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Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit: The Culture of Festivals in the American South

by Rodger Lyle Brown

Everybody knows about community festivals that celebrate the good ol' days--events like Rattlesnake Roundup, Peanut Days, and Mule Day. Countless towns around the South stage them. They set aside one weekend...


Wiregrass Country

by Jerrilyn McGregory

Wiregrass (Aristida stricta) refers to a genus of flora that depends on fire ecology for germination. Although its growth is widespread from the Chesapeake Bay to the western brim of Texas, only one region has...


Carolina Piedmont Country

by John M. Coggeshall

For over a century cotton production influenced the folklife of the Carolina Piedmont. In the wake of the reconstruction in the 1870s the Piedmont sprouted a number of industrial towns whose cotton mills utilized...


Great Smoky Mountains Folklife

by Michael Ann Williams

The Great Smoky Mountains, at the border of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, are among the highest peaks of the southern Appalachian chain. Although this area shares much with the cultural traditions...


Ghosts of the Carolinas

by Nancy Roberts & Bruce Roberts

More spooky tales and folklore from a master storyteller


Civil War Ghost Stories & Legends

by Nancy Roberts & Bruce Roberts

Few events have sparked more legends and stories of the supernatural than America's Civil War. The accounts of gallantry and heroism have spread far and wide. Nancy Roberts grew up listening to her father's...


Gleams From Japan

by S. Katsumata

First published in 1937 this is a collection of articles written by the author under the pseudonym 'Waseda Eisaku' for the Japan Tourist Bureau's magazine over twenty five years. Intended to satisfy the intellectual...


The Gospel of Food

by Barry Glassner

For many Americans, eating is a religion. We worship at the temples of celebrity chefs. We raise our children to believe that certain foods are good and others are bad. We believe that if we eat the right foods,...


The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui

by Affleck Gray

In an acclaimed account of the terrifying figure said to haunt the desolate passes and summit of Britain's second highest mountain, this book takes on one of Scotland's most chilling unsolved mysteries. Throughout...


France - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

by Barry Tomalin

France has experienced considerable upheaval in recent years. The Eurozone crisis, a new socialist president, rioting by an alienated underclass, a ban on the burqa (full veil) in public places, and an attempt...


Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition

by Peter Tate

The perfect bedside companion for every bird-watcher and nature lover, inside Flights of Fancy you’ll find:

Cranes

“Don’t promise the crane in the sky, but give the titmouse in your hand.”

Russian proverb...


Blue Ridge Folklife

by Ted Olson

In the years immediately preceding the founding of the American nation the Blue Ridge region, which stretches through large sections of Virginia and North Carolina and parts of surrounding states along the Appalachian...


Norfolk Folk Tales

by Hugh Lupton

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller Hugh Lupton. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from Norfolk...


Suffolk Folk Tales

by Kirsty Hartsiotis

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by Kirsty Hartsiotis. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from Suffolk reflect...


National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents

by Gérard Bouchard

National myths are now seriously questioned in a number of societies. In the West, for instance, a number of factors have combined to destabilise the symbolic foundation of nations and collective identities....


God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison

by Daniel Bergner

Never before had Daniel Bergner seen a spectacle as bizarre as the one he had come to watch that Sunday in October. Murderers, rapists, and armed robbers were competing in the annual rodeo at Angola, the grim...


Leicestershire & Rutland Folk Tales

by Leicestershire Guild of Storytelling

Leicestershire and Rutland have a rich and diverse collection of tales, from stories of epic battles and heroic deeds to legends of mythical creatures and ghostly goings-on. These stories, illustrated with twenty-five...


Art, Life, and Nature in Japan

by Masaharu Anesaki & Terence Barrow

The artistic and philosophical heritage of Japan has a special meaning for the modern world. During the present century, Japanese thought and Japanese art have exerted a strong influence on the western mind....


Fire and Water: And Other Hawaiian Legends

by Betty Rice & Barbara Lyons

Fire and Water is the first written collection of stories based on Hawaiian legends told on Maui. It is a classic Hawaiian children's book.

The setting for this delightful collection of stories is the volcanoes...


Food & Feast in Tudor England

by Alison Sim

A readable overview of Tudor food and eating habits.