Don Noble's Book Reviews

Mondays at 7:45 a.m and 4:44 p.m.

Recently retired as English professor at The University of Alabama, Dr. Noble's  specialties are Southern and American literature.  He also hosts Bookmark on Alabama Public Television.

Don Noble's reviews can be heard most Mondays at 7:45am and 4:44pm.  and have been made possible in part through grants from the Alabama State Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To listen to the audio version of Dr. Noble's reviews, just click on the book title to be taken to the full page.  Audio is found either at the very beginning of the transcript or at the bottom of the page.

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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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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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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

The Professor

 Title: The Professor: A Legal Thriller
Author: Robert Bailey
Publisher: Exhibit A
Pages: 404
Price: $14.99 (Paperback)

Robert Bailey, in practice as a civil defense trial lawyer in Huntsville for the past 13 years, has now joined the legion of Alabama attorneys to try their hand at fiction. And it’s not a bad start at all. “The Professor” has believable, interesting characters and, most importantly, pace.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Flying Shoes

Title:  Flying Shoes
Author:  Lisa Howorth

Transcript to be added soon.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Men We Reaped

Title:  Men We Reaped
Author:Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 251
Price: $26.00 (Hardcover)

If one looks casually at the writer Jesmyn Ward’s vita, the impression is that she has lived a most fortunate life.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Dear Committee Members

Title:  Dear Committee Members
Author: Julie Schumacher
Publisher: Doubleday Pages: 180
Price: $22.95 (Hardcover)

This book first came to my notice in a review of new comic novels in the November 2nd “New York Times Book Review.” Brock Clarke called it “hilarious” and added, “if you don’t find those books funny, well, that means you’re a corpse.” So I took a look.

I’m alive! “Members” is a wry, small comic delight. College teachers, especially in the humanities, will love it.

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