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In 1966, an English teacher and students in Northeast Georgia founded a quarterly magazine, not only as a vehicle to learn the required English curriculum, but also to teach others about the customs, crafts, traditions, and lifestyle of their Appalachian culture. Named Foxfire after a local phosphorescent lichen, the magazine became one of the most beloved publications in In 1966, an English teacher and students in Northeast Georgia founded a quarterly magazine, not only as a vehicle to learn the required English curriculum, but also to teach others about the customs, crafts, traditions, and lifestyle of their Appalachian culture. Named Foxfire after a local phosphorescent lichen, the magazine became one of the most beloved publications in American culture. For four decades, Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency, home crafts, and the art of natural remedies, and preserving the stories of Appalachia. This anniversary edition brings us generations of voices and lessons about the three essential Appalachian values of faith, family, and the land. We listen to elders share their own memories of how things used to be, and to the new generations eager to preserve traditional values in a more complicated world. There are descriptions of old church services, of popular Appalachian games and pastimes, and of family recipes. Rich with memories and useful lessons, this is a fitting tribute to this inspiring and practical publication that has become a classic American institution.


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In 1966, an English teacher and students in Northeast Georgia founded a quarterly magazine, not only as a vehicle to learn the required English curriculum, but also to teach others about the customs, crafts, traditions, and lifestyle of their Appalachian culture. Named Foxfire after a local phosphorescent lichen, the magazine became one of the most beloved publications in In 1966, an English teacher and students in Northeast Georgia founded a quarterly magazine, not only as a vehicle to learn the required English curriculum, but also to teach others about the customs, crafts, traditions, and lifestyle of their Appalachian culture. Named Foxfire after a local phosphorescent lichen, the magazine became one of the most beloved publications in American culture. For four decades, Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency, home crafts, and the art of natural remedies, and preserving the stories of Appalachia. This anniversary edition brings us generations of voices and lessons about the three essential Appalachian values of faith, family, and the land. We listen to elders share their own memories of how things used to be, and to the new generations eager to preserve traditional values in a more complicated world. There are descriptions of old church services, of popular Appalachian games and pastimes, and of family recipes. Rich with memories and useful lessons, this is a fitting tribute to this inspiring and practical publication that has become a classic American institution.

30 review for The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book: Faith, Family, and the Land

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book struck me as white, white, white. Really white. And very Christian in a way that perhaps I should have expected, but faith comes in many forms - I guess not in them thar hills though. Was nice to read it outside and feel my connection with the land as folks talked about theirs'. Like another reviewer, I think I may enjoy the journals more - will check one out as soon as I can! This book struck me as white, white, white. Really white. And very Christian in a way that perhaps I should have expected, but faith comes in many forms - I guess not in them thar hills though. Was nice to read it outside and feel my connection with the land as folks talked about theirs'. Like another reviewer, I think I may enjoy the journals more - will check one out as soon as I can!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This book is absolutely wonderful. All the richness of oral tradition, stories of a day and time not so long ago in the scheme of history but essentially gone now. But the mountains remain, and the people are still kind and independent and ornery and full of faith. Highly recommend and I plan to track down the rest of this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Xysea

    While this one did less for me than other books in the series, owing to the centrality of religion in the subject matter, I still enjoyed this book. Mostly, I like the anecdotes and the recipes. I've gotten some great ones from this book, like scratch biscuits and basic applesauce. Since sustainable living is my current goal, it behooved me to check these out again, if only as a refresher course in the basics of gardening, canning, sewing, home-keeping, etc. Definitely worth your while, if you're While this one did less for me than other books in the series, owing to the centrality of religion in the subject matter, I still enjoyed this book. Mostly, I like the anecdotes and the recipes. I've gotten some great ones from this book, like scratch biscuits and basic applesauce. Since sustainable living is my current goal, it behooved me to check these out again, if only as a refresher course in the basics of gardening, canning, sewing, home-keeping, etc. Definitely worth your while, if you're more into off-the-grid living and living from the the land. These people have done, and seen, it all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Ward

    The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book: Faith, Family, and the Land by Eliot Wigginton (Anchor 2006) (917.58). After forty years of the Foxfire publications, this volume focuses on three core values: faith, family, and the land. The older generation provides descriptions of how things used to be, and the new generation eagerly listens and learns the old trades and traditions. My rating: 7/10, finished 2007.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I think I would like reading the actual Foxfire journals more than reading the snippets of these conversations. As an oral historian, this book seemed great for the casual reader looking for quotes - but I want a holistic viewpoint.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book is great. I especially love the home remedies, they made me howl! Totally worth your time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dre

    Another on my list of starts....started it...

  8. 4 out of 5

    lola

    This American Life that We Live in the Appalachian Mountains. Heavy on the Jesus.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Excerpts from interviews with Southern Appalachian elders about the topics of land, family and faith.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Graham

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  12. 4 out of 5

    maryam

  13. 4 out of 5

    Djenn Kenaz

  14. 4 out of 5

    LaDonna Scantling

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alina Stefanescu

  16. 4 out of 5

    LAURI CRUMLEY COATES

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paulrus

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aunt Beast

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Brown

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Vanaria

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rogers Lambert

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    Matthew

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aisha Sams

  26. 4 out of 5

    Milt

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

  28. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Caywood

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Humeston

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn

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