Bookstore has the best selection of local authors, books
don't have to go very far to find a good book by a local author. UNC
Pembroke's Bookstore carries a growing selection
of local interest books and books by local authors.
Manager Keats Ellis manages the local collection.
been to some of the larger bookstores, and while I was in looking at
their local collection of the books, I noticed that they did not carry
a lot of the titles that we do," Ellis said.
The Bookstore has
always offered books by local authors, and recently the collection reached
around 30 titles from local authors.
Books on local outlaw/hero
Henry Berry Lowrie are popular, Ellis said. The store carries several
titles by Lumbee Indian authors and other Native Americans, compilations
of poetry and short stories, professor's publications as well as informative
books about Pembroke, Robeson County and North Carolina.
"Books by Lumbee
authors and about the Lumbee history and culture sell very well,"
Ellis said. "We get requests from people right before Homecoming,
or they just show up. One widely requested book is Adolph Dial's "The
Lumbee." It is out of print and hasn't been picked up for a third
printing, so I have to turn people away."
The most recent
additions to the local collection include "The Only Land I Know"
also by the late Dial and retired history Professor David Eliades' "Story
of a Lumbee."
the community are starting to use the Bookstore more, but I think many
people still believe you have to be a student or faculty member to use
it, and that's not true," Ellis said. "We carry a lot more
than textbooks. We have selections from local authors, UNCP paraphernalia
The Bookstore is
always looking to build on its collection of local books.
"I would like
to say we offer the most complete selection of local authors and books
anywhere, and I think we are succeeding," Ellis said. "I am
always looking for something new. The last book we purchased was "Product
of Past," an adventure mystery novel by T.C. Hunter, city editor
of The Robesonian.
Other new titles,
include "Robeson County: Images of America" by UNCP student
Blake Tyner of Maxton and "Living Indian Histories: Lumbee and
Tuscarora People in North Carolina" by Gerald Sider (UNC Press,
Popular titles include
"Moon Dash Warrior" by Delano Cummings of Pembroke and "Nowhere
Else on Earth," a Henry Berry Lowrie story by Josephine Humphreys
of Charleston, S.C.
Here is a list of
local interest books at the UNCP Bookstore:
- "Fine in
the World; the Lumbee Language" by Walt Wolfram, Clare Dannenberg,
Stanley Knick and Linda Oxendine.
- "River Spirits:
A Collection of Lumbee Writings" edited by Stanley Knick
- "River Dreams"
by Delano Cummings
Cummings combines his Lumbee Indian heritage, his experiences as a
Marine in Vietnam and his dream to weave images of the past, the present
and the future into a thoughtful, spiritual and exciting narrative
of Native American life and love.
- "Moon Dash
Warrior" By Delano Cummings
A personal story of Delano Cummings, a young Lumbee Indian from Robeson
County, who, inspired by simple patriotism and a straightforward devotion
to duty, grew up to become a Marine in Vietnam. Told simply and courageously,
is, in the end, the starkly real and very moving account of the difficult
but honorable trail one proud, young American Indian warrior determined
to follow to its end.
Indian Sports Heritage" by Joseph Oxendine
Indians gained nationwide visibility as athletes in baseball and football
throughout the years and Oxendine describes the apex of Indian sports
during the first three decades of the 20th century.
in the Twentieth Century" by Connee Brayboy
This is photographic look at the 20th century in Pembroke, N.C.
County: Images of America" by Blake Tyner
Dive deep into Tyner's private and public collection of vintage photographs,
postcards, drawings and historical documents taking you on a journey
throughout Robeson County.
- "The Only
Land I Know" By Adolph Dial and David Eliades
This is the standard history of the Lumbee Indian people of southeastern
N.C., the largest Indian community in population east of the Mississippi.
Dial and Dr. Eliades trace the history of this group through 1974.
Subjects covered are Lumbees during the colonial period and the Revolutionary
War; the Lowrie Band of the Civil War; the development of the Lumbee
educational system; Lumbee folklore; and the modern Lumbee.
Before an Overflow Crowd: Story of Indian Basketball in Robeson and
Adjoining Counties" by Tim Brayboy and Bruce Barton.
For the Indian community living in Robeson and neighboring counties
from 1939 until 1967, basketball was the symbolic measurement of life
itself. It was a remarkable, but previously undocumented era in the
history of N.C. sports. Names, dates, photographs and anecdotes-the
entire history of the Tri-County Indian High School Athletic Conference
- "To Die
Game: Story of Lowry Band" by William McKee Evans
Dramatic and exciting story of Indian guerilla warfare against the
Confederates during the Civil War. Henry Berry Lowrie, a Lumbee, was
arrested for killing a Confederate official. While awaiting trial,
he escaped and took to the swamps with a band of supporters.
- "Swamp Outlaw:
The Story of Henry Berry Lowery" by David Ball
Based on a true story of a group of Native Americans and black soldiers
under Henry Berry Lowrie who took refuge in a N.C. swamp.
Else on Earth" by Josephine Humprheys
In the summer of 1864, 16-year-old Rhoda Strong becomes a pawn in
the bloody struggle between the Union and Confederate armies. Her
love for outlaw Henry Berry Lowrie becomes part of the community's
struggle in a deeply imagined tale based on historical fact.
Sampson: The OU Basketball Story" by Steve Richardson
This is the story of Oklahoma University basketball coach and UNCP
alumnus Kelvin Sampson. It is the story of one determined coach as
he leads his team to the top.
Into Film" by James M. Welsh, Richard Vela, John C. Tibbetts
Co-authored by UNCP English Professor Richard Vela, this is an ideal
book for Shakespeare fans and scholars alike. A special section features
numerous essays on filmmakers who have adapted the Bard's works for
Mitchell: A Reader's and Writer's Guide" by Raymond J. Rundus
Readers will be introduced to this Fairmont, N. C., writer and contribitor
to the New Yorker, and to the paradox of an archetypal Southern agrarian
gentleman who, against all odds, became a citizen of the world. Dr.
Rundus is a retired UNCP professor.
- "All That
Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War" by Stephen W.
UNCP history Professor Stephen Berry makes it clear that most Southern
men saw the war more simply as a test of their manhood, a chance to
defend the honor of their sweethearts, fiancées and wives back
home. Drawing upon diaries and personal letters, Berry weaves together
the stories of six very different men, detailing the tangled roles
that love and ambition played in each man's life.
- "Fly the
Wing! Hooking Into Hang Gliding" by Len Holmes
Book by UNCP chemistry Professor Len Holmes introduces Readers will
be introduced to hang gliding.
by UNCP English Professor Shelby Stephenson:
Springs: An Anthology of North Carolina Poets Edited"
Stephenson's Greatest Hits 1978-2000"
- "Poor People"
- "The Persimmon
Indians: A Cultural Geography" by Thomas E. Ross
This book, by UNCP geography Professor Tom Ross, focuses on the effect
of interaction between Indian and non-Indians and on the complex relationships
between Indians and their environment.
Indians in North Carolina" by Thomas E. Ross
This book focuses on the many different tribes of Native Americans
in North Carolina.
- "One Land,
Three Peoples: A Geography of Robeson County" By Thomas E. Ross
Take a geographical look at one county with three cultures.
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