"Hercule Poirot's Christmas" By: Agatha Christie

Feb 11, 2019

“Hercule Poirot’s Christmas”

Author: Agatha Christie  

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 243

Price: $14.99

Just about every year an Alabama writer publishes a Christmas book and, in the season, I review it here.

Over the past few years we have had “The Holiday Season” by Michael Knight, “The Christmas Letter” by Lee Smith and “A Redbird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg. All of these are good reads.

I had one this season too—“A Gift of Bones” by Carolyn Haines—but I foolishly reviewed it prematurely in November and none arrived to take its place.

"A Piece of the World" By: Christina Baker Kline

Oct 2, 2017

“A Piece of the World”

Author: Christina Baker Kline  

Publisher: HarperCollins, 2017

Pages: 309

Price: $27.99 (Hardcover)

In 2014, Christina Baker Kline, who had four previously published and well-received novels, became a household name with “Orphan Train.” This novel was based on the lives of a few of the thousands of homeless, orphaned, and/or unwanted children, infants to teenagers, gathered up from the streets of New York City, mainly the Lower East Side, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

“Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee”

Author: Wayne Flynt    

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 240

Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)

Because the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was, to say the least, a very private person, her millions of fans are perpetually thirsty for biographical information. They are understandably curious. What was she really like?

She refused interviews after about 1964, and lived in Manhattan, only moving back to Alabama when her health required her to.

“Gone Again: A Jack Swyteck Novel”

Author: James Grippando     

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 400

Price: $26.99 (Hardcover)

Each year the UA School of Law and the ABA Journal sponsor the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, given to a book which “features the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.” This year’s finalists have been announced and I thought it might be fun to review the three novels. You too may want to read them and then vote for a winner at abajournal.gov. Voting closes June 30.

"Perfect Little World: A Novel" By: Kevin Wilson

Feb 24, 2017

“Perfect Little World: A Novel”

Author: Kevin Wilson   

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 334

Price: $26.99 (Hardcover)

A few weeks ago I praised Kevin Wilson’s short story collection “Tunneling to the Center of Earth” and his novel “The Family Fang” for their cleverness and inventiveness. Wilson has a great comic gift.

Now Wilson’s second novel, “Perfect Little World,” has been released. I confess I was, at first, disappointed that it was not primarily funny, but then I settled into enjoying a provocative and very thoughtful book.

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis’

Author: J.D. Vance

Publisher: HarperCollins             

Pages: 272

Price: $ 27.00 (Hardcover)

“Hillbilly Elegy” has recently attracted a load of attention, partly by fortunate timing.

The book is, first, a conventional memoir. J.D. Vance tells the story of his life.