Don Noble's Book Reviews en Lion Plays Rough: A Leo Maxwell Mystery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><b>“Lion Plays Rough: A Leo Maxwell Mystery”<br />Author: Lachlan Smith<br />Publisher: The Mysterious Press: An Imprint of Grove/Atlantic<br />Pages: 246<br />Price: $24.00 (Cloth)</b></p><p>Just last year, 2013, Lachlan Smith, a Birmingham attorney practicing civil rights and employment law, published his debut thriller, “Bear Is Broken.” Smith was well prepared to write that novel, having studied writing at Stanford and Cornell and then getting a law degree from UC Berkeley in 2009.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 56175 at Lion Plays Rough: A Leo Maxwell Mystery Brother Sid: A Novel of Sidney Lanier <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><b>“Brother Sid: A Novel of Sidney Lanier”<br />Author: May Lamar<br />Publisher: The Donnell Group<br />Pages: 265<br />Price: $22.95 (Cloth)</b></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 56174 at Brother Sid: A Novel of Sidney Lanier Second Cup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>“Second Cup of Coffee: Collected Columns”<br />By Mary Adams Belk<br />Introduction by Joe McAdory<br />2014<br />Auburn, Alabama<br />Solomon &amp; George Publishers<br />$18.00 (Paper)<br />209 pp.</strong></p><p>Mary Belk has written a weekly column for the “Opelika-Auburn News” for many years and of course her readers have urged her to collect these columns and make them available as a single volume.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 56171 at Second Cup The Secret of Magic <p><strong>“The Secret of Magic”<br />Author: Deborah Johnson<br />Publisher: P.G. Putnam’s Sons<br />Pages: 394<br />Price: $26.95 (Cloth)</strong></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 56170 at The Secret of Magic The Invitation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><b>“The Invitation” Author: Clifton Taulbert<br />Publisher: NewSouth Books<br />Pages: 206<br />Price: $25.95 (Cloth)</b></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53613 at The Invitation The Shoe Burnin' <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><b>“The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul”<br />Editor: Joe Formichella<br />Publisher: River’s Edge Media<br />Pages: 216<br />Price: $34.95 (Cloth) including CD</b></p><p>“The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul.” The title has a story behind it and the subtitle is a pun.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53612 at The Shoe Burnin' The Never List <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><b>“The Never List: A Novel” Author: Koethi Zan<br />Publisher: Viking Press<br />Pages: 303<br />Price: $27.95 (Cloth)</b></p><p>One rarely begins a review by quoting from the acknowledgements, but this is an unusual situation. Koethi Zan thanks a number of people including her daughters, who “are not allowed to read one word of [“The Never List”] until college.”</p><p>This is perfectly understandable.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53608 at The Never List Hum <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Hum” Author: Michelle Richmond<br />Publisher: University of Alabama Press, FC2<br />Pages: 149<br />Price: $16.95 (Paper)</p><p>A native of Mobile, Michelle Richmond began her career with a volume of stories, “The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress,” which won the Associated Writing Programs prize for short fiction in 2000.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53594 at Hum Fielder's Choice <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>“Fielder’s Choice” Author: J. Mark Hart<br />Publisher: TradeWorks Publishing<br />Pages: 460<br />Price: $12.95</strong></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53593 at Fielder's Choice Superzelda <p></p><p>“Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald”<br />Author: Tizania Lo Porto<br />Illustrator: Daniele Marotta<br />Publisher: One Peace Books<br />Pages: 175<br />Price: $16.95 (Paper)</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53592 at Superzelda Turning the Tide <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>“Turning the Tide: The University of Alabama in the 1960s”<br />Author: Earl H. Tilford<br />Publisher: University of Alabama Press<br />Pages: 252<br />Price: $34.95 (Cloth)</p><p>Earl Tilford offers what seems a very useful way to think of the history of the University of Alabama. He suggests there have been three UAs, or rather the university has been born, then faded and reborn twice. The first university dates from the founding in 1831 and ends when the Union troops burned all but four buildings in 1865.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53534 at Turning the Tide Bear is Broken: A Leo Maxwell Mystery <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>“Bear Is Broken: A Leo Maxwell Mystery”<br />Author: Lachlan Smith<br />Publisher: The Mysterious Press: An imprint of Grove/Atlantic<br />Pages: 256<br />Price: $24.00 (Cloth)</p><p>Since the early years of John Grisham, It has become a commonplace that attorneys write legal thrillers. Nothing new there. But few can have been as fully prepared for the job as Lachlan Smith.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53532 at Bear is Broken: A Leo Maxwell Mystery March With Me <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">text &nbsp;</span>“March with Me”</br> Author: Rosalie T. Turner</br> Publisher: Cypress Creek Publishing</br> Pages: 210</br> Price: $18.00 </p><p> In her Foreword to “March With Me,” Rosalie Turner says a major motivation for writing this short novel was “the fact that most people in our country today have either forgotten or never knew about the Children’s March” in Birmingham in April of 1963.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53111 at March With Me Eugene Bullard <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"></span>“Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot”</br> Author: Larry Greenly</br> Publisher: NewSouth Books</br> Pages: 160</br> Price: $19.95 (Cloth)</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53110 at Eugene Bullard Someone Else's Love Story <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"></span>“Someone Else’s Love Story”</br> Author: Joshilyn Jackson</br> Publisher: William Morrow</br> Pages: 300</br> Price: $26.99 (Cloth)</p><p> Joshilyn Jackson has achieved the status of best-selling author with a solid reader/fan base. One can tell that from the dust jacket: her name is in larger, brighter type than the words of the title.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Don Noble 53109 at Someone Else's Love Story