Heart and Logic in ‘Soul Full of Coal Dust’

‘Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia’ by Chris Hamby is a beautifully crafted deep dive into the horrific realities of black lung disease.

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‘Cuyahoga’ Adds to the Elite Company of American Tall Tale Heroes

Pete Beatty’s exhilarating, laugh-out-loud debut novel, Cuyahoga, gives birth to literature’s next great tall-tale hero, Big Son.

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A Community Defined by Fear and Suspicion in ‘How Fire Runs’

Set in Trump-era Tennessee, Charles Dodd White’s ‘How Fire Runs’ follows a small town’s struggle against white supremacy.

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Charles U. Daly on Collaboration, Coming Home from War, and ‘Make Peace or Die’

An interview with Charles U. Daly and his son and co-author, Charlie, on his new book ‘Make Peace or Die.’

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Call and Response in ‘How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America’

Kiese Laymon’s ‘How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America’ is a conversation that takes place on and off the page.

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John Lane on Invoking the Woods as a Character in ‘Whose Woods These Are’

An interview with John Lane on his latest novel ‘Whose Woods These Are.’

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The Rise and Fall of a Southern Hotbed of Vice

In ‘The Vapors,’ David Hill tells the all-but-forgotten story of the Arkansas town that punched far above its weight as one of America’s early playgrounds for the rich and famous – and for millions of others who wanted to hobnob with the one percent.

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