Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart
If not for my husband, I would have never read this book, perhaps would have never heard of Horace Kephart. The book was very well written and gives us a history of the people who lived (mostly the Scots-Irish, and many still do, in the mountains of our Southern Highlands, mostly the great Smokey Mountains. I now know where some of the words I use come from. I learned so much about the man that I would have never known if Mr. Kephart had not taken the time to live in amongst the mountain people for a long time taking precise notes and putting them in a book for us. He was a profound and interesting man.
We have visited the regions where he lived and worked. We have visited the museum that exhibited his camping equipment, his grave site, attended the reception for his 150th birthday at Western Carolina University, met many members of his family, and saw the first play about him, written by his granddaughter.
My husband and I highly recommend reading this masterpiece.