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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9:56 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Old Mobile Restaurants by Malcolm Steiner

Malcolm Steiner is a lifetime Mobilian and food enthusiast. This volume, oversized and on glossy paper, is a kind of personal scrapbook with brief text, sometimes little more than cut lines. This is not a formal history.

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

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1:57 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson had a success with her first novel, Gods in Alabama, a novel of high school football players?they are the gods, the girls who want them, or at least think they do, pick-up trucks, whiskey, dating on Lipsmack Hill, etc.

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

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3:37 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

The Victory Album: Reflections on the Good Life after the Good War by Philip D. Beidler

Philip Beidler had built up a considerable reputation as a critic in the fields of Alabama literature and the literature of the Vietnam experience before he began writing extensively out of his own Vietnam experience in Late Thoughts on an Old War (2004) and American Wars, American Peace (2007).

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

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3:30 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Bone Appetit: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by Carolyn Haines

After nine Sarah Booth Delaney novels, Carolyn Haines faces the same problems as the writers of Murder, She Wrote.

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

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3:09 pm
Mon May 24, 2010

The Governor of Goat Hill by Eddie Curran

Curran felt it was time to transform his dozens of newspaper pieces and years of interviews and research into one, comprehensive book.

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

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11:18 am
Mon May 17, 2010

A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White

A Soft Place to Land, White's new novel, has only traces of her humor. It is a family story start to finish and is intelligent, serious business.

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3:42 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Anthill: A Novel by E.O. Wilson

Several Alabamians have won the Pulitzer Prize, but only one, E.O. Wilson, has won it twice, so when the state's most honored writer decides to publish a novel, at age 80, attention must be paid.

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

Several Alabamians have won the Pulitzer Prize, but only one, E.O. Wilson, has won it twice, so when the state's most honored writer decides to publish a novel, at age 80, attention must be paid.

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2:57 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Mark Twain on the Move: A Travel Reader Edited

In "Mark Twain on the Move," AUM professors Gribben and Melton have chosen a goodly selection of the travel writing that made Twain rich and famous.

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

Although most readers think of Mark Twain as a novelist, he was first celebrated as a literary humorist, stand-up entertainer and travel writer.

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4:39 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

I Love You - Now Hush, by Melinda Rainey Thompson and Morgan Murphy

This volume, a collection of essays, alternating male and female point of view, might be called "Women Are from Southern Venus; Men Are from Southern Mars."

Audio ?2010 AL Public Radio

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2:15 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Infamous by Ace Atkins

When Ace Atkins decided to drop his successful Nick Travers detective series in favor of meticulously researched, historical, stand-alone thrillers, some were dubious. Doubts are dispelled now, however.

Audio ?2010 AL Public Radio

When Ace Atkins decided to drop his successful Nick Travers detective series in favor of meticulously researched, historical, stand-alone thrillers, some were dubious. Doubts are dispelled now, however.

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9:12 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Delta Blues edited by Carolyn Haines

Carolyn Haines, a native Mississippian, now of Semmes, Alabama... has taken some time out to solicit, collect and edit these 19 short stories, all set in the Mississippi Delta

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

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10:16 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories by Brad Watson

Brad Watson, author of Last Days of the Dog-Men has now released Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, which contains the title piece, a novella of 72 pages, and 11 other stories.

Audio ?2010 Alabama Public Radio

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4:47 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Once a Spy by Keith Thomas

The publicity for Once a Spy has been craftily qualified. Birmingham author Keith Thomson is making his "debut on the thriller stage." There is no mention of Thomson's two previous novels, Pirates of Pensacola (2005) and Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal (2007). I think this is because the previous two novels were terrifically amusing comedies, and the spy novel, as practiced by John Le Carre and Len Deighton, or, farther back, Graham Greene or Eric Ambler, is very serious business indeed.

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2:37 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

"The Road from Chapel Hill" and "Child of the South" by Joanna Catherine Scott

Joanna Catherine Scott would seem an unlikely person to write Civil War books set in the old South. She was born in London in 1943 during an air raid and raised in Australia. In Perth, Western Australia, Scott met a visiting PhD student from Duke and returned with him to North Carolina. She has written a shelf of books, poetry, fiction and nonfiction, but this pair of novels is her first work set around the Civil War.

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4:24 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

"Eli the Good" by Silas House

Even in such excellent company, Silas House's career has been something of a phenomenon. His first novel, "Clay's Quilt," came out in 2001, and his second and third, "A Parchment of Leaves" (2002) and "The Coal Tattoo"( 2004 ) both won Kentucky Novel of the Year awards. House has also won the Special Achievement Award from the fellowship of Southern Writers and Appalachian Book of the Year, and "Eli The Good" is his fourth novel in just nine years. (He has also written two plays. and two movies. No writer's block here.)

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