Mississippi Books and Writers

January 1997

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Open Field, Understory

Poems by James Seay

Louisiana State University Press (Hardcover: $22.95, ISBN: 0807121290; Paperback: $15.95, ISBN: 0807121304)

Publication date: January 1997


This superb collection of new and older work shows James Seay’s sure progress from the reflection of first influences to the strongly individual voice of his later pieces. As always, Seay evokes a profound sense of history and place — the landscape, colors, scents, and musical vocal cadences of his native South and the world at large.

The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: A Portrait in Her Own Words The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: A Portrait in Her Own Words

By Oprah Winfrey, Edited by Bill Adler

Birch Lane Press (Hardcover, $14.95, ISBN: 1559724196)

Publication date: January 1997


In an intriguing biography, Oprah talks about losing weight, her experimentation with drugs, her childhood, her illegitimate child, her relationship to her family, and her uneasiness with the public’s continued fascination with her.

A Goyen Companion: Appreciations of a Writer's Writer A Goyen Companion: Appreciations of a Writer’s Writer

By William Goyen; Edited by Brooke Horvath, Irving Malin, and Paul Ruffin

University of Texas Press (Hardcover, $37.50, ISBN: 0292731167)

Publication date: January 1997


William Goyen was known as a “writer’s writer,” one of those whose skill endeared him to a small but appreciative audience. He was a Texan who wrote short stories and novels, perhaps most notably The House of Breath. In this collection of more than 20 essays, such fans as Madison Smartt Bell, James Merrill, Ned Rorem, and Joyce Carol Oates offer critical essays about Goyen’s work and personal tributes to him as a man. The testimonials are often moving, and do much to encourage serious readers to investigate Goyen’s body of work.

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