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A Fragile Union: The Story of Louise Herreshoff (PB)
Tom Wolfe writes that Charles Dickens "would gladly have died and gone to heaven" to have had the plot of this absolutely true story. Wolfe says Edith Wharton would have swooned to have been given characters as intriguing as those in this saga. (The "problem" with fiction, Wolfe writes, is that it has to be plausible. Real life doesn't.) "A Fragile Union" tells the story of Louise Herreshoff, born to New England nobility, and her truly bizarre childhood ... her tumultuous adolescence and stabs at romance ... her complicated relationship with odd, memorable Aunt Lizzie ... and love finally found, at age 66, in the arms of a man 28 years younger. They spent a quarter-century collecting exquisite porcelain, but only after death did it emerge that she was one of Impressionism's most gifted painters as well. This edition adds new color photos of porcelain they collected. It also contains 12 pages of color reproductions of Louise Herreshoff's stunning paintings.
Price: $19.99
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A House Mountain Affair (HB)
A personal and pictorial remembrance.
Price: $37.99
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American Bio. Series: George C. Marshall (PB)
In a career that paralleled the emergence of the United States as an international power, Marshall was a participant in every significant event contributing to the nation's status as a superpower. From his first combat duty in the Philippines at the turn of the century, through both World Wars, into the cold war and the Korea conflict, Marshall was a key figure in devising and implementing U.S. military strategies and foreign policies. Stoler emphasizes the years 1939-1951, while Marshall served as World War II army chief of staff, special presidential representative to China, secretary of state at the beginning of the cold war, and Korean War secretary of defense.
Price: $42.50
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An Archaeological & Historical Assessment... (PB)
Includes: illustrations, diagrams, maps. A history and assessment of the archaeological exploration of Liberty Hall Academy at the site of Washington and Lee University. Signed by the author.
Price: $40.00
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Backroad Volume 3: Faces of Appalachia (PB)
Faces of Appalachia is the last book in the Backroads series of southern mountain culture by Lynn Coffey. The thirty-six chapters contain information about gardening, cutting firewood, making maple syrup, squeezing apple cider, the CCCs, scrub board washing and outdoor privies, along with more personal interviews with the mountain people. The 9x6 inch format matches the first two books and it contains 312 pages with 195 black and white photographs depicting the lifestyles and crafts of the Blue Ridge natives.
Price: $20.00
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Backroads Volume 2: The Road to Chicken Holler (PB)
The Road to Chicken Holler is the second volume in a series of Appalachian culture books by Lynn Coffey. As with the first, it is a 9x6 inch trade paperback, 279 pages with 169 black and white photographs of the people and crafts of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The twenty-nine chapters of The Road to Chicken Holler include information on quilting, making lye soap, midwifery and home births, dowsing for water, mountain music, apple butter boiling, bear hunting, wild game recipes, driving cattle, river baptizing, plus continuing personal interviews with the hearty Scots/Irish natives. A must read for those who enjoyed Plain Folk & Simple Livin'.
Price: $20.00
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Backroads: Plain Folk & Simple Livin' (PB)
Plain Folk & Simple Livin' is the first in a series of Appalachian culture books by Lynn Coffey. Backroads is a 9x6 inch trade paperback, 267 pages with 132 black and white photographs that highlight the native people of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The thirty-one chapters include subjects ranging from beekeeping, churning butter, early burial practices, digging ginseng, old-time recipes, butchering, chair caning, logging, as well as many in depth interviews with the native people. Reminiscent of the well-known Foxfire series, the Backroads books continue to be relevant in today's world, not only as an Appalachian history but as a guideline for those longing for a simpler way of life.
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Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (PB)
The Blue Ridge Parkway began as a dream in the late 1800s and became reality in 1983 when the 469-mile scenic highway was completed. Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob. Heavy construction was done by contractors who won bids for the different projects along various sections of the parkway. Civilian Conservation Corps troops took care of the roadsides, landscaping, and structure building. As part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, this project was intended to provide jobs throughout the region. Images of America: Building the Blue Ridge Parkway contains approximately 200 construction photographs of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Excelsior - The Story of Kappa Alpha Order (HB)
Excelsior is a 10” by 10” case-bound, shrink-wrapped one-of-a-kind edition with a heavy commemorative dust jacket. A Foreword by four-star U.S. Army General and KA alumnus Jack N. Merritt (Beta Eta-Oklahoma ’49), review by Former Knight Commander Dr. Idris Traylor (Gamma Chi-Texas Tech ’70), and an introduction by the 39th Knight Commander William E. Dreyer (Alpha Delta-William Jewell), welcome the reader to this definitive narrative of the Order. Full of colorful illustrations and never before told stories, Excelsior is a must have for every KA interested in learning more about his fraternity.
Price: $75.00
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Family and Honor
The saga of "Baner's" 35 years of interaction with the Washington and Lee University family.
Price: $19.99
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Field Guide to the Chessie Nature Trail (PB)
The Chessie Trail overlies the railbed of the old C&O Railroad line between Lexington and Buena Vista, VA. Its level path and many interesting features make it a favorite of hikers, runners, and nature lovers in all seasons. Canoeists and kayakers use the Trail to access the river and enjoy the scenic Maury River valley from a different perspective. The Field Guide, covering topics from geology to wildflowers to the Trail's historic structures, is a good companion for a day trip along the Trail.
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General Lee's College (PB)
General Lee’s College is a comprehensive account of the origins and development of Washington and Lee University from its founding as a small local academy, through its post-Civil War transformation under the leadership of Robert E. Lee, to roughly 1930. Ollinger Crenshaw describes the Virginia institution's founding in 1749 as Augusta Academy, its frequent changes of name and president, and its consistently moderate southern character. He stresses the importance of two events: the changing of the college's name to Washington Academy in 1798 (following a bequest from George Washington) and the arrival of Robert E. Lee as president in 1865. There is special mention of the law school and of the gradual broadening of the curriculum from the standard classical education to the now standard liberal arts cum science program.
Price: $35.00
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General of the Army: George C. Marshall (PB)
As the U.S. Army's Chief of staff through World War II, George Catlett marshall (1880-1959) organized the military mobilization of unprecedented number of Americans and shaped the Allied strategy that defeated first Nazi Germany, then Imperial Japan. As President Truman's Secretary of State, and later as his Secretary of Defence during the Korean War, Marshall the statesman created the European Recovery Act (known as the Marshall Plan) and made possible the Berlin Airlift. Ed Cray in this masterful biography brings us face-to-face with a genuine American hero and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Price: $29.95
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Geology & Natural History of the Blue Ridge Mountains (PB)
As you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Appalachian Trail, or visit the national and state parks scattered throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will encounter an incredible variety of natural landscapes, microclimates, and fascinating rock formations. Over millions of years the ecosystems thriving here have evolved into some of the world’s most diverse collections of flora and fauna. Full of rich detail and easy to use, this beautifully illustrated full-color guide to the region was written and designed for great accessibility, whether you’re a first-time visitor looking to understand the Parkway’s spectacular views or an experienced geology or nature enthusiast.
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George C. Marshall: Rubrics of Leadership (HB)
The Marshall Library, Bland's Papers, Pogue's Marshall, and nearly 100 other sources have been carefully plumbed to extract and glean Marshall leading, Marshall talking about leading, and Marshall teaching leadership. Only the biography and history is repeated as are necessary to putting the leadership issue in context. And the context is as current as tonight's CNN or Fox News--preparation for war, diversity, the United Nations, negotiating with France, disloyal generals, overreaching politicians, dealing with Russia and China. In this milieu, it should be noted that this is a book about democratic (small D) leadership.
Price: $24.95
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Heading Out to Wonderful (PB)
It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village nestled in the Valley of Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money. Heading Out to Wonderful is a haunting, heart-stopping novel of love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.
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Hellhound on His Trail (PB)
On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. The nation was shocked, enraged, and saddened. As chaos erupted across the country and mourners gathered at King's funeral, investigators launched a sixty-five day search for King’s assassin that would lead them across two continents. With a blistering, cross-cutting narrative that draws on a wealth of dramatic unpublished documents, Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers, delivers a non-fiction thriller in the tradition of William Manchester's The Death of a President and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. With Hellhound On His Trail, Sides shines a light on the largest manhunt in American history and brings it to life for all to see.
Price: $17.00
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Hiking Through History: Civil War Sites on the AT (PB)
A walk through a substantial slice of the history embedded in the Appalachian Trail corridor from Underground Railroad sites and W.E.B. Du Bois birthplace in New England to the Union occupation of present-day Hot Springs, N.C. Each site has a full-color map for a quick hike, and most have current and contemporary photographs. Extensively researched on foot and in library by a thru-hiker and now Appalachian Trail Conservancy trail-management staff member.
Price: $24.95
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Lee Chapel at 150: A History (HB)
In September 1865, five months after his surrender at Appomattox that effectively ended the Civil War, Robert E. Lee came to Lexington, Virginia, to begin a new life, to rebuild Washington College that had called him as its president, and to restore what peace and prosperity he could to a nation devastated by the most brutal conflict in its history. After one year, he had succeeded so well on his first two goals that, regarding the second, the college quickly outgrew its facilities. Lee called for a new chapel large enough to allow the growing faculty and student body to meet together for religious and academic gatherings. By June 1868, it was finished.

Two years later, Lee died. He was interred in that building. At the same time, the college renamed itself Washington and Lee University.

Over the 150 years of its existence, the association between Lee and the structure he was responsible for creating made it more than another college building. It has been used for many purposes: a place for celebrations, lectures, and academic assemblies; a mausoleum, shrine, museum, and even a place of pilgrimage. For some, it is the “heart” of the university.

This is its story.

Price: $39.95
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Lex: Reminiscences of a late 60's student (PB)
Lex is set in Lexington, Virginia. A coming of age novel about a student of the late sixties at an old, traditional Southern University. Follow the main character as he evolves from coats and ties and formal dating through the times around and past Kent State-sex, drugs, rock-n-roll-all while trying to gain an education and make sense of it all. Lex is about Washington and Lee University during its most prolific period of change till its transition to co-education. It's the late sixties through the eyes of a participant.
Price: $23.95
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Lexington (PB)
Lexington, the seat for Rockbridge County, is situated in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley within minutes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Main Street is part of Route 11—the Valley Pike/Great Road—and the architecture downtown looks much as it did in the 19th century. Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. It is also the final resting place for Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee, as well as their horses. Within a few blocks, one visits the Stonewall Jackson House, Lee Chapel Museum, the VMI Museum, and the George C. Marshall Library Museum.
Price: $21.99
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Lexington Letters (PB)
Hundreds of letters published since 1804 in the Lexington, Virginia, newspaper "News-Gazette". This material was turned into a play, also published in this book.
Price: $24.95
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Natural Bridge (PB)
Natural Bridge, located in the historic Shenandoah Valley, is one of the most recognized and visited geologic landmarks in the country. The massive 90-foot-wide arch spans Cedar Creek, which runs 200 feet below. Legend says that George Washington, as a young land surveyor, carved his initials on its wall. In 1774, King George III granted ownership to Thomas Jefferson. Natural Bridge was often regarded as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World during the 19th and 20th centuries. The site became a popular venue for events, ranging from conventions to the annual Easter Sunrise Service. Hotels, inns, and cottages were built to accommodate travelers, and on-site attractionsincluding a show cave, a wax museum, and a Monacan Indian villagebroadened visitor appeal. Natural Bridge remained privately owned until 2014, when the title was transferred, allowing it to become a state park; the bridge will now truly belong to the people, a concept that would have made Jefferson proud.
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O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet (HB)
From Arlington National Cemetery (once part of Robert E. Lee's homestead) to magnificent Monticello, Virginia has always had a prominent place in American history. Jamestown, Williamsburg, and even the Pentagon are just a few of the many places highlighted in O is for Old Dominion. Readers will also be introduced to such history makers as George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Booker T. Washington. Pamela Duncan Edwards came from England to live in Virginia twenty years ago and fell in love with her new home. Pamela was a children's librarian before becoming the author of nearly twenty-five picture books. She thinks Virginia is the most beautiful state and hopes she will live there forever. Pamela makes her home in Vienna, Virginia. Artist Troy Howell has had a prolific career as a children's book illustrator, with countless books to his credit. He received his formal art education from the Art Center in Los Angeles and the Illustrators' Workshops in New York. Troy lives in Falmouth, Virginia.
Price: $17.95
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