Some Luck

by Jane Smiley Alfred Knopf, Publisher, 395 pages:$2799 January is a good month to read Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  It’s a long book,…


The Way I’m Livin’

It’s been seven long years since Lee Ann Womack released an album. In a recent article, the reporter said it felt as if Womack…

Out Among the Stars

On February 26, 1932, Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas. As time went by he worked in the cotton fields, he listened as…


Christmas Books for Under the Tree

I’m looking forward to Christmas more than I have in a long time. There is a little girl named Violet in my family, and…


Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

In Arkansas, we have a special love for singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams. She’s the daughter of poet and professor Miller Williams, who helped found the…


Natchez Burning

By Greg Iles William Morrow, 800 pages: $27.99 In Natchez Burning, author Greg Iles takes us to the worst time in his home state of…


The Highway

Holly Williams Hank Williams’ granddaughter, Holly Williams, only knows the country legend from the books and movies that tell about his life, the family…


The Last Kind Words Saloon

By Larry McMurtry W. W. Norton, 195 pages: $24.95 A fellow booklover gave me this to read when I was under the weather recently….



Jason Mraz: $12 Every year, just as the fall leaves become too majestic to ignore, I take a road trip. Just me. Just my…