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December 15, 2016

A Great Christmas Read

Christmas is just around the corner!  We here at the NC Lit Map have quite a list of titles.  One of these, "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" by Gloria Houston, is set in the mountains of North Carolina in the year 1918.  This classic children's tale is about a little girl, Ruthie, whose father has not yet come home from war.  As such, Ruthie and her mother must deliver to their town "the perfect Christmas tree" in her father's stead.  Interested in learning more?  Then check out this book at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!

December 7, 2016

North Carolina in World War II

75 years ago today, on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was bombed by the Japanese.  According to President Roosevelt, it was "a date which will live in infamy".  Shortly after his speech, the USA officially entered World War II.  North Carolina, like many other states, sent scores of brave men to defend our country and its freedoms over the next four years of war.

The NC Literary Map has several titles pertaining to this subject.  In "North Carolina's Shining Hour", Mary Best and other authors showcase photographs and first-hand accounts of people in NC at home and abroad during the war.  In "War Zone: World War II Off the North Carolina Coast", historian Kevin P. Duffus describes the multitude of German U-boat attacks and attempts off of the NC coast in 1942.  He also includes the subsequent impacts on coastal residents.

Interested in learning more?  Then check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!  A special thank you to our World War II veterans for your service and your sacrifice!

December 1, 2016

Christmas in Old Salem!

Looking for something fun to do during the holidays?  Then how about a visit to Old Salem, North Carolina?  Founded 250 years ago by the Moravians, the town of Salem has since been preserved as a historic museum and gardens near Winston-Salem, NC.  Interested in traditional Moravian love feasts, music, and more this Christmas season?  Then please visit Old Salem's website!

The NC Literary Map contains various titles about this fascinating community.  Winston-Salem native Molly Grogan Rawls wrote about the history and changes to Salem over the centuries in "Old Salem and Salem College".  Got kids?  Then you might want to peruse this fun historical fiction book entitled "An Old Salem Christmas, 1840" by Karen Cecil Smith.  This book describes the experiences of a young Moravian girl living in Salem at Christmas time in 1840.  Do you want to know more?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!