Arts & Life

Book Review
4:01 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation"

“Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation”

Author: Ammon Shea

Publisher: Penguin Group: A Perigee Book

Pages: 247

Price: $16.00 (Paperback)

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Book Review
3:57 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"Angels at the Gate"

“Angels at the Gate”

Author: T. K. Thorne

Publisher: Cappuccino Books

Pages: 359

Price: $22.50 (Hardcover)

Birmingham author T. K. Thorne, a retired police captain, is writing hard. Her “Last Chance for Justice,” an extended commentary on the trials that finally brought the 16th St. Baptist Church bombers Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton to account in 2001 and 2002, was informed by her intimate knowledge of Birmingham and 22 years in law enforcement.

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Book Review
3:52 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"Wild Sweet Orange Ride: Journey's Home"

“Wild Sweet Orange Ride: Journeys Home”

Author: Julia Gregg

Publisher: Vineyard Stories

Pages: 101

Price: $19.95 (Hardcover)

Julia Hightower Gregg has been a columnist for the “Evansville Courier and Press” in Indiana for 25 years but before becoming a Hoosier, if indeed one can ever become a Hoosier, Gregg grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, took a BS from Auburn University, then took an MS from Vanderbilt Peabody College and an MFA from Murray State University in Kentucky .

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Book Review
3:47 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"A Little Bit of Spectacular"

“A Little Bit of Spectacular”

Author: Gin Phillips

Publisher: Penguin, Dial Books for Young Readers

Pages: 160

Price: $16.99 (Paperback)

I have from time to time reviewed Young Adult novels and even a children’s book or two but this is my first foray into the Middle Grade, Young Readers category. Young Readers are ages 10 and up, grades 5 and up.

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Book Review
3:42 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"Bone to be Wild: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery"

“Bone to Be Wild: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery”

Author: Carolyn Haines

Publisher: St. Martin’s (Minotaur Books)

Pages: 354

Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)

When I was a kid, on Saturday afternoons I caught the latest installment of Lash LaRue or Commander Don Winslow of the US Coast Guard, weekly series often ending in a literal cliff-hanger—to be continued next week. Like those matinees, Carolyn Haines’ “Bones” books have moved now from a mystery series to a mystery serial.

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Book Review
3:33 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"Reflections of the Civil War in Southern Humor"

“Reflections of the Civil War in Southern Humor”

Author: Wade H. Hall

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 89

Price: $12.95 (Paper)

“The Shortest Book in the World” is a venerable genre.

“Career Management” by Charlie Sheen.

“Secrets to a Successful Marriage” by Tiger Woods

At 89 pages, Wade Hall’s study of Southern Civil War humor is definitely in this category. Considering that the war was a four-year bloodbath with, sometimes, tens of thousands dying on the same day, it may even be an oxymoron. It wasn’t a naturally funny subject.

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Book Review
3:29 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"South, America: A Jack Prine Novel"

“South, America: A Jack Prine Novel”

Author: Rod Davis

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 248

Price: $24.95 (Paper)

Before seven on a Sunday morning, in the year 2000, Jack Prine is walking from his apartment to get some coffee and finds a “body … splayed out face down across a busted-up curb in the Faubourg Marigny, downriver of the quarter but not quite in the Bywater.”

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Remembrances
12:16 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Johnny Gimble, The 'King Of The Swing Fiddle'

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The Texas Playboys are on the air.

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Author Interviews
12:16 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

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Monkey See
8:42 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Judy Blume's New Book And Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

Ariel Zambelich NPR

This week's show finds us cracking open Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event (it's an adult novel as in a-novel-for-adults, not an adult novel as in "too sexy for polite company). Joined by our friend and librarian-in-chief Margaret Willison, we talk about the structure of the book, the character voices, Blume's particular brand of what Margaret calls "emotional immediacy," the balancing of period references in a book set largely in the early 1950s, and lots more.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

An American President Lost In The Wilderness Becomes 'Big Game'

Samuel L. Jackson as The President and Onni Tommila as Oskari in Big Game.
Stephanie Kulbach EuropaCorp

There may be no American cultural force more powerful than the cheesy action movie. For proof, look to Big Game, a spectacularly silly explosion extravaganza where a kid saves the world, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States. Americans are not the movie's intended audience: Big Game is a Finnish production, helmed by Finnish director Jalmari Helander, set in the remote Nordic mountains and co-starring Finnish teen actor Omni Tommila.

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Author Interviews
3:37 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Take A Walk With Judy Blume Through Her Old Miami Beach Neighborhood

Blume revisits her old Miami Beach school, Central Beach Elementary, which is now Fienberg Fisher K-8. Click here to go on a virtual tour of Blume's Miami Beach.
Left photo credit: Alicia Zuckerman Right photo credit: Copyright Judy Blume and used only with her written permisison

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:05 pm

When I was a kid, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself was my favorite Judy Blume book. And when I moved to Miami Beach from New York eight and-a-half years ago, I realized something felt familiar — I was living in Sally's neighborhood.

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Science
2:12 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Make Lava, Not War

The Salt
9:40 am
Thu June 25, 2015

A Toast To Butter Sculpture, The Art That Melts The Hearts Of The Masses

Art of the people: Fill a glass with hope, a butter sculpture crafted by Jim Victor and Marie Pelton. "People don't understand how [the sculpting] is done --€” it's like magic and just appears," Victor says. "But people understand butter."
Courtesy of Jim Victor and Marie Pelton

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:51 pm

In the Medieval era, kings and queens hosted feasts adorned with surprisingly complex edible sculptures depicting humans and animals alike. Outside the castle walls, of course, people struggled to put enough food on the table — much less, worry about its presentation afterward. But in the modern United States, food sculpture is the art of the people. Nowhere is this truer than the butter sculptures so common at Midwestern state fairs.

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Arts & Life
9:25 am
Thu June 25, 2015

By Their Fingertips: Teen Pianists In New Cliburn Competition

The First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival will give competitors 13-17 years old a chance at a Cliburn victory.
Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 5:42 pm

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