Three-Volume Treasury by Emma Bell Miles Available

This summer, Star Route Books published a three-volume treasury of stories, poems, and illustrations from the pen and imagination of the iconic naturalist, artist and author, Emma Bell Miles (1879–1919), about life in her beloved, southern Appalachian mountains:

Miles was a wife and mother whose poems and short stories appeared in national magazines in the early 1900s. She sold her first poem to Harper’s Monthly in 1904, but was probably best known for the book The Spirit of the Mountains, that she published a year later.

Her adult life was filled with poverty and health issues. She endured a troubled marriage. She was interested in women’s rights and suffrage. Her work reflects those themes, but through her writing, she also asserts great and positive and complex ideas- both, in her descriptions of interpersonal situations and of the natural world.

Mrs. Miles passed away at the age of just 39 from tuberculosis. Her last effort, the book, Our Southern Birds, was published posthumously in 1922. It was adopted as a textbook by the State of Kentucky, and later by Tennessee.

Star Route Books is proud to be able to help make available, once again, the timeless writings from this great author. For more information, and to purchase, visit

The Tale of Bella Available Now

Under their Star Route Books imprint, Imaging Specialists, Inc. has just released the fourth and final book in The Stratford Oaks Tales: The Tale of Bella by Dr. Suzanne Mellow-Irwin of Sparta, NC.

The Stratford Oaks Tales is a series of stories about the good life for the animals at Stratford Oaks Farm. This book features Bella, a wild mustang from the rugged mountains of southeastern Nevada and her journey to a new home in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.

The Tale of Bella features full-color images and a delightful narrative that describes the entire adoption process through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

The books are available online at For more information on Dr. Suzanne Mellow-Irwin, visit

Coming Soon…

NEW from Lonnie Jones and Star Route Books:

Stories I Grew Up With is an autobiographical collection by Ashe County native, Lonnie Jones, who relates stories told by his parents and of his own years spent growing up in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.

In this edition, Lonnie has included a very special series of poems by his granddaughter, Maci Jones, who is inspired by her grandfather’s stories.

Softcover, 190 pgs., Crown Quarto Format: 7.44” x 9.68″ Order at

from the Museum of Ashe County History

Hot off the press, courtesy of Star Route Books!

The gift shop at the Museum of Ashe County History has recently received copies of the Ashe County Historical Society’s newest publication: Architectural Survey of Ashe County, North Carolina.

In the early 1970s, the State of North Carolina, through the Office of Archives and History began promoting Architectural Surveys across the state in cooperation with the National Park Service. Later on, an effort to complete an Ashe County survey was started in the late 1990s. The final report was 110 pages long, and contained a detailed history of Ashe County and its various communities and towns. This report included as much information as was available for 590 properties, and features photographs, descriptions of architectural features, and brief histories of the buildings.

In 2018, several members of the Ashe County Historical Society started working to publish the final report so that the public could obtain a copy of this useful research. This book is the result of that effort!

Swing by and pick up your copy this week! The gift shop is open during regular Museum hours, 10-4. For more information, give them a call at (336) 846-1904. Or, order online, at

Alleghany Images Published

Alleghany Images, a selection of photographs from the digital archive of the Alleghany Historical Museum, a project of the Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society in Sparta, NC.

160 pages
Hardcover, 11 x 8.5″
To benefit the Historical Museum. For more information on the museum project, visit:

Order now at or call 336-372-3002.

The Halsey Ferry at Mouth of Wilson. This beautiful photo belongs to Bill Irwin.

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