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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Book Review: “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chödrön

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | It’s a pleasure to write about a woman like Pema Chödrön who has had such a profound effect on people around the world. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times was first …

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Book Review: “In the Darkroom” by Susan Faludi

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | Susan Faludi thought she was searching for answers from her father. She had specific questions about specific events related to her own childhood, her parents’ divorce, her father’s choices and her father’s secrets. Faludi …

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Book Review: “Aging Strong: Living it Forward and Giving it Back” by Bud Harris, Ph.D

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| Reviewed by Melinda Q. Toney, MD | Longevity has increased significantly in the past century giving us an average of 20 more years of life, thanks to medical advances, nutrition, and safety. As one who is at the ‘end’ …

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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: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | Journalist Rebecca Skloot has written a book that continues to follow me around. It’s a bit unsettling. But the story is just that. Her book serves as a testimony to the power of her …

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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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Three Choices for Great Summer Reads

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| By Melanie McNair | Many of us look forward to the uninterrupted reading that can happen only when we are away from our daily routine, stretched out on a beach towel under the summer sun. I’ve chosen three radically …

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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: “Katabatic Wind” by Stephen Crimi

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| Reviewed by Bonnie Willow | An accomplished author has appeared on Asheville’s writing scene – one whose work as a publisher has helped support that very scene. Stephen Crimi, author of Katabatic Wind: Good Craic Fueled by Fumes from …

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Stonewall Anniversary Month Book Reviews and Recommendations

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| By Melanie McNair | To celebrate the 47th anniversary of the riots that sparked the LGBTQ civil rights movement, I offer you reviews of three generations of lesbian novels and two recommendations for new books by gay writers.

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Book Review: “Borning In and Borning Out” by Marnie Muller

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Have you ever wondered how birth and death are aspects of our greater Life process? A wonderful book has just been published called Borning In and Borning Out by Marnie Muller, MLA.

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