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Don Noble's specialties are Southern and American literature. His book reviews can be heard most Mondays at 7:35am and 4:44pm. Don Noble also hosts Bookmark on Alabama Public Television.

Don Noble's specialties are Southern and American literature. His book reviews can be heard most Mondays at 7:35am and 4:44pm. Don Noble also hosts Bookmark on Alabama Public Television.
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Don Noble's specialties are Southern and American literature. His book reviews can be heard most Mondays at 7:35am and 4:44pm. Don Noble also hosts Bookmark on Alabama Public Television.




Fox is Framed

Title: Fox is FramedAuthor: Lachlan SmithPublisher: Grove Atlantic, The Mysterious Press, 2015Pages: 244Price: $24.00 (Hardcover) “Fox is Framed” is the third of Smith’s Leo Maxwell mysteries, and a kind of sequel. It is not necessary to have read “Bear Is Broken,” winner of the Shamus Award for first P.I. novel, or “Lion Plays Rough,” but it would be helpful. In the first, Teddy Maxwell, a powerhouse defense attorney, is shot in the head while having lunch, and his newly-hatched lawyer...

Duration: 00:03:22

What Stands in a Storm

Title: What Stands in a StormAuthor: Kim CrossForeword by Rick Bragg Publisher: Atria BooksPages: 285Price: $25.00 (Hardcover) After taking the BA and the MA in journalism at the U of A, Kim Cross honed her skills working as editor-at-large at “Southern Living” and writing articles for outdoor and sport magazines such as “Bicycling” and “Runner’s World” and several newspapers, including “USA Today.” “What Stands in a Storm” is her first book, released March 10th, and it has every chance of...

Duration: 00:03:56

Lost Capitals of Alabama

Title: Lost Capitals of AlabamaAuthor: Herbert James LewisPublisher: The History PressPages: 158Price: $19.99 (Paper) Montgomery, chosen over competing bids from Tuscaloosa, Wetumpka, Mobile, Marion, Statesville, Selma and Huntsville, has been the state capital since 1846, indeed was the capital of the Confederacy for three months in 1861 before that was moved to Richmond, but it was not always so. Montgomery is our fifth capital; the other four “lost” capitals are the subject of Lewis’...

Duration: 00:04:05

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Title: Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks LeagueAuthor: Jonathan OdellPublisher: Maiden Lane PressPages: 462Price: $16.00 (Paperback) This is Jonathan Odell’s first and third novel. In 2012 Odell published “The Healing,” a novel of black and white, master and slave, set on a Mississippi plantation in 1847. The heroine, Polly Shine, is an herbalist, feared as a witch, and powerful enough to organize the slaves and lead a quiet but devastating insurrection against Master Ben Satterfield and the...

Duration: 00:03:32

Two Children's Books: Seeds of Freedom

Title: Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, AlabamaAuthor: Hester BassIllustrator: E. B. LewisPublisher: Candlewick PressPages: 28Price: $16.99 (Hardcover) Title: The Cat's PajamasAuthor & Illustrator: Daniel WallacePublisher: Inkshares: Crowdfunded PublishingPages: 28Price: $18.00 (Hardcover) It has not been the custom to discuss picture books or children’s books in this space, but these two arrived nearly simultaneously, are so visually elegant in their different...

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West of Sunset

Title: West of SunsetAuthor: Stewart O'NanPublisher: Viking Pages: 289Price: $27.95 (Cloth) What hath Woody wrought? Since the release of “Midnight in Paris” there has been a stream of fictionalizations of the fabled figures of the Roaring Twenties: “The Paris Wife,” about Hemingway’s wife Hadley, “Z,” Zelda’s story from her point of view, Lee Smith’s “Guests on Earth” with Zelda as mental patient at Highlands Hospital in Asheville, and a half dozen more. Now we have “West of Sunset,”...

Duration: 00:03:49

Diamonds in the Rough

Title: Diamonds in the RoughAuthor: James Sanders DayPublisher: The University of Alabama PressPages: 300Price: $49.95 (Cloth) The Frontispiece for “Diamonds in the Rough” is a Geological Survey map of the coalfields of Alabama. We are endowed with five: “Plateau” in the north, “Coosa,” east-central, “Warrior” in the west and a scattered lignite belt across the south. Finally, tucked between Warrior and Coosa, 67 miles long, in Bibb, Jefferson, St. Clair and Shelby Counties, with the town...

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Better Than Them: The Unmaking of an Alabama Racist

Title: Better Than Them: The Unmaking of an Alabama RacistAuthor: S. McEachin OttsForward by Gaillard FryePublisher: NewSouth Books Pages: 158Price: $23.95 (Paper) Sixteen years ago Fred Hobson, one of our best commentators on Southern writing, published “But Now I See: The White Southern Racial Conversion Narrative” (1999). He examined in that book the writings of a number of Southerners who had come to recognize and reject their own racism, and then explored their racism and its causes,...

Duration: 00:03:36

Driving the King

Title: Driving the KingAuthor: Ravi HowardPublisher: Harper/Collins Pages: 336 pp. Price: $25.99 (Hardcover) A slow and meticulous fiction writer, Howard took years to complete his first novel, “Like Trees Walking” (2007), the fictional retelling of the 1981 lynching of Michael Donald in Mobile. But “Trees” brought Howard the Ernest J. Gaines award, was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award and brought him support from the NEA, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the...

Duration: 00:03:38

The Meaning of Human Existence

Title: The Meaning of Human Existence"Author: E.O. Wilson Transcript to be added soon.

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The Professor

Title: The Professor: A Legal ThrillerAuthor: Robert BaileyPublisher: Exhibit APages: 404Price: $14.99 (Paperback) Robert Bailey, in practice as a civil defense trial lawyer in Huntsville for the past 13 years, has now joined the legion of Alabama attorneys to try their hand at fiction. And it’s not a bad start at all. “The Professor” has believable, interesting characters and, most importantly, pace. Set in Tuscaloosa, at the UA Law School, with references to the City Café in Northport,...

Duration: 00:03:46

Flying Shoes

Title: Flying ShoesAuthor: Lisa Howorth Transcript to be added soon.

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The Resurrectionist

Title: "The Resurrectionist"Author: Matthew Guinn Transcript to be added soon.

Duration: 00:03:45

Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey

“13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey” (Commemorative Edition)Author: Kathryn Tucker Windham and Margaret Gillis Figh, with a new Afterword by Dilsy Windham...

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“Hum” Author: Michelle RichmondPublisher: University of Alabama Press, FC2Pages: 149Price: $16.95 (Paper) A native of Mobile, Michelle Richmond began...

Duration: 00:03:29

March With Me

text “March with Me” Author: Rosalie T. Turner Publisher: Cypress Creek Publishing Pages: 210 Price: $18.00 In her Foreword to “March With Me,” Rosalie...

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Eugene Bullard

“Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot” Author: Larry Greenly Publisher: NewSouth Books Pages: 160 Price: $19.95 (Cloth) The story of...

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Someone Else's Love Story

“Someone Else’s Love Story” Author: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 300 Price: $26.99 (Cloth) Joshilyn Jackson has achieved the...

Duration: 00:03:35

Starting Over

“Starting Over”Author: Elizabeth SpencerPublisher: Liveright Publishing CorporationPages: 208Price: $24.95 (Cloth) Born in July of 1921, Elizabeth...

Duration: 00:03:47

Shahrazad's Tooth

“Shahrazad’s Tooth and Other Stories”Author: Gretchen McCulloughPublisher: Afaq Bookshop & Publishing HousePages: 269Price: $5.99 (E-book) Gretchen...

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