Archives for December 2014

“The Son,” by Philipp Meyer

Reviewed by Miles Smith IV Texans, and Americans at large, sense that there was, at some time, a dark, bloody land that destroyed and created cultures, people, places, and even ideas. Texans know this land as their Lone Star State. But to many Texans and many southerners this brutal place depicted so viscerally in Philip […]

“Ruth’s Journey,” by Donald McCaig

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro What was Donald McCaig thinking when he undertook writing Ruth’s Journey (Atria Books 2014), the so-called prequel to Gone with the Wind? First, it’s a bold idea to tackle any prequel, let alone one designed to set the stage for the second most popular book ever sold in America. But […]

“The Walmart Republic,” by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Christopher H. Stewart

Reviewed by MW Rishell Intertwined strands of DNA have become a popular metaphor, one that comes to mind while reading The Walmart Republic, a co-authored collection of poetry by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Christopher H. Stewart. The poems are gathered into five sections, with the first featuring the work of Stewart and the second the […]

M.W. Rishell

Mike Rishell is an instructor at Butler Community College and resides in Wichita, Kansas.  He holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt and Michigan State University, along with an MFA from Oklahoma City University.

“The Promise,” by Ann Weisgarber

Reviewed by JoAn Watson Martin Ann Weisgarber grew up in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and now lives in Sugar Land, Texas, near Houston and Galveston. Her fiction is marked by these settings and her familiarity with them is an important aspect of her work. A writer and an historian, she penned much of The […]

JoAn W. Martin

After teaching in Baytown schools in Texas for 22 years, JoAn W. Martin retired but continued as a reading and writing consultant for Houston area schools. She also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Houston Clear Lake and Lee College. She reviews books for The Baytown Sun, The Galveston Daily News, the […]

December Read of the Month: “Return to Tradd Street,” by Karen White

Reviewed by Lynn Braxton When Charleston Realtor Melanie Middleton inherits an historic house from a benefactor she met only once, Charlestonians wonder what coercion she employed to gain the property, not realizing that Melanie has a pronounced dislike for old houses, branding the crumbling ruins as money pits. To make matters worse, and 55 Tradd […]

Lynn Braxton

After retiring from Florida State University, award winning author and reviewer, Lynn Braxton, returned to her birthplace in the Panhandle of Florida with her two rescue dogs, Snuffy and Sadie. Raised an only child, her earliest companions were paper dolls cut from mail order catalogs. Today she pursues her passion for history, research, and writing. […]