Review of Nonfiction Book about the Collision of Early Rock and Southern Lit

I’m late to posting this, but I’m still happy to share my recent review of Florence Dore’s Novel Sounds: The American Novel in the Age of Rock and Roll. This work of literary criticism tackles a range of 1950s Southern writers’ novels in light of the corresponding explosion of early rock and roll into the ethos of the wider culture during that era. You can read my review of Dore’s insightful book over at Chapter 16. 

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Review of Stirring New Appalachian Anthology

It was a real joy and challenge to review Appalachian Reckoning, a new anthology edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll. This book brings together a collection of responses to the huge and problematic phenomenon of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. I like this book best when it pulls no punches, and as a writer, I was galvanized by it. You can read my review at Chapter 16.

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New Q&A with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

I’m thrilled to share my Q&A with the wonderful Maurice Carlos Ruffin. I can’t express how exciting it is to see my friend’s debut novel, We Cast A Shadow, doing so well. We are both longtime members of the great swirly ball of wonder otherwise known as The Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, and it’s a privilege now to ask him questions in print. ALSO: I’ll be asking him more questions at Parnassus Books this Saturday, March 2nd, at 2 PM. So, come! Our Q&A is up today over at Chapter 16.

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Review of Cary Holladay Story Collection

I’m so excited to share my review of Cary Holladay’s new short story collection (plus one novella), Brides in the Sky. Holladay’s fiction usually dives deeply into Virginia landscapes or roams across a settler’s vision of the long-ago West. And she is a powerhouse talent. My review’s up today at Chapter 16.

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Review of Dani Shapiro’s Latest Memoir

Reviewing Dani Shapiro’s most recent memoir, Inheritance, was a great gig. There’s so much to consider in this fascinating, quick-reading book, especially in light of her previous memoirs (Like Slow Motion, Hourglass, and Devotion), all of which touch on the very subject matter at issue in this new story of upended family history. You can read my review over at Chapter 16.

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Review of new nonfiction by Damien Echols

Last month, I had the opportunity to review a unique guide to energy-based spiritual practices and meditations, written by a man who has played a fascinating role in in our culture for over 20 years–Damien Echols, known as the most prominent member of the West Memphis Three. High Magick serves not only as a primer on spiritual disciplines, but also as a kind of spiritual chronicle of how Echols faced his many years on death row, prior to his release via an Alford plea. You can read my review of High Magick over at Chapter 16.

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Review of New Novel from Charles Dodd White

I had the chance to write some thoughts on the new novel from East Tennessee writer Charles Dodd White. In the House of Wilderness presses into that great territory loved by all of us Southern writers: how our landscape can nourish us and imperil us, often simultaneously. You can catch my review over at the ever-nourishing Chapter 16.

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