Steve Wiegenstein

‘James Fork’ is an indispensable book

Readers of books on Ozarks culture and geography are probably familiar with Leland and Crystal Payton, whose earlier works, “Damming the Osage,” “Mystery of the Irish Wilderness,” “The Beautiful and Enduring Ozarks,” and others, explore elements of the Ozark experience in a reflective and sympathetic though unromanticized way. Now the Paytons are out with a…

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