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A Short History of a Small Place

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ISBN: 9780142003626
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Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2003

Not just my favorite southern writer, but my favorite author, period. Pearson is a true original. He is an outrageously gifted storyteller with a style all his own. Short History is the first installment of the Neeley, N.C. trilogy and I think the best. It was this book, having read it when I was in my mid-twenties, that turned me into a full-time reader and therefore holds the place in my heart occupied by a precious few titles. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Mountains Beyond Mountains

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ISBN: 9780812973013
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 31st, 2004

This is a profound and profoundly moving book about one man who has had a significant impact on the health of humankind. It is beautifully written and potentially life-changing. I urge you to read it. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Old School

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ISBN: 9780375701498
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Published: Vintage - August 31st, 2004

This is the kind of book I hope to come across once a year if I am lucky. Superbly crafted story...prose that sings...tremendously satisfying. I recommend it with my whole heart. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

A Kiss from Maddalena

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ISBN: 9781565123892
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - April 25th, 2003

At least four Northshire booksellers have read this fine novel and we all say "thumbs way up". It is an elegant and authentic story of love and family in WWII Italy.Beautifully done! ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

True Notebooks

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ISBN: 9780375727610
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Published: Vintage - August 31st, 2004

This is Salzman's account of a writing course he taught at a juvenile detention facility in Los Angeles in the late 1990's. The teenaged inmates-turned-classmates, many of whom are facing years, if not life, behind bars show great raw talent as writers. Their stories exhibit a great depth and array of feelings. Salzman allows his young students to speak for themselves through dialogue and their writing. The result reveals a heartbreaking reality that few of us will ever observe. It may not change every mind about whether these young offenders' sentences are appropriate but it will almost certainly open eyes to how society's outcasts are redeemable simply as human beings. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Waiting for Teddy Williams

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ISBN: 9780618619030
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Published: Mariner Books - August 2nd, 2005

If you love baseball, Vermont, and a ripping good story, this book has your name on it. The Red Sox Nation meets the Northeast Kingdom in this winning novel about a boy with skills and a dream. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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