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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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: “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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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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For The Love of Books!

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| By Angie Mattson Stegall | A bibliophile is one who collects or has a great love for books. I am, without a doubt, a devoted bibliophile. Many of my friends and clients are as well.

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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: “Zoli” by Colum McCann

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— Reviewed By Lauren Harr — In the book world, there is an ongoing conversation about writing from a place of validity. Whether it’s cultural, racial, gendered, or other, there is always a camp that says those outside of a …

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Book Review: “The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of the Apocalypse” by Joni Tevis

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Reviewed by Lauren Harr Sometimes it seems that our culture isn’t interested in looking deeply anymore. Headlines and tweets, Facebook posts and glances up from the computer dominate the way we perceive and process the world. Thankfully, we have artists …

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Ashley English’s Winding Path To The Writing Life

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By Frances Nevill Ashley English begins her days at the end of a forested lane in a house that sits atop a knob adjacent to Mt. Pisgah. Often, her mornings begin collecting eggs from her chickens, checking on her beehives, …

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Book Review: “Six Notable Women of North Carolina” by Jack Prather

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Mr. Prather, in 2012, published Twelve Notables in North Carolina, succinct biographies of 10 men and 2 women distinguished for their dedication to the arts, education, humanitarianism, journalism, medicine, and religion. Since publishing this sequel honoring six women, the constant …

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Small Town, Nonprofit, Romance, Murder, Intrigue …

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  Who comes up with this stuff? Local author Renee Kumor, that’s who.   By Mary Jo Padgett   The fourth book in Renee’s popular “River Bend Series” of romance/mystery — An Act of Charity — was released in late …

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Book Review: “Wish” By Leanna Sain and “Sing Me An Old Song” By Morgan James

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  Reviewed by Mary Ickes   Wish By Leanna Sain   With this novel, Ms. Sain crosses over from Southern suspense or grit-lit to the young adult genre. May she be as successful in this category as with her trilogy. …

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“Lonely in the Heart of the World” by Mindi Meltz: An interview with the Author

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  By Steve Krimi   Mindi Meltz’s latest novel, Lonely in the Heart of the World, has just been published to critical acclaim and general wonderment at its epic mythological fairy tale scope, gorgeous poetic writing, and literary sensibility. The …

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Two Books In Honor Of Native American History Month

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  Reviewed By Sandi Tomlin-Sutker   A Demand of Blood by Nadia Dean, and Voices of Cherokee Women, Edited by Carolyn Ross Johnston   How many of us, unless we are strong American history buffs, know much—if anything—about the Cherokee …

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