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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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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Arts & Life
8:34 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Crossing On The Paris

Crossing On The Paris

“Crossing on the Paris: A Novel”
Author: Dana Gynther Publisher: Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster
Pages: 314
Price: $15.00 (Paper)

The date is June 15, 1921, Le Havre, France. Three women who have never met are captured by the ship’s photographer as they mount the gangplank for the maiden voyage of the French luxury liner “Paris.”

The “Ship of Fools” motif in fiction, most famously exploited in the novel by Katherine Anne Porter, is time honored and very useful.

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Arts & Life
12:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

“Wash”: A Novel

“Wash”: A Novel

By Margaret Wrinkle

Atlantic Monthly Press

New York

2013

$25.00 (Cloth)

408 pp.

Make no mistake, “Wash” is a big, ambitious, demanding, novel, long but never plodding. Margaret Wrinkle, a Birmingham native, has done a prodigious amount of research and then put it in the service of a vivid imagination and a lyrical prose style.

“Wash” is a most impressive debut performance.

The novel is set mainly on the Richardson plantation “two days’ ride northeast of Nashville” in the year 1823, with long flashbacks.

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Arts & Life
12:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

In Love with Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal

“In Love with Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal”

Author: H. Brandt Ayers

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 336

Price: $29.95 (Cloth)

H. Brandt Ayers, Brandy to his friends, has been publisher of the family-owned “Anniston Star” since returning home from Washington D.C. and taking over from his father, Col. Harry Ayers, in 1963. Now 78 years old, Ayers has published his memoirs.

“In Love with Defeat” runs along two parallel tracks.

First, it is an autobiography, a richly anecdotal look at Alabama’s last half century.

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Book Reviews
12:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Book of Neil

“The Book of Neil”
Author: Frank Turner Hollon
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage
Pages: 223
Price: $20.00 (Cloth)

Prolific Baldwin county attorney/novelist Frank Turner Hollon has, this time out, written a fable. It is a familiar story, one that has been exploited in fiction and films, serious and satirical.

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Book Reviews
12:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”

Author: Jeanne Theoharis

Publisher: Beacon Press

Pages: 304

Price: $27.95 (Cloth)

The author of this new biography of Rosa Parks begins by addressing an obvious concern: don’t we already know, if not all there is to know, then at least all we need to know, about the life of Rosa Parks?

Her answer is a convincing no.

First, the two biographical accounts that have been done are incomplete for different reasons.

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Book Review
2:56 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Eden Rise: A Novel

“Eden Rise: A Novel”

Author: Robert J. Norrell

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 288 pp.

Price: $27.95 (Cloth)

Robert J. “Jeff” Norrell is already well known to students of Southern Studies. Norrell, who taught at UA and is now professor of history at the University of Tennessee, has won acclaim with books on Booker T. Washington, the civil rights movement in Tuskegee, several volumes on the history of the state of Alabama, race relations in America in the twentieth century and half a dozen others.

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Book Review
3:53 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Chinaberries and Crows: An Anthology

“Chinaberries and Crows: An Anthology”

Editor: Bert Hitchcock

Publisher: Solomon & George Publishers

Pages: 220

Price: $20.00 (Paper)

At a time when independent bookstores are going out of business all over America, the Gnu’s Room –it’s a pun—in Auburn, Alabama, makes a lot of sense. It is organized as a nonprofit bookstore, mainly used books, and as a local center for the arts: literary, visual and performing.

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Book Reviews
12:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

The Cruise of the Rolling Junk

The Cruise of the Rolling Junk
Author:  F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The Cruise of the Rolling Junk”

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Introduction by Julian Evans

Foreword by Paul Theroux

Publisher: Hesperus Press Limited

Pages: 92

Price: $11.95 (paper)

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Book Review
12:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Echoes of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer

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“Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: Echoes of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer”

Author: A. E. Elmore

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Pages: 265

Price: $32.95 (Cloth)

Over the past few years, there has been, upon this continent, a rebirth in public interest in Abraham Lincoln.

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Book Review
12:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Fear Not the Jackal

Fear Not the Jackal

Author: Miles DeMott

Publisher: Word Truck 2012

Pages: 221

Price: $14.95 (paper)

Miles DeMott had considerable success with a self-published novel, “Family Meeting,” in 2010 and now is back with “Fear Not the Jackal.”

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Book Review
12:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Alabama Football Tales: More Than a Century of Crimson Tide Glory

“Alabama Football Tales: More Than a Century of Crimson Tide Glory”

Author: Lewis Bowling

Publisher: The History Press

Pages: 128

Price: $16.99 (paper)

Since the University of Alabama had the most revered football coach ever in Paul “Bear” Bryant, often has the best football team in the country and is supported by millions of devoted fans and alums, it is no surprise that there is a huge demand for books about the Crimson Tide. Sports writers are well aware of this demand and do their best to meet it.

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