Don Noble

Program Host: Book Reviews

Dr. Noble is the host of APR's book review series as well as host of BOOKMARK which airs on Alabama Public Television.  A widely published scholar specializing in American and Southern literature, Dr. Noble received the Eugene Current-Garcia Award as Alabama's distinguished literary scholar for the year 2000 and was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award in 2006 and 2011.  In addition he is on the planning committee of several literary conferences.

Dr. Noble's book reviews air during Morning Edition and feature works primarily by Alabama writers.  His reviews focus on why these writers are concerned with their particular subjects and how they succeed or fail  in addressing issues of concern to Alabama readers.

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Book Reviews
8:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Prosperity

 Title:  Prosperity
Author:  B. J. Leggett

Transcript and audio to be added soon.

Book Review
8:57 am
Mon November 24, 2014

All The Way To Memphis and Other Stories

Title:  All The Way To Memphis and Other Stories

Author:  Suzanne Hudson

Transcript and audio to be added soon.

Book Review
8:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

Title: "The All-Girl's Filling Station Last Reunion"
Author: Fannie Flag

Transcript and audio to be added soon.

Book Review
8:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Resurrectionist

  

Title: "The Resurrectionist"
Author: Matthew Guinn  

Transcript to be added soon.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken

    

Title:  An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken

Author:  Hal Crowther

Transcript to be added soon.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

The Death of Santini

    

Title:  "The Death of Santini"
Author: Pat Conroy

Transcript to be added soon

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Book Review
10:10 am
Tue October 7, 2014

The Jumper

“The Jumper: A Novel”
Author: Tim Parrish
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Pages: 287
Price: $26.95 (Paper)

Raised in blue-collar Baton Rouge, after LSU and an MFA in fiction writing at Alabama, Tim Parrish has had his teaching career at Southern Connecticut State University. But in his writing, Parrish has never left the neighborhood in Baton Rouge where he was raised.

Through three books in three genres he has returned to this seething, rather toxic place.

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Book Review
9:14 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Thelonius Rising

    

“Thelonious Rising”
Author: Judith Richards
Publisher: River’s Edge Media
Pages: 317
Price: $19.00 (Paper)

Judith Richards of Fairhope, Alabama, is a veteran novelist with a considerable track record. Since her first novel, “The Sounds of Silence,” in 1977 she has published five more, to considerable acclaim.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey

    

“13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey” (Commemorative Edition)
Author: Kathryn Tucker Windham and Margaret Gillis Figh, with a new Afterword by Dilsy Windham Hilley and Ben Windham
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Pages: 124
Price: $29.95 (Hardcover)

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Halley

    

“Halley”
Author: Faye Gibbons
Publisher: NewSouth Books
Pages: 208
Price: $21.95 (Hardcover)
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Faye Gibbons is an old pro at children’s and Young Adult writing. An Auburn graduate and author of more than a dozen books, she won the Georgia Author of the Year award in 1983 for “Some Glad Morning” and the Alabama Author Award for “Night in the Barn” in 1998, given by the Alabama Library Association.

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Book Reviews
8:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: How The Swampers Changed American Music

    

“Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: How The Swampers Changed American Music”
Author: Carla Jean Whitley
Publisher: The History Press
Pages: 160
Price: $19.99 (Paper)

Towards the end of her short history of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, “Birmingham Magazine” managing editor Whitley discusses the new documentary “Muscle Shoals” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Next

 

“Next: D-Bow’s High School Hoops”
Author: Kevin Waltman
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Pages: 287
Price: $11.95 (Paper)

Sports fans know that what football is to Alabama culture, basketball is to Indiana culture: passion, obsession, madness, religion.

Pop culture images of Indiana basketball, however, as opposed to the images of the NBA, show white small-town Hoosiers at play, coached by Gene Hackman. Although blond Larry Byrd, of French Lick, Indiana, has been retired for some time, he is still the model for Indiana hoops.

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Book Review
7:48 am
Mon August 25, 2014

The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts

    

"The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts"
Author: Philip D. Beidler
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
2014, Tuscaloosa, AL
$34.95 (Cloth)
193 pp.

Over a long career, Beidler has written analyses of early American and Alabama literature, sweeping appraisals of the war literature of WWII and Vietnam, a number of powerful personal essays based on his experiences as a lieutenant in Vietnam and, most lately, outraged appraisals of American political leadership.

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Book Review
9:42 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies

“Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies”

Author: Tison Pugh
Publisher: The University of Georgia Press
Pages: 287
Price: $79.95 (Cloth); $28.95 (Paper)

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

On a Darkling Plain

“On a Darkling Plain: Stories of the Great Depression”
Author: Betty Jean Tucker
Publisher: Livingston Press
Pages: 162
Price: $17.95 (Paper)

Everybody loves a book that comes with a back story. In his very fine Introduction to “On a Darkling Plain,” Alabama literary critic Norman McMillan tells us of a 19-year-old student at Alabama College who, in 1951, published in “The Montevallo Review” her first story, “My Sister Callie.”

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