When I first held this volume I was disappointed to see it contained only seven new stories with another seven "selected" from previously published works. Like Smith fans everywhere I already own Cakewalk, Me and My Baby View the Eclipse and News of the Spirit. But disappointment soon turned to gratitude as I reread Smith's story of heartbreak and healing, "Bob, a Dog" and then to the delight of reunion with one of my favorite short stories of all time, "Intensive Care."
Ms. Cherry is the author of 27 previous volumes of fiction, essays, poetry and translations from Greek and Latin. This is a mature, accomplished writer who shares in these essays, Girl in A Library, a variety of memories of her own life as a woman writer and a variety of opinions on which women writers we might pay more attention to.
Havana, Cuba – All journeys have a beginning and an end, and that's the case with our latest collection of University of Alabama student commentaries we call "Postcards from Cuba." We trained and equipped these young reporters to write and record features on their experiences on the communist island. Today, we present the last one. Mary Heard led off the series with her concerns about traveling to Cuba. Today, some final thoughts before heading home.
In 2008 in this space I commented on Kopaska-Merkel's first collection, Nursery Rhyme Noir. That volume was a retelling, in the form of hard-boiled detective fiction, of the murky, mysterious stories of Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep and others. Those short- shorts were odd, but the volume was held together by the Mother Goose nursery rhymes.
Ruby Pearl's book is, typically, the story of her life: school, work, friends. It has been a long strange trip. A wild sixties girl, Ruby Pearl married four times, with varying degrees of success, the worst being to an Alabama politician who was a lousy husband in every respect, while at home and when away.
Julie Williams, who holds a doctorate in mass communications from the University of Alabama and teaches journalism at Samford University, has written a tidy, entertaining account of the first school established in America to teach civilian pilots. More specifically, the idea was to teach individuals to teach others to be pilots. There were five students.
One reads recently in the publishing journals that young adult fiction is the fastest growing of the niche markets. "Harry Potter" and various combinations of vampire books may be mostly responsible for this but, without resorting to wizards or werewolves, NewSouth Books in its Junebug series is positioning itself nicely.
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.
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.
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).