My friend Katie, who grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, mentioned the “hippy Foxfire Books” at our book club today. Our conversation was around self-sufficiency and being attuned to the earth and the land around us, and she said that she grew up with these books and loved to read through them when she was back home. As you can see from the cover, you can learn such intriguing things as hog dressing, log cabin building, mountain crafts and foods, planting by the signs, snake lore, moonshining and — my personal favorite — faith healing. (Always interesting to hear how other healers roll.) I hadn’t heard of any of this, having spent most of my youth in the heart of suburbia where one didn’t even think of making one’s own butter, let alone making one’s own rain.
There are twelve books in the series and though I’ve mainly switched over to ebooks at this point since I love reading on my iPad, these are special. I think I should like the whole set.
Here are the first six books: