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Flannery O'Connor, A Life

University of Tennessee Press, 2002

By Jean W. Cash; ISBN 1-57233-192-5

English professor Jean Cash, who has taught the works of Southern writer Flannery O'Connor for 25 years, has written the first full-length biography of the National Book Award winner best known for her powerful short stories of often grotesque characters. Flannery O'Connor, A Life chronicles the life of the woman who wrote 32 short stories, two novels and numerous literary reviews during a lifetime that spanned only 39 years from 1925 to 1964, when she died from complications from lupus. Cash conducted interviews with classmates and teachers from O'Connor's days at Peabody High School and Georgia State College for Women. 'The interviews that I did with people that she knew are a strong point of the biography,' says Cash. '... O'Connor had an absolute ear for the way Southern people talk.'

 

Living in the Appalachian Forest: True Tales of Sustainable Forestry

Stackpole Books, 2002

By Chris Bolgiano; ISBN: 0811728455

JMU special collections librarian Chris Bolgiano's third book is a thought-provoking look at how man and nature coexist within the Appalachian Forest, the world's most diverse temperate woodlands. Eighty percent of the forest is privately owned by the ancestors of homesteaders, outsiders who've bought large and small tracts, absentee landlords and landowners, private groups and institutions, and giant corporations. Living in the Appalachian Forest details ways that forest lands can be put in trust and protected against abuses and describes the concept of sustainable logging, which leaves the best trees in place to reproduce. Bolgiano's interviews with a diverse group of landowners and her own experiences as a landowner illustrate the private forest's past, present and future and individuals whose livelihoods revolve around the forest. Bolgiano owns 112 acres of Appalachian woodlands near Fulks Run, Va., and is author of The Appalachian Forest and Mountain Lion.

 

A Passion for Freedom

Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2002

Edited by Mary Louise Loe; ISBN: 0-7872-9634-1

A Passion for Freedom: Personal Stories on Human Rights, edited by history professor Louise Loe, features personal stories, memories and affirmations by human rights leaders such as Mohandas Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Viktor Frankl, Andrei Sakharov, Violeta Morales and several Afghani women.