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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11:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

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My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

Editor: Ronald Rice and Booksellers Across America

Introduction by Richard Russo

Illustrations by Leif Parsons

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.

Pages: 378

Price: $23.95 (Cloth)

There is a wave of justified anxiety moving among the bookstore owners and patrons of America; the number of independent bookstores has been declining steadily since the 1990s.

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10:48 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Sins of the Father: The True Story of a Family Running from the Mob

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Sins of the Father: The True Story of a Family Running from the Mob

Author: Nick Taylor

Publisher: Pocket Star Books

Pages: 485

Price: $9.99 (Paper)

Much of the narrative “Sins of the Father” will be familiar to viewers of the TV show “In Plain Sight.” The U.S. Marshall’s Service takes those who are to testify in high profile cases, whose lives would definitely be in danger because of that testimony, and puts them into the Witness Protection Program.

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10:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Leaving Tuscaloosa

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Leaving Tuscaloosa

Author: Walter Bennett

Publisher: Fuze Publishing

Pages: 313

Price: $16.95 (Paper)

A novel called “Leaving Tuscaloosa” is simply irresistible to a resident, past or present, of Tuscaloosa. Bennett, who grew up in Tuscaloosa and has had a long career as a lawyer, law professor and judge, now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and has studied fiction writing with Lee Smith, among others.

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10:27 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man

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Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man

Author: Frank “Doc” Adams and Burgin Mathews

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press

Pages: 267

Price: $34.95 (Cloth)

The reader can tell that Burgin Mathews put in a heap of work on this book, interviewing “Doc” Adams dozens of times, transcribing the interviews from nearly a hundred cassette tapes, and editing, cutting, and arranging the material.

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10:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Tasia’s Table: Cooking with the Artisan Cheesemaker at Belle Chevre

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Tasia’s Table: Cooking with the Artisan Cheesemaker at Belle Chevre

Author: Tasia Malakasis, Photography by Stephanie Schamban

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 143

Price: $29.95

We are used to chef stories like that of Jacques Pepin, who worked as a child in his mother’s restaurant in France, or Anthony Bourdain, who began as a young fellow and worked his way up.

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1:13 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

They Came To Nashville

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“They Came to Nashville”

Author: Marshall Chapman, with a Foreword by Peter Guralnik

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

Pages: 282 Price: $25.00 (Cloth)

Marshall Chapman, Nashville singer-songwriter, is now the author of about 400 songs and has cut 12 albums at last count.

Her songs have been recorded by musicians ranging from Conway Twitty to EmmyLou Harris to Jimmy Buffett.

She was an unlikely country star. Far from being a coal miner’s daughter, Chapman was a mill owner’s daughter, a debutante from Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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12:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel

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“The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 339

Price: $27.50 (Cloth)

Ace Atkins has been working harder than ever, simultaneously writing two detective/action series. He was chosen to write the Spenser novels after the death of Robert B. Parker and in 2011 began the Quinn Colson series with “The Ranger.”

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12:45 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir

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“The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir”

Author: Frye Gaillard

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 206

Price: $27.95 (Cloth)

A few writers, even in mid-career, will deny that they read anything much. Faulkner denied, disingenuously, that he had read Joyce’s “Ulysses,” for example, probably for fear readers would feel he had been unduly influenced by Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness experiments.

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3:06 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Bartolomé de Las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas

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“Bartolomé de Las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas”

Author: Lawrence A. Clayton

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (Viewpoints)

Pages: 188

Price: $24.95 (Paper)

Bartolomé de Las Casas is one of those historical figures that, one must sadly admit, one knew nothing about. But this concise, informative book by UA history professor Lawrence Clayton can fix that.

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2:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The Weight of Memory: A Novel

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“The Weight of Memory: A Novel”

Author: Jennifer Paddock

Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing

Pages: 254

Price: $24.00 (Cloth)

Jennifer Paddock is a young woman who writes novels about young women.

Her first, “A Secret Word,” 2004, tells the stories of three girls, friends, growing up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Paddock’s home town. The three girls were close and were all in love privately with Trey, who died in a wreck.

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2:48 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Lewis Nordan: Humor, Heartbreak, and Hope

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Lewis Nordan: Humor, Heartbreak, and Hope

Editor: Barbara A. Baker

Publisher: University of Alabama Press; A Pebble Hill Book

Pages: 204

Price: $25.00 (Paper)

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2:39 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Love’s Winning Plays: A Novel

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“Love’s Winning Plays: A Novel”

Author: Inman Majors

Publisher: W. W. Norton &Company

Pages: 256

$25.95 (Cloth)

“Love’s Winning Plays” is Inman Majors’ fourth novel since completing his MFA in creative writing here at Alabama. There was a restless young man novel, “Swimming in Sky,” set in Knoxville, then a fine comic novel, “Wonderdog,” set in Tuscaloosa.

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12:13 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King

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“Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King”

Author: Edythe Scott Bagley, With Joe Hilley; Afterword by Bernice A. King

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press

Pages: 318

Price: $34.95 (Cloth)

“Desert Rose” is a sympathetic, personal remembrance of Coretta Scott King by one who knew her best.

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12:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jazz Age’s High Priestess

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“Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jazz Age’s High Priestess”

Author: Sally Cline

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

Pages: 492

Price: $16.95 (Paper)

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was a charismatic, vivacious, beautiful, enigmatic, creative, deeply disturbed woman. Several full-length biographies have attempted to explain her. Before she ever met F. Scott Fitzgerald in Montgomery she was already famous/notorious in Alabama for her wit, physical daring and risqué behavior.

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1:56 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese

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“The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese”

Editor: Michael Rosenwald

Publisher: Walker & Company

Pages: 308

Price: $16.00 (paper)

Readers today may think of Gay Talese as the immersion journalist who hung out with the Bonnano Mafia family and published “Honor Thy Father,” or the writer who explored America’s sexual mores and reported back in “Thy Neighbor’s Wife,” or the historian of the “New York Times,” in “The Kingdom and the Power.”

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