A Nutshell History of North Carolina
Author and illustrator Ben Fortson presents the state’s colorful history in the form of off-the-wall anecdotes, insights and sublimely silly illustrations. Eager to expose the quirky and sometimes ridiculous plot lines of history, his most recent book provides an educational and amusing portrait of his home state, complete with equally unorthodox illustrations. For example, readers can get to know Daniel Boone’s larger-than-life Carolina personality, learn about Levi Coffin and The Underground Railroad, or peruse a humorous account of the Andrew Jackson birthplace controversy. Fortson lives in Black Mountain. Softcover ($21.99), 105 b&w images, 240 pages.