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A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

by Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Historian Julie Williams grew up hearing her great-uncle Albert Caldwell tell his harrowing story of surviving the Titanic disaster. Albert, his wife Sylvia, and their ten-month-old son Alden, are among the...


Women of the Titanic Disaster

by Sylvia Caldwell & Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Sylvia Caldwell was onboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912. As one of the disaster's survivors, she took it upon herself to write an account of what happened in the event's aftermath. Women of the Titanic...


Thirty Years a Slave: From Bondage to Freedom

by Louis Hughes

Louis Hughes was born a slave in Virginia and at age 12 was sold away from his mother, whom he never saw again. After a few interim owners, he was sold to a wealthy slaveowner who had a home near Memphis and...


No Hill Too High for a Stepper: Memories of Montevallo, Alabama

by Mike Mahan & Norman McMillan

Born during the Great Depression, Mike Mahan was in many ways a very lucky boy. His parents, a barber and a beautician, owned their own shop and home, always providing ample food, clothing, and warmth. No Hill...


Forever Blue: The Memoirs of a Lanier High School and University of Kentucky Football Coach

by Willie G. Moseley, Bill Moseley & Bart Starr

They still call him "Coach." Bill Moseley closed out his career as a football player and coach almost 60 years ago, but his former players still call him "Coach," because his mentorship has meant that much to...


The Path Was Steep: A Memoir of Appalachian Coal Camps During the Great Depression

by Suzanne Pickett & Norman McMillan

Sue Pickett was a coal miner's daughter who became a coal miner's wife and witnessed and lived through the turbulent years of the Great Depression and the sometimes violent struggles between labor unions and...


Mattie C.'s Boy: The Shelley Stewart Story

by Don Keith

Shelley Stewart was five years old when he and his brothers watched in horror as their father murdered their mother with an ax. Homeless at the age of six, Stewart found what shelter he could, suffering physical...


The Judge: The Life and Opinions of Alabama's Frank M. Johnson, Jr.

by Frank Sikora

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led the black drive for civil rights, but the changes he sought came largely in legal opinions issues by federal judges. Foremost of these was Frank Minis Johnson, Jr., of Montgomery,...


Coming of Age in Utopia: The Odyssey of an Idea

by Paul M. Gaston

In this exquisitely wrought memoir of a committed life, historian and civil rights activist Paul Gaston reveals his deep roots in the unique Alabama town founded in 1894 by his grandfather and later led by his...


An Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other Stories

by Wendy Reed

On a rainy Tuesday morning in 1996, Wendy Reed's car hydroplaned, crossed an interstate median, and crashed into an oncoming car, whose driver was killed. Though Reed and her son were unharmed and Reed initially...


Bus Ride to Justice (Revised Edition): Changing the System by the System, the Life and Works of Fred Gray

by Fred D. Gray

First published in 1995, Bus Ride to Justice, the best-selling autobiography by acclaimed civil rights attorney Fred D. Gray, appears now in a newly revised edition that updates Gray's remarkable career of "destroying...


Fugitive Days

by Gerald Duff

The 1920s literary magazine The Fugitive transformed Vanderbilt University into the home of New Criticism, spearheaded by a group of young poets. In Fugitive Days, author and professor Gerald Duff recalls meeting...


In Love with Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal

by H. Brandt Ayers

Journalist and publisher Brandt Ayers's journey takes him from the segregated Old South to covering the central scenes of the civil rights struggle, and finally to editorship of his family's hometown newspaper,...


An Interview with Abraham Lincoln, April 1, 1865

by Wade Hall

Author Wade Hall has taken Abraham Lincoln's actual words from speeches, articles, and letters and assembled them in the form of answers to questions posed in an imagined interview with a fictional young journalist...


They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat

by Lewis Grizzard

They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat, first published in 1982, has sold more than 100,000 copies. Without skipping a beat, one of America's favorite humorists, the late Lewis Grizzard, tells of...


Professor-Politician: The Biography of Alabama Congressman Glen Browder

by Geni Certain, Wayne Flynt & Glen Browder

Professor-Politician challenges common depictions of politics as a constant struggle of good-versus-evil and heroes-versus-villains, with "dirty politics" usually winning. The truth is that good government can...


The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir

by Frye Gaillard

Frye Gaillard's first encounters with books were disappointing. As a child he never cared much for fairy tales - "stories of cannibalism and mayhem in which giants and witches; tigers and wolves did their best...


Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming: A Memoir

by Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson, winner of the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest reporting, turns her sharp eye on herself in this frank, exhilarating, wise, poignant, and brave memoir....


Hank Hung the Moon: . . . and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts

by Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson's Hank Hung the Moon is more of a musical memoir than a biography: the author's evocative and personal stories of 1950s and '60s musical staples-elementary...


Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana

by Rheta Grimsley Johnson & Bailey White

For over a decade, syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson has been spending several months a year in Southwest Louisiana, deep in the heart of Cajun Country. Unlike many other writers who have parachuted...