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Books listed on this page are either authored by or recommended by members of the Asheville Freelance Network (AFN). If you are interested in any of the books listed here, we recommend supporting your local independent bookstore. For "Eight Reasons To Buy From Local Independent Bookstores" by Peggy Millin and a list of bookstores in the Asheville-Hendersonville Area click here.

Or if you prefer ordering books online we have also provided links to and to Clicking on the title will take you directly to that item at

This page is edited by Jim Ritzen. If you have a book to be included, please e-mail Jim at

Photoshop 5 Artistry
A Master Class for Photographers, Artists, and Production Artists
by Barry Haynes and Wendy Crumpler.

"This book looks at Photoshop from a photographer's perspective, however graphic designers will also find it invaluable in the pursuit of high quality images. The book builds on each lesson starting with tools, masks and channels then going on to cover color management, calibration of input /output devices and color correcting problem images. Information on layers, compositing, filters and special effects is also included, but again is presented with image correction in mind. Photoshop 5 Artistry was printed before Photoshop 5.5 was released and devotes only a small section to preparing images for the Web. The next edition of the book (assuming there is one) will presumably cover this area in more detail. If you are looking for a book with a wealth of information on color correction and effects presented in an easily understood manner, this book is for you. As a graphic designer, I recommend it." --Judith Bicking

In The Footsteps of George Washington
A Guide To Places Commemorating The First President
by William G. Clotworthy (AFN)

This book identifies, describes, and provides access information about the more than 250 publicly accessible sites that commemorate the life and the legacy of George Washington. It provides modern travelers with a roadmap to retrace many of the events and experience many of the places that made up the life of this notable man. The book also includes a brief, but unusual, biography.

Potato Branch: Sketches of Mountain Memories
by Joe Richard Morgan (AFN)

A collection of short stories about growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the 30's and 40's. The wonderful old folks who live in these stories have long since departed this earth except for the markers on their graves in scattered cemeteries. All names are real and accurate, but the author has combined some events in order to be economical with time and space. This book of Morgan's childhood memories grew out of a teaching exercise that he used to demonstrate to his students how to shape stories, develop characters, and focus on themes from their own life experiences.

Mary's Way
A Universal Story of Spiritual Growth Inspired by the Message of Medjugorje
by Peggy Tabor Millin (AFN)

A personal account of a spiritual pilgrimage to the site of Marian apparitions by a non-Catholic writer. This is a book about spiritual connections and about the possibility of transformation in our daily lives. Available only from the author at

More Than Petticoats: Remarkable North Carolina Women
By Scotti Kent (AFN)

In More Than Petticoats: Remarkable North Carolina Women, author Scotti Kent introduces readers to fourteen extraordinary women from North Carolina's history. Alive during such momentous events as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the beginning of the twentieth century, the women included in this book saw reformation all around them and realized that they too could promote change. They did not weaken in the face of challenge but met it head on. Their lasting contributions are chronicled here for readers in the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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