I read this at the same time that I was reading the 3rd of the LBJ biographies. They were excellent companion reads. Most everything covered in this sI read this at the same time that I was reading the 3rd of the LBJ biographies. They were excellent companion reads. Most everything covered in this story of the reopening of the 16th Street bombing case were things I knew. I had heard most of the facts about the evidence and trial by way of Elizabeth Cobb/Petric Smith (who was the mother of a friend of ours and had his book "Long Time Coming" published by another friend's publishing company) and from the newspaper coverage (back when we actually had a daily newspaper). This was from the point of view of the police officer and the FBI agent in charge of gathering the evidence for the Prosecutor to use while trying to (at long last) convict Thomas Blanton and Frank Cherry. T.K. Thorne came to talk to our book group and shared her story of how she came to write the book. Glad she was able to put this information together and have it published....more
Perfectly beautiful. How in the world can these stories of despair be so perfectly beautiful? But they are. The forgotten people living on the forgottPerfectly beautiful. How in the world can these stories of despair be so perfectly beautiful? But they are. The forgotten people living on the forgotten roads dissecting the gated communities slowly sprawling over this luscious, jagged land have beautiful stories: true and hard, to tell. Your eyes will be swimmy and fogged by the fumes of meth. Can't wait to hear Ron Rash this Saturday at Southern Voices. ...more
This is not for the faint at heart. But if you want a real hard steady glimpse into the hearts of the good and the bad and the in-Took my breath away.
This is not for the faint at heart. But if you want a real hard steady glimpse into the hearts of the good and the bad and the in-between then walk here with the widow and her children and Sheriff Billy Waite among the scrappy worm-ridden cotton fields of West Alabama with only the burn of stolen corn likker sloshing in your stomach tricking your hunger. Sue Alma might be waiting with coffee when you get through. And again, she might not be.
That's the kind of stuff that restores me and makes up for all the mediocre reads I sometimes waste my time with....more
Craig and I listened to this audio book on our trip to North Georgia for my birthday. Every time we had to make the trek from the cabin into town we’dCraig and I listened to this audio book on our trip to North Georgia for my birthday. Every time we had to make the trek from the cabin into town we’d pop in a disc. The story was mesmerizing and the readers did an excellent job with their characters. Craig grew up in Jackson during the 60s and enjoyed all the personal references to people and places that he remembered. He found a couple of errors in her reporting (she mentioned an elementary school where Minny’s son attended – it was the elementary Craig attended and was all white in the 60s; she mentioned someone humming “Love Me Do” a Beatles’ song that was not released in America until 1964 – and the year in the book was 1962 – which was the year the song came out – but only the savviest Americans would have heard about it since it was only available in the UK; she mentioned the “Jewish Country Club” which in fact was not the Jackson Jewish country club – because it was the one his parents belonged to). However, despite the factual scrutiny that Craig gave the story (and there were many tiny, Jackson in the 60s details that she DID get right) we both enjoyed this novel which was a coming of age story of a white, young, aspiring writer and a black, middle-aged maid who was never given the possibility of perusing her dreams. Highly recommend it....more