Qty:1
  • List Price: $50.95
  • Save: $10.58 (21%)
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Sodom Laurel Album has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Time Out Books
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Has VG dust jacket. Used VG: A very good copy. A well-cared-for item that has some shelf wear, and remains in great condition. I did not find any highlighting or marginalia. Tight and square binding. Eligible for Prime and FREE Super Saver and Shipping! Amazon ships directly from its warehouse with 24/7 customer service, hassle-free returns, and package tracking. 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Sodom Laurel Album Hardcover – November 4, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0807827420 ISBN-10: 0807827428 Edition: First Edition - First Printing

Buy New
Price: $40.37
14 New from $32.65 23 Used from $3.80 1 Collectible from $13.98
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$40.37
$32.65 $3.80
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Frequently Bought Together

Sodom Laurel Album + Cades Cove: The Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community 1818-1937
Price for both: $53.64

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Series: Published By the University of North Carolina Press in Association With the Center for Documentary Studies. a Lyndhurst Book
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition - First Printing edition (November 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807827428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807827420
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"Sodom" or "Sodom Laurel" is the town nickname of Revere, North Carolina, an isolated community of hill-country tobacco farmers, apparently so-named by a preacher who came upon early encampments of loggers in the area. Photographer and folklorist Amberg focuses on a single member of the community, the musician and storyteller Dellie Chandler Norton (1898-1993), whom he first met in 1975. He chronicles his own experiences with Norton, her adopted son Junior, and other members of the family, and with the difficulties of independent tobacco farming. Amberg's beautiful yet stark and unassuming b&w photos form the book's core: hill roads; huge tobacco leaves growing, being harvested (usually now by Mexican laborers) and hanging to dry in sheds; Dellie Norton performing at gatherings or presiding over her porch; Junior's bizarre changes of clothing and demeanor to suit various occasions and community negotiations; the stark interiors of various dwellings. The photos are accompanied by transcribed narratives by Norton, Junior, and others, and by Amberg's own observations; most are grim yet immediate and compelling. A 20-track CD with more than an hour of hill country music by Norton and others rounds things out. An exemplary example of regional documentary, the project exhibits care and concern throughout, and will draw in outsiders from any locale, particularly anyone who loves Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

"Celebrates a way of life maintained through generations by the spirit of family and community, story and song." -- Library Journal

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Norton on November 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm David Norton Junior is my uncle. This is a great book if your intrested in the way we live in the mountains you should get this book full of great photos of my uncle and aunt Dellie and one great picture of my grandpa Willard.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Chandler on April 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first became aware of Dellie Norton because of the movie "Songcatcher" (available on Amazon). A friend suggested I see it. I really liked the music, and something seemed really familiar about it. Then, I heard my aunt talking about it being based on real life people and I start doing some research.

Back in the early part of the 20th century, an English music researcher and lecturer named Cecil Sharp traveled to the U.S. to track down old songs. He got more songs in Madison county than any other place in the country. Songcatcher is loosely based on those events. It was while I was researching that I happened across some articles about Rob Amberg, and I went looking for his book.

When I first ran across the Sodom Laurel Album, I ended up buying copies for all my close family members and friends. Like the other 2 reviewers, Debra and David, I am related to most of the people in the book and on the CD. In fact, my own father, Warren, was born right down the road from Dellie's house.

After reading their words and studying the pictures, I have an even greater respect for my kin than before, and I can't help but feel that we've really lost something important from our lives. Not just my family, but our entire nation.

If you want a really good look at the way life was for most of the nation less than a hundred years ago, the stark images of Rob Amberg have really captured it.

For even more detail about mountain life, you may want to read a couple of books by Sheila Kay Adams (she is in Sodom Laurel Album): Come Go With Me and My Old True Love. They are based on life in and around Sodom (Revere) and are available from Amazon.

Sheila also carries on Dellie's legacy; she is a traditional ballad singer (she was taught by Dellie Norton) and sells CDs on her web site, and performs in festivals around the country. Details on the web since Amazon doesn't seem to carry her CDs.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Smallwood on November 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking for this book for a couple of years. Borrowed one from a friend and been wanting one since then. Accurately depicts the lives of Western North Carolina's mountain people as told through the eyes of one. Visited the actual area and impressed by their way of life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a Christmas gift and have loved every page. The stories and the photographs are great. I believe that anyone who is fascinated with mountain living as I am will love this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We just spent a week of vacation in Madison County, NC and upon my return ordered this book which concerns the denizens of Sodom, NC. Loads of photographs, and extremely well done. Perhaps the best part about it revolves around the period of time covered. There are over 30 years of personal stories nicely presented by the author, beginning around 1975. I felt like I knew some of the characters by the time I completed reading the book.

If you are buying this book used, insure the volume includes the CD in the back cover.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?