Stand Down

As Leanna Sain and her husband celebrated their anniversary in Savannah, Georgia, she was willfully not seeking a writing project. Then, while waiting for a tour bus one morning, a man came “bebopping” down the street speaking in a strange …

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Book Review: “Red Curtains” by Leanna Sain

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In her introduction, Leanna Sain advises her readers to “Get ready to enjoy [their] first bowl of GRITS.” Not “… stone-ground dried hominy … I’m referring to the acronym for Girls-Raised-in-the-South … main characters who are strong, creative, successful Southern …

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Kay Cline’s TOPS’® Victory

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The TOPS mission is to help and support our members as they take off and keep off pounds sensibly. Because TOPS Club, Inc. is so large and successful, potential members are often surprised to learn that the founder was not …

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Book Review: “Crazy” by Linda Vigen Phillips

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By 1963, the year Crazy opens, “crazy” women were no longer committed to mental asylums and forgotten, but the stigma remained. (Until terms such as “mental illness” and “bipolar” emerged in the late sixties, “crazy” included all forms of mental …

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Book Review: “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan

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Despite Rosie the Riveter’s best efforts during World War II to laud women replacing men in industrial jobs, their peers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, received no tribute. Not because Rosie errored, but because the Clinton Engineer Works’ (CEW) purpose was …

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Book Review: “Red Mansions” by Cynthia Drew

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Cynthia Drew published City of Slaughter, her first novel, in 2013 (WNC Woman review in April). Her compelling story is set in Manhattan’s garment industry in the early 1900s. Carsie Akselrod, the protagonist, guides readers from a rural Russian shtetl …

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Book Review: “Over the Plain Houses” by Julia Franks

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The first sentence of Over the Plain Houses – It was the week before Easter when the lady agent first showed up to church – ultimately proves to be more than an introduction. Virginia Furman, extension agent in Eakin, North …

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Book Review: “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland” by Jeremy B. Jones

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Little did Jeremy B. Jones suspect that a kindly man, who stopped to help repair his car, would launch an odyssey by asking where he was from. When Jones indicated Henderson County, to the west, the man proclaimed, “Oh, so …

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Book Review: “Cotton in Augusta,” “Joy in the Morning” and “From Myra to Laura” A Trilogy by Shirley Proctor Twiss

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Through Myra Stuart MacTavish’s long and energetic life, Twiss’s trilogy explores women’s economic and social conditions in the decades spanning 1909 to the mid-1970s. As Myra progresses from the daughter of a sharecropper in Georgia to the wife of a …

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Eighth Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest

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The Eighth Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest takes place on Friday, April 22, 2016 and Saturday, April 23, 2016.

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Book Review: “Nothing Vanishes: Memoir of a Life Transformed” by Karen Lauritzen

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Sweet Woods Garden, a familial cemetery, graces the top of a gentle slope on Karen Lauritzen’s property in Transylvania County. At his request, she buried Henry, her husband of twenty-two years there, and then, over the next ten years, her …

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Book Review: “Three Graves Full” by Jamie Mason

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If only Alfred Hitchcock were still in Hollywood to direct a movie of Three Graves Full! He would have been delighted to discover a book containing all of his signature elements: psychological menace, harrowing scenes, relevant horror, black humor, and …

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Book Review: “Guest On Earth” by Lee Smith

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Prospective readers, noting the celebrated Zelda Fitzgerald’s name on the back cover, may be surprised to discover that she is a secondary character portrayed from the perspective of the orphaned Evalina Toussaint. Her days of glory and riotous living long …

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Book Review: “Accidental Birds of the Carolinas” by Marjorie Hudson

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| Reviewed By Mary Ickes | Marjorie Hudson defines accidental birds as Birds found outside their normal range, breeding area, or migration path, arrived through storm, wind, or unusual weather. The signature story, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, illustrates her …

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