Mississippi Books and Writers

November 1997

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The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness

Fiction by Rick Bass

Houghton Mifflin (Hardcover, $23.00, ISBN: 0395717582 )

Publication date: November 1997


Magical, passionate, lyrical, and gritty, the three short novels in this collection are perhaps the finest yet by the acclaimed author of Winter, The Lost Grizzlies, In the Loyal Mountains, and The Book of Yaak. Sharing the central theme of land, these deeply original stories will amaze and delight readers.

Ten Point: Deer Camp in the Mississippi Delta

By Alan Huffman

University Press of Mississippi (Hardcover; $35.00; ISBN: 1578060001)

Publication date: November 1997

The author writes:

Ten Point is basically an illustrated history of a group of people who found themselves at a crossroads—where the frontier of the old South and 20th century progress temporarily coexisted, and then collapsed upon one another in the Mississippi Delta. The story of Ten Point Deer Club illustrates one aspect of southern culture that has been very little documented—the relationships between people and the woods and with others of like minds. Most books on southern culture focus on the Civil War or civil rights, yet hunting and fishing are probably of greater interest to a larger number of southerners, and unfortunately, few have traditionally photographed those past-times or written about them. Ten Point and the big woods in which it nestled—where Teddy Roosevelt once hunted bear, and which Faulkner described as the last holdout of the Delta wilderness—are now sadly gone. But in these photographs, a way of life there and elsewhere in the South endures. My job was simply to tell the story, to fill in the blanks between the captions of my grandmother’s photographs, which were taken during the final years of the Delta’s big woods between the 1920s and the 1960s.”

And All These Roads Be Luminous: Selected Poems 1969-1993

By Angela Jackson

Triquarterly Books (Hardcover, $39.95, ISBN: 081015076X; Paperback, $14.95, ISBN: 0810150778)

Publication date: November 1997


As Angela Jackson has developed as a poet, her poetry has engaged various artistic perspectives, yet always maintains a characteristic combination of compassion, grace, and daring. Jackson moves with ease from the personal to the historical—filled alternately with wonder, righteous anger, tenderness, and a tangible intensity. Her verse is rich and passionate and brimming with poetic surprises.

The Notebook of Trigorin: A Free Adaptation of Anton Chekhov's the Sea Gull The Notebook of Trigorin: A Free Adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s the Sea Gull

Adaptation by Tennessee Williams based on the play by Anton Chekhov; edited by Allean Hale

New Directions (Hardcover, $19.95, ISBN: 0811213714; Paperback, $9.95, ISBN: 0811213625)

Publication date: November 1997


Near the end of his life, Tennessee Williams’ chance to interpret The Sea Gull was realized at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where a production which brought Chekhov’s buried conflicts to the surface was produced in 1980. Williams’ genius, combined with the powerful Russian classic by Anton Chekhov, creates a daring new concept for today's American theatre.

Jack's Skillet: Plain Talk and Some Recipes from a Guy in the Kitchen Jack’s Skillet: Plain Talk and Some Recipes from a Guy in the Kitchen

By Jack Butler

Algonquin (Hardcover, $19.95, ISBN: 156512149X )

Publication date: November 1997


“I’m the original improvisational cook,” writes Jack Butler in the introduction to Jack’s Skillet. And his book proves him right. Butler’s food writing is flavored delightfully by his down-home good-ol’-boy Arkansas/Mississippi roots and spiced up by his humorous observations. Luckily for hungry readers, the book also includes 60 recipes for all the essential dishes in Butler’s pantry, including Apple Bread Pudding, Fajitas, Strawberry Shortcake, and Chicken Pot Pie.

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