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In 1966, in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Georgia, a group of teachers and their students founded a quarterly magazine that they named Foxfire, after a phosphorescent lichen. In 1972, several articles from the magazine were published in book form and the acclaimed Foxfire series began. Almost forty years later, the books continue to teach a philosophy of simplicity in living that is truly enduring in its appeal. Much more than "how to" books, the Foxfire series have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, offering insights into a unique way of life. They teach creative self-sufficiency, the art of natural remedies, home crafts, and stories and customs from Appalachia.
This twelfth volume, the first in five years, offers stories of colorful local characters whose voices provide a portrait of everyday life in Appalachia. There are reminiscinces about learning to square dance and tales about traditional craftsmen who created useful items in the time-old ways that have since disappeared in most of the country. There are lessons on how to make rose beads and wooden caskets, and on how to find turtles in your local pond. We hear the voices of descendants of the Cherokees who lived in the region, and we learn about what summer camp was like for generations of youngsters in the region.
Through the tales and more practical sections, Foxfire 12 offers another fascinating glimpse into a world that is completely different from the one most of us inhabit.