Travel through time with Bland Simpson at Machelle Island. Journey the I-40 corridor from Kure Beach to Asheville. Watch South Carolinians chase smokestacks and begin to go global. Discover one of the South’s leading suffragists. Hear Brother Dave Gardner explain why people live in the North. Meet the Devil himself in the grocery store. And then have a seat for some manure tea . . . if you dare.
"In the good old days, I'll have you know, 'nostalgia' was just a fancy term for homesickness."
"Machelhe Island was, like the river itself, an inescapable daily sight in this old town, a swampy elongation stretching from Camden Way toward us in town, pinching the river at The Narrows and then letting it--maybe making it--spread out to the southeast and quickly widen and become a bay."
"More of the same is not going to work, because you can only get so many BMWs."
"The South, of course, is not what it once was."
"The devil was in the grocery store yesterday . . ."
"Brother Dave Gardner once cracked that 'the only reason people live in the North is because they have jobs there.'"
"Owing to the soaring prices of pharmaceuticals, I thought it wise to track down a woman who is known for brewing an old-time, all-purpose Alabama cure-all: cow-manure tea."
"Who knows? I may live long enough to become a communist!"
University of North Carolina Press, 2006
Oxford University Press, 2005
Transaction Publishers, 2005
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006
University of Georgia Press, 2006