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: “The Button Collector” By Elizabeth Jennings

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  Reviewed By Mary Ickes   In a Time-News’ interview (September 22, 2013), Ms. Jennings said, “People often ask me why I chose buttons, and the truth is that I used them as a purely literary device. I’ve always loved …

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Book Review: “More Than Petticoats: Remarkable North Carolina Women” By Scotti McAuliff Cohn

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  By Mary Ickes   Ms. Cohn writes, in her introduction, that … in spite of their profound contributions, the women of North Carolina, like their sisters in other states, appear but rarely in history books produced during the first …

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Book Review: “Small Brown Bird: Stories in Praise of Folly” By Jennifer McLean

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  Reviewed by Mary Ickes   Ms. McLean asserts that “… there is an emotional prudery rampant in society: so much pressure to win … We are at risk of becoming highly successful bores.” Her seven Small Brown Bird stories …

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Book Review: “Strays: A Woman, a Dog and the Timeless Wisdom of Nature” By Jeanne Webster

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  By Mary Ickes   Strays invokes images of animals desperately seeking safe refuge, but Ms. Webster’s first novel, an engaging fable, concerns a young woman searching for a peaceful haven. Jane Morgan’s post-college dream of struggling to writing success, …

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Book Review: “Double Knit” By Diana Jane Hayes

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  By Judith Toy   Double Knit: An Autobiography – The Beginning & Double Knit: An Autobiography – The Conclusion by Diana Jane Hayes   “Categorizing my book is difficult. It has a love story, historical events, and the trials …

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Book Review: “Southern Fried Lies” by Susan Snowden

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  Reviewed by Mary Ickes   Southern Fried Lies, Susan Snowden’s first novel, won First Place in the 2013 Independent Publishers Award for Fiction in the Southeast. She was honored at a ceremony in New York City on May 29. …

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Book Review: ‘A Land More Kind than Home’ by Wiley Cash

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  Reviewed by Mary Ickes   With Carson Chambliss, his novel’s antagonist, Mr. Cash established a new standard by which writers, for years to come, will measure their religious villains. Even with the perspective of three disparate narrators, the depth …

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Book Review: “City of Slaughter” by Cynthia Drew

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  Reviewed by Mary Ickes   In an interview for the New York Book Festival, Ms. Drew said, “Everything we see on TV and in the movies romanticizes the period … But New York City in 1900 was anything but …

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Book Review: “Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Mississippi Family Secret” by Molly Walling

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  Reviewed by Mary Ickes   Ms. Walling naturally expected her brother to return from their uncle’s funeral (2006) with family news, not a horrific family secret. On his death bed, their Uncle Tom Fields revealed to his son that …

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Book Review: Render Unto the Valley

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  Render Unto the Valley by Rose Senehi   Reviewed by Mary Ickes   Ms. Senehi, a … “Southern writer known for weaving environmental concerns into her contemporary fiction,” has again blended authentic and fictitious characters and settings into a …

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