Ruth's Book Emporeum, Library and Peruseum

Take a load off.

Indulge yourself with your favorite beverage (Now, you know a true Southern Appalachian person will fix herself/himself a big ol' glass of Southern Table Wine (that's Sweet Iced Tea - fresh-made today, for those of you condemned to abide anyplace other than the Appalachians), rear back in your easy chair, wrap up in that favorite quilt and have a good read.

You're welcome to warm yourself here as long as you like.

In the Library and Peruseum you'll find books you can read right now (like Dickens' A Christmas Carol), as well as books you can order through

You'll find our books are broken down into logical divisions, so you can read a spell, then come back later and pick up where you left off.

Check back often, because as soon as we obtain the rights to more books, we'll get them set up and update this site.

Parents Note: While we will only put books here that are of clear literary value, we also do NOT believe in altering the author's all our books are unabridged.

Library and Peruseum
(Books You Can Read Online - Some with Music)

A Christmas Carol - by Charles Dickens
Frankenstein - by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Gift of the Magi - by O. Henry
Legend of Sleepy Hollow - by Washington Irving
Night Before Christmas - by Clement Clarke Moore

Book Emporeum (Books You Can Order)

The Foxfire Books

In the late 1960s, Eliot Wigginton and his students created the magazine Foxfire in an effort to record and preserve the traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians. These books are a compilation of Foxfire material and introduce Aunt Arie and her contemporaries and includes log cabin building, midwifing, wild plants primers, hog dressing, snake lore, mountain crafts and food, and other affairs of plain living.

You'll love the way the spelling is modified to reflect the way the words are spoken.

If you read slowly and close you eyes, you can almost hear the words just as they were said…..'course, if you close your eyes you can't read a blessed thing, but you get the idea.

Since we imagine you don't like paying middle-men any more than we do, these books are offered through, which is where these links will take you to order them.

Click to order:

The Foxfire Book:

Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing and Other Affairs of Plain Living
by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 2:

Ghost Stories, Spring Wild Plant Foods, Spinning and Weaving, Midwifing, Burial Customs, Corn Shuckin'S, Wagon Making and More Affairs of Plain Living
by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 3:

Animal Care, Banjos and Dulcimers, Hide Tanning, Summer and Fall Wild Plant Foods, Butter Churns, Ginseng, and Still More Affairs of Plain Living
by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 4:

Fiddle Making, Springhouses, Horse Trading, Sassafras Tea, Berry Buckets, Gardening, and Further Affairs of Plain Living
by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 5:

Ironmaking, Blacksmithing, Flintlock Rifles, Bear Hunting, and Other Affairs of Plain Living
by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 6

by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 7

by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 8

by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 9:

General Stores, the Jud Newson Wagon, a Praying Rock, a Catawba Indian Potter--And Hant Tales, Quilting, Home Cures, and Log Cabins Revisited
by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Foxfire 10:

Railroad Lore, Boardinghouses, Depression-Era Appalachia, Chair Making, Whirligigs, Snake Canes, and Gourd Art
by Eliot Wigginton(Editor)

Aunt Arie: A Foxfire Portrait

by Eliot Wigginton(Editor) and Linda G. Page (Editor)

The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery

by Eliot Wigginton(Editor) and Linda G. Page (Editor)

A Foxfire Christmas

by Eliot Wigginton(Editor) and Bobby Ann Starnes (Introduction)

The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Toys & Games

by Hilton Smith (Editor), Simon J. Bronner (Designer) and Linda G. Page (Editor)

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