Southern Gateways

Southern Gateways

Welcome to UNC Press’s selection of books on all things southern. From southern food and music, Native American folktales and colorful nature guides, to books on southern history and architecture, even ghost stories and sea-faring adventures—we hope you’ll find Southern Gateways the place to find wonderful books about our part of the country.

Whether you’re planning supper or a road trip, or just want to read a good ghost story in the hammock or by the fire, these books provide the information and insight, and perhaps, inspiration to go there, do that, read more.


Below you’ll find our newest releases. Click the categories on the left for our full lists in those subject areas.

O. N. Pruitt's Possum Town

O. N. Pruitt's Possum Town

Photographing Trouble and Resilience in the American South

Hardcover

Berkley Hudson, Tom Rankin

The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina

The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina

Stories from Our Invisible Citizens

Paperback

Gene R. Nichol

The Vote Collectors

The Vote Collectors

The True Story of the Scamsters, Politicians, and Preachers behind the Nation's Greatest Electoral Fraud

Hardcover

Michael Graff, Nick Ochsner

North Carolina

North Carolina

Land of Water, Land of Sky

Hardcover

Bland Simpson, Ann Cary Simpson, Tom Earnhardt, Scott D. Taylor

Saving the Wild South

Saving the Wild South

The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction

Paperback

Georgann Eubanks

Frank Porter Graham

Frank Porter Graham

Southern Liberal, Citizen of the World

Hardcover

William A. Link

Edible Wild Plants of the Carolinas

Edible Wild Plants of the Carolinas

A Forager’s Companion

Paperback

Lytton John Musselman, Peter W. Schafran

Otto Wood, the Bandit

Otto Wood, the Bandit

The Freighthopping Thief, Bootlegger, and Convicted Murderer behind the Appalachian Ballads

Paperback

Trevor McKenzie, David Holt

Insiders, Outsiders

Insiders, Outsiders

Toward a New History of Southern Thought

Paperback

Sarah E. Gardner, Steven M. Stowe

Wayfaring Strangers

Wayfaring Strangers

The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

Paperback

Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr, Dolly Parton

The New Southern Garden Cookbook

The New Southern Garden Cookbook

Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes

Paperback

Sheri Castle

The Wilmington Ten

The Wilmington Ten

Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s

Paperback

Kenneth Robert Janken

The Last Battleground

The Last Battleground

The Civil War Comes to North Carolina

Paperback

Philip Gerard

The Lumbee Indians

The Lumbee Indians

An American Struggle

Paperback

Malinda Maynor Lowery

The Month of Their Ripening

The Month of Their Ripening

North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year

Paperback

Georgann Eubanks

Manteo's World

Manteo's World

Native American Life in Carolina's Sound Country before and after the Lost Colony

Paperback

Helen C. Rountree

Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English

Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English

Hardcover

Michael B. Montgomery, Jennifer K. N. Heinmiller, Joan Houston Hall

Good Walks

Good Walks

Rediscovering the Soul of Golf at Eighteen of the Carolinas' Best Courses

Hardcover

Lee Pace

Black Smoke

Black Smoke

African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

eBook

Adrian Miller

The Outer Banks Gazetteer

The Outer Banks Gazetteer

The History of Place Names from Carova to Emerald Isle

Paperback

Roger L. Payne

Pollinator Gardening for the South

Pollinator Gardening for the South

Creating Sustainable Habitats

Paperback

Danesha Seth Carley, Anne M. Spafford

Color-Rich Gardening for the South

Color-Rich Gardening for the South

A Guide for All Seasons

Paperback

Roxann Ward

Rice

Rice

a Savor the South cookbook

Hardcover

Michael W. Twitty

Attracting Birds in the Carolinas

Attracting Birds in the Carolinas

Creating Bird-Friendly Habitats from the Mountains to the Coast

Paperback

James F. Parnell, William C. Alexander, Frances B. Parnell

The Third Savor the South Cookbooks, 5 Volume Omnibus E-book

The Third Savor the South Cookbooks, 5 Volume Omnibus E-book

Includes Fruit, Corn, Ham, Pie, and Rice

eBook

The University of North Carolina Press

Chronicling Stankonia

Chronicling Stankonia

The Rise of the Hip-Hop South

Paperback

Regina Bradley

Braxton Bragg

Braxton Bragg

The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy

Paperback

Earl J. Hess

Edna Lewis

Edna Lewis

At the Table with an American Original

Paperback

Sara B. Franklin

Cool Town

Cool Town

How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

Paperback

Grace Elizabeth Hale

Color and Character

Color and Character

West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality

Paperback

Pamela Grundy

City of a Million Dreams

City of a Million Dreams

A History of New Orleans at Year 300

Paperback

Jason Berry

Step It Up and Go

Step It Up and Go

The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk

Hardcover

David Menconi

The Hamlet Fire

The Hamlet Fire

A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives

Paperback

Bryant Simon

Aaron McDuffie Moore

Aaron McDuffie Moore

An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham's Black Wall Street

Hardcover

Blake Hill-Saya, G.K. Butterfield, C. Eileen Watts Welch

Pauli Murray

Pauli Murray

A Personal and Political Life

Hardcover

Troy R. Saxby

Thirty Great North Carolina Science Adventures

Thirty Great North Carolina Science Adventures

From Underground Wonderlands to Islands in the Sky and Everything in Between

Paperback

April C. Smith, Sarah J. Carrier

UNC A to Z

UNC A to Z

What Every Tar Heel Needs to Know about the First State University

Hardcover

Nicholas Graham, Cecelia Moore

Great Day Hikes on North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Great Day Hikes on North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Paperback

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Jim Grode

Road Through Midnight

Road Through Midnight

A Civil Rights Memorial

Hardcover

Jessica Ingram

Sorting Out the New South City, Second Edition

Sorting Out the New South City, Second Edition

Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875–1975

Paperback

Thomas W. Hanchett

Southern Snow

Southern Snow

The New Guide to Winter Sports from Maryland to the Southern Appalachians

Paperback

Randy Johnson

Tar Heel Lightnin'

Tar Heel Lightnin'

How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World

Hardcover

Daniel S. Pierce

A South You Never Ate

A South You Never Ate

Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Hardcover

Bernard L. Herman

Rebel Richmond

Rebel Richmond

Life and Death in the Confederate Capital

Hardcover

Stephen V. Ash

Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook

Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook

Hardcover

Ricky Moore

The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery

The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery

Paperback

T. J. Smith, Sean Brock

Searching for Black Confederates

Searching for Black Confederates

The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Hardcover

Kevin M. Levin

Kiln to Kitchen

Kiln to Kitchen

Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters

Hardcover

Jean Anderson

North Carolina's Hurricane History

North Carolina's Hurricane History

Fourth Edition, Updated with a Decade of New Storms from Isabel to Sandy

Paperback

Jay Barnes