Spring-cleaning remains a ritual in many households. We throw open windows, rid closets, shelves, and drawers of unwanted items —…
Like a growing number of FX addicts, I have become a devoted fan of “Justified” (Timothy Olyphant and Sylva’s own…
In The Guys in the Gang and Other Stories (ISBN 978-1-4697-7768-9, $20.95), James T. Joyce and James T. Joyce —…
I remember, I remember The house where I was born, The little window where the sun Came peeping in at…
Rose McLarney grew up in rural Western North Carolina, where she continues to live on an old mountain farm. Daughter…
Just when we all thought that Ron Rash had taken his Southern Appalachian noir novels to the limit with Serena,…
Fifteen years ago, when I was the temporary teacher of Latin at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, I was discussing…
To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the…
Little Sally was eating lunch with her family when her parents ask her if she learned anything in Sunday School…
This novel contains an endorsement from the late William Gay that tweaked my interest. I immediately bought the book. Gay…
Twenty minutes a day. In early January, writing in my book column for this paper, I made a New Year’s…
Fifteen-year-old Charlie Thompson is always hungry. Luckily, he is blessed with a high metabolism rate, so the excessive amounts of…
There are many reasons to love the writing of Ray Bradbury. His early short stories — science fiction “lite,” tales…
Thursday. Throughout this anguished and gripping tale, this day of the week, Thursday” is usually italicized, suggesting that it has…
Recently I watched several early episodes of “Blue Bloods,” a fine television series centered on a New York family with…
Several months ago, I reviewed Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone, and received an unusual number of responses from readers. In general,…
Of female writers who appeal the least to the young men in my seminars, Jane Austen surely holds first place.…
The Leopard marks the eighth crime novel featuring the chain-smoking alcoholic Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Police Department, an…
The New Year’s resolution typically leads a short and tragic life. Its father is misdeeds, its mother remorse. Once born,…
About 20 years ago, the book collector’s magazine “First” published an impressive article on George Pelecanos, a new writer that…
That time of year has arrived when ritual and custom weave their magical threads into our lives. We sip Uncle…
“What do women want?” During the month of December, Sigmund Freud’s famous question haunts the minds of many men. Unlike…
Deer hunters call it “field dressing.” The dead deer is suspended head down from a sturdy tree limb and the…
The rigors of holiday shopping are hard upon us, and bibliophiles, like everyone else, will turn their eyes toward bookshops,…
I am a major Dan Simmons fan, but I had some reservations about signing on for this multi-layered, post-apocalyptic novel…
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death by suicide. He has remained, of course, an icon of…
If you are one of those readers who has a grudging respect for outlaws, and if you find yourself sometimes…
In recent years, a few individuals have taken on large reading projects and then written books of their own about…
When I was a teenager, I became addicted to a late-night horror movie host named Bestoink Dooley. Based in Atlanta,…
It is no secret that writers are influenced by authors whose work they admire. Though he would later turn his…
Kind Hearts, this is an astonishing book. Frankly, I never would have read this one, if I had not blundered…
Often the people, places, and things that we love most in this world become so familiar to us, so much…
In a tale set to the tune of Johnny Ace’s “Never Let Me Go” that’s told as if shown through…
In last week’s The Smoky Mountain News, Gary Carden began his review of Ron Rash’s collection of poems, Waking, by…
The fierce Santa Ana winds that blow through southern California are as much a recurring character in The Triggerman’s Dance…
According to recent polls, Americans are angry. They are angry about the economy, about the role of government in their…
When I was nine years old, I once caught a 12-inch brown trout at the point where two small Jackson…
When I was a child riding the backroads of Western North Carolina with my grandfather in his big red Esso…
“At last I have come into a dreamland.” So wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe shortly after her arrival in Paris in…
Back in 1987, a young West Virginia writer, Pinckney Benedict, published a highly lauded collection of short stories entitled Town…
Danielle Ganek’s The Summer We Read Gatsby (ISBN 978-0-670-02178-9, $28.95) tells the story of two half-sisters, Cassie, a translator for…
This remarkable book has two protagonists. One is a learned, sophisticated (and somewhat jaded) scholar who has decided to spend…
“Look left and right, and be careful.” Your mother probably said those words to you when you were learning to…
Well, kind hearts, as they used to say back in the Jazz Age, this one is “the bee’s knees.” Set…
Paris in the 1920s attracted multitudes of American writers and artists. Drawn to France by a sense of adventure, by…
Jo Nesbo’s protagonist, Inspector Harry Hole, is a daunting piece of work. A chain-smoking manic depressive and an alcoholic, Harry’s…
Father’s Day, the third Sunday of June and so falls this year on June 19, sports a peculiar history. Although…
Occasionally, books are published in the U. S. that can best be described as “oddities” which acquire a kind of…
Nearly 50 years have passed the death of C.S. Lewis — he died of illness in 1963 on the same…
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