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Review from Dear Reader:

Not since Nora Ephron’s 1976 Crazy Salad (Dear Readers of a certain age will no doubt recall her insane essay “Dealing With the Er, Problem.” Or maybe you won’t.) can I remember a funnier, more out-front collection that rounds up and explores the universal changes that age and the new age are bringing us all. Jackson writes about motherhood, marriage, careers, bodies, medical procedures, sex, and how these things change not only in the course of our own lives but generationally, and supplies many wacky personal anecdotes; my favorite being her fantasy about Doing It with Jon Stewart, related in a discussion of masturbation after fifty. This is not one of those books that explain how to sunnily navigate menopause and other natural disasters and pretend that it’s all good; Jackson tells us what we all know anyway: getting old sucks, but we might as well laugh our saggy asses off about it. Good choice for book groups.  LH

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ISBN: 9780061669279
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Published: Harper - March 1st, 2011

Anchee Min signs PEARL OF CHINA

It is the end of the nineteenth century and China is riding on the crest of great change, but for nine-year-old Willow, the only child of a destitute family in the small southern town of Chin-kiang, nothing ever seems to change. Until the day she meets Pearl, the eldest daughter of a zealous American missionary.

Pearl is head-strong, independent and fiercely intelligent, and will grow up to be Pearl S Buck, the Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning writer and humanitarian activist, but for now all Willow knows is that she has never met anyone like her in all her life. From the start the two are thick as thieves, but when the Boxer Rebellion rocks the nation, Pearl's family is forced to leave China to flee religious persecution. As the twentieth century unfolds in all its turmoil, through right-wing military coups and Mao's Red Revolution, through bad marriages and broken dreams, the two girls cling to their lifelong friendship across the sea.

In this ambitious and moving new novel, Anchee Min, acclaimed author of Empress Orchid and Red Azalea, brings to life a courageous and passionate woman who loved the country of her childhood and who has been hailed in China as a modern heroine.

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ISBN: 9781596916975
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 30th, 2010

Elizabeth Stuckey-French signs THE REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE LADY

This lively, intricately plotted, laugh-out-loud funny, and surprisingly touching family drama combines the wit of Carl Hiaasen with the southern charm of Jill McCorkle.

Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences.

Marylou has been plotting her revenge for fifty years. When she accidentally discovers his whereabouts in Florida, her plans finally snap into action. She high tails it to hot and humid Tallahassee, moves in down the block from where a now senile Spriggs lives with his daughter’s family, and begins the tricky work of insinuating herself into their lives. But she has no idea what a nest of yellow jackets she is stum­bling into.

Before the novel is through, someone will be kidnapped, an unlikely couple will get engaged, someone will nearly die from eating a pineapple upside-down cake laced with anti-freeze, and that’s not all . . .

Told from the varied perspectives of an incredible cast of endearing oddball characters and written with the flair of a native Floridian, this dark comedy does not disappoint.

ELIZABETH STUCKEY-FRENCH is the author of the novel Mermaids on the Moon and the short story collection The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where she teaches fiction writing at Florida State University.

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ISBN: 9780385510646
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Published: Doubleday - February 8th, 2011


Both Martha and Teresa are natives of Yazoo City, Mississippi so we're dubbing this edition of Thacker Mountain Radio "The Yazoo Show." 

More on Martha's new cookbook: 

"I’d drive all the way to Mississippi if Martha Hall Foose invited me to her table. Such is the allure of her recipes and stories. Everything in A Southerly Course and in Screen Doors and Sweet Tea appeals to me—the authentic Southern food (which is America’s best), the humor, the evocative photographs, and the strong sense of a place. Cookbooks should make you happy. This one bursts with memory and cheer."
—Frances Mayes

"This cookbook reads almost like a novel—I could hardly put it down! The recipes are such a wonderful reminder of the country cooking I grew up on as a little girl."
—Paula Deen

"I am continually impressed with Martha’s ability to bring new life to Southern food. Her recipes and stories transport me to my favorite place, the Southern home kitchen, sitting around the table with great food and great company."
—Donald Link, author of Real Cajun and chef-owner of Cochon and Herbsaint

"This book makes me want to call everyone in my family and cook a grand Southern feast. Martha is a sweetheart and an inspiration. Buy this book and call your family over for dinner."
—Sean Brock, chef-owner of McCrady’s

"You know Martha—she’s your cousin, your aunt, your childhood friend. In her new book, she comes into your life like a cool and gracious Southern breeze and makes you feel as if she’s always been there as she shares recipes and tales of our beloved homeland."
—Christy Jordan, author of Southern Plate

Teresa's book, Buryin' Daddy: Putting My Lebanese, Catholic, Southern Baptist Childhood to Rest is a book on how one woman embraced her roots and reconciled with her family and Dixie.

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ISBN: 9780307464286
Availability: Hard to Find - Email or Call for Availability
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 12th, 2011

Buryin' Daddy: Putting My Lebanese, Catholic, Southern Baptist Childhood to Rest (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604739701
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - February 24th, 2011

Andre Dubus III signs TOWNIE: A MEMOIR

From Dear Reader

Andre Dubus III has achieved some fame as a writer, through his books, House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days.   The son and namesake of a famous writer (not to mention a cousin of James Lee Burke), one might think he grew up in the sort of intellectual and mannerly household where it would be natural, even expected, to grow up as a writer.   We find in Townie, however, that young Dubus' father was in absentia, and his mother had to work and scrimp to put food on the table for her four children.   They lived in an impoverished neighborhood of a Massachusetts mill town where young Andre, as the older boy of the family, soon learned that the only way to protect himself and his family was through violence.   Fight after fight (some reviewer will count them specifically) are described in detail here, and gave Andre what he eventually recognizes as "a hangover of the spirit, as if all those punches and kicks had pushed you into a gray and treeless landscape where love and forgiveness were hard to find."   How Andre and his family make their way into the world is a stunning and remarkable journey -- for them and for his readers. RH

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ISBN: 9780393064667
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 28th, 2011


Daisy Karam-Read will sign copies of The Love Affair Continues: From Manhattan to Mississippi Part II after her appearance on Thacker Mountain Radio.

In 2007, Daisy Karam-Read, a transplanted New Yorker, wrote From Manhattan to Mississippi: A New Yorker Falls in Love with the South. In this follow up, Karam-Read continues her valentine to Mississippi, further exploring the cultural landscape she has come to love. Her observations on various aspects of southern culture - from gardens, small towns, and southern women to domestic relations, the nuances of regional etiquette and southern wisdom - are refreshing and perceptive. Her fresh perspective on Mississippi and its neighboring states makes these delightful essays invaluable.

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ISBN: 9781934193501
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Published: Quail Ridge Press - September 15th, 2010

Lou Dischler signs MY ONLY SUNSHINE

"Dischler's raised the bar when it comes to the term 'romp.' What a great, great addition to the comic southern novel." -George Singleton 

"My Only Sunshine is a rollicking fun read. Just when you think it couldn't possibly get more outrageous or hilarious, Dischler will turn yet another corner you never saw coming!" -Jill McCorkle 

Review from the publisher: 

In 1962 the Cubans have their Russian missiles pointed right at the sugarcane plantations of Red Church, Louisiana, but nine-year-old Charlie Boone and his gravel-eating younger brother, Jute, are fixed on velvet ants and the declining health of a horse named Lunch Time. Their father has been sent upriver after a botched convenience store holdup and a walloping with a can of Crisco. Their mother, too, has vanished Memaw and Pawpaw insist she disappeared in a hurricane. But Charlie hasn t given up hope, fondly remembering her singing a campaign song as he dozed off in her lap:You are my sunshine, my only sunshine . . .

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ISBN: 9781891885723
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Published: Hub City Writers Project - October 1st, 2010