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Biography/Memoir Reviews  
Jesus Sound Explosion, Mark Curtis Anderson, 2003
A Buzzard is My Best Friend, Margaret Anne Barnes, 2000
Southern Winds,  W. Everett Beal, 2000
Robert E. Lee, By Roy Blount, Jr., 2003
Shapers of Southern History: Autobiographical Reflections, Edited by John B. Boles, 2004

Ava's Man, Rick Bragg, 2001

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda, edited by Jackson R. Bryer & Cathy W. Barks, 2002

The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers. Virginia Spencer Carr, 2003
home is always the place you just left: a memoir of restless longing and persistent grace. Betty Smartt Carter, 2003

Christmas in Plains, Jimmy Carter, 2001

Flannery O'Connor: A Life, Jean W. Cash, 2002

Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, Marshall Chapman, 2003
My Life, Bill Clinton, 2004
My Losing Season, Pat Conroy, 2002
Maria's Journal, MacKenzie Cross, 2003

Oh, What a Loansome Time I Had, edited by Thomas W. Cutrer, 2002

Songs of Life and Grace, Linda Scott DeRosier, 2003
Creeker, Linda Scott DeRosier, 2000
Witnessing, Ellen Douglas, 2004
The Ghost of Scootertrash Past: Memories and Rants of a Longrider, Mark Tiger Edmonds, 2003

The Knife Thrower's Assistant, Ronnie Claire Edwards, 2000

Just Beneath My Skin: Autobiography and Self-Discovery, Patricia Foster, 2004
All the Lost Girls: Confessions of a Southern Daughter, Patricia Foster, 2000

When Katie Wakes, Connie May Fowler, 2002

Skylark: The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer, Philip Furia, 2003
Remembering Charles Kuralt, Ralph Grizzle, 2001
Beyond the Night: A Remembrance, Wayne Greenhaw, 1999

My Heart is in the Earth: True Stories of Alabama and Mexico, Wayne Greenhaw, 2001

Wishing for Snow: A Memoir, Minrose Gwin, 2004

The Journey, Cathy Gwynn, 2002

My Mother's Witness: The Peggy Morgan Story, Carolyn Haines, 2003
Displaced Person: A Girl's Life in Russia, Germany, and America, Ella E. Schneider Hilton, 2003

Back Home, Roy Hoffman, 2001

Spirits in the Field, Bruce Hopkins, 2003
Thirty Years A Slave: From Bondage to Freedom, Louis Hughes, 2003
Tennessee Williams and the South, Kenneth Holditch and Richard Freeman Leavitt, 2002

Coming Home: Life, Love, and All Things Southern, Robert Inman, 2000

Growing Up: Tales about Life on the Lake, Bailey Jones, 2002
The Pussycat of Prizefighting: Tiger Flowers and the Politics of Black Celebrity, Andrew M. Kaye, 2004

The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers, edited by Jay Lamar & Jeanie Thompson, 2002

Little Miss Dynamite: The Life and Times of Brenda Lee, Brenda Lee with Robert K. Oermann and Julie Clay, 2002

Grass Widow: Making My Way in Depression Alabama, Viola Goode Liddell, 2004

The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South, Charles Marsh, 2002

Elvis Presley, Bobbie Ann Mason, 2003

The Constant Circle: H.L. Mencken and His Friends, Sara Mayfield, 2003

Distant Son: An Alabama Boyhood, Norman McMillan, 2002

Peter Taylor: A Writer's Life, Hubert H. McAlexander, 2001

Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey, Karen Salyer McElmurray, 2004
The River Less Run, Tim McLaurin, 2000
Cash: An American Man, Bill Miller, 2004
Fierce: A Memoir, Barbara Robinette Moss, 2004
Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter, Barbara Robinette Moss, 2001

Boy with Loaded Gun: A Memoir, Lewis Nordon, 2000

Multicolored Memories of a Black Southern Girl, Kitty Oliver, 2001

Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life, Elaine Neil Orr, 2003
One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner, Jay Parini, 2004
From Southern Wrongs to Civil Rights: The Memoir of a Civil Rights Activist, Sara Mitchell Parsons, 2000
Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, By Janisse Ray, 2003
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Janisse Ray, 2000
Magnolia: A Wilting Flower, Barbara J. Robinson, 2002
White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation, Clara Silverstein, 2004
CASH, the Editors of ROLLING STONE, 2004
My Father's People: A Family of Southern Jews, Louis D. Rubin, Jr., 2002
An Honorable Estate: My Time in the Working Press, Louis D. Rubin,Jr.,2001
Surviving Suicide: My Journey to the Light Within, Mary A. Scovel, 2003

Climbing Jacob's Ladder: A Trial Lawyer's Journey on Behalf of "the Least of These", Jock M. Smith with Paul Hemphill, 2002

Landscapes of the Heart: A Memoir, Elizabeth Spencer, 2003

My Grandfather's Finger, Edward Swift, 1999

Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald: A Marriage, Kendall Taylor, 2001

Milking the Moon, Eugene Walter, 2001 (additional review)

Homesick: A Memoir, Sela Ward, 2002

Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy, David E. Weaver, 2004
How to Build a Tin Canoe: Confessions of an Old Salt, Robb White, 2003
Family Vacations & Other Hazards of Growing Up. Steve White, 2001
Rough as a Cob: More from the Juliette Journals, Ed Williams, 2003

Dreaming Me, Jan Willis, 2002