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Lost Flowers True Stories of the Moonshine King, Percy Flowers

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Lost Flowers: True Stories of the Moonshine King, Percy Flowers is the never-before-told account of the notorious North Carolina bootlegger, as recalled by his son, Perry Sullivan. In the backwoods of Clayton, North Carolina, in the first half of the twentieth century, life may have been harsh, but whiskey could be found that was smooth, clear, and potent. Especially if it ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published May 3rd 2013 by createspace
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Max Daves
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a true slice of americana. Being that I was born in the south, I found Lost Flowers of a special interest. No doubt the bible belt southern culture is no stranger to secrets which caused many people to live under painful clouds. Considering the popularity of vintage americana these days, this book cracks open the life of one of the most notorious moonshiners in american history. It is a great read. I love stories like this.


Frances Schmitz
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not to be missed. One persons life unfolds with such amazing stories that will captivate you and place you into the very heart of the story. Perry Sullivan has opened up and shared his life in such a way that makes you hungry to know more. More about him, more about the people he grew up with and more on how this has made him the man he is now. Reading where he was and seeing who he is now shows how life takes it's own turns with fate.
Jaeme
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
To be fair, I'm not a fan of memoirs. I enjoy biographies, but they are constructed differently. That being said, the last third of Lost Flowers makes it worth the scramble through the anecdotal storytelling style of Perry Sullivan. And as an amateur genealogist, I can empathize with Sullivan's bittersweet reflections on love, truth and family ties. The beginning is simple enough and the ending is empowering. It's in the passage of years where I floundered, trying to grasp the significance of ev ...more
Bonnie Vause
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very well written from the author's viewpoints. I was am glad to see more authors like Perry Sullivan publishing. It has been said many time that many say they want to write, will write, but only a few carry through with their pen/paper skills.
Perry displays this life as an open book. He is upfront about his childhood, his bare existence into this world. It makes one think "how could he expose the truth" yet also..."why not?"...he was the product of a situation he had no vote in. He is the son o
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Ashley Cox
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by the writing in this book. My expectations were low on a book about a legendary moonshiner from Johnston County. I related because of my own family ties to the area and to all the legendary stories I'd always heard about Percy Flowers over the years. However, upon learning the book was written and published by an allegedly illegitmate son of the man, I thought I wouldn't be getting a lot from it. The writing was very vivid in the author's descriptions of childhood in ...more
Teresa Scott
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read lately. Growing up in the area the book is written about, each page brought back a flood of memories. This book needed to be written. So glad Perry was courageous enough to relive the stories and share them with us.
Melissa
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book because it reminded me of home when I was growing up. I had heard of Percy Flower's store but I did not know the back story. Interesting read especially for a Southerner or those interested in regional non-fiction.
Joanie
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, inspirational, takes you back to a time but all forgotten. Great life lessons!
Anyone who wants to read about life in old south as seen through the eyes of a child and an adult.
Suzanne
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Personal memories.
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