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The last days of the Big Grassy Fork

Author: Hunter James
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Last Days of Big Grassy Fork recounts newspaperman Hunter James's attempts to save his one-hundred-year-old family farm and homestead from extinction. Wise, irreverent, and pugnacious, James fights back against the galloping urbanization of his beloved North Carolina piedmont."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Hunter James; James family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hunter James
ISBN: 0813122155 9780813122151
OCLC Number: 47142093
Description: 214 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Hunter James.

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Interweaving current affairs and family history, the author details the growth of the Winston-Salem area as a centre of Moravian piety and as the world's largest tobacco manufacturing centre, while  Read more...

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"The author -- part Thoreau, part John Crow Ransom, part Wendell Berry -- is, perhaps more than any of them, Mark Twain -- or, more precisely, the self-deprecating, often hapless persona Twain often Read more...

 
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schema:description""James ends by pondering the future of the South, asking why we cling to a memory of an "Old South" that might never have existed. He wonders how to create a true spirit of Agrarianism in the modern South, one that is workable in a society that has embraced manufacturing and rural development, even as he longs for a pristine Grassy Fork and rare summer fields, alive with honeysuckle, aster, and goldenrod."--Jacket."@en
schema:description""James's unique sense of the absurd and his willingness to play the fool make for hilarious reading as each of his efforts at preservation fail miserably. He accidentally torches a neighbor's barn in an attempt to burn off his best pastureland, as was always done in the past; he squanders enormous amounts of money vainly trying to save his farm by becoming the Piedmont's preeminent lord of the manor, vintner, wine snob, and horseman; and James finally seals his own doom when in alliance with his neighbors he inadvertently creates what he describes as the world's largest garbage pit.""@en
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