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Belles Letters

Author : Joe Taylor
ISBN : UOM:39015048917549
Genre : Fiction
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Gumbo in Mobile, Dreamland ribs in Tuscaloosa, noveau cuisine in Birmingham, Chris's hot dogs in Montgomery, and pond-raised catfish fried in the Black Belt -- as varied as that menu, so are the stories and excerpts in this collection by women writers from Alabama. Comedy, allegory, and folklore are here. Subjects varying from childhood initiation, to spousal abuse, to race relations, to AIDS are here. Plots involving murder, romance, necrophilia, Shirley Temple dolls, kinfolk, and ghostly appearances are here. In brief, when you finish this collection your concept of Alabama writers. as well as your concept of women writers, will expand.
Category: Fiction

Belles Letters 2

Author : Jennifer Horne
ISBN : 1604891823
Genre : Alabama
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Author : Brett Cox
ISBN : 9781466838482
Genre : Fiction
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As William Faulkner once observed, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." And the past of the American South lives on in a long literary tradition where fantasy and reality blur. It is evident in the writing of giants such as Faulkner himself, Flannery O'Connor, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Manly Wade Wellman, Truman Capote, Alice Walker, and many others. Steeped in this tradition and proud to be its inheritors, storytellers and editors F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan have gathered together stories of the unseen and magical American South by some of the most brilliantly talented Southern writers of our time. From darkly imagined, powerful tales by Bret Lott, Lynn Pitts, Kalanu ya Salaam, Brad Watson, and Don Webb to a deeply affecting and sensual story by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, to atmospheric works by Richard Butner, James L. Cambias, and Jack McDevitt, to wildly funny stories by Scott Edelman and Michael Swanwick, these original fictions will delight readers who appreciate the unique wealth and breadth of the Southern literary tradition and its natural affinity for the fantastic. With the addition of wonderful reprinted stories by Michael Bishop, Fred Chappell, Andy Duncan, John Kessel, Kelly Link, Sena Jeter Naslund, Daniel Wallace, and Gene Wolfe, this collection is a crossroads of styles and themes where Southern and Fantastic literary traditions meet. Together these stories paint a wide canvas of the real and mythic South in all its fabulous, terrible, joyous, chaotic uniqueness. They are set in all the Southern landscapes of the mind, from the shores of South Carolina to the city of New Orleans, from small-town Mississippi to the streets of modern Atlanta, from the ghosts of ante-bellum splendor to the shadows of what might be. The contributors range from realistic to Gothic, from magic realists to satirists. What they share in common is the South and the endless stories it inspires. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Category: Fiction


Author : Joe Taylor
ISBN : 093050125X
Genre : Fiction
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Fourteen finalists in the Tartt First Fiction Award present their stories. Includes stories by Joe Benevento, Philip Cioffari, Serena Crawford, Tery Dubow, Melissa Fraterrigo (winner), Thomas D. Lisk, Sean Lovelace, Kelly Magee, Karen Miller, Sandra Novack, Liz Orndoff, Amy Stuber, John Vanderslice, and Susan Weiss.
Category: Fiction

Tartts Three

Author : Joe Taylor
ISBN : 0930501349
Genre : Fiction
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This is the third book containing editors' picks from the Annual Tartt First Fiction Award. With twenty-three authors, this anthology has the largest number of contributors yet. The editors have tried for a balance of tone moving from humor to tragedy, with styles running from gritty realism to the fantastical. Including: Xujun Eberlein (winner), Steven Allaback, Gilbert Allen, CB Anderson, Jacob M. Appel, William Borden, Bonnie Roop Bowles, Michael Burke, Michael W. Cox, James Gish, Alta Ifland, Tyrone Jaeger, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Daniel Libman, Carol Manley (runner-up), Robert Maxwell, Ginny Mackenzie, Katherine Toy Miller, Pat Miller, CD Mitchell, Letitia Lehua Moffitt, James Nolan, and John Vanderslice
Category: Fiction

Masques For The Fields Of Time

Author : Joe Taylor
ISBN : 1604890347
Genre : Fiction
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Taylorżs fourth collection offers a combination of the realistic and the . . .Skewed, that word must best describe the characters, situations, and timeframes in this collection, A Masque for the Fields of Time. Take the opening story, where a dance seems to be happening during the narratorżs youth, since his baby-sitter is busily flirting on the dance floor with another teenager. But then time skews and the dance is happening -- when? And those puppets in the rafters, seemingly pulling strings on all the dancers -- just what are they doing? Well, maybe the collectionżs last story will clear things up . . . or does it only skew matters further, for this storyżs protagonist is swimming, yes swimming, on a mission to obtain headstones -- now irritatingly called żgrave markers,ż the narrator complains. Okay then, in another story we at least have the comfort of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus confronting Simone de Beauvoir -- but then why do tiny voices haunt the professed atheistic trio with religious barbs? With humor both grim and playful, all the stories in this collection explore the twists human perception can take.
Category: Fiction

The Disobedient Writer

Author : Nancy A. Walker
ISBN : 0292790961
Genre : Literary Criticism
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For centuries, women who aspired to write had to enter a largely male literary tradition that offered few, if any, literary forms in which to express their perspectives on lived experience. Since the nineteenth century, however, women writers and readers have been producing "disobedient" counter-narratives that, while clearly making reference to the original texts, overturn their basic assumptions. This book looks at both canonical and non-canonical works, over a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres, that offer counter-readings of familiar Western narratives. Nancy Walker begins by probing women's revisions of two narrative traditions pervasive in Western culture: the biblical story of Adam and Eve, and the traditional fairy tales that have served as paradigms of women's behavior and expectations. She goes on to examine the works of a wide range of writers, from contemporaries Marilynne Robinson, Ursula Le Guin, Anne Sexton, Fay Weldon, Angela Carter, and Margaret Atwood to precursors Caroline Kirkland, Fanny Fern, Mary De Morgan, Mary Louisa Molesworth, Edith Nesbit, and Evelyn Sharp.
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Tartts Four

Author : Joe Taylor
ISBN : 1604890169
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Finalists for Fourth Tartt Fiction Award whose stories are included in this anthology follow: Gilbert Allen, M.S. Allen, Jacob Appel, Jerry Dubow, Valerie Fioravanti, Kathleen Toomey Jabs, Nick Healy, Tom Miller. Juvik, Sean Aden Lovelace, J. E. Robinson, Stacia Saint Owens, Judith Stephens, D. Thomas, Patricia Traxler, Stephanie Watts and M.O. Walsh.
Category: Fiction

First Books

Author : Philip D. Beidler
ISBN : 9780817357306
Genre : History
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This case study in cultural mythmaking shows how antebellum Alabama created itself out of its own printed texts, from treatises on law and history to satire, poetry, and domestic novels. Early 19th-century Alabama was a society still in the making. Now Philip Beidler tells how the first books written and published in the state influenced the formation of Alabama's literary and political culture. As Beidler shows, virtually overnight early Alabama found itself in possession of the social, political, and economic conditions required to jump start a traditional literary culture in the old Anglo-European model: property-based class relationships, large concentrations of personal wealth, and professional and merchant classes of similar social, political, educational, and literary views. Beidler examines the work of well-known writers such as humorist Johnson J. Hooper and novelist Caroline Lee Hentz, and takes on other classic pieces like Albert J. Pickett's History of Alabama and Alexander Beaufort Meek's epic poem The Red Eagle. Beidler also considers lesser-known works like Lewis B. Sewall's verse satire The Adventures of Sir John Falstaff the II, Henry Hitchcock's groundbreaking legal volume Alabama Justice of the Peace, and Octavia Walton Levert's Souvenirs of Travel. Most of these works were written by and for society's elite, and although many celebrate the establishment of an ordered way of life, they also preserve the biases of authors who refused to write about slavery yet continually focused on the extermination of Native Americans. First Books returns us to the world of early Alabama that these texts not only recorded but helped create. Written with flair and a strong individual voice, it will appeal not only to scholars of Alabama history and literature but also to anyone interested in the antebellum South.
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Tell The World You Re A Wildflower

Author : Jennifer Horne
ISBN : 9780817318451
Genre : Fiction
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In Tell the World You're a Wildflower, Jennifer Horne luminously brings to life the criss-crossing experiences of Southern women in twenty-four contemporary short stories.
Category: Fiction