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11:48 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Yazoo Blues, by John Pritchard

This novel is a lascivious, sex-filled, dirty comic routine. It's not for everyone, but if you can stand it, there's a laugh on every page.

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11:43 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Vicksburg, 1863, by Winston Groom

Vicksburg, 1863, is Groom's fifteenth book, and it is beginning to look as if he will be known, in the end, as Winston Groom, gifted narrative historian, not just as the author of Forrest Gump, notwithstanding how delightful that novel is.

Vicksburg, 1863, is Groom's fifteenth book, and it is beginning to look as if he will be known, in the end, as Winston Groom, gifted narrative historian, not just as the author of Forrest Gump, notwithstanding how delightful that novel is.

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3:50 pm
Mon June 8, 2009

The Devil's Garden, by Ace Atkins

The writing career of James Lee Burke is, in many ways, typical. After a half dozen literary novels that did not sell much, Burke created his South Louisiana detective, Dave Robicheaux, and the Robicheaux books have come in a steady and profitable stream now for many years.

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11:49 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Up Close: Harper Lee; A Twentieth-Century Life, by Kerry Madden

As the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, which has sold, as we all now know, over thirty million copies in forty languages, and may be the best selling American novel of all time, of course she deserves to be there. There is no question this is an intelligent, organized, respectable piece of work; the better question is whether this book ever needed to be written at all.

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Arts & Culture
2:55 pm
Tue May 26, 2009

Jazz Musician Cleve Eaton Reflects on His Music

Tuscaloosa, Al – Once known as Count Basie's bassist, bass player Cleveland Eaton has been making his mark on the music industry for more than fifty years. The Fairfield native takes a look back at his musical career with reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath.

 

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Books
4:21 pm
Mon May 25, 2009

The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life, by Lauretta Hannon

Frankly, I was reminded of the t-shirts I occasionally see on women in malls. They suggest, and I am prettying this up?"I am a vulgar person with an evil temper, hormonally unbalanced, and on my last nerve. If you distress me in the slightest, I will hurt you." I give these women a lot of space and I feel the same way about this book.

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12:43 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

The Well and the Mine: A Novel, by Gin Phillips

Those are kinds of novels this is not. What then are the strengths which led Barnes and Noble to make The Well and the Mine a "Discover Great New Writers Selection" and the Alabama Library Association to award it the 2009 prize for fiction? There are several.

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Postcards from Cuba
11:14 am
Wed May 13, 2009

interview w. Cuban photographer Nestor Marti

Tuscaloosa, AL – A joint US-Cuban photographic exhibition has opened in Havana, Cuba. It features the work Alabamian Chip Cooper and Cuban Nestor Marti (Nes-ter Mar-TEE). They spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill by telephone from Havana. Nester Marti says when the exhibition opens at the University of Alabama this fall, he hopes it will show the true colors of the Cuban people ...

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Postcards from Cuba
11:12 am
Wed May 13, 2009

interview w. Alabama photographer Chip Cooper

Tuscaloosa, AL – A joint US-Cuban photographic exhibition has opened in Havana, Cuba. It features the work Alabamian Chip Cooper and Cuban Nestor Marti (Nes-ter Mar-TEE). They spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill by telephone from Havana. Chip Cooper says the exhibit opened with a grand flourish last week (5/6), including a large crowd, the University's wind ensemble ... and even a peacock ...

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Postcards from Cuba
11:11 am
Wed May 13, 2009

Photo Exhibit Features Alabama-Cuba Partnership

Tuscaloosa, AL – A joint US-Cuban exhibition titled "Side-By-Side" has opened in Havana, Cuba. It features the work of Alabama photographer Chip Cooper and Cuban photographer Nestor (Nes-ter Mar-TEE) Marti. They spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill by telephone from Havana about how they hope their efforts will re-shape perceptions about their two historically intertwined homes. Brett files this report ...

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Books
2:43 pm
Mon May 11, 2009

On Harper's Trail: Roland McMillan Harper, Pioneering Botanist of the Southern Frontier

He was an odd duck all right, but this book, with its many, many lists of the specimens, including their Latin names, Harper saw on his many, many outings, will be of interest mainly to botanists.

The author, Elizabeth Findley Shores, was mostly raised in Birmingham, but has fond memories of the family place at 329 University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa, where her mother, Anne, and her uncle Lyman had been children and where the Findleys rented a spare room to an eccentric botanist, Dr. Roland Harper.

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9:03 am
Mon May 4, 2009

The Help: A Novel, by Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett received a BA in English and creative writing from UA, worked in magazines in NYC for nine years, and now lives in Atlanta. This is her first novel and it is a marvel, a great read, engrossing and fast-paced.

Kathryn Stockett received a BA in English and creative writing from UA, worked in magazines in NYC for nine years, and now lives in Atlanta. This is her first novel and it is a marvel, a great read, engrossing and fast-paced.

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9:25 am
Mon April 27, 2009

"Fanning the Spark: A Memoir," by Mary Ward Brown

Brown's many devoted fans will take in this book avidly, wanting to know every detail of her life, even though it is a life spent mainly rooted in middle Alabama, on a farm, without global travel except for one trip to Russia, or politics or scandal, or rich, famous, important friends and acquaintances.

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12:59 pm
Mon April 20, 2009

Truman Capote's Southern Years: Stories from a Monroeville Cousin, by Marianne M. Moates

In tiny Monroeville, Alabama, population about 1,400, in the 1920s and '30s, Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Capote were friends and next-door neighbors.

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10:14 am
Mon April 13, 2009

Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town, by Warren St. John

So this is a story, truly, of the Fugees and soccer, but also of the American immigrant experience as it takes place in the 21st century, with global influxes. St. John demonstrates that the process is often difficult, but with good will and common sense, it can be done.

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