Don Noble's Book Reviews

Mondays at 7:35 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 7:35am 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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12:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Inside the Vault: The Paul W. Bryant Collection”

Don Noble's Book Review for “Inside the Vault: The Paul W. Bryant Collection” by Taylor Watson; Foreword by Ken Gaddy

“Inside the Vault: The Paul W. Bryant Collection”

Author: Taylor Watson; Foreword by Ken Gaddy

Publisher: The Paul W. Bryant Museum

Pages: 122

Price: $29.95 (Cloth)

(Available at the Museum and online at http://bryant100.com/)

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12:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Governor’s Lady

The Governor's Lady by Robert Inman

“The Governor’s Lady”

Author: Robert Inman

Publisher: John F. Blair

Pages: 331

Price: $26.95 (Cloth)

Novelist Bob Inman in interviews likes to describe himself as a simple storyteller, without overt pretensions to creating “literature.” This is a seemingly modest declaration but, really, being a first-rate storyteller is a fine achievement, harder than it looks. Indeed it should not look hard at all, and if the story fails to hold the reader’s interest it won’t matter if it is “literature” or not; few will read the book.

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12:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Moonrise: A Novel

“Moonrise: A Novel”

Author: Cassandra King

Publisher: Maiden Lane Press

Pages: 384 

Price: $26.95 (Cloth)

Cassandra King has just published her fifth novel, “Moonrise,” and it is different from anything she has done before.

This is not only exciting, it is risky.

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12:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Road from Gap Creek

 Don Noble's Book Review on The Road from Gap Creek by Robert MorganEdit | Remove

“The Road from Gap Creek”

Author: Robert Morgan

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hil

l Pages: 318

Price: $25.95 (Cloth)

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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

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“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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12:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

“Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birming

“Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers” by T.K. Thorne

“Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers”

Author: T. K. Thorne

Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books

Pages: 288

Price: $26.95 (Cloth)

On September 15th it will be 50 years since the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, the bombing in which four girls, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley, were killed while getting ready to participate in Youth Sunday.

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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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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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12:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mickey and Willie

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2:23 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession

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“The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession” 

Author: Charlie Lovett

Publisher: Viking

Pages: 352

Price: $27.95 (Cloth)

The title of “The Bookman’s Tale” is meant, I think, to remind one of Chaucer: “The Knight’s Tale,” “The Pardoner’s Tale,” etc. It sets an appropriately antiquarian mood, and much of this novel deals with the antiquarian, the rare and antique.

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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.

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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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