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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Don Noble
10:03 am
Wed June 1, 2005

Seven Laurels

The life of a hard-working, yet unfortunate, Alabamian is set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement in this historical fiction book.

Seven Laurels

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Don Noble
4:12 pm
Mon May 23, 2005

Tallulah! The Life and Times of a Leading Lady

A look at Alabama's own notorious Tallulah Bankhead--her fast-paced acting career, sex scandals and drug abuse.

Tallulah! The Life and Times of a Leading Lady

Alabama is rightly famous for its production of flamboyant females with unforgettable names.

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Don Noble
4:20 pm
Wed May 18, 2005

Alabama in the Twentieth Century

Wayne Flynt's latest, most comprehensive examination of the state's virtues and vices. "Required reading" for Alabamians who want "to vote, or even talk about Alabama sport, religion, politics, taxation, or laws."

Alabama in the Twentieth Century

Wayne Flynt, a native son and Auburn University historian, has been preparing to write this book all his life.

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Don Noble
10:32 am
Wed May 11, 2005

How About That! The Life of Mel Allen

Alabama native and baseball announcer Mel Allen is painstakingly profiled in this latest biography.

How About That! The Life of Mel Allen

Mel Allen is one of those public individuals, one of those celebrities, who has been so much a part of American everyday life we feel we know him well. Of course, we don?t, but readers will know a lot more after reading Stephen Borelli?s biography of Allen, who died at age 83, in 1996.

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Don Noble
1:46 pm
Mon May 2, 2005

The Poet of Tolstoy Park

A man who is dying of tuberculosis discovers how he wants to live the last year of his life.

The Poet of Tolstoy Park

There really was a poet of Tolstoy Park.

In Montrose, Alabama, there sits a round house, built of hand-made concrete blocks. It was erected, alone, by Henry James Stuart, the man who was known as the ?Hermit of Montrose? but was not actually much of a hermit at all.

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Don Noble
10:16 am
Tue April 26, 2005

An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals

An Alabama Songbook is a thorough collection of ballads, folksongs and spirituals. The music displays a rich history of some of the state's lesser-known arts.

An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals

This volume has been a very long time in the making.

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Don Noble
11:12 am
Thu April 7, 2005

The Wreck of the Twilight Limited

A fictionalized account of the worst accident in Amtrak history that happened in Mobile, Alabama.

The Wreck of the Twilight Limited

In real life, here?s what happened.

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Don Noble
4:54 pm
Mon March 28, 2005

Satchel Paige's America

Satchel Paige talks freely and candidly in this memoir by William Price Fox. He discusses baseball past and present, finances and, of course, Alabama.

Satchel Paige's America

In the early 1970s, novelist William Price Fox of South Carolina met with Satchel Paige, perhaps the best pitcher ever to play baseball, in the Twilight Zone Lounge of the Rhythm Lanes Bowling Alley in Kansas City.

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Don Noble
12:45 pm
Mon March 21, 2005

I'll Never Leave You

Nine stories in I'll Never Leave You examine the influence of the sea on the lives and loves of people in a mythical New England town.

I'll Never Leave You

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Don Noble
4:26 pm
Mon March 14, 2005

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: A Memoir

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: a Memoir provides a front-row seat to 1960s rural Alabama--the thoughts, feelings and daily life of a white family living in the midst of the civil rights struggle. Sikora portrays his wife's family vividly, intimately and honestly.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: A Memoir

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Don Noble
10:14 am
Mon March 7, 2005

Too Brief a Treat

This collection of letters from Truman Capote shows another side of the Alabama native who achieved national acclaim through his short stories and novels. A more personal look at Capote's "raw material" including rare literary criticisms as well as notes from his extensive travels.

Too Brief a Treat

A letter from a friend is a treat. If the letter is short, it is ?too brief a treat.?

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Don Noble
9:13 am
Mon February 28, 2005

The Romanov Prophecy

A tale of "chase and narrow escape, historical fact and speculation" that leads readers to wonder about the true survivors of a fallen dynasty.

Everybody knows that poets don?t sell many books or make much money.

Fewer people realize that writers of literary fiction don?t get rich either.

Only one of the five novels nominated for last year?s National Book Award sold more than 3,000 copies.

Ah, but genre fiction?that?s a get-rich-scheme, right?

Not necessarily.

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Don Noble
2:50 pm
Mon February 21, 2005

The Same Sweet Girls

Six fading Southern belles commiserate and reevaluate their lives and loves in Alabama.

The Same Sweet Girls

There has been a buzz concerning King?s third novel, The Same Sweet Girls, for a couple of years, although it has only been released for a few weeks.

Why, you might ask?

First, there was a large advance, always provoking talk, envious and otherwise.

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Don Noble
2:49 pm
Mon February 14, 2005

Monday Mourning

The seventh installment in the "Temperance Brennan" mystery series is anything but trite.

Dr. Kathy Reichs is a professor of anthropology at UNC-Charlotte, with a PhD from Northwestern University.

Dr. Reichs is also, more importantly, both a forensic anthropologist for the state of North Carolina and the Canadian equivalent in Montreal for the Province of Quebec.

As part of Dr. Reichs? work, she examines bones and other remains and offers expert testimony in court.

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Don Noble
1:26 pm
Mon February 7, 2005

Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller

An unrepentant self-examination of Marshall Chapman's unconventional life.

I have been meaning to read singer and songwriter Marshall Chapman's memoir for over a year.

Now I have and I am glad.

It is an unusual book, well-written and a real page-turner.

Lee Smith, an old friend of Chapman, has written the Foreword and tells us how the book came to be.

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