Book Review: “Carolina Belle” by Rose Senehi

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Belle McKenzie, the story’s protagonist, ruefully notes that people take apples for granted and little suspect their historic importance. Rose Senehi, in her Acknowledgments, admits that she lived in the midst of New York State’s apple industry for years knowing …

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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: A Life for Nancy: Daughter of Frankie Silver

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  Reviewed by Mary Ickes   With nary a nod to the truth, nineteenth-century song, poetry, fiction, and drama sensationalized a lurid story about Frances “Frankie” Stuart Silver murdering her husband Charlie. Posterity has proven only two details to be …

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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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