Memoir blends coming-of-age tale with agrarian treatise, meditation on illness

“Mommy issues” in memoirs—and life—might be cliché, but the courage and strength demonstrated by Clabough’s mother (she left the 1970s male-dominated world of research scientists to raise her child) makes her sympathetic though far from pitiable. Even as an adolescent Clabough, equally gifted and bull-headed, tests and resists her.

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Conflicts, deception riddle lives of characters in ‘Remain in Light’

Kelley takes you so close to the sights, sounds, smells and even thoughts of his characters that you may hear Martin, Irène and Diane breathe as you shadow them through the complicated depths of their needs and hurts, their personal knowns and unknowns, their questions, searches and private shames. Answers lead to more questions, discoveries to unfathomable mysteries. The novel depicts deception among friends, lovers, detectives and, of course, that old reliable monster — self-deception.

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Stories of privilege and poverty intertwine in eloquent ‘Ash Grove’

A tale spun out as if from a reel of dynamite fuse, Fries’ Ash Grove winds a precarious, rocky way through darkness, back into the light. Like the mine shafts that pierce the peaks around Ash Grove, through the deft storytelling of the author, the plots twist and turn, narrowing into blackness and dead ends. Characters disappear around corners, and then reappear as suddenly as a coal train around a hairpin bend.

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Novel offers tongue-in-cheek look at Southern football culture

With football season upon us, Love’s Winning Plays by Inman Majors will whet readers’ appetites for a good football game, especially the back story of the game in all of its managed chaos. Love’s Winning Plays is a tongue-in-cheek look at Southern football culture sprinkled with romantic comedy. Majors’ novel is not just for the fan of college football, but also for those who don’t think the game’s worth a bag of buttered popcorn.

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