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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).
Kelly Kazek has a fresh, funny voice and a great knack for ferreting out the weirder sides of life. Not Quite Right is charming. I had a great time tagging along.
--Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama
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.
Burrus writes candidly and with a heaping dose of humor about the adventures of growing up with a disabled sister and of their daily interactions with their aging mother. Two of the most marginalized communities in our country are the disabled and the aging - the very people Burrus spotlights in her wonderfully inspirational memoir.
--Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Christian Bend, Burdy, and Mother of Rain
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.
Peppered with French Creole words and references to New Orleans cuisine [Thibodeaux and the Fish] offers a glimpse into Louisiana bayou folklore. While young readers will enjoy hearing of Thibodeaux's solo adventure, Casey's illustrations give the story a distinctive mood . . . A delightful story of an antagonist who becomes little less antagonistic because of one smart and kind boy.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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.
With his trademark sardonic wit, Bill Haynes paints the South as a stranger in a strange land. Like his eponymous painter, Haynes "can feel the history here as told in a prism of chipped/paint." An engaging book.
--Peter Huggins, author of Audubon's Engraver
and twice shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award
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.
There are many ways to describe the poems in Wendy Cleveland's Blue Ford: warm, insightful, beautiful, relevant. They are the work of a skilled poet who sees deeply and far and who gives us moments of life and experience that we can both share and cherish.
--Jay Lamar, co-editor of The Remembered Gate
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.
Johnny Williams writes with true Southern flair−So true, in fact, I was forced to relive that unbelievable nightmare of the Alabama-Auburn game that went down forever in football history as ‘Punt Bama Punt.’
--Jett Williams, American Singer and Songwriter
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.
Headed for Home is a delightful, charming mystery infused with all the southernisms one might hope for in a tale out of the bumbling metropolis of Rowja, Texas. Wide-eyed Speedy is an unforgettable narrator with a penchant for finding humor in the most unlikely moments. Mary Helen Brown's debut novel plops her smack down atop the list of Southern writers you want all your friends to read. Warning: This book is best read sitting on the porch on a warm afternoon with a sweaty glass of sweet tea topped with a shot of tequila.
--Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Mother of Rain and Burdy
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.
Reflections on the Dark Water concerns itself with memory and myth, how the bridge between the two--how the line where they intersect--is the irrevocable location of history. M.P. Jones crosses that bridge, that line over and again in poems that view the past in order to make sense of the present. This is a book that wants to separate "truth from chaff."
--Jericho Brown, author of The New Testament
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.
This second volume of Mary Belk's collected essays is truly a feast for the reader. Each thoughtful, exquisitely crafted piece is an intricate world unto itself, burning with a hard, bright flame, illuminating the pathway to the next selection. Whether she writes about a sly, recalcitrant horse named Barney, a merciless, booming summer thunderstorm, an antique dining table that's witnessed a cavalcade of joys and sorrows, the Atlanta Braves' own unique version of "The Boys of Summer," or poignant vignettes from her own family's history, Mary Belk's world instantly becomes your own, and with the conclusion of each essay, you're yearning for more.
--David Alsobrook, Former Director Bush and Clinton Presidential Libraries
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.
It is a joy to encounter this book and the vision it provides. This is a claim for sympathy in its most profound sense. Here, through personal and historical voices, one sees beauty and grief, life and loss, passion and plainness—and how those opposite realms of the heart and the world cannot be separated. No poem in this book rests easily in one state or the other. That is honest in aesthetic as well as human terms. For that uneasy division we require art, and, occasionally, art alone is capable of healing the wound of such divide. This book calmly and serenely achieves that vital task.
--Maurice Manning, author of The Gone and the Going Away and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
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.
The Tongues of Men and Angels is a mystical and earthy fable of abandonment and discovery, loss and recovery, and a love that’s bigger than any one heart. I was swept up in Carcache’s wondrous world and wanted to stay there and savor its lightning-charged atmosphere. This is a book I will reread for its just-right details—its chinaberry trees and early fall rainstorms, its old barns and cornfields and mysterious rivers—and for the mythic power of a story alight with transcendence.
--Jennifer Horne, author of Tell the World You’re a Wildflower: Stories and Bottle Tree: Poems
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.
Be the Flame is a wonderful experience. As powerful and real as Steel Magnolias, this collection of stories and poems by The Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers carries the reader through a dramatic cornucopia. From a woman's disappearance, to a lost scarf, to rocks from a lake's edge, each slice of life tingles with excitement.
--Wayne Greenhaw, author of Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists
Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama
Second Cup by Mary Belk
Mary Adams Belk has written colorful columns for newspapers for more than 20 years. This collection of some of her favorite columns over the years is guaranteed to evoke a good memory and a chuckle or two for readers.
Mary Belk pulls you into her frank and funny world with her first, well-chosen words and then entertains you till the resolution of each essay. She is a master of the form, and knows instinctively what things really matter. She sticks to the verities, so Mary Belk's themes won't need footnotes in a year or two. This is a fine collection.
--Rheta Grimsley Johnson, syndicated columnist and author of Hank Hung the Moon
and Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming
South by Peter Huggins
South is the fourth poetry publication by Peter Huggins. A native of Mississippi who grew up in New Orleans and now resides in Auburn, Alabama, Huggins has earned an intimate knowledge of his subject in this collection of poetry.
Peter Huggins loves the South, especially New Orleans and Alabama, and his love lights up South. His love is set against his deep knowledge of the region's violent frontier and racial history, but rather than be tainted by the past, his love becomes a part, a fine and lenitive part, of that history. I cannot think of a sweeter and more loving book of poetry published in the last quarter of a century.
--Andrew Hudgins, author of Ecstatic in the Poison,
and a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee
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.
The list of writers who perform splendidly in the First Person Eccentric Short Narrative is not long - Welty, Lee Smith, Oates and Poe, Walker and Faulkner himself, a few others - but be prepared to add Marian Carcache to this roster. Her stories in The Moon and the Stars, which are unfailingly funny, are also testaments of desperation, accommodation, confrontataion and the triumph of getting, if not the last word, the best ones.
--R.T. Smith, award winning poet, fiction writer and editor
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.
The publishers enlisted as editor Bert Hitchcock, a recognized expert on Alabama literature, who has organized a hefty salmagundi, a veritable stew, of a book. Hitchcock has included all genres: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of all kinds, and that means ALL kinds. There are twenty-two poems, thirty-three pieces of assorted prose, and readers will surely like some better than others. Surely Auburnites, and many others, will support Chinaberries & Crows, a worthy enterprise.
--Don Noble, host of the Alabama Public Television literary interview show Bookmark
and the editor of A State of Laughter: Comic Fiction from Alabama