FOXFIRE 9 by Eliot & Margie Bennett--Eds. Wigginton


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Another in the long line of Foxfire books, bringing to life the exciting research of Rabun Gap High School's students into Appalachian history and folklore. Some of the previous volumes have been focused on one subject, such as Foxfire 7, which explored ""Religion in the Mountains."" The current edition looks into a variety of subjects from what exactly ""foxfire"" is (an organic growth inside rotting tree stumps that gives off an eerie glow in the forest night) to remedies, herb doctors, and healers, to hauling bootleg whiskey. The largest section chronicles the story of several country general stores, providing an insight via their ledgers into the life styles of the poor and unknown. In the ""Remedies"" section, some 30 pages outline an A to Z listing of folk remedies: ""Arthritis: take a buckeye and put it in your pocket. . ."" or ""Bedbugs: apply kerosene liberally to all parts of the beds."" Or, ""Extracting chewing gum from hair: take a half-teaspoon of peanut butter and smear it together with the chewing gum until the gum dissolves."" Abrim with the verve of youthful curiosity.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1986
Publisher: Anchor/Doubleday