
Makes Up Her Mind
Bailey White--whose accounts of Southern eccentricity
have enchanted millions of listeners to National Public Radio--offers
a humorous, touching, story-filled memoir of her home in south