In a writing style reminiscent of Harper Lee’s lyrical prose, Casey Cep chronicles the trial of the man who murdered Reverend Willie Maxwell. Maxwell was accused of several murders in Alabama during the 1970’s, but is never convicted due to his very skilled lawyer. His killer is the relative of his last victim. This is the true story of a trial that drew the attention of Harper Lee with the intent of writing a book that never came to fruition. Cep had access to Lee’s previously unseen letters and research notes on the trial, which she uses to unfold the mesmerizing story of the trial and provide new biographical details of Lee’s life after To Kill a Mockingbird.
As you might expect, Ferguson's stories are candid and funny, but also heart warming and full of hope. In a series of vignettes covering his childhood in Scotland to the writing of this book, he recalls people and experiences that made him who his is today. He speaks openly about his addiction to alcohol and his recovery, his marriages, children and his career. While he is hesitant to give advice about how to live, he does have some suggestions for all of us. A great storyteller and writer, Ferguson has created a book that is humorous, honest, erudite, insightful, and gets to the heart of what it means to be human.
Varina, a young, brilliant woman during the civil war with few opportunities marries Jefferson Davis, a man twenty years her senior with political ambitions that land him the presidency of the confederate south. This is the story of intelligent and spirited woman trying to make her own mark but falls short of her own expectations. Told as a flashback when Varina is visited by a boy she adopted as the south was falling, the story is a detailed account of Varina's life and life in the south following the end of the civil war. A wonderful historical novel for civil war fans.
What would you do if you knew the day you would die? This is the spellbinding story of four siblings obessed by a prediction made by a gypsy when they were children. How their thoughts and actions are influenced by the prediction is mixed with the cultural history of our time. I could not put this book down.