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Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 10:03 AM
Subject: Alabamiana from NewSouth
Sue O. Medina
Suzanne La Rosa <suzanne@...
04/17/2003 09:51 AM
Suzanne La Rosa, publisher
NewSouth Books, Montgomery, Alabama
Coming in May 2003, Corina's Way by Rod Davis: "A spicy bouillabaisse, New
Orleans-set, by Texas journalist Davis. In the tradition of Flannery
O'Connor or John Kennedy Toole: a welcome romp, told in an old-fashioned
style and with traditional Southern charm."--Kirkus Reviews
Recent titles of interest from NewSouth Books:
FORGIVING SAM, by Powell Clark:
Library Journal calls it "A powerful story of guilt and redemption...highly
recommended." John Douglas, New York Times best-selling author and FBI
Criminal Profiler comments that it's "tough, unflinching finction... Clark
has captured on paper the devastating psychology of pain...in a beautiful
first novel." And Ferrol Sams says it's "horrifyingly graphic but
gripping...a page-turner." This new volume published by NewSouth Books is a
riveting and heart-rending tale about a child who was kidnapped and
assaulted and the path he takes to recovery. It's authored by a
Birmingham-based writer whose personal history is much written into its
pages. Trade cloth, 6x9, 560 pages, $27.95. ISBN: 1-58838-067-X. Now
ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS: THE SELECTED POETRY OF JOHN BEECHER, edited by
Steven Ford Brown:
This in the first anthology of verse by John Beecher in close to thirty
years. Beecher was a protest poet of national stature descended from the
abolitionist Beechers. He grow to manhood in Birmingham, Alabama, and began
writing powerful, radical, activist poetry when he worked in the steel
mines where his father was an executive. His powerful, spare verse led
William Carlos Williams to call him "a man who speaks for the conscience of
the people."The Minneapolis Tribune said "Beecher is the most authentic
social poet in American history." This new volume carries a foreword by
Studs Terkel and is a generous cross-section of all of Beecher's works.
Trade paper, 6x9, 200 pages, $20. ISBN: 1-58838-103-X. Now available.
WHY PUBLIC SCHOOLS? WHOSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS? WHAT EARLY COMMUNITIES HAVE TO
TELL US, by David Mathews:
Criticism of public educaiton, debate over vouchers, increases in
home-schooling, proliferation of private and church-affiliated schools --
all are indicators of contemporary dissatisfaction with public schools.
Education historian and former president of the University of Alabama and
US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Dr. David Mathews set out to
understand why. He began with the question of of "whose schools are the
public schools, and who is ultimately responsible for them?" His study is
thoughtful and provocative and draws heavily from research into early
communities in six southwest Alabama counties from the late 1700s to 1800s.
Historian Leah Rawls Atkins says the work is "meticulously researched and
reasonably argued...should be the focus of community discussions not only
in Alabama but across the nation." Wayne Flynt says that "Mathews provides
lessons from the past that can inform the present and future." 232 pages
with illustrations, index, 7.5 x 9. Trade cloth: 1-58838-123-4, $27.95;
trade paper: 1-58838-110-2, $15.95. Now available.