Move Over, Mountain: 50th Anniversary Edition

A story of personal and social struggle, "it is quite obvious that he writes from a deep knowledge of his subject, the New York Times said of John Ehle in 1957, and an understanding of technique rare in a first novelist. Used book in Good Condition. It received positive reviews from several major publications, but was shunned by segregated bookstores and libraries.

When first published in 1957, "move over, Mountain" was considered to be the first book written by a white novelist that portrayed African-Americans without stereotype. There was only one US printing of "Move Over, Mountain. The following year it was published by Hodder and Stoughton of London, England.

Lion on the Hearth

Lion on the hearth is the story of the king family, north carolina, and risk taking are necessary for survival, where trading, successful merchants in Great Depression-era Asheville, and where greed and lust for love and power tests the limits of a strong, competing, ambitious family. First published by harper & row in 1961, the journey of august king, the road, lion on the Hearth is chronologically the sixth book in John Ehle's seven-book Appalachian series that includes The Land Breakers, Time of Drums, The Winter People, and Last One Home.


Last One Home

Last one home, as the first white settlers in the appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, the final book in John Ehle's masterful Appalachian series that traces the King family from The Land Breakers in 1779, through the Great Depression in Last One Home. Harper lee to kill a mockingbird, says John Ehle "is our foremost writer of historical fiction.

John ehle's sense of place, his ear for language, and his ability to shape characters with love and a gentle sense of humor make Last One Home one of the great novels of all time.

The Winter People

Wayland’s gentleness and humor appeal to her; everything about Collie appeals to him. Strong-willed and independent, Collie takes the Jacksons in, steadfastly refusing to identify her baby’s father. She gets out her butcher knife, puts Jonathan down, and waits. On his return, wayland sets up his clock making business, and he and Collie begin to think of marriage.

But peace and contentment come to an end by the sudden appearance late one night at Collie’s cabin of her baby’s father, precipitating a violent showdown and the promise of further bloodshed—until Collie makes the most painful decision of her life. It is late autumn when collie wright sees a man moving through the woods toward her cabin on the edge of the small mountain community where she lives alone with her baby.

By mutual consent, he and Paula stay. The collusion is acknowledged by Collie’s brothers, who take Wayland along on an exhilarating bear hunt, an initiation ceremony of sorts. To her relief, the man turns out to be only a lost traveler with his young daughter. Recently widowed wayland jackson, with twelve-year-old daughter Paula, is on his way to Tennessee to practice his profession as a clockmaker.


Time of Drums

Time of drums is not only the story of men launched into a war with uncertain loyalties, but more important, it continues the Wright saga that John Ehle began with The Land Breakers and promises to expand into one of the great fictional sagas of American history. ". Borden deal said: "there have been many books about the Civil War; none of them, with the exception of The Red Badge of Courage, have comes close to the dusty, bloody, grinding truth that John Ehle writes about.

Book three in his seven-book Appalachian series. John ehle's classic civil war novel, Tome of Drums, returns to print as a Press 53 Classic.

The Free Men

First published in 1965 by harper & Row, 'The Free Men' was controversial but won the Mayflower Award for Nonfiction. It is now back in print by press 53 with a new afterword by the former UNC-Chapel Hill student, 'Daily Tar Heel' editor, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist Wayne King. The movement began through the efforts of three young men: two white unc-chapel hill students, the grandson of the founder of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, a gifted Morehead Scholar, John Dunne, and one student from the all-black North Carolina College in Durham, and Pat Cusick, Quinton Baker.

Used book in Good Condition. This moving narrative by john ehle describes the experiences of a handful of dedicated young students, during the 1963-64 civil rights protests in Chapel Hill, both black and white, NC.

Last One Home

Amanda and pinckney wright move from their small North Carolina mountain settlement to Asheville, where--years later--their three children battle to control Pinckney's life-insurance business Used book in Good Condition.

The Road Appalachian Echoes Fiction

Ehle lets us experience this place, people, and past in a fully realized novel. Wilma dykeman"the Road is a strong novel by one of our most distinguished authors. Among the honors he has received are the Lillian Smith Prize and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award. We welcome its return with warm pleasure. Fred chappelloriginally published in 1967, The Road  is epic historical fiction at its best.

There is opposition from a child evangelist, who preaches that the railroad is the work of the devil, and there is a serious lack of funds, which forces Wright to use convict labor. But to accomplish his grand undertaking he must conquer Sow Mountain, "a massive monolith of earth, rock, vegetation and water, an elaborate series of ridges which built on one another to the top.

Wright's struggle to construct the railroad—which requires tall trestles crossing deep ravines and seven tunnels blasted through shale and granite—proves to be much more than an engineering challenge. How wright confronts these challenges and how the  mountain people respond to the changes the railroad brings to their lives make for powerfully compelling reading.

The author: a native of asheville, North Carolina, John Ehle has written seventeen novels and works of nonfiction. Muscular, vivid, and pungent, it is broad in historical scope and profound in its human sympathies. At the novel's center is weatherby Wright, a railroad builder who launches an ambitious plan to link the highlands of western North Carolina with the East.

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Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation

His experience as an accomplished novelist, combined with his extensive, meticulous research, culminates in this moving tragedy rich with historical detail. The cherokee are a proud, ancient civilization. Those chiefs sealed the fate of their tribes in 1875 when they signed a treaty relinquishing their land east of the Mississippi in return for promises of wealth and better land.

The U. S. A sixth-generation north Carolinian, highly-acclaimed author John Ehle grew up on former Cherokee hunting grounds. But by the 18th century, some of their leaders believed it was necessary to adapt to European ways in order to survive. For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the "Principle People" residing at the center of the earth.

Government used the treaty to justify the eviction of the Cherokee nation in an exodus that the Cherokee will forever remember as the “trail where they cried. The heroism and nobility of the Cherokee shine through this intricate story of American politics, ambition, and greed. B & w photographs Used book in Good Condition.


The Land Breakers

They arrive in a no-account settlement in North Carolina and, on impulse, part with all their savings to acquire a patch of land high in the mountains. With a little livestock and a handful of crude tools, they enter the mountain world—one of transcendent beauty and cruel necessity—and begin to make a world of their own.

Mooney and imy are the first to confront an unsettled country that is sometimes paradise and sometimes hell. Set deep in the appalachian wilderness between the years of 1779 and 1784, of the violence of birth and death, a story of first and last things,  The Land Breakers is a saga like the Norse sagas or the book of Genesis, of inescapable sacrifice and the faltering emergence of community.

Mooney and imy wright, twenty-one, former indentured servants, long habituated to backbreaking work but not long married, are traveling west. He has an ear for dialogue and an eye for nature and a grasp of character that have established The Land Breakers as one of the great fictional reckonings with the making of America.

Used book in Good Condition. They will soon be followed by others. John ehle is a master of the American language.

The Journey of August King

Reprint. Used book in Good Condition. Movie tie-in. Discovering analees williamsburg, a fifteen-year-old runaway slave in 1810, August King faces a moral dilemma in which he must decide between turning the girl in for a reward or risking his life to help her.