This winter brings Robert Penn Warren and a love of poetry, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, Alan Shapiro’s Black Maid and Between Assassinations, Eugene E. Genovese on the Confederacy’s quandary, and a Cajun traiteur’s healing magic.
"Who could miss the blood-pounding rush of events that awful spring, with the bands playing, the girls cheering, elders looking proud and tearful, as scowls of disapproval already darkened against 'tories' and shirkers?"
"I said, 'Couldn't we go a little slower?' And he said, 'With a white man sitting in this front seat with me? You won't catch me going less than ninety miles an hour. Mister, you'll just have to take it. I'm saving your life.'"
"It has been more than seven years since the publication of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, and it has become nothing short of a phenomenon."
"If southerners did not live up to Christian standards in their daily lives and, in particular, bring slavery up to Abramic standards, they warned, a wrathful God would use the heathen Yankees, as He had used heathens of yore, to smite his Chosen People."
"In southwestern Louisiana, where the slow running, gumbo-colored bayous and the incredibly wide-spreading mythical oaks mingle with the soft, sultry air to protect and comfort the spirit, it's easy to believe in faith healing."
Crown Publishing Group, 2004
Simon and Schuster, 2003
University Press of America, 2003
Harvest Books, 2004