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Reading about Alabama

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1Morphidae
joulukuu 9, 2006, 10:10am

I've chosen A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg and All Over But the Shoutin' by Bragg for Alabama. However, please feel free to make additional recommendations!

2Morphidae
joulukuu 9, 2006, 10:17am

Other books recommended for Alabama:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Hometown Legend by Jerry B. Jenkins

Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King

3avaland
joulukuu 11, 2006, 8:42pm

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Also The Watermelon King by the same Daniel Wallace noted above.

4MrKris
joulukuu 13, 2006, 12:34am

Viesti poistettu

5Morphidae
joulukuu 18, 2006, 10:06am

A Redbird Christmas was delightful. It made me want to live in Lost River, Alabama in a little cottage on the river. There is no complex plot nor any emotional intensity. Rather it is a gentle inspirational story good for a quick one-night read.

6avaland
joulukuu 25, 2006, 5:53pm

I just finished The Watermelon King as mentioned above. What a great piece of clever storytelling. Thoroughly enjoyable.

7Morphidae
tammikuu 16, 2007, 10:10am

All Over but the Shoutin' by Bragg was a gentle story about a not-so-nice person. I'm not sure what I liked so much about it. Maybe because it was about an average, every Joe. It's not a rags to riches story, but a rags to middle class story. Even the Pulitzer prize he won didn't seem like such a big deal except to how much it meant to his mom. That was probably my favorite part of the story - where he convinced his mother - about as poor and ignorant as you can get - to come to the prize dinner in NYC and her reactions.

8roalcarlson
helmikuu 23, 2007, 2:56pm

Salvation on Sand Mountain is about snake handlers in Northeast Alabama

9bookaholicgirl
toukokuu 30, 2007, 2:09pm

Morphidae - I enjoyed All Over but the Shoutin' as well. I didn't think that he came across as not so nice more like damaged. I enjoyed when they were in NYC as well - and also when she went to Atlanta and was comparing it to NYC. I am interested in what has happened to his family since the publishing of the book, too.

10bookaholicgirl
kesäkuu 8, 2007, 7:12am

I just finished Crazy in Alabama and absolutely loved it - definitely a favorite of mine. I love that you chose this challenge. I have incorporated it into my 50 book challenge but will not finish reading through the states this year. I am off to look at the Alaska list to pick my books for this month.

11bookaholicgirl
kesäkuu 10, 2007, 6:55pm

I don't know if this was mentioned before but Looking for Alaska is also set in Alabama - not Alaska as one might think from the title. I just finished this so technically, I read three from Alabama (two fiction, one non-fiction) but it was just a coincidence. A good book if anyone needs a suggestion for Alabama.

12TheOneandOnly
Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 11, 2007, 7:49pm

Non-fiction wise:

Carry me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: the climactic battle of the civil rights revolution by Diane McWhorter is a great, great book about the city of Birmingham and the Civil Rights struggle that happened so shortly ago in the area. I lived in the area for a while, so it was amazing to read about the history of an area that is so recent and so important and how much (and little sometimes) things have changed.

13-Cee-
toukokuu 1, 2010, 10:06am

Wish I had paid more attention to this thread before I chose my Alabama books. For fiction, I chose The Long Night by Andrew Lytle... I am interested in anything Civil War. For non-fiction, I got Dead Towns of Alabamaby W. Stuart Harris... hoping for a little history lesson on Alabama towns. But, if there is one book I should not miss about Alabama, please let me know. I'll add it to my list. Thanks!

14-Cee-
toukokuu 4, 2010, 8:19am

Dead Towns of Alabama is not what I expected. It's just a list of "ghost" towns, villages, forts, etc. with short blurbs about each. I'll be moving this book to my travel section in case I ever visit Alabama. I was hoping for a book that selected about a half dozen towns that no longer exist with interesting histories. Oh well... I'll try again!

15bookworm12
huhtikuu 4, 2012, 2:54pm

Here's a list of lots of fiction and nonfiction for Alabama...

http://avidreader25.blogspot.com/2012/01/reading-states-alabama.html