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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line (22 May 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385022670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385022675
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 952,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The foxfire series is the result of a wonderful project recording the wide ranging skills of people living in the Appalachians. Every volume contains real life experience as passed on during interviews with older persons done by students from local schools. They can be a bit rambling but that only adds to the charm and sense of real life lived in tough circumstances. Read these books and you will be able to live in the wild, build a cabin, grow food, hunt animals, make moonshine whisky - it is a bit like listening to Ray Mears but with the knowledge that these people lived this way with no option to get helicoptered out if it all went pear shaped.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Foxfire books are excellent 28 July 2003
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Years ago we owned all the Foxfire books, and then we donated them to the library so others could glean the wisdom they had, and we have slowly begun to but copies for our home library and this is one that I wanted first. Simply because it had information on burial customs and I make plain pine burial boxes. And because it has excellent information on wild plants that are edible in the spring and we love to forage for wild plants for food like stinging nettle, fiddle fern and dandelion. The section on bee keeping is also informative. Then there is the wonderful section on midwives which is of personal interest to me, as well as the wonderful section on how to wash clothes in an iron pot, because being vagbond-homestead-mountain mode people we like good clean clothes washed in an environmentally sound manner using the least amount of soap possible.
The Foxfire series is one that comes up on various simple living, homestead, frugal websites and web boards. So I know that millions of people have over the years found the series of books to be invaluable.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I love the series of these books 13 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The series of Foxfire books takes you back in time when life was hard physically but simplier mentally. While reading these books I fell like I am in a time capsule being transported back in time ninety or so years. I enjoy past history and anything to do with mountain country around the Smokies. These peope lived off the land and took the time to enjoy life and their families. These books provide tips for things that are still done the same way, such as tanning hides. Norma Doyle, Florida
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
BOOK(S) WITH A WONDERFUL PURPOSE. 12 April 2007
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THis work, Volume II, is like the others. A wonderful history of how it was. In this day and age of having most needs meet and something for everyone on the Wal-mart shelf, we tend to forget just what it was like in our not too distant past. These books, the Foxfire books, brings to light skills, attitudes and a way of life that is all but forgotten. This is a good thing. When a people lose their history, they lose part of their soul. As the title of this work states, Ghost Stories, Wild Plant Foods, Spinning, Weaving, Midwifing, Corn Shucking, and there is so much more. The editors have done a wonderful job. They have made a very honest effort to replicate the dialect of those places and times and I feel that this is a big part of the charm of these books. I am old enough to have known many of the kinds of folks featured in these books, being only one generation past them, and have a great appreciation for what and how they did all the little things we take so for granted now. I might also suggest that you actually try some of the things mentioned in these volumes. It will give you even more of an appreciation for what they did, and hey, who knows, the skill you develope just might come in handy one of these days! Recommend this and the other Foxfire books highly.
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Interesting subject 7 Sept. 2009
By Survival Instructor - Published on Amazon.com
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It is amazing how one generation can have so much information and the next generation misses out. The project to interview and document how "the older generation" used to live provides information to many other generations across the country. Great information for those who want to learn how it used to be done. The only problem was with the quality of the book as the pages were falling out.
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American 8 May 2008
By Diana L. Mackenzie - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Foxfire books. I don't have the entire set, but each one is fun to read. It's interesting how today the world keeps talking about "going green" when it was not than long ago that most everyone living outside the city was "going green". Those of us who lived that life don't find it so tough getting back to the simpler life.
Great books! Wish I had the entire set.
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