I cannot conceive a a better gift book for an enthusiast of our region! Loyal Jones is arguably the most respected elder statesman of Appalachian Studies. He was the founding director of the very first academically-based Appalachian Center - the one at Berea College where he taught for decades. Now living in a nursing home in his native Western North Carolina, he is working on a memoir to go with his impressive bibliography of books which range from humor to religion, including The Preacher Joke Book which combines those two fields of . . . inquiry. The black-and-white photographs by Warren Brunner are stunning and complement Loyal's text perfectly. Here, after an introductory overview of the region, Loyal presents ten values he feels have ingrained themselves in traditional mountain people.
Ashland, Kentucky: The Jesse Stuart Foundation, 1994. 95 pages with an introduction by John B. Stephenson. Hardback in dust jacket.