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‘Down By The River’ a musical tour of Mac McAnally’s Southern roots

Mississippi native Mac McAnally is more comfortable behind the scenes rather than the bright spotlights. “Because of where I come from, I am so bashful,” McAnally told me during an interview in 2008. “In truth, I will not perform unless there's absolutely no one else on the stage. If there's a pet on stage, I will defer to that and become the side man.”

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The Siege: Finished product doesn't live up to billing

Before any author can find success, he must find his style.

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Lucky Girl: Adoptive daughter discovers Chinese roots

Although she was adopted from China as an infant, award-winning journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood had a typical American upbringing. Growin up, she thought her Chinese parents were were peasants who gave her up so she would have a chance at a good life.

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A Reliable Wife: Did the editor and I read the same story?

From Algonquin books: Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.”

 

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Guardian of Lies: Martini swings and misses

I’ve been a Steve Martini fan for a long time. His hero, attorney Paul Madriani, has been at the center of some of the best courtroom drama in recent fiction.

With “Guardian of Lies,” however, Martini attempts to turn Madriani into an action hero – with disastrous results.

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