[20 May 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Sweet and Low: Stories

Nick White’s collection of stories Sweet and Low are best described as evidence of the new South. Ever present are the themes that demonstrate the complexity of the South – the oppressive heat and beauty of our states (in this case, Mississippi); the animals we do life with and in spite of; and the people that are both our charm and disgrace – often in the same soul. Students of the Southern greats will recognize the peculiar, the odd, the disfigured, the freaks – in setting, narrative and character. Since …

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[1 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Club :: Short List for 2018-19

We did it! The votes are in & the SOC Sistas have selected the books we’ll be reading this year. I’m excited about what I think is a pretty good mix of old & new.
Take a look for yourself, and feel free to read along with us.
May 2018: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
June 2018: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
July 2018: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
August 2018: Stoner by John Williams
September 2018: Cane River by Lolita Lademer
October 2018: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
November 2018: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
December 2018: Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
January 2019: The Book Thief by Markus Zysak
February 2019: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
March 2019: Sing …

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[18 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: WWII Novels

There is a rash of World War II literature. In our last book club annual selection long list, there were enough books that had we wanted to dedicate a whole year to WWII, we could have. Also, occasionally, I’m asked to recommend a good WWII book, so I thought it might be a fun list to compile – all the WWII books I’ve read (or at least that I can remember!) These are in somewhat backwards order beginning with most recent. And just because I’m that kind of person, you’re …

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[13 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
Meet the Author :: Amor Towles

Amor Towles wrote Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow – two of my favorite books from last year. When I learned that he was speaking in my state, I was thrilled. I was even more excited when I figured out that while it was on the other side of the state in Newnan, Georgia, it did happen to coincide with when I would be traveling back home from being in Columbus, Georgia for work.
It is obvious the fates were conspiring on my behalf.
He was a delight. And …

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[4 Mar 2018 | 2 Comments | ]
Book Favorites :: Top 100

A few years back, my book club put together its collective Top 100. I remember in that exercise, that I had a hard time selecting just a top 10. Since then, I’ve wondered what my top 100 would be. I recently sat down to figure it out, and it was much harder than I thought. I ended up removing all non-fiction, and perhaps one day I’ll put out a top non-fiction reads. I left a few in that are technically non-fiction, but they read enough like a novel that I …

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[26 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Carrot Cake

Southern Living calls this the best carrot cake of all time, and I can’t disagree. I made this recipe a long time ago, but I must have skipped a step back then (I’ll tell you which one below), because I don’t remember it being this good. If I did, it wouldn’t have take me this long to make it again. As it is, I’m trying to come up with my next excuse for making it.
If you have the right kitchen tools, this is an easy cake to make. (food processor …