"Only in Asheville – An Eclectic History" Tells the Story of the City's Ascent

A unique blend of visionaries, risk takers and creative souls lends energy to Asheville’s historic streets. Today, bohemian street performers, funky shops, exquisite art galleries, restaurants and craft breweries blend in among some of the most revered vintage architecture in the country. Discover quirky figures like a “nun” named Sister Bad Habit, who entertains passengers on the LaZoom bus; the “Man in White” living statue; and Asheville’s Village Witch. Be inspired by innovative dreamers such as Julian Price, who invested millions in the once-desolate downtown Asheville, giving money to an eclectic mix of restaurateurs and shop owners. Author Marla Milling traces the people and places that make her hometown a truly unique city.

Read Chapter One for Free Here

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY: Thursday, June 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville. If you buy a book, your ice cream is FREE! The Hop is creating a special “Only in Asheville” flavor.

BOOK SIGNING: Wednesday, June 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Asheville Pizza & Brewing on Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville. The first 20 book buyers will receive a FREE gift card for a beer or other beverage.

BOOK SIGNING: Saturday, June 27, 3 to 7 p.m. at Raven & Crone at 555 Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville.


Author and Ashevillle Resident Marla Milling

Marla Hardee Milling is a full-time writer in Asheville and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). More than 750 of her articles and essays have appeared in many publications including Blue Ridge Country, where she is a contributing editor; Luxury Living; Parenting; Redbook; Our State; WNC; American Style; NICHE and others. She spent ten years as a news producer at WLOS-TV in Asheville and six years as director of communications at Mars Hill College.

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