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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12:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman

 Don Noble's Book Review on “The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman” by Sena Jeter NaslundEdit | Remove

“The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman”

Author: Sena Jeter Naslund

Publisher: William Morrow

Pages: 448

Price: $26.99 (Cloth)

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Book Reviews
12:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

"Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving”
Author:  Jonathan Evison
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages: 278
Price: $14.95 (Paper)



Algonquin Books has published the paperback of “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving” with an unusual amount of fanfare and they are right. This is a special, unusual novel and is in its way a literary high-risk adventure.

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12:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Pale Blue Light

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“Pale Blue Light”                                                             

By Skip Tucker

Montgomery

NewSouth Books

2012

$27.95 ( Cloth )

392 pp.

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Book Review
12:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

They Had No Voice

"They Had No Voice"
Author: Denny Abbott

Transcript to be added soon.

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12:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Cold War Dixie: Militarization and Modernization in the American South

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“Cold War Dixie: Militarization and Modernization in the American South”

Author: Kari Frederickson                                                                

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Pages: 256

Price: $24.95 (Paper); $ 69.95 (Cloth); $24.95 (Ebook)

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12:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Broken Places: A Quinn Colson Novel and Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland

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“The Broken Places: A Quinn Colson Novel”    

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 358

Price: $26.95 (Cloth)

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“Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Price: $26.95

Pages: 306

Ace Atkins, Auburn graduate, has just published simultaneously, his own twelfth novel, “The Broken Places,” set in Mississippi, and his second Robert B. Parker Spenser novel, “Wonderland,” set of course in Boston.        

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Book Reviews
9:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

"Gospel of Freedom" by Jonathan Rieder

This week Dr. Noble reviews:  Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed America by Jonathan Rieder

Transcript and audio to follow soon.

Book Reviews
7:45 am
Mon June 17, 2013

"The Bookman's Tale" by Charlie Lovett

06/17/2013

This week Don Reviews "The Bookman's Tale" by Charlie Lovett.

Transcript to be posted soon.

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12:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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“Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald”                                                   

Author: Therese Anne Fowler

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 375

Price: $25.99 (Cloth)

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Book Reviews
9:38 am
Mon May 20, 2013

An Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other Stories

“An Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other Essays and Stories”
Author: Wendy Reed
Publisher: NewSouth Books
Pages: 208
Price: $24.95 (Cloth)

Wendy Reed is a familiar and respected member of the Alabama literary community, having co- edited two books on Southern women and spirituality for the University of Alabama Press, and been a prize-winning producer/writer on “Discovering Alabama,” not to mention the literary interview show “Bookmark.”

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Book Reviews
12:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

"The Kings and Queens of Roam" by Daniel Wallace

“The Kings and Queens of Roam”
Author: Daniel Wallace
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Pages: 288
Price: $24.00 (Hardcover)

Here in his fifth novel Daniel Wallace has returned to many of the concerns and techniques of “Big Fish,” his first and most widely admired novel.

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Arts & Life
12:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

He Needed Killing: Book 1 in the Needed Killing Series

“He Needed Killing: Book 1 in the Needed Killing Series”

Author: Bill Fitts

Publisher: Borgo Publishing Editions; Electronic Publisher: Smashwords

Pages: 220

Price: $10.95 (Paper)

In September of 2011 Bill Fitts retired from his job as a computer scientist at the University of Alabama and almost at once began his “He Needed Killing” mystery series.

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Arts & Life
12:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart

“Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart”

Author: John S. Sledge

Publisher: The University of South Carolina Press

Pages: 280 $24.95 (Paper)

From 1995 until just last fall, 2012, John Sledge was the editor of the “Mobile Press-Register” Books Page.

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Don Noble
12:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

"Life After Life: A Novel" by Jill McCorkle

"Life After Life" by Jill McCorkle

“Life After Life: A Novel”
Author: Jill McCorkle
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages: 352
Price: $24.95 (Cloth)

Jill McCorkle entered the publishing scene with a great splash. In 1984 Algonquin published her first two novels “July 7th” and “The Cheerleader” simultaneously. It was hoped this would create “buzz” and it did. Since then there have been four story collections and three more novels, but it has been 17 years since the last novel so “Life After Life” is long awaited by her fans.

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Arts & Life
8:40 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City

Why We Are Here

“Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City”
Authors: Edward O. Wilson and Alex Harris
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation (W. W. Norton & Company)
Pages: 228
Price: $39.95

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