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A hometown connoisseur

When I tell people that I’m from Jasper, Alabama, I tend to get looks of surprise. I don’t have an accent, I don’t know anything about college football, and I don’t even like sweet tea. More than once, when I’ve shortened my answer to just “Jasper,” I’ve gotten a quizzical look. “Jasper, Wyoming, you mean?” […]

A look at women writers

I suppose that it doesn’t seem like summer reading, but Elaine Showalter’s A Jury of Her Peers had me flipping pages as fast as any murder mystery could. Showalter tracks the history of women writers in America from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx, weaving together their personal stories with their artistic achievements to create compelling […]