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Travel Memoirs

Shift the Perspective

Published: 2019

In this fifth installment of his travel memoir series, John tackles the always sensitive topic of depression. He shares intensely personal thoughts and feelings and explains how depression has affected his outlook on life as he travels the northeast in an attempt to discover which side of the Civil War really was the best. As usual, this memoir is full of fun stories from cities along the way and thoughtful recollections as John continues to learn about the world and who he truly is.

This book is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

Moisturize the Water

Published: 2018

After four years of traveling, it seems like everything has come full circle. Did John finally get the answers he was looking for? Did he come to a realization about who he was and where he belonged in the world? Or did everything finally break him down and send him back to where he started? In this travel memoir, John travels the Southeast and Midwest to sample the sights and flavors, as well as profile some of America’s most intriguing characters, such as serial killers, politicians, and more.

This book is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

Where the Weird Things Are

Published: 2017

After exploring most of the Southeast in Hang the Elephant, John returns to cover the last corner – Florida. Along the way, John highlights all the horrific and weird stories Florida has to tell, and realizes his place in the world. This book is full of amazing and strange tales from the Sunshine State, from the Panhandle to the Keys.

Read all about cursed dolls, dolphin lovers, and serial killers. Lots and lots of serial killers. It is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

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Published: 2015:

In the follow up to Something About These Fields, John tackles his next big adventure – The Deep South. Along the way, John covers his three Ws – Waterfalls, Wings, and Weird history – and contemplates why Americans are constantly overreacting to tragedy.

This book is full of funny stories and thoughtful contemporary commentary, while also taking a look into John’s past and connecting the dots to show how he got to where he is today. It is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

Something About These Fields

Published: 2014

John’s first full-length book is a travel memoir that recounts his journeys across North Carolina, with adventures in Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina as well. Follow along as he samples the food, takes in the sights, comments on the world, succumbs to an existential crisis, and flashes back to different moments in his life. It is humorous, a little sad at times, and completely real. It is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

 


History

100 Stories: Christianity

Published: 2019

Author John Hinson spent his most formative years in a religious environment, including nine years in a Free Will Baptist school. If there is anyone who is qualified to write this book (outside of someone who currently works in a church or teaches religious classes), it’s John. As with the other books in the 100 Stories series, John brings his straightforward, dry, biting humor to Christianity to provide a light-hearted take on the Bible’s darkest and least-read sections. Although it’s not blasphemous in any sense of the word, you might find some of the stories and the accompanying commentary offensive because you’ve been overly sheltered your entire life. If you’re sensitive, consider this your warning.

This book is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

100 Stories: The Lesser Known History of Humanity – Part 3

Published: 2019

It’s the third part of the lesser known history of humanity, marking the end of an eye-opening trilogy unless John sells the rights to Disney, who will then revive the series, but do so in a way that will almost mirror the original trilogy in a frustratingly subtle way because original concepts and creativity don’t exist in today’s world. There are more stories of strange wars, interesting killers, and baffling conspiracies to uncover thanks to Big Curriculum taking these stories out of the history books in an attempt to keep you in the dark as to what’s really been going on the past several centuries. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, John finds a way to make it happen.

This book, like the others, is probably best kept away from your children, but within reach from where you sit on the toilet. It’s available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

100 Stories: Serial Killers

Published: 2019

Did you know there are roughly 25 active serial killers in the United States right now? Even though the chances of you meeting one are about the same as getting struck by lightning, it’s fun to think about. In this edition of John Hinson’s 100 Stories, you’ll learn about 100 of history’s most horrifying killers. Some names – like John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy – will be familiar, but you’ll also be introduced to others who were arguably much more terrifying.

This book is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

 

100 Stories: The Paranormal

Published: 2019

Ghosts, aliens, and cryptids! Many of us are fascinated by the paranormal. In this edition of John Hinson’s 100 Stories series, you’ll learn about 100 of history’s biggest mysteries. While many have logical explanations, some remain a mystery. Find out the truth in this great read.

This book is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

 

 

100 (More) Stories: The Lesser Known History of Humanity

Published: 2018

In the sequel to 100 Stories: The Lesser Known History of Humanity, John spent more time researching the annals of history to bring 100 more stories of things you likely never heard about (or didn’t get the full story on) in history class. This second edition brings more of the same types of funny, intriguing, and downright horrifying stories over the last couple thousand years of recorded human history.

Inside, you’ll find interesting characters, fascinating war stories, and profiles of some of the worst serial killers that have ever lived. This book is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

100 Stories: The Lesser Known History of Humanity

Published: 2017

Although recorded human history is relatively small compared to the existence of earth, there are so many great stories that are consistently left out of the history books. John has spent countless hours researching and unearthing some of humanity’s best and long-lost stories. If you think present day is weird, you might find comfort in knowing it’s always been weird. It is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!

 

 

100 Cover100 Stories from 100 Counties: The Lesser Known History of North Carolina

Published: 2016

Sure, you know about “The Lost Colony,” the Wright Brothers, and all the other well-known stories from North Carolina. But there’s a lot more that’s happened in the state’s history that has been forgotten along the way. John has scoured the annals of history and brought back 100 stories representing each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Stories include forgotten wars, gruesome murder mysteries, personality profiles from famous small-town residents, and more.

It is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore! It can also be found in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library.


Hiking Guides

Appalachian Waterfalls: A Guide for Beginners

Published: 2017

North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains are teeming with waterfalls. But where do you begin? This book offers a great guide for beginners of all ages who want to explore the waterfalls in the Appalachian Mountains. It is available for purchase directly through the publisher – Lulu, Inc. – as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore!