Backyards, Bow Ties and Beauty Queens is a sequel to Sweet Tea, Fried Chicken and Lazy Dogs. Bill offers another collection of more than 50 essays that explore his reflections on North Carolina and its people. His warm commentaries – sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant – capture the essence of rural and small-town life in North Carolina. Admittedly sometimes “semi-autobiographical”, Bill looks back on his nearly forty years of being a part of hundreds of community celebrations and the people he has met along the way. He occasionally even resorts to poetry to capture the feelings that are at once individual and collective: funerals, festivals, church services and hunting expeditions.