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History, Mystery, and Romance in the Carolina Lowcountry!A haunted necklace, a trickster rabbit, an ingenious slave, a shrieking droll, and a fiancé returned from the dead all come to life in Lynn Michelsohn's new collection of Carolina Lowcountry ghost stories and folklore from the four historic rice plantations making up Brookgreen Gardens - South Carolina's popular tour History, Mystery, and Romance in the Carolina Lowcountry!A haunted necklace, a trickster rabbit, an ingenious slave, a shrieking droll, and a fiancé returned from the dead all come to life in Lynn Michelsohn's new collection of Carolina Lowcountry ghost stories and folklore from the four historic rice plantations making up Brookgreen Gardens - South Carolina's popular tourist attraction near Myrtle Beach. These enchanting folktales, tied to specific plantation locations and historical events, enrich the enjoyment of any visit to the Lowcountry for tourists, armchair travelers, or devotees of ghost stories and folklore. Lynn Michelsohn, a tenth generation Carolinian, is clearly drawn to history, mystery, and romance wherever she finds it, as her previous book, "Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!" explores intrigues of a different kind. Now, in "Tales from Brookgreen" her charming retelling of these sometimes-eerie, sometimes-sad, sometimes-humorous tales engages readers in characters and folkways unique to the Carolina Lowcountry.


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History, Mystery, and Romance in the Carolina Lowcountry!A haunted necklace, a trickster rabbit, an ingenious slave, a shrieking droll, and a fiancé returned from the dead all come to life in Lynn Michelsohn's new collection of Carolina Lowcountry ghost stories and folklore from the four historic rice plantations making up Brookgreen Gardens - South Carolina's popular tour History, Mystery, and Romance in the Carolina Lowcountry!A haunted necklace, a trickster rabbit, an ingenious slave, a shrieking droll, and a fiancé returned from the dead all come to life in Lynn Michelsohn's new collection of Carolina Lowcountry ghost stories and folklore from the four historic rice plantations making up Brookgreen Gardens - South Carolina's popular tourist attraction near Myrtle Beach. These enchanting folktales, tied to specific plantation locations and historical events, enrich the enjoyment of any visit to the Lowcountry for tourists, armchair travelers, or devotees of ghost stories and folklore. Lynn Michelsohn, a tenth generation Carolinian, is clearly drawn to history, mystery, and romance wherever she finds it, as her previous book, "Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!" explores intrigues of a different kind. Now, in "Tales from Brookgreen" her charming retelling of these sometimes-eerie, sometimes-sad, sometimes-humorous tales engages readers in characters and folkways unique to the Carolina Lowcountry.

30 review for Tales from Brookgreen: Folklore, Ghost Stories, and Gullah Folktales in the South Carolina Lowcountry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Midu Hadi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got this book for free, from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. Get your copy here. The Mistress of Brookgreen: Reads a bit like E.Nesbit or Enid Blyton stories. A simple introduction about a capable lady who fell in love, married someone else and then fell in love again to marry the man she loved. Don’t Tief! A sweet story about how stealing rice from your boss can't be a crime! The White Lady of the Hermitage: The story tells us about how the White Lady came to haunt the Hermita I got this book for free, from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. Get your copy here. The Mistress of Brookgreen: Reads a bit like E.Nesbit or Enid Blyton stories. A simple introduction about a capable lady who fell in love, married someone else and then fell in love again to marry the man she loved. Don’t Tief! A sweet story about how stealing rice from your boss can't be a crime! The White Lady of the Hermitage: The story tells us about how the White Lady came to haunt the Hermitage. Ghost Ships: Would you build a beach house with the pillars of an abandoned Church? Brother Gator and His Friends: A few short fables about the animals of the swamp. Crab Boy’s Ghost: Cousin Corrie was too scared too try to catch a Stone Crab and with good reason! The Wachesaw Ghosts: An ancient Indian burial ground is discovered along with their ghosts. The Great Sandy Island Expedition: How the residents were involved in putting together a folktales book. Beautiful stories written in a style that begs to be heard, instead of being read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Not nearly as interesting as I thought it would be.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lys

    I really enjoyed this book! I have a strong "elective" sort of interest in anthropology but mostly as it pertains to folklore (such as the works of Zora Neale Hurston) so I had high hopes for this collection. It did not disappoint. The author of the book was careful to arrange aids for readers not as familiar with the subject area, which helped me to follow the scope of the stories. The real prize is the way Michelsohn "tells" the stories - the reader experiences the chapters as oral storytellin I really enjoyed this book! I have a strong "elective" sort of interest in anthropology but mostly as it pertains to folklore (such as the works of Zora Neale Hurston) so I had high hopes for this collection. It did not disappoint. The author of the book was careful to arrange aids for readers not as familiar with the subject area, which helped me to follow the scope of the stories. The real prize is the way Michelsohn "tells" the stories - the reader experiences the chapters as oral storytelling told in the voices of the women who passed the stories along to her. Michelsohn's commentary and parenthetical notes, as well as setup, helps the reader to understand context, and her control over diction and tone give the sense that the reader is experiencing the stories firsthand rather than reading them. Sometimes questions are anticipated, tangents are indulged, and 'asides' are made ("you remember her, right?") which adds an ambient sort of verisimilitude to the whole thing. The way Michelsohn weaves in the necessary background knowledge without making it into a data dump or history textbook is also quite impressive. None of the "lessons" ever felt tedious - and my understanding of the stories as well as the history of the place where the stories were set (and even history in general) was the better for it. Anyone who enjoys reading folklore will find much to love here, but those who enjoy folklore probably already suspected that. The real gem here is the way the writing was accomplished - it is artful and immersive and takes pains to connect to the audience.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Tales from Brookgreen Gardens is a wonderful collection of stories from South Carolina as told by two women who run a museum/shop. Brookgreen Gardens is located in the South Carolina Lowlands and used to be a collection of Rice Plantations, but now, as I previously mentioned, a museum which the author used to visit with one of the workers, Cousin Corrie. Cousin Corrie worked alongside Genevieve Chandler, both of this ladies would tell tales to those who visited the shop. The book contains about e Tales from Brookgreen Gardens is a wonderful collection of stories from South Carolina as told by two women who run a museum/shop. Brookgreen Gardens is located in the South Carolina Lowlands and used to be a collection of Rice Plantations, but now, as I previously mentioned, a museum which the author used to visit with one of the workers, Cousin Corrie. Cousin Corrie worked alongside Genevieve Chandler, both of this ladies would tell tales to those who visited the shop. The book contains about eight different stories that cover a wide period of history. The first one, the Mistress of Brookgreen is set just before the war of Independence and concerns the Brookgreen Rice Plantation and Rachel Moore Allston Flagg, the woman who becomes the Mistress of Brookgreen. This tale contains a nice mix of historical characters, such as the George Washington, General Cornwallis, amongst others who interact with the mistress. The remaining chapters contain stories relating to disappearing rice, ghosts of a heartbroken Lady-in-white, ghosts of ships, folk tales, and so on. All told this collection of stories creates a very interesting picture of life in South Carolina and I heartily recommend it to everybody!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stablein

    Events were effectively described in detail, not boring, but intriguing and I honestly was impressed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Astrolatry

    Formidable usage of knowledge and character development.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arvilla

    Characters that are interesting and complex.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shy The WidowMaker

    Bravo to Mrs Michelsohn for a lovely book. I loved this book. It is the perfect mix of history and foklore told in a lovely style. As a fellow Lowcountry person I fell in love with the stories told throughout this book. I found myself laughing at some parts of the story as it felt like I was listening to my grandma or aunts telling me another one of the many stories they have heard over the years. The style of writing with it being told through little short stories told over the years was brilla Bravo to Mrs Michelsohn for a lovely book. I loved this book. It is the perfect mix of history and foklore told in a lovely style. As a fellow Lowcountry person I fell in love with the stories told throughout this book. I found myself laughing at some parts of the story as it felt like I was listening to my grandma or aunts telling me another one of the many stories they have heard over the years. The style of writing with it being told through little short stories told over the years was brillant. I loved learning more untold history that I didn't already know. It was amazing hearing about a lot of the famous events in history by way of stories. I really think this is a must read for history buffs,foklore lovers and those that just love to hear old stories. I am tipping my southern belle hat off to the writer. She brought the old world of the south out in this book tenfold. Overall I loved this book and would recommend it to others.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. If you like reading the historical fables of different locations of the United States, you’ll love reading this book.It’s a book filled with different stories from the area of South Caroline near to Myrtle Beach. The stories start in colonial times and extend through the American Revolution, to past the end of the Civil War. Each of the stories are extremely well-written and make you feel like you’re sitting th I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. If you like reading the historical fables of different locations of the United States, you’ll love reading this book.It’s a book filled with different stories from the area of South Caroline near to Myrtle Beach. The stories start in colonial times and extend through the American Revolution, to past the end of the Civil War. Each of the stories are extremely well-written and make you feel like you’re sitting there, in the shop, listening to the women speak their tales. Each of the stories are long enough to bring in enough detail that I could see it in my mind, and yet, short enough to keep my attention. Each of them tie in well to each other and lead into the next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deb Novack

    When I started to read this book I did not think I would like enjoy it, but when I really got into it I enjoyed it immensely. In my minds eye I could actually visualize Brookgreen Gardens, past and present. I have learned more about the Lowcountry after only a few stories. It is an awesome thing to learn about the history,legends,folklore and even some ghost stories of a place so close but never been there. There is war,building planting rice,death,sickness and romance all rolled up in this stor When I started to read this book I did not think I would like enjoy it, but when I really got into it I enjoyed it immensely. In my minds eye I could actually visualize Brookgreen Gardens, past and present. I have learned more about the Lowcountry after only a few stories. It is an awesome thing to learn about the history,legends,folklore and even some ghost stories of a place so close but never been there. There is war,building planting rice,death,sickness and romance all rolled up in this story. It is also fun to learn little things about the author and Aunt Corrie,Miss Genevieve and the Flaggs. Than you so much for allowing me the opportunity to read/review this wonderful book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Glenda

    This book sounds like stories I remember from my childhood where my aunts and uncles would sit around in the late evening and tell us stories. We would not sleep much that night, but the next story time we would be the first there to listen. Would love to win this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Baas

    This is a great book. I loved the history and ghost stories of South Carolina. It was very interesting reading and something I would definitely recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dean

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Willams

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Lopp

  16. 4 out of 5

    ruth ann christensen

  17. 5 out of 5

    katherine drake

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rom Lewis

  19. 4 out of 5

    Will Dorton

  20. 5 out of 5

    Enchylatta

  21. 4 out of 5

    michael

  22. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Fraley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reveiws by Jacki

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi Taryane

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roy Huff

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Lewis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terri

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill Talley

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shandon Fowler

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