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Whale Falls: An exploration of belief and its consequences

by Cecil Bothwell (2010), paperback $12

A riveting account of a deeply examined life, Whale Falls offers culture-changing insight into the ramifications of our most deeply held assumptions. No reader will exit this volume without rethinking everything from dietary choice to drug policy, from Biblical inerrancy to domestic violence. This journey of the heart recalls the moral and geographic sweep of Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and the naturalist's sensibility of Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

Beginning with Neanderthal confrontation with a beached whale, Bothwell carries the reader across centuries and continents to listen to the ocean-spanning songs of modern-day cetaceans. Theory of mind, indigenous rights, LSD, Viking settlements, mummies, cancer, homesteading, chaos theory and terrorism all appear and recede beneath the wheels, beyond the wake, of a vehicle carrying us forward to uncharted waters.

"Here is the hurdle: If the world is not a zero-sum game, then faith alone might set us free. If it is, faith will not suffice. In a physically limited system we need to curb our appetites and impose pollution controls. Protecting whole watersheds and building bicycles instead of cars becomes imperative. In short, we need to work, not meditate, if reality is circular—that is, if the loops of hydrology, nutrients and energy are closed ...

"Yet deep beneath the waves of the three quarters of our planet which is under water, unfallen whales are singing."

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Life After Death Row

by Glen Edward Chapman and Alex Cury

The true story of a wrongful conviction that put Ed Chapman behind bars for 15 years, and the legal team that proved his innocence and set him free.

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Finding Your Way in Asheville —2011/2012

by Cecil Bothwell (2011), paperback $14

Best-selling guide to the Paris of the South. Revised and updated. Not your usual guidebook.

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Can we have archaic and idiot? A collection of fictitious tropes

by Cecil Bothwell (2009) paperback, 108 pages, $14

Quirky short-short stories written in the closing years of the past century.

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Pure Bunkum: Reporting on the Life and Crimes of Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford

by Cecil Bothwell (2008) paperback, 328 pgs., $18

In a region with a reputation for crooked lawmen, Bobby Medford is that rare exception: caught and convicted. He was dealt a fifteen year sentence in the federal prison system for conspiracy, extortion, money laundering, mail fraud and illegal gambling. But that’s just part of his story. Bounty hunter, debt collector and addict, he left behind a trail strewn with guns, drugs, bodies and cash. Pure Bunkum offers a reporter’s-eye view of the way public corruption proliferates, even when “everyone knows” what’s going on, told by an award-winning journalist with an eye for the absurd.

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Garden My Heart: Organic strategies for backyard sustainability (2008)

by Cecil Bothwell (2008) paperback, 160 pages, $14

Garden writer and editor Cecil Bothwell delivers a series of essays reflecting more than 30 years as an organic gardener, with characteristic insight and humor. The book is a guide through the seasons and the weeds, with ideas about edible landscaping and vermiculture, back yard ponds and alternatives to the suburban lawn, by a writer with a deep background in environmentalism and green living.

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Gorillas in the Myth (Second edition, 2008) paperback $12

The first "best-of" collection of Cecil Bothwell's nationally syndicated column. Tweaked and freshened up a bit. The essays address many aspects of modern living with particular attention to the environment and sustainable living.

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The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire

by Cecil Bothwell (2007) paperback, 215 pages, $16

The first biography of the world's most famous preacher to expose his unabashed support for wars from Korea to Iraq. Fully documented by research in the Billy Graham archives, the Library of Congress, presidential libraries and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. Graham advocated genocide in Vietnam and, in the week before the first Gulf War, told President G.H.W. Bush that Saddam was the Antichrist and that it was Bush's historical mission to destroy him.

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Madeleine Claire and the Dinosaur

by Jerald Pope (2006) hard cover $16

Artist , playright , puppeteer and story teller Jerald Pope wrote and illustrated this wonderful read-aloud book about a little girl (his daughter) and a pet dinosaur. Lots of great pet lessons and beautiful illustrations.

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The Icarus Glitch: Another Duck Soup Reader (2001) paperback $12

The second "best-of" collection of Cecil Bothwell's syndicated columns, offering his view of modern society as a frenzied cartoon coyote, three steps over the edge, somehow imagining it can fly during the one-beat, two-beats, three-beats before reality knocks and gravity beckons. We are probably doomed, he suggests, but we might as well at least enjoy the fall.
Readers from Orlando to Anchorage and San Jose to Hyannis know that no subject escapes parboiling in Duck Soup: DARE, prayer, GMOs, GDPs, cats, dogs, nuts, bolts and former governors all tumble into the pot.

“Early on, we were limited to crude gestures and grunts, the sort of pseudocommunication seen today when the unexpected coupling of recessive genes produces a Howard Stern.
Once armed with true language, however, humanity flowered. Our frontal lobes swelled with pride. We yakked. We jabbered. We talked about the neighbors. We wrote War and Peace. We became tasteful and lovely and truly the crown of creation.
Abandoning the rough, heathenish clobbering of noggins with lumpy clubs, we soon adopted charitable and uplifting religious doctrines to justify rocket attacks and anti-personnel mines.”
-from “Speak, doggy, speak!”

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Gorillas in the Myth: A Duck Soup Reader (2000) paperback $8

The original version of this collection. Not as flashy as the 2008 update. Tasty nonetheless.