Appalachia

One Green Apple

by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Ted Lewin

Action/Adventure

Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn't speak. It's hard being the new kid in school, especially when you're from another country and don't know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah ...


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingslover.

Biography, Nonfiction, Health/Fitness

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family vowed that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. Barbara Kingsolver's twelve books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction include the ...


Bloodroot : a novel

Amy Greene.

Named for a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power both to heal and poison, "Bloodroot" is a stunning fiction debut about the legacies--of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss--that haunt one family across the generations.


Cold mountain

Charles Frazier.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Based on local history and family stories passed down by the author's great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded soldier Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war and back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. Inman's odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-s...


Over the misty mountains

Gilbert Morris and Aaron McCarver.

Inspirational, Historical Fiction

To escape the pain of losing his wife, Hawk Spencer leads a wagon train to the Tennessee frontier. Spirit of Appalachia book 1.


Wish you well

David Baldacci.

It is 1940 and a tragedy sends two young children, Lou and Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwestern Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The portraits of the land and its people are described with an extraordinary eye for detail as the story flows through swells of prejudice, innocence, greed, and faith, and the question of whether one can ever really wish another well.


Clay's quilt : a novel

by Silas House.

Literary Fiction

On a bone-chilling New Year's Day, when all the mountain roads are slick with ice, Clay's mother, Anneth, insists on leaving her husband. She packs her things, and with three-year-old Clay in tow, they inch their way toward her hometown along the treacherous mountain roads.That journey ends in the death of Clay's mother. It's a day that comes to haunt her only son, who's left without a family and a history. This is the story of how Clay Sizemore,...


Prodigal summer : a novel

Barbara Kingsolver.

Literary Fiction

Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her "extravagantly gifted narrative voice" (New York Times Book Review), has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined n...


Sutter's Cross

W. Dale Cramer.

Inspirational

Sutter's Cross is a resort town in the southern Appalachians, where people live in comfortable homes, have comfortable portfolios, and wear comfortable clothes. They expect their lives, their weather, even their God, to be cooperative and predictable--until a stranger calling himself "Harley" shows up at the church's spring picnic looking like a wreck and wearing stolen jeans. Can God use an outcast to change a town?


The midwife's tale

Gretchen Moran Laskas.

Historical Fiction

“I come from a long line of midwives,” narrates Elizabeth Whitely. “I was expected to follow Mama, follow Granny, follow Great-granny. In the end, I didn’t disappoint them. Or perhaps I did. After all, there were no more midwives after me.”For generations, the women in Elizabeth’s family have brought life to Kettle Valley, West Virginia, heeding a destiny to tend its women with herbals, experience, and wisdom. ...


Ghost riders : a novel

Sharyn McCrumb.

The New York Timesbestselling author of She Walks These Hillsand The Rosewood Casketreturns with another sweeping novel that juxtaposes the legends of the Civil War with the lives of the modern-day mountain folk immortalized in her award-winning books. In 1861 the Civil War reached the mountainous South-where the enemy was your neighbor, the victims were your friends, and the wrong army was whichever one you joined. When Malinda Blalock's husband...


My old true love : a novel

by Sheila Kay Adams.

Historical Fiction

Sheila Kay Adams brings us a novel inspired by the ballads of the English, Scottish, and Irish. These long, sad stories of heartbreak and betrayal, violence and love, have been sung for generations by the descendents of those who settled the Appalachian mountains in the 1700s. As they raised their children, they taught them first to sing, for the songs told the children everything they needed to know about life. So it was with the Stanton family ...


The blue valleys : a collection of stories

Robert Morgan.

From Civil War prison camps to contemporary trailer parks, these thirteen memorable tales of life in the Southern Appalachians come alive with an array of intriguing characters -- male and female, young and elderly, learned and unlearned. The separate passions and dreams of these individuals mirror the larger cultural and historical dramas of American life, revealing the strengthening and loosening of the strong bonds of families over generations...


Disturbing the dead

Sandra Parshall.

Thriller, Mystery

Tom Bridger, who is half Melungeon, thought he had escaped his mountain community's lingering prejudice against the mixed-race group when he left to work for the Richmond, Virginia Police Department. Tom was moving up the detective ranks when a family tragedy brought him back home and moved him into his fathers job as a county sheriff's deputy. Now the bones of a Melungeon woman who disappeared ten years ago have surfaced on a remote mountaintop,...


Cataloochee : a novel

Wayne Caldwell.

Historical Fiction

“A brilliant portrait of a community and a way of life long gone, a lost America.” –Charles Frazier Against the breathtaking backdrop of Appalachia comes a rich, multilayered post—Civil War saga of three generations of families–their dreams, their downfalls, and their faith.Cataloocheeis a slice of southern Americana told in the classic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner. Nestled in the mountai...


The baptism of Billy Bean : a novel

Roger Alan Skipper.

Thriller, Mystery

Lane Hollar’s seen little of the world beyond West Virginia—Parris Island and Vietnam—but that was enough. Now, thirty years later, he’s estranged from his only son, Frank, and from society at large. Lane has his grandson, Toby; his daughter-in-law, Darlene; his bait shop; and his banjo, and he desires or needs nothing else. But then one day, he and Toby are out fishing when they witness a drug-related murder. Suddenly, th...


Bryson City tales : stories of a doctor's first year of practice in the Smoky Mountains

Walt Larimore.

Biography

A true story with the heart, the humor, and the humility of a raw young doctor in his very first days as a new family doctor in a little town in the Appalachian Mountains.


Gap Creek : a novel

Robert Morgan.

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

An Oprah's Book Club Selection An unflinching tale of turn-of-the-century Appalachian life, "Gap Creek" chronicles the challenging first year in the marriage of Julie Harmon and Hank Richards. After losing both her father and brother before turning 17, Julie faces fire, flood, grifters, sickness, and starvation with grim determination and remarkable stamina. By capturing the earthy details of rural life, including raw, riveting accounts of everyt...


Strange as this weather has been : a novel

Ann Pancake.

Literary Fiction

Set in present day West Virginia, Ann Pancake’s debut novel,Strange As This Weather Has Been, tells the story of a coal mining family—a couple and their four children—living through the latest mining boom and dealing with the mountaintop removal and strip mining that is ruining what is left of their mountain life. As the mine turns the mountains to slag and wastewater, workers struggle with layoffs and children find adventure in...


Midwife of the Blue Ridge

Christine Blevins.

Romance, Historical Fiction


Home to Big Stone Gap

Adriana Trigiani

Literary Fiction

Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the novels of the New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani. InHome to Big Stone Gap, she tells her most powerful story yet, full of humor and heart, wisdom and hope. Nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the town of Big Stone Gap has been home for Ave Maria Mulligan Machesney and her family for generations. She’s been married to her beloved Jack for near...


Velva Jean learns to drive : a novel

Jennifer Niven.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, "Velva Jean Learns to Drive" is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South.


A minister's ghost

Phillip DePoy.

Mystery

'Depoy brings the Georgia Appalachians to life through colorful characters [and] a rich knowledge of local folklore.' -Dallas Morning News on The Witch's Grave Fever Devilin is a folklorist who fled the fevered halls of academia to return home to the Blue Mountain region of the Georgia Appalachians and a hopefully quiet life of col-lect-ing folklore. While on such a trip collecting folklore, Fever spots an apparition at a railroad crossing. These...


This rock : a novel

by Robert Morgan.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

From the author of Gap Creek-an international best-seller and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award-comes the gripping story of two brothers struggling against each other and the confines of their mountain world in 1920s Appalachia. The Powell brothers-Muir and Moody-are as different as Cain and Abel. Muir is an innocent, a shy young man with big dreams. Moody, the older and wilder brother-embittered by the death of his father, by year...



Winter's bone : a novel

Daniel Woodrell.

Literary Fiction

When Ree Dollys father skips bail, the 16-year-old knows if he doesn't show up, her family will lose their home. Her goal had been to leave her life of poverty and join the Army, but first she must find her father, teach her little brothers to fend for themselves, and escape a downward spiral of misery.


Spencer's Mountain

Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction