FOR NEARLY FORTY YEARS, Foxfire books have brought the philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency, the art of natural remedies , and home crafts and preserving the stories and customs of Appalachia. Inspiring and practical, this classic series has become an American institution.
Foxfire 12 is the latest volume, the first in more than five years. Here are reminiscences about learning to square dance and tales about traditional craftsmen who created useful items in old-time ways that have since disappeared in most of the country. Here 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. We meet a rich assortment of Appalachian characters and listen to veterans recount their war experiences. Illustrated with photographs and drawings, Foxfire 12 is a rich trove of information and stories from a fascinating American culture.
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 was born. Almost thirty years later, the books continue to teach a philosophy of simplicity in living that is truly enduring in its appear. Much more than “how to” books, the Foxfire series is a publishing phenomenon and a way of life, teaching creative self-sufficiency, the art of natural remedies, home crafts, and other country folkways, fascinating to everyone interested in rediscovering the virtues of simple life.