Go Set A Watchman

Like a couple of million other people who have pre-ordered the “new” Harper Lee novel Go Set A Watchman, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the book’s publication date next week. A couple million is no exaggeration, by the way. It is the biggest pre-order ever for HarperCollins. It’s being hyped as the biggest publishing event in…
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Meat And Read

Not only is Nick Offerman one of my favorite actors and television talk show guests. Now it turns out he has become one of my favorite humorists. Some people are just good at everything. (Oh, how I hate people who are good at everything.) His latest book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s…
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Summer Reading

My buddy Rose Brunsvold and I once agreed that for us going to prison wouldn’t be the worst thing.  At least we’d be able to catch up on our reading. In that regard, it seems to me that summer is the next best thing to prison, a good time to read. With the unofficial, official…
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To Re-read Or Not To Re-read

It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m re-reading a novel I read years ago.  It’s not just any novel.  It’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s not for nothing that Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for it. Like much of the reading public, I’m looking forward to the publication of Lee’s Go Set a Watchman…
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A Southern Life

Hundreds of books have been written about Elvis Presley.  Yes, hundreds.  I’ve read quite a few, including what many consider to be the definite Elvis biography, Peter Guralnick’s two-volume Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. But here are some things I never knew (or had forgotten) about the King of Rock ‘n Roll, I…
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