302 pp., 7 x 10, 128 photos
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4328-4
Published: September 1991
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2077-0
Published: March 2014
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The early reviews of Cabins in the Laurel were overwhelmingly positive, but the mountain people -- Sheppard's friends and subjects -- initially felt that she had portrayed them as too old-fashioned, even backward. As novelist John Ehle shows in his foreword, though, fifty years have made a huge difference, and the people of the Toe River Valley have been among its most affectionate readers.
This new large-format edition, which makes use of many of Wootten's original negatives, will introduce Sheppard's words and Wootten's photography to a whole new generation of readers -- in the Valley and beyond.
"A treasure of insight into selected aspects of mountain life in the early 20th century."--Choice
"This work is an important contribution on Appalachian culture, and this new edition is very fine indeed."--Southern Folklore
"A thoroughly likable, instructive and entertaining book."--New York Times Book Review
"The most friendly, easily read, vigorous, zestful portrait of Appalachians we have from the past."--John Ehle, from the Foreword