Book Review: Asfidity & Mad-Stones a Further Ramble through Hillfolks’ Hoodoo


H. Byron Ballard’s second ‘little book’ Asfidity & Mad-Stones is a mighty thing. There is no fluff here. In its 200 pages, every sentence is a bite of wisdom, every chapter an open doorway into exploring a fading way of life. This Further Ramble into Hillfolks’ Hoodoo feels to me like a long wander through the mountains with a woman whose wisdom is as wide as a valley and as deep as a holler; every step and every word shared an intentional passing on of that knowledge.

The author’s roots in Appalachia are “deep and twisty,” going back generations. Growing up in a cove in the far reaches of a county in western North Carolina, she offers a perspective that is rarely found in the growing popularity of hoodoo and folk magic. Byron’s tales of gardening and exploring, of haints and land spirits, of signs and omens from a lifetime…

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