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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks

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    Children and Other Wild Animals

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Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
Creole Belle

Debbie Frizzell, August 3, 2012

The latest in the 'Dave Robicheaux' series could very well be Burke's best (but then again, how can we compare Creole Belle to Glass Rainbow to Tin Roof Blowdown and actually say that one is better than another?!?). The characters, the use of language, and the depictions of a Louisiana becoming further estranged from the memories of Robicheaux's childhood are all classic Burke, as are the truly frightening (but believable and three-dimensional) characters that populate Robicheaux's world.

Another victory for James Lee Burke - may he write forever!
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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

Debbie Frizzell, October 10, 2009

I was a bit disappointed. After reading 'Into Thin Air', 'Into the Wild', and 'Under the Banner of Heaven', I felt that I knew and understood the people about whom Krakauer had written. Not so with this book ... although it must have been very difficult to write about Tillman, such an iconic figure so soon after his death.

But it's still a good book. Krakauer provides a clear and understandable context of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and provides a good description of Tillman's football career. What's missing for me, still, is why did Tillman walk away from his career and loving family to sign up for a 3-year commitment as a soldier?
In spite of Krakauer's descriptions of Tillman's patriotism and morality, I still finished the book feeling that there was something missing.

The story is a tragedy, doubly so because of the way the military (and administration) tried to use Tillman's death to bolster their presence and actions. Every reader should feel both sadness and anger as a result of this book.
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Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
Rain Gods

Debbie Frizzell, July 26, 2009

At some point, Burke's haunted lawmen - Dave Robicheaux, Billy Bob Holland and now small-town Texan Hackberry Holland - might wear thin. But not yet. Sheriff Hack Holland is cursed by his memories of the Korean War, and his experience as a prisoner of war. With echoes of Cormac McCarthy's 'No Country for Old Men', Holland is exposed to evil in the form of hitman Preacher Collins, and the trail of bodies left in his wake. Young Pete Flores reappears from the Billy Bob Holland series, this time as an Iraqi war veteran. There are redeeming and complex characters, and brilliant descriptions of the country along the Rio Grande. Burke has scored again, and I hope he has many more books in him.
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If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska by Heather Lende
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska

Debbie Frizzell, November 24, 2007

Ever been to Haines, Alaska? If not, you'll want to book the first plane/ferry available to visit the place that Heather Lende writes about: the wilderness, her family, and the wonderful cast of people that make up the small village. The book is about more than Haines, Alaska, however. It's about family and friendships, quirky people, the love of a good dog, and how life in a small remote town can be both a challenge and an absolute pleasure.
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Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West

Debbie Frizzell, November 15, 2007

A remarkable book for anyone interested in the story of the larger-than-life characters involved in the drama and tragedy that was the settling of the American southwest. The author skilfully - and objectively - looks at the Spanish settlement, the Mexican-American War, the Navajo, Kit Carson, and even the Mormons, and of the events and people involved in the 'Long Walk' of the Navajo. Sides' style is very readable, and his sources impeccable.
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