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Byron Chew Yarbrough, the son of Dr. Cecil and Bertha Mae Yarbrough, was born on February 4, 1920 in Auburn. He graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1942, where he studied Agricultural Engineering. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned Lieutenant Junior Grade. Byron was stationed in the Pacific on Landing Craft Infantry 449, one of a dozen gunboats helping to prepare the area around Iwo Jima for invasion. In September 1944, Betty Jones of Cordele, Georgia began writing Byron at the request of her cousin, who was the college roommate of Byron’s sister, Jane. Byron and Betty corresponded for five months, sharing stories about their daily lives, SEC football, and the war. Their letters are a window into the reality of war and the relationships that exist despite the distance of time and space.
Not Quite Right: Mostly True Tales of a Weird News Reporter by Kelly Kazek
"There's a reason they're called privates, y'all". This is the kind of wisdom you can expect in Kelly Kazek’s hilarious memoir-ish book. And she should know: She managed to parlay her penchant for turning down dirt roads in search of World’s Largest Things and Stonehenge replicas into a job as a Weird News Reporter. She weaves comical accounts of the oddities she’s discovered with charmingly honest stories of life with her husband Sweetums, a 6-foot-7 Bigfoot enthusiast. You’ll also learn:
• To always wipe church pews and Walmart scooters in case a nekkid person was there before you;
• How to differentiate a northern Bigfoot from a southern one;
• Ways to design a tasteful garden around your hubby’s concrete statues of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and a mooning gnome;
• How to plan a romantic honeymoon that includes the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle and Uranus (the town, y’all).
The Life We Choose: A Sibling's Story by A. Embry Burrus
Growing up as the sibling of someone with Down syndrome, author Embry Burrus was never really aware of her sister Margaret's disability. While writing down childhood memories to preserve Margaret's story for future generations, Burrus gained some startling insights into her parents' lives, and most unexpectedly into her own life. With humor and candor, Burrus examines how her sister has impacted, and continues to impact, those who have been fortunate enough to get to know Margaret. According to Burrus, "Margaret's heart knows no judgment, no deceit, and no hatred. She is a beautiful, perfect example of all that is good in this world." The world could certainly benefit from more of that.
Thibodeaux and the Fish by Peter Huggins
ISBN 978-09986362-0-7 Illustrated by Mary Ann Casey
Thibodeaux lives in bayou Louisiana and dearly loves going on adventures with his dog Sally. He has heard the tales about Pantagruel, an uncatchable catfish of legendary proportions. Pentagruel has outwitted some of the best fishermen in Bayou Fryou and still has the hooks in his mouth to prove it! Thibodeaux and Sally think they just might be the ones to finally catch that big old fish but who really catches who? Children will love going along on the adventure. Artist Mary Ann Casey has captured the essence of the bayou in her whimsical paintings which make the story of Thibodeaux and the Fish by Peter Huggins really come alive for all readers.
Going South by William Ogden Haynes
William Ogden Haynes was thirty years old before he ventured to the "Deep South." Born in Michigan into a family with a long, distinguished lineage in the Midwest, his father, a career officer in the Air Force, moved the family every few years to a number of foreign countries and several cities in the U.S. Now retired and having lived in the South for more than half his life, he shares the observations and experiences of a transplanted Yankee adapting to Southern culture over a forty year period in Alabama. Most of the poetry examines everyday situations experienced by people wherever they live, but the Southern culture brings its own special resonance to each occurrence and every poem in this book is somehow related to the South. country.
Blue Ford by Wendy Cleveland
The poems in this book speak to both Cleveland's roots in the North, and her love for the South. It quickly becomes clear that both regions hold pieces of her heart. Cleveland's poems are well-crafted and dynamic but at the same time warm and comfortable - even familiar. A number of the poems have previously appeared in journals and anthologies but this is her first published collection.
Village People: Sketches of Auburn by John M. Williams
Author John M. Williams, who grew up in Auburn, Alabama, has penned an unusual memoir written in the form of essays about the people and places that made the greatest impact on him as a young man. Village People: Sketches of Auburn will both transport readers to a simpler time, and provide a snapshot of the history, from Williams’ point of view, of the place called “The Loveliest Village.” Williams’ keen eye for detail is the cornerstone for this book of remembrances but don’t expect a lot of sentimentality - his wry sense of humor shines through every essay.
Headed for Home by Mary Helen Brown
Mary Helen Brown's first novel is about family, baseball, and maybe a ghost. Set in Rowja, a small town in rural east Texas, narrator "Speedy" relates the events of one particular summer that starts with an angel falling, and ends with changing the lives of all who become entwined in the Summester project of Speedy's sister and her college friends. Meet the colorful characters that populate the town and join them for a fish fry, an adventure down Taterhead Creek, an unexpected surprise in the mailbox, and in obtaining some overdue justice for a long-lost relative.
Reflections on the Dark Water by M. P. Jones
This collection takes as its subjects loss and memory in the landscapes and wild spaces of the American South, connecting and weaving personal losses with the larger threads of ecological disruption and environmental degradation. These poems seek wildness in industrial, pastoral, rural, and urban places—places neither wholly sacred nor fully desecrated. Memories of growing up in Alabama and surviving family tragedy all push the speaker outward, seeking connections with “that other world” outside ourselves.
A Cup To Go by Mary Adams Belk
Mary Adams Belk has over twenty years invested in writing for her hometown newspaper. Her first book of collected columns, published in 2013, contained some of her favorites from over the years, but many others were saved for this new publication. Grab A Cup to Go and travel with Belk across the landscape of days gone by as well as the present day, and view that landscape through her humorous and insightful lens. Reading Belk’s columns is like sitting down with a good friend and sharing a laugh or two over a cup of your favorite beverage.
Audubon's Engraver by Peter Huggins
This fifth published book of poetry by Peter Huggins adds to the body of work of a masterful poet and proves yet again that Huggins is most likely the best poet you have never read. Drawing inspiration from the places and people he knows best - the South, loved ones, mythological figures and artists - Huggins takes us on an intimate tour that touches the reader in deep places of understanding.
The Tongues of Men and Angels by Marian Carcache
Magical realism meets Southern Gothic in The Tongues of Men and Angels, the first novel from Marian Carcache. Best known for her skill in the short story format, Carcache has penned a full-length tale full of rich language and beautiful imagery. Illustrated with linocut art and black and white watercolors, this modern day fable touches on the lives of three generations and the reverberations of decisions made across the ages.
Be the Flame (Not the Moth) by The Mystics
The Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers is a group of six women who have met the first Wednesday of every month for over a decade to read each others' work and enjoy good food and drink. This updated second edition Be The Flame (Not The Moth) contains additional writing from each of the five Mystic authors: Joanne Camp, Marian Carcache, Mary Dansak, Gail Langley, Judith Nunn, and new illustrations from Mystic artist Margee Bright-Ragland.
The Moon and the Stars by Marian Carcache
This wonderful collection of short stories is the first by author Marian Carcache. Many of her stories have been previously published in literary journals and anthologized in various works, but this is the first time her stories have appeared in a volume of her own.
Chinaberries & Crows edited by Bert Hitchcock
This anthology features poetry and prose (short story/memoir) from over forty contributors from East Central Alabama. Limiting the contributors to a small geographic region does not limit the quality of the writing, which holds appeal to anyone who has ever spent any time in the South or in a small town anywhere.