Book Review | Race Sounds

Race Sounds Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5 Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | University of Iowa Press This book is great for anyone interested in really drilling down into the African American experience as a story "listener" of the African American voice. Sounds abstract; give it a chance. By really analyzing classic African American literature, poetry and... Continue Reading →


Book Review | Country Dark

Country Dark Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5 Chris Offutt | Grove Press Country Dark, by Chris Offutt, contains a series of unfortunate incidents that revolve around one protagonist who lives in rural Kentucky. The book makes for a great grit lit novel that offers escape and hope, if you’re a loving badass. Why I was... Continue Reading →

Book Review | Three Ring Circus

Three Ring Circus Book Review | 📚📚📚 3/5 John Maggie | 120 Days @ Riverdale Avenue Books The circus is home primarily to family acts, drifters and an assortment of others searching for opportunity and a sense of place. John Maggie’s Three Ring Circus offers a 1970s snapshot of coming-of-age, self-discovery, and anything-goes sex; sprinkled... Continue Reading →

Book Review | The Overstory

The Overstory Book Review | 📚📚📚📚📚 5/5 Richard Powers | W.W. Norton & Company The Overstory is a must-read, dense and thrilling trove of storytelling that deeply roots the existence of trees into relationships between our own individual selves with our families – traditional and non-; communities; humanity; globalism; individuality; and life, death, and whatever... Continue Reading →

Book Review | Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5 Jesmyn Ward | Scribner Über-dysfunctional Southern family who don't take kindly to all of their immediate kin; because they are not always taken kindly to, by them. Grit Lit realism sprinkled with some supernatural allegories. Why I was interested in this book: I read Jesmyn Ward's book,... Continue Reading →

Book Review | Small Treasons

Small Treasons Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5 Mark Powell | Gallery Books Small Treasons,the latest novel by author Mark Powell, is a quick and intense read. Grit Lit at its finest. What if you lived in the South and knew someone involved with ISIS? What if you lived in the South and DIDN'T know that... Continue Reading →

Book Review | Hillbilly

Hillbilly Volumes 1 & 2 Book Review | 📚📚📚 1/2 3.5/5 Eric Powell (writer|artist) | Albatross Books A comic book series collected into two graphic novels about an outcast from the Appalachians who fights witches and helps his fellow man and woman. Why I was interested in this book: Living in Kentucky, I've grown accustomed... Continue Reading →

Concert Review | Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins Concert Review | 🎵🎵🎵1/2 3.5/5 Norton Center for the Arts | Danville, KY | 3-11-18 Country icon Trace Adkins takes a day off from touring with Blake Shelton and performs to about 1,000 people in Central Kentucky. Why I was interested in this concert: Truth be told, I invited Trace to come to... Continue Reading →

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