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February 14, 2017

By Robert Wolf

Ruskin Press, Decorah, Iowa, 2016

ISBN 978-0-9741826-4-3

Robert Wolf’s BUILDING THE AGRICULTURAL CITY: A HANDBOOK FOR URBAN RENEWAL is a stern warning about twenty-first century American cultural trends and the economic chaos enveloping this country and the...

November 17, 2016

A few days ago a short clip in the newspaper reported a chance encounter between a local American Legion motorcycle club and a scruffy bike rider standing on the side of the road. The rider’s rig had broken down, and he was seeking a ride back to nearby Freehold, New J...

August 21, 2016

I am more and more drawn to learning about the people, culture, and history of Appalachia. My paternal heritage is connected to the western North Carolina Great Smoky Mountain foothills near Asheville. I recently learned about a classic fiction entitled River of Earth,...

June 6, 2016

By  Garth Risk Halberg
Alfred A. Knopf, NY 2015
ISBN  # 978-0-385-35377-9
Book Review by Rod Haynes

When Garth Risk Halberg appeared on NPR’s FRESH AIR a few months back, host Terri Gross had high praise for his 900-page opus, CITY O...

May 22, 2016

One of the things I like to do with my writing is to maintain a journal where I capture quotes from books, bumper stickers, or anything else I may encounter, which I find to my liking. These quotes are from my journal:

"I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confu...

April 29, 2016

          This past March America lost a prolific novelist and accomplished poet, whose literary fame was greater abroad than here at home. A representative sample of Jim Harrison’s work is found in the AUTHORS NOTES section of his most recent (final) book, THE ANCIENT...

April 19, 2016


"One cannot see too many sunrises on the Mississippi. They are enchanting. First, there is the eloquence of silence; for a deep hush broods everywhere. Next, there is the haunting sense of loneliness, isolation, remoteness from the worry and bustle of the world. The d...

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for New Orleans

By Gary Krist

Crown Publishers, NY 2014

ISBN 978-0-7704-3707-7


A Book Review by Rod Haynes



Author Gary Krist describes the post-American Civil War city of New Orleans this wa...

March 19, 2016

I recently read Carson McCullers’ The Heart is A Lonely Hunter for the first time, the same week that literary icon Harper Lee, of To Kill A Mocking Bird, fame, died. The signature works of these two Southern authors invite comparison. To Kill A Mocking Bird debuted in...

February 18, 2016

Book Review



by Sarah Vowell

Riverhead Books, NY, 2015      ISBN  9761594631740



How does an author focusing on her country’s history appeal to a twenty first century American society celebrated historian David M...

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