By: Nancy Fessenden McEntee
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Interior design and cover, 2019. A cheerful, upbeat read about the rewarding and unpredictable adventures of Volunteers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The book is structured around actual questions visitors asked Volunteers. The questions and answers reveal much about the history of the Park as well as its lush landscapes, wildlife, and history. Many full-width color illustrations bring the reader behind the scenes as they experience a unique view of what many consider the crown jewel of America’s national parks.
Chapter headings are set off with a spelled-out chapter number above the title, followed by an icon silhouette of a bear looking up a tree. The Noun Project is a fabulous resource for well-designed icons and ideas. Headings and body font are set in Times New Roman, a classic and highly readable font that deserves respect in spite of reader fatigue from overuse in previous decades. It looked just right for this book. The Kindle book is a comfortable read in the default Bookerly font.
At the end of the book, there is a photo-based “Park Violations” quiz, in which images are floated for KF8 and centered for Mobi7 Kindle devices using media queries in the ePub style sheet to change the display and provide image dimensions only for Mobi. The book ends with a Bibliography that avoids “rivers of white space” by changing justification from “justify” to “left-justified” in a “bib” paragraph style.
The author has several other history-related books in the Amazon catalog, including unique biographies of Molsey Blount—the first First Lady of Tennessee—and Webster Colburn, a Union Quartermaster in Tennessee during the Civil War.