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Book Gift Guide for Blair Publisher

If you’re like me, at least one person on your list is a tough cookie to shop for. So we at Blair have put together a little gift guide for those of you still shopping for the holidays. We hope this helps!

For golfers:
Cracking the Code by Paul Azinger and Dr. Ron Braund fills the bill. In this book, former Ryder Cup captain Azinger details how he adapted team-building techniques used by Navy SEALs to forge the 2008 Ryder Cup team. That team was the only American team to win the cup since 1999. E-book editions are also available on your favorite e-reader.

For gardeners:
Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence, edited by Emily Herring Wilson, reveals the letters written by famed gardener Elizabeth Lawrence to her friend and mentor Ann Preston Bridgers during the 1930s and 40s. The letters reveal a kinder, less hurried time when the strong bond of friendship was nurtured through the art of letter writing.

For history buffs in the Triad:
Images of Old Salem: Then and Now, by Old Salem director of architecture David Bergstone, is perfect for anyone who has ever lived in Winston-Salem. The book displays exclusive historical images alongside present-day color photographs to show how the village was preserved.

Stoneman’s Raid, 1865, by Chris J. Hartley, documents the military raid that brought the Civil War to the Piedmont of North Carolina. In the spring of 1865, Federal major general George Stoneman’s cavalry rode across six Southern states, fighting fierce skirmishes and destroying supplies and facilities. In their wake, the raiders left a legacy that resonates to this day, even in modern popular music such as The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Hartley’s book tells the complete story of Stoneman’s 1865 raid for the first time.

For humor-lovers in the South:
Two of the South’s funniest voices–Melinda Rainey Thompson and Morgan Murphy–came together to write I Love You–Now Hush, a hilarious, heartfelt collection of essays about the nature of men and women. From keeping house to romance, from yard work to money, their fresh take on these common arguments will make you laugh out loud and maybe even instill a bit of insight when it comes to the opposite sex.

Austin and Santino go on an animal adventure

Full Moon Ranch wolfdog

Did you catch Lifetime’s first season of On the Road with Austin and Santino, featuring Project Runway‘s Austin Scarlett and Santino Rice? If you did, you also saw one of the attractions featured in Animal Adventures in North Carolina, by Jennifer Bean Bower, to be published in March of 2011.

On the Road‘s Episode 13, entitled “Pawty,” first aired on Oct. 20. Austin and Santino made a party gown for Nancy Brown, the owner of Full Moon Farm, to wear to her fourth annual fundraiser. Although you can’t view the full episode online at this time, you can preview Nancy’s makeover here.

Animal Adventures in North CarolinaFull Moon Farm, located in Black Mountain, N.C., is a refuge for “abused and refused” wolfdogs (wolf hybrids) that can’t be placed into homes for the rest of their lives.  The rescued wolfdogs come from animal control agencies, closed breeding situations and, occasionally, an owner in crisis.

If you can stand the wait until its publication date in March 2011, Jennifer Bean Bower’s Animal Adventures in North Carolina will tell you everything you need to know about visiting Full Moon Farm. In the meantime, you can learn more about Nancy, Full Moon Farm, and its fascinating wolfdogs in the 10-minute documentary below:

Winston-Salem book signing of Images of Old Salem tomorrow

Images of Old Salem by David Bergstone

If you’re heading out to do some holiday shopping in Winston-Salem tomorrow, you’ll have to stop by Barnes & Noble, located at 1925 Hampton Inn Court, between 2 and 4 p.m. The perfect gift for anyone who’s lived in this city, Images of Old Salem: Then and Now shows just how Old Salem has become the historic gem it is today.

If you’re not from around here, you may not know that Old Salem is a self-contained preservation of a pre–Revolutionary War Moravian settlement that, like Colonial Williamsburg, has delighted and awed countless visitors with its warm clapboard homes and heirloom gardens. To walk among its cobbled roads and living history interpreters  is to walk in eras past. Yet few have stopped to consider the rich history of each building or the fascinating work that has allowed Old Salem to so faultlessly capture its heritage.

Images of Old Salem: Then & Now uses exclusive historical images alongside present-day color photographs to show the evolution of the village. The accompanying text provides insight into how each component was preserved.

Get your own copy (and one for someone you love this holiday season) tomorrow, December 4, between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Winston-Salem Barnes & Noble. If you already own the book and have some questions for the author, David Bergstone, please stop by to chat with him. As the director of architecture at Old Salem, he can answer any of your questions.

Enjoy your weekend!

Congrats to Crystal on winning Jim Hunt: A Biography

Jim Hunt: A Biography by Gary PearceLast month we asked our newsletter subscribers to send us an email telling us you voted in the mid-term elections to enter for a chance to win a copy of Jim Hunt: A Biography. Thanks to everyone who entered.

The winner of this contest and owner of her very own copy of Jim Hunt: A Biography is Crystal of Winston-Salem, N.C. Congratulations Crystal, and thanks for voting!

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