[Mississippi History Newsletter Online.]

A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 44 No. 3  |  March 2002

New Books

Oh for Dixie! The Civil War Record and Diary of Capt. William V. Davis, edited by Joe and Lavon Ashley, tells the compelling story of Captain Davis and the 30th Mississippi Infantry, C.S.A., of Attala County and reveals the stark daily life of the Civil War soldier. From Standing Pine Press, $19.95.

Conversations with Ellen Douglas, edited by Panthea Reid, is a collection of interviews over three decades with one of the Southís most prominent writers. These conversations reveal Douglasís earthy frankness and her disdain for ďportentous declaration,Ē and her remarks exhibit her consistent concern with technique and craftsmanship. Arranged chronologically, the interviews testify to the growth of Douglasís remarkable narrative sensibility. From University Press of Mississippi, cloth $45, paper $18.

Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events that Shaped the Modern South, by Curtis Wilkie, is the story of this pre-eminent reporterís evolution from his Pike County youth through graduation from Ole Miss, 6 years with the Clarksdale Press Register, and almost 30 years with the Boston Globe. A staunch liberal in a conservative state, Wilkie explains why he had to come back to the South to live. From Scribner, $26.

Edward Cohenís memoir, The Peddlerís Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi, is out in paper. Recommended in Booksense by independent booksellers, The Peddlerís Grandson won the Authorís Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters and the Nonfiction Award from the Mississippi Library Association. During the week of March 25, Cohen will visit Mississippi bookstores to sign copies of his book. From Bantam Dell, $12.95.
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