Arts & Life

Don Noble
11:06 am
Mon December 18, 2006

Raising Kane

This novel is sold as young-adult reading and is just that. There is no sex or unpleasant violence, and Eddie, like any twelve-year-old, is a combination of innocence and curiosity, with a road trip that speeds up the process of his maturation.

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Don Noble
12:58 pm
Mon December 11, 2006

A Mansion's Memories

Mary Mathews, wife of University of Alabama president David Mathews, lived in the mansion for eleven years, 1969-1980, and did her research and sought out the stories of the previous presidents and their families. Those stories are collected in this book.

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Don Noble
3:37 pm
Mon December 4, 2006

Forgetfulness

One of my favorite non-Southern writers is Ward Just, a mid-list writer with fifteen novels, who has never been on the best-seller list. Forgetfulness is a typical Just novel, which is usually set in Europe, most often in France or Germany, which means the characters are eating cassoulet and papillon oysters instead of barbecue, grits, and cornbread.

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Don Noble
12:00 pm
Mon November 27, 2006

Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon, while sold as a novel for teenagers, is a good read, and although I have not been a teenage boy for a very long while, I read it with pleasure.

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Don Noble
1:00 pm
Mon November 20, 2006

Twilight

Gay, like Faulkner, usually writes of his own postage stamp of land, rarely straying far. And Gay tends to set his work in the Tennessee of the forties and fifties, a Tennessee of dirt roads, considerable isolation, and insulation from outside influences.

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Don Noble
10:44 am
Mon November 13, 2006

On Agate Hill

There are twelve novels and three volumes of stories by Lee Smith, and On Agate Hill marks a new turning. After several novels inspired by the culture around her, Smith has written her first genuinely historical novel.

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Don Noble
12:34 pm
Mon November 6, 2006

Walker Percy Remembered: A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him

Since his death in 1990, there have been several biographies written on Walker Percy, author of The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins, The Second Coming, and a shelf of other works, both fiction and nonfiction. The purpose of Harwell's research is to gather some of the stories and anecdotes and "fill in some of the details of . . . [Percy's] life, to add a little color to the background . . . in the words of different people who knew him."

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Don Noble
1:05 pm
Mon October 30, 2006

Magic Time

Marlette's second novel, Magic Time, also has a biographical dimension like his first novel, The Bridge, which chronicled the life of his grandmother, whom he had not known well. Magic Time chronicles the life of a teenage boy, living in Laurel, Mississippi, in the 1960s, during the turmoil of the civil rights movement.

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Don Noble
4:52 pm
Mon October 23, 2006

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette

Sena Jeter Naslund wrote Four Spirits from memory. Ahab's Wife, however, a novel of New England in the nineteenth century, is deeply researched, and Abundance even more so. She has learned most of what is known about Marie and Louis, and this novel is as accurate as historical fiction is likely to be.

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Don Noble
2:11 pm
Mon October 16, 2006

SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully, by Melinda Rainey Thompson

Transcript to follow soon. Click the MP3 above to listen to Don Noble's review of SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully, by Melinda Rainey Thompson

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Don Noble
11:22 am
Fri September 22, 2006

A Sound Like Thunder

Like The Poet of Tolstoy Park, Brewer's first book set in 1925 Idaho, A Sound Like Thunder is set in Fairhope, AL, but this time in 1941-42, at the opening of WWII.

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Don Noble
10:15 am
Mon September 18, 2006

The Longest Pregnancy

Livingston Press specializes in offbeat literature, and The Longest Pregnancy qualifies beautifully. Each of the fourteen stories in this book is, in some way or other, odd. These are all "what if" stories: the reader grants the premise and then goes along for the ride.

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Don Noble
10:31 am
Mon September 11, 2006

Blood and Circumstance

Frank Turner Hollon, a practicing attorney in Baldwin County, Alabama, has been turning out short murder-suspense novels at an incredible pace. Blood and Circumstance is his sixth of these since 1999, and he has also published a children's book, Glitter Girl and the Crazy Cheese.

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Don Noble
4:46 pm
Mon September 4, 2006

The Blue Moon Boys

Don Noble reviews "The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band" by Dan Griffen and Ken Burke.

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Arts & Life
1:18 pm
Sun September 3, 2006

Alabama Life - September 3, 2006

Jennifer Horne interviews poet Kathy Starbuck.

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