Zora Neale Hurston: Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

“One of the greatest writers of our time,” Toni Morrison “Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” is a collection of short stories written by Hurston between 1921 and 1937 shows the genius of the woman who wrote “Their Eyes Were Watching God” in 1936. Several of the 21 short stories are considered “lost” … Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston: Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Book Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Giver of Stars

Until recently I had never heard of the Pack Horse Library, a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), that used women to be book mobiles on horse/mule-back in the Appalachian region of Kentucky from 1935 to 1943.  The timing of the library wait list gave me the audio versions of The Book Woman of … Continue reading Book Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Giver of Stars

Book Review: Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard

A trait I share with my mother is reading cookbooks like most people read novels. Luckily, many more authors are realizing there are those of us that will read their commentary . It is nice to see more cookbook authors cater to readers as well as cooks. Southern food is a big umbrella that actually … Continue reading Book Review: Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard

Book Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyle

“”All these people,” she said sorrowfully. “And all of that trouble. And look, they’re all dead now. So what did it all matter in the end?”” Great authors are able to create stories that convey the human existence. While each person has a different experience, what reveals a person’s purpose is all the love, connection, … Continue reading Book Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyle