Biltmore landscape historian releases book on estate gardens and grounds

Landscape and forest historian Bill Alexander has released a third book. The Biltmore Estate: Gardens and Grounds uses historical photographs, including some that have never before been published, to tell the story of the conception, planning, design, construction and maintenance of the estate, which at one time encompassed 125,000 acres.

The long detour

In “The Answer to the Riddle is Me,” Warren Wilson alum David Stuart MacLean recounts his decade-long recovery from amnesia caused by the antimalarial drug Larium. Told with a light touch and plenty of humor, the story is as engaging as it is harrowing. The book is out on Tuesday, Jan. 14.