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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Don Noble
9:18 am
Mon April 10, 2006

Summer Crossing

Truman Capote wrote the first draft of Summer Crossing in the fall of 1946 in Monroeville, Alabama, on an extended visit "home." But Capote continued to work on the manuscript on and off, for another six years, first abandoning it for Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948), the story collection A Tree of Night (1949), and the essay collection Local Color (1951).

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Don Noble
12:45 pm
Mon March 27, 2006

The Same Language

MP3 above. [Transcript to come soon.]

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Don Noble
2:59 pm
Mon March 20, 2006

Where Three Roads Meet: Novellas

In the nineteen sixties, a group of American writers staged a kind of literary revolution and took fiction in a new direction. In his new book, Where Three Roads Meet--you will recall that the word "trivia" refers in Latin to notes posted where three roads meet--Barth has three novellas.

In the nineteen sixties, a group of American writers staged a kind of literary revolution and took fiction in a new direction.

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Don Noble
9:05 am
Mon March 6, 2006

The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq

George Packer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, was at first a proponent of the war, a supporter who wanted to see the Iraqi people freed from the terror and sadism of their homicidal maniac tyrant president. George Packer is a whole lot less optimistic now than he was before the invasion.

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Don Noble
12:35 pm
Mon February 27, 2006

The Catcher: Baseball Behind the Seams

Rob Trucks, who holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, published a pair of books, The Pitcher and The Catcher, in what will be a series, a book for every position, "Baseball Behind the Seams."

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Don Noble
2:42 pm
Mon February 20, 2006

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68

With At Canaan's Edge, Taylor Branch brings his three-volume history of America in the King Years to a close. Volume one, Parting the Waters 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize, and volume two, Pillar of Fire, was a best-seller.

With At Canaan's Edge, Taylor Branch brings his three-volume history of America in the King Years to a close. Volume one, Parting the Waters 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize, and volume two, Pillar of Fire, was a best-seller.

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Don Noble
2:22 pm
Mon February 13, 2006

The Magic Keys

The Magic Keys is a kind of love letter from Murray to his wife, to New York City fifty years ago, and to the music that he loves. Murray's last three novels and now The Magic Keys are centered around Scooter, a bright boy growing up in fictional Gasoline Point, Alabama, in north Mobile County.

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Don Noble
10:22 am
Mon January 30, 2006

The Point of Fracture

Frank Turner Hollon is a practicing attorney in Robertsdale, Alabama, and one of the fastest, seemingly effortless writers to come along in Alabama for a long time. All of Hollon's novels involve crime, the law, lawyers, courtroom procedures, rules of evidence, and the rest of what you would expect to find in an attorney's fiction, but The Point of Fracture is the best yet.

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Don Noble
4:12 pm
Thu January 26, 2006

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

"Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" is Anne Rice's twenty-eighth book. Beginning in 1976 with "Interview with the Vampire," Ms. Rice has been on the bestseller list many times with the vampire books, a series on witches.

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Don Noble
3:17 pm
Mon January 16, 2006

Ellen Foster/The Life All Around Me

Gibbons, in 1987, at the tender age of 26, published a minor masterpiece, "Ellen Foster." This is a small book in the voice of a ten-year-old North Carolina girl whose mother dies, drunken father dies, selfish, vain grandmother dies, who may have been sexually abused, and whose aunt and cousin are rotten and cruel.

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Don Noble
3:38 pm
Mon January 9, 2006

Sober Justice and Double Take

Joseph Hilley has written two mystery novels, Sober Justice and Double Take, set in Mobile/Fairhope, Alabama. While the first book claims religious interventions help lawyer Mike Connolly find evidence in a murder case, the second book is along the lines of a more traditional mystery novel.

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Don Noble
2:34 pm
Mon January 2, 2006

A Woman of the Town

This book chronicles the life of Louise Wooster, a widely known madam in historic Birmingham. Based off her memoirs published in 1911, Baggett included an introduction, along with newspaper articles about her and entries from the Birmingham City Directory.

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Don Noble
3:57 pm
Tue December 27, 2005

The Hermit King

A collection of Cobb's "best stories," along with the reprinted novel set in a fictionalized Demopolis.

Bill Cobb, along with Albert Murray, Helen Norris, Elise Sanguinetti, Harper Lee, Madison Jones, and H. E. Francis, is now one of the senior citizens of Alabama fiction.

He now has such a reputation that his early, out-of-print work is being put back into print for contemporary readers.

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Don Noble
10:21 am
Tue December 27, 2005

The Hermit King

A collection of Cobb's "best stories," along with the reprinted novel set in a fictionalized Demopolis.

Bill Cobb, along with Albert Murray, Helen Norris, Elise Sanguinetti, Harper Lee, Madison Jones, and H. E. Francis, is now one of the senior citizens of Alabama fiction.

He now has such a reputation that his early, out-of-print work is being put back into print for contemporary readers.

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Don Noble
12:00 pm
Sun December 25, 2005

Love and Duty

An in-depth look at the lives of Amelia and Josiah Gorgas as well as their influence on the University of Alabama.

The lives of Amelia Gayle Gorgas and Josiah Gorgas have not gone unexamined.

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