The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir

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NewSouth Books, Aug 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography
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Frye Gaillard's first encounters with books were disappointing. As a child he never cared much for fairy tales - "stories of cannibalism and mayhem in which giants and witches; tigers and wolves did their best to eat small children." But at the age of nine; he discovered Johnny Tremain; a children's novel of the Revolutionary War; which began a lifetime love affair with books; recounted here as a reader's tribute to the writings that enriched and altered his life. In a series of carefully crafted; often deeply personal essays; Gaillard blends memoir; history and critical analysis to explore the works of Harper Lee; Anne Frank; James Baldwin; Robert Penn Warren; John Steinbeck; and many others. As this heartfelt reminiscence makes clear; the books that chose Frye Gaillard shaped him like an extended family. Reading The Books that Mattered: A Reader's Memoir will make you study your own shelves to find clues into your own literary heart.
 

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The Books that Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir

User Review  - Sue White - Book Verdict

Widely respected academic and award-winning Alabama author Gaillard (writer in residence, Univ. of South Alabama; Cradle of Freedom and Watermelon Wine) combines his interests in reading, writing ... Read full review

THE BOOKS THAT MATTERED: A Reader's Memoir

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A Southern writer reflects on the lessons learned from a lifetime dedicated to literature.In his latest work, Gaillard (English/Univ. of South Alabama; With Music and Justice for All: Some Southerners ... Read full review

Contents

Once Upon a Time
3
Southern Voices
21
Across the Divide
40
The Power of the Truth
58
Darkness
76
Just Telling a Story
94
Poetry Prose and a Sense of Place
111
Forgotten Histories
129
The Classics and the Glory of the Stars
165
EpilogueThe Beat Goes
184
Notes and Acknowledgments Literary Index xi
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Copyright

Family Values
147

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About the author (2012)

Frye Gaillard is an award-winning journalist and author of more than a dozen books on Southern culture and history, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed Americas; Race, Rock, and Religion: Profiles from a Southern Journalist; The Quest for Desegregation; The Dream Long Deferred: A Community's Quest for Desegregation; Kyle at 200 MPH: Sizzling Season in the Petty/NASCAR Dynasty; If I were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for Humanity. A native of Mobile, Alabama, he lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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