Backroads of North Carolina: Your Guide to Great Day Trips & Weekend Getaways by Kevin Adams
Publisher: Voyageur Press
North Carolina is a traveler’s dream, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks’ historic lighthouses, wild horses, and charming fishing villages; from battlegrounds of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to the “heart of motorsports”; from rolling wine country and golf courses to stately plantations and rustic settlements. Whether you travel North Carolina for its historic treasures or natural beauty, this handy guide will help you find the Old North State’s most spectacular sites and secret treasures. The book charts weekend adventures and day trips along back roads and scenic routes, into the state’s many mist-shrouded mountains--the Black, the Blue Ridge, and the Great Smokies--and down to its ever-changing shores. Sumptuously illustrated, with maps and all manner of interesting detail, Backroads of North Carolina is a page-by-page pleasure, as well as a passport to the more off-beat delights of the Tar Heel State.
The Great Book of North Carolina: The Crazy History of North Carolina with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) by Bill O'Neill
Publisher: Independently published
How much do you know about the Tar Heel State? There's so much to learn about North Carolina that even natives of the state don't know. In this trivia book, you'll learn more about North Carolina's history, pop culture, sports, unsolved mysteries, and so much more. In The Great Book of North Carolina, you'll find the answers to the following questions: How did North Carolina get its name? Why is it known as the "Tar Heel State"? What happened to the "Lost Colony"? Which famous pirate was killed in the Outer Banks? What popular recreational activity was invented in the state? What soda company got its start in North Carolina? Which sport originated from the Tar Heel State? Which NBA legend was raised in North Carolina? What urban legends haunt the state? What's the most haunted spot in North Carolina? And so much more! This book is packed with facts about North Carolina. Some of the facts in this book may shock you. Others may give you chills. But the one thing they all have in common is that they're all interesting! Whether you feel like an amateur or a pro on North Carolina trivia, you're bound to walk away with plenty of new knowledge about the state once you finish this book. Your friends won't stand a chance at your next trivia night! So, what are you waiting for? Get started now to learn more about North Carolina!
S Is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco (Garden & Gun Books) by Editors of Garden and Gun
Publisher: Harper Wave
From the bestselling authors of The Southerner’s Handbook, Good Dog, and The Southerner’s Cookbook comes a lively compendium of Southern tradition and contemporary culture. The American South is a multifaceted region with its own vocabulary, peculiarities, and cultural touchstones. Even for those born in the South, the unspoken rules—layered in local nuances and complexities—can sometimes be confounding. Tennessee whiskey may technically be bourbon, but don't let anyone in Kentucky hear you call it that. And bless your heart, don’t you dare make the mistake of confusing a magnolia blossom with a Japanese tulip. Now, from the editors of Garden & Gun—the magazine known as "the soul of the South"—comes this encyclopedia of Southern living, culture, and history. Covering age-old traditions and current zeitgeists, S Is for Southern includes more than 500 entries spanning every letter of the alphabet, from absinthe to zydeco. The book also includes 100 signature essays from notable Southern writers, including: Jon Meacham on the Civil War Sean Brock on Waffle House Roy Blount, Jr. on humidity Jessica B. Harris on field peas Jason Isbell on the Atlanta Braves Jack Hitt on pluff mud The Lee Brothers on boiled peanuts Jonathan Miles on Larry Brown Julia Reed on the Delta Informative and irreverent, illustrated with black-and-white line drawings throughout, S Is for Southern celebrates and demystifies the traditions of the South, and is a must-read for all fans of the region and culture enthusiasts.
A Nutshell History of North Carolina by Ben Fortson
Publisher: The History Press
From its dubious beginnings as a pirate-filled colony to a popular tourist destination, North Carolina has an amazingly colorful history. Author and illustrator Ben Fortson presents that history in the form of off-the-wall anecdotes, poignant insights and sublimely silly illustrations. Take a hilarious look at Daniel Boone's larger-than-life Carolina personality. Peruse an uproarious account of the Andrew Jackson birthplace controversy or politically astute commentary on the power of tobacco in the state. Fortson takes readers on a side-splitting and educational ride through the annals of Tar Heel State history.
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