"Mozart and Leadbelly" by Ernest Gaines10/02/06
Ernest Gaines' latest book is a collection of essays and short stories titled "Mozart and Leadbelly", and in it he shares his own experiences as a boy in the Mississippi Delta in the thirties.
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by KIm Edwards
Kim Edwards' The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?
"The United States of Appalachia" by Jeff Biggers
If your vision of Appalachia is that of a backward, inbred region of the country, then you need to read Jeff Biggers's new book, "The United States of Appalachia." In it, Jeff shows that despite misrepresentation by the mass media, Appalachia has long...
"The United States of Wal-Mart" by John Dicker
It employs one of every 115 American workers. It's the largest grocer in the world, the largest jeweler in the world and the richest company in the world, with $288 billion in annual sales. And in less than two years, it's estimated that it will...
"The Colony" by John Tayman
"The Colony" by John Tayman chronicles the history of a leprosy colony that was established on Molokai, one of the Hawaiian Islands, in the mid 1800's.
"Possible Side Effects" by Augusten Burroughs
Augusten Burroughs' latest book is "Possible Side Effects," a collection of essays that has all the trademarks of his earlier books - the pieces are often thoughtful, sometimes scathing, and more likely than not, funny - although not all are....
"The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre" by Dominic Smith
Louis Daguerre, one of photography's founding fathers, is the jumping off point for Dominic Smith's first novel, which he's titled "The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre" and it's a fascinating book. Dominic's premise is that Daguerre is plagued by...
"The Love Season" by Elin Hilderbrand
In the summer months, the population of Nantucket Island swells to about 50,000. But the rest of the year it's only about 10,000. Bestselling novelist Elin Hilderbrand is one of those year-round Nantucket residents, and the island has provided the...
"The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue
Keith Donohue's debut Novel, "The Stolen Child", has been described as a fairy tale for adults. Inspired by the poem by Yeats, the book tells the story of Henry Day, a human child who's kidnapped by changelings. But it's also the tale of the...
"Sweet Swan of Avon" by Robin P. Williams
In "Sweet Swan of Avon", Robin P. Williams presents an in-depth inquiry into the possibility that Mary Sidney Herbert, the Countess of Pembroke, wrote the works attributed William Shakespeare.
Shannon Ravenel of Algonquin Books
Shannon Ravenel, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, is the founder of Algonquin Books and former editor of Best American Stories. She has edited Algonquin's annual New Stories from the South anthology since 1986.
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