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 Review
8:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Title:  Wrapped in Rainbows:  The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Author:  Valerie Boyd
Publisher: Scribner
Pages: 438
Price: $20.00 (Paperback)

On June 8th, Zora Neale Hurston will be one of twelve writers taken into the newly established Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Shadows in the Fire

Title:  Shadows in the Fire
Author: Gray Basnight
Publisher: Five Star: A Part of Gale, Cengage Learning
2015
Price: $25.95 ( Hardcover )
Pages: 364 pp.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Hotel Monte Sano

Title: The Hotel Monte Sano
Author: Charles Farley

Publisher: The Ardent Writer Press

Pages: 237
Price: $17.95 (Paper)

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Journey to the Wilderness

Title:  Journey to the Wilderness
Author:  Frye Gaillard  
Foreword by Steven Trout
Publisher: NewSouth Books
Price: $23.95 (Hardcover)
Pages: 160

Frye Gaillard is now recognized as one of Alabama’s most prolific and most important nonfiction writers with books on Southern literature, civil rights, NASCAR, country music, Jimmy Carter and, generally, all things Southern.

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Book Review
10:17 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Pasture Art

    

Title:  Pasture Art
Author:  Marlin Barton
“Pasture Art: Stories”
Author: Marlin Barton
Publisher: Hub City Press
Pages: 152
Price: $16.95 (Paper)

“Pasture Art” is Marlin Barton’s fifth volume of fiction—there have been two novels and two collections of stories—but this book stands a good chance to be his break-out book. The stories are more insightful, more psychologically complex than any of his previous work. As a story writer, he has arrived.

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Book Review<
8:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Fox is Framed

Title:  Fox is Framed
Author:  Lachlan Smith
Publisher: Grove Atlantic, The Mysterious Press, 2015
Pages: 244
Price: $24.00 (Hardcover)

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

What Stands in a Storm

Title:  What Stands in a Storm
Author:  Kim Cross
Foreword by Rick Bragg Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 285
Price: $25.00 (Hardcover)

After taking the BA and the MA in journalism at the U of A, Kim Cross honed her skills working as editor-at-large at “Southern Living” and writing articles for outdoor and sport magazines such as “Bicycling” and “Runner’s World” and several newspapers, including “USA Today.” “What Stands in a Storm” is her first book, released March 10th, and it has every chance of being a best seller.

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Book Review
8:45 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Lost Capitals of Alabama

Title: Lost Capitals of Alabama
Author: Herbert James Lewis
Publisher: The History Press
Pages: 158
Price: $19.99 (Paper)

Montgomery, chosen over competing bids from Tuscaloosa, Wetumpka, Mobile, Marion, Statesville, Selma and Huntsville, has been the state capital since 1846, indeed was the capital of the Confederacy for three months in 1861 before that was moved to Richmond, but it was not always so. Montgomery is our fifth capital; the other four “lost” capitals are the subject of Lewis’ brief, informative book.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Title: Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League
Author: Jonathan Odell
Publisher: Maiden Lane Press
Pages: 462
Price: $16.00 (Paperback)

This is Jonathan Odell’s first and third novel.

In 2012 Odell published “The Healing,” a novel of black and white, master and slave, set on a Mississippi plantation in 1847. The heroine, Polly Shine, is an herbalist, feared as a witch, and powerful enough to organize the slaves and lead a quiet but devastating insurrection against Master Ben Satterfield and the Big House.

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8:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Two Children's Books: Seeds of Freedom & The Cats Pajamas

Title: Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
Author: Hester Bass
Illustrator:  E. B. Lewis
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 28
Price: $16.99 (Hardcover)

Title:  The Cat's Pajamas
Author & Illustrator:  Daniel Wallace
Publisher: Inkshares: Crowdfunded Publishing
Pages: 28
Price: $18.00 (Hardcover)

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

West of Sunset

Title: West of Sunset
Author: Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Viking Pages: 289
Price: $27.95 (Cloth)

What hath Woody wrought?

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Book Review
11:34 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Diamonds in the Rough

Title: Diamonds in the Rough
Author: James Sanders Day
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Pages: 300
Price: $49.95 (Cloth)

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Better Than Them: The Unmaking of an Alabama Racist

    

Title:  Better Than Them:  The Unmaking of an Alabama Racist
Author: S. McEachin Otts
Forward by Gaillard Frye
Publisher: NewSouth Books Pages: 158
Price: $23.95 (Paper)

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Driving the King

    

Title: Driving the King
Author: Ravi Howard
Publisher: Harper/Collins Pages: 336 pp.
Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)

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Book Review
8:38 am
Mon January 19, 2015

The Meaning of Human Existence

Title:  The Meaning of Human Existence"
Author:  E.O. Wilson

Transcript to be added soon.

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