Joyce Moore

 

BOOKSELLER EMERITUS -  Joyce shaped and nurtured City Lights Bookstore for over 23 years before selling the business in January 2010.  She remains our mentor and landlord.

Voracious reader, Master of Library Science (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill), Little Canada homesteader, wife of Allen, mother of Adrienne and Megan, fiber artist and owner of City Lights Bookstore from 1986 through 2009. Here's a small selection of Joyce's favorite books. 


Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781565126831
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2009

WICKED PLANTS by Amy Stewart is a small book with a poisonous green cover and a long subtitle "The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities." If you had any illusions about plants being 100% upright and beneficial, this book will soon set you straight. It's full of examples of plants that range from killers (white snakeroot) to merely bad neighbors (kudzu). It's also abundantly illustrated with elegant etchings and humorous drawings.


South of Broad Cover Image
$34.44
ISBN: 9780385413053
Availability: Backordered
Published: Nan A. Talese - August 11th, 2009

Reading Pat Conroy is like smelling honeysuckle on a warm summer night. SOUTH OF BROAD, his first new novel in some years, is a welcome return to Charleston and to the complex characters that live there. Leo King, son of an ex-nun and a gentle father, is a senior in high school in 1969, nearly 10 years after the devastating death of his beloved older brother and he’s finally ready to put his shattered life back together. The friends that are a part of this rebirth, remain an important part of his life for the next two decades and it is the story of these friendships that provides the foundation of the book. I really enjoyed this book, both for the story and for Conroy’s incredibly lush narrative. --Joyce


She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780743284998
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Free Press - December 27th, 2005

For those of us who enjoyed Haven Kimmel's A Girl Named Zippy, it's time for a second helping. She has a new book that takes up where Zippy left off. This book, She Got Up Off the Couch, tells us not only more about Zippy, but about her mother when she decides to get up off the couch, learn to drive and go back to school. It's funny, but it also digs in much deeper where it resonates with real inspiration.
--Joyce Moore


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The Bone People Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140089226
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - October 7th, 1986

This is a haunting novel which conjours some uncomfortable feelings. There are some lovely passages describing the New Zealand sea and landscape. It's one of the best novels I've read.


Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781594630385
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Hudson Street Press - December 27th, 2007

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World, by Dan Koeppel, tells the story of the exotic fruit we Americans eat more of than any other (including apples). Koeppel tells a mysterious and often violent story, full of corporate and political intrigue, with a cautionary conclusion: all those yellow bananas we know and love are clones of a single variety, the Cavendish, which replaced the previous banana of commerce, the Gros Michel, when a fast-spreading blight wiped it out all over the world. Now a variant of that same blight is attacking the Cavendish, and there is no cure in sight. Will another variety replace it in time? Or do we face a banana-less future?


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The Name of the Wind Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Daw Books - April 1st, 2008

"The Name of the Wind , by newcomer Patrick Rothfuss, comes with excel- lent recommendations and a strong warning. This new heroic fantasy novel, the first in a series, has a page-turning quality that makes you stay up late, ignore your friends and family, and neglect responsibilities. It's the story of Kvothe, born into a family of traveling performers


In Praise of Pecans: Recipes & Recollections Cover Image
By June Jackson, Watt M. Casey Jr (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781933979007
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bright Sky Press - August 1st, 2007

Nearly thirty years ago, in the grip of a very small personal obsession with pecans, I planted a handful of the little brown nuts ordered from the Northern Nut Growers Association. The three surviving trees are now more than 50 feet tall and this spring, for the first time, have produced an abundance of catkins. I know that pecans aren't supposed to grow here, but for nearly three decades, I have hoped that a tree that produced nuts in Northern Michigan might thrive here. Meanwhile, I've read In Praise of Pecans, Recipes and Recollections by June Jackson from cover to cover, hoping to be prepared for a bumper fall crop. In addition to stories from her own life, the author includes information about the history and cultivation of the nut and more than 100 recipes for using pecans in everything from starters to desert. It is also beautifully illustrated.


With Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781592640508
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Toby Press - April 1st, 2004

A month or so ago, I picked up a book by Donald Harington entitled With. It is a novel set on a mountain in Arkansas near the imaginary town of Stay More. The town's inhabitants are called Stay Morons. I couldn't put the book down. Then I tried to tell other people about the book, and they looked at me strangely. Then I resorted to just handing people the book and asking them to read it. So far, everyone I know who has read it has recommended it to someone else. So, please read this book. -- Joyce Moore


Bon Appetit, Y'All: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking Cover Image
By Virginia Willis, Ellen Silverman (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781580088534
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Ten Speed Press - May 6th, 2008

From Joyce: BON APPETIT, Y’ALL is my favorite cookbook of the season. It’s fun to read, the illustrations are mouth watering and the recipes I’ve tried are delicious. Virginia Willis is from Georgia, spent some time in France and has combined recipes from her mother and grandmother with her own experiences to create a satisfying blend of new and old. The recipe for Cheddar Cornbread alone is worth the price of the book. And I love having recipes for Fried Fatback and Boeuf Bourguignonne just pages from each other.


The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780743296946
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Scribner - May 20th, 2008

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession by Adam Gollner is about the fruit we eat and the fruit we don't eat. He looks at the history of fruit and how it has waxed and waned in favor over recorded history and he looks at the current state of growing, selling and buying fruit in its over-chemicaled, over-shipped, over-standardized and wasteful, tasteless state. In between he travels much of the world sampling fruits that most of us have never tasted and probably don't even know exist. It's a sensual and sometimes sensuous trip.


Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375758997
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Random House Trade - March 11th, 2003

Alexandra Fuller, who wrote the memoir about growing up in Africa (Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight), here returns to visit her parents who are still living in Africa (in Zambia). She undertakes a strange journey with a white African war veteran named K. to revisit scenes of battle in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Mozambique and to meet other veterans of the countries' wars for independence. As in her previous book, she portrays the incredible pain and contradictions that exist in Africa with great sensitivity. Her voice is unique and compelling. -- Joyce Moore


Pattern Recognition Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425192931
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Berkley Books - February 3rd, 2004

For those of us who enjoyed Haven Kimmel's A Girl Named Zippy, it's time for a second helping. She has a new book that takes up where Zippy left off. This book, She Got Up Off the Couch, tells us not only more about Zippy, but about her mother when she decides to get up off the couch, learn to drive and go back to school. It's funny, but it also digs in much deeper where it resonates with real inspiration.
--Joyce Moore


The Night Journal Cover Image
$18.40
ISBN: 9780143038573
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 2007

The Night Journal, by Elizabeth Crook, is a multigenerational novel set in New Mexico. Three richly depicted women span four generations of a family with very deep roots in the southwestern frontier. Hannah Bass wrote detailed journals of her life as it was shaped by the westward progress of the railroad in the late 19th century. Claudia, her (by now elderly) daughter, made her academic career by editing the journals of a mother she barely remembers. Meg, Claudia's grandaughter, has spent her life rebelling against the history of her famous family. I very much enjoyed spending time with these women as they unearth (literally) a part of the saga that had never been told. Crook succeeds in weaving the many threads of the story into a satisfying whole. - Joyce Moore


The Friday Night Knitting Club Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780399154096
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Putnam Adult - January 18th, 2007

The Friday Night Knitting Club is a good book for people who like to knit and a good story for people who have never knitted a stitch. Georgia Walker owns Walker and Daughter, Knitters


Them: A Memoir of Parents Cover Image
$20.70
ISBN: 9780143037194
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2006

Francine du Plessix Gray has created a powerful portrait of her parents in the memoir, Them. Alexander Lieberman and Titiana du Plessix were talented Russian emigres who fled occupied Paris in 1940 and soon became one of the most influential couples of the New York fashion world. They were also neurotic, selfish and opportunistic. Their skills as parents were limited. Gray tells their facinating story with affection, but without rose-colored glasses. You meet her colorful Russian grandparents and extended family as well as the many famous and exotic people who socialized with her parents. It's a beautifully written memoir about two people and the cultural milieu/history that they inhabit.
- Joyce Moore


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780060852559
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Harper - May 1st, 2007

Mr. Emerson's Wife Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780312336387
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Griffin - May 30th, 2006

On Agate Hill Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781565124523
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Shannon Ravenel Books - September 1st, 2006

Lee Smith's new novel, On Agate Hill, engaged me much the same way as Fair & Tender Ladies did when I first read it. The story begins in a declining plantation called Agate Hill near Hillsborough, North Carolina in the aftermath of the Civil War, makes a long detour to the Appalachians, and returns to Agate Hill where it ends in 1927. Molly Petree, the 13-year-old orphan, begins the narrative in her diary, and the story continues through letters and other historical records that are gathered by an aspiring historian. The characters are engaging, and their voices are rich and distinct. Although I have enjoyed all of Smith's novels, this one is one of my favorites.
- Joyce Moore


American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Thei Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780743264617
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Simon & Schuster - December 19th, 2006

Skinner's Drift Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780743272995
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Scribner - January 3rd, 2006

Skinner's Drift, a first novel by Lisa Fugard, takes place in South Africa. It is a powerful story told by Eva, who returns to her family's farm after a ten-year absence when she receives word of her Afrikaner father's impending death. It is a story of a beautiful and violent land and its people in a time of great change. I think that it would appeal to anyone who read and enjoyed Alexandra Fuller's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight or J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace.
--Joyce Moore


A Year Without Made in China: One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy Cover Image
$28.69
ISBN: 9780470116135
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: John Wiley & Sons - June 1st, 2007

One Foot in Eden Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312423056
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - January 3rd, 2004

It is a beautifully written book. It begins in 1952 with a fight in a bar based loosely on Burrells, on the North Carolina/South Carolina line south of Cashiers. It ends nearly 20 years later when Carolina Power and Light floods a valley and displaces the people who have lived there for generations. As the waters rise, secrets that have been hidden during those years begin to float to the top. As Lee Smith said, "I read this book straight through. I had to." -- Joyce Moore

Mr. Rash has been named as the first John Parris Appalachian Scholar at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.


Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor's First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780310256700
Availability: Backordered
Published: Zondervan - July 4th, 2004

Larimore, with humor and sensitivity, decribes the trials and tribulations of his first year of practicing medicine in Bryson City. Young and idealistic, he describes some of the lessons that he didn?t learn in medical school at Duke University.

From his first delivery (a heifer calf named Walter in his honor) to dealing with resistance from some established doctors, Larimore paints a colorful and moving portrait of a town and its people.
-- Reviewed by Joyce Moore


The Secret History Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780449911518
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Ballantine Books - September 1st, 1996

Prodigal Summer Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780060199654
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: HarperCollins - November 1st, 2000

In her new novel, Barbara Kingsolver returns to the more familiar southern Appalachians after her sojourn in Africa in her powerful 1998 novel, The Poisonwood Bible. But once again she uses a collage of women?s voices to build her story. Three women of three generations, whose lives touch and interweave, struggle with questions about predators versus prey, love and sex, and use versus conservation. In this novel, Kingsolver?s background as a biologist comes forward, and she asks us to look at humans as a part of the ecology of these ancient mountains.


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