From Whalebone to Hot House by Jerry Bledsoe

 Believe it or not, Jerry Bledsoe has written about subjects other than true crime.  Before Bitter WhaleboneBlood put him on the national radar, Bledsoe wrote this book about the characters he met while traveling east to west on Highway 64, “the longest highway in North Carolina”, which stretches from the Outer Banks to the toe of the state.

The book is an easy read, broken up into chapters that are quite short – perfect for those lacking time.  It somewhat reminds me of Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon, which if I recall came out a few years before.  This one may be somewhat dated (1986) but the local lore that Bledsoe discovers during his journey is timeless.

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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