Kind hearts, allow me to introduce Police Detective, Harry Hole. Let me warn you in advance, he is an alcoholic…
So ends Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, his memoir of his years as a young writer in Paris. This book…
For Christians, Easter is a moveable feast day — this year the celebration fell about as late in the spring…
When I was a teenager, I became addicted to a late-night horror movie host named Bestoink Dooley. Based in Atlanta,…
In A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir (978-1-4000-6794-7, $26), Norris Church Mailer gives an account of her marriage to…
The Memory of Running is a “road book.” In some respects it resembles what critics in the 19th century called…
In “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare wrote: “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have…
At the conclusion of this collection of four novellas: Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King adds an “Afterword.” In acknowledging…
Some The Smoky Mountain News readers may remember a review here several seasons ago of Bill Walker’s Skywalker: Close Encounters…
The great kite of the crucified Christ loomed and caused the crowd to vibrate. Like a pyre before him, the…
Though heroin and cocaine are dangerous and illegal, both drugs carry with them a cachet, the dark romance of, say,…
For quite some time now, the literary genre known as “science fiction/horror” has been undergoing radical changes. The “creatures of…
In Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (ISBN 978-1-4000-6893-7, 2010, $25), first-time novelist Helen Simonson has created a superb portrait of life…
In view of the fact that Southern Appalachia is acknowledged to be a massive reservoir of traditional storytelling, Saundra Kelley’s…
Some novels call to mind certain family members. There are the wise old stories that remind us of our grandparents,…
“It took Karl Marlantes 30 years to write his thunderous, brutally granular account of scorched-earth combat in Vietnam. Matterhorn was…
Anyone who has driven state roads between Asheville and Winston-Salem has quite possibly seen those state historical markers commemorating the…
How many times have you heard the lament, “They don’t write southern novels the way they used to”? This statement…
“The rich are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said to Ernest Hemingway, to which Hemingway…
Let me begin this review by confessing that I never heard of E.M.P. (Electromagnetic Pulse), and I was distressed to…
Haywood County residents looking to brave the ice and leave their firesides this January can find an afternoon of respite…
In her previous novels — two of which, Coming Back To Me and Girls In Trouble, have been reviewed here…
Dear readers, if you decide to purchase this amazing novel, please consider the following advice: forget George Romero and the…
To buy affordable holiday gifts for men past the age of 30 can be difficult. When confronted with men who…
For over a decade, Dennis Lehane’s name has been synonymous with skillfully crafted crime novels. Both Mystic River and Shutter’s Island…
For many people, Thanksgiving is a holiday that delivers on its promises. The table sags beneath platters of ham and…
For millions of readers, Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind proved to be one of the most captivating…
The sound of silence. Silence is a rare commodity in our world today. Of course, perfect silence doesn’t exist. The…
Several months ago, I reviewed a marvelous non-fiction work by Sharon Hatfield titled Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of…
As cooler weather plucks leaves from the trees, stripping the branches bare as a freshly-barbered poodle, as that wonderful green…
Reading So Cold the River may give many readers a weird sense of déjà vu — a feeling that they…
Many of us have attended a Methodist or Baptist “dinner on the grounds.” At these events, once popular across the…
Getting Naked with Harry Crews, edited by Erik Bledsoe. University of Florida Press, 1998. The first time I ever heard…
Some novels ask for a close reading. Entranced by the author’s language, intrigued by an intricate plot, and in some…
The publication of New Stories from the South 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this prestigious series. Obviously, the folks…
A Postcard From The Volcano: A Novel of Pre-War Germany by Lucy Beckett. Ignatius Press, 2009. 520 pages World War…
My Mountain Granny by Matthew Link Baker. Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc., 2010. In the opening pages of My…
Stephen Hunter’s I, Sniper (ISBN 978-1-4165-6515-4, $26) brings to readers once again that intrepid sniper, now old and aching from…
On a hot July night in 1935, a young Wise County, Virginia, school teacher named Edith Maxwell came home late.…
Authors often dig into their childhood to mine for the coal and diamonds of their books. Sometimes they use the…
The design of this book’s cover, in addition to being visually attractive, quite possibly serves as an inadvertent assessment of…
Home. The word is as twisted with complications and mystery as all those other household words we use every day:…
For the past few years, internet literary critics of fantasy/supernatural novels have been raving about about a writer of “punk…
Although Americans are known for their wandering ways, traveling to California in Conestoga wagons, taking the train to find a…
Every once in a great while, I come away from a book like some near-sighted fourth-grader who has just put…
“Normandy Invasion” By Paul Willis Across the sands of Normandy They came up from the sea. For many days and…
Tuckasegee poet Thomas Crowe won the George Scarborough Prize for Poetry during the recent Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln…
A half-price book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and from noon to…
Writer Amy Allen will discuss her journey along the Appalachian Trail as she presents her book, Summoning the Mountains: Pilgrimage…
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