- Title: Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations
- Author: RoyHoffman
- ISBN: 9780817317393
- Page: 400
- Format: Hardcover
Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4Alabama Afternoons is a collection of portraits of many remarkable Alabamians, famous and obscure, profiled by award winning journalist and novelist Roy Hoffman Written as Sunday feature stories for the Mobile Press Register with additional pieces from the New York Times, Preservation, and Garden Gun, these profiles prNormal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4Alabama Afternoons is a collection of portraits of many remarkable Alabamians, famous and obscure, profiled by award winning journalist and novelist Roy Hoffman Written as Sunday feature stories for the Mobile Press Register with additional pieces from the New York Times, Preservation, and Garden Gun, these profiles preserve the individual stories and the individual voices within the stories that help to define one of the most distinctive states in the union Hoffman recounts his personal visits with writer Mary Ward Brown in her library in Hamburg, with photographer William Christenberry in a field in Newbern, and with storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham and folk artist Charlie Tin Man Lucas at their neighboring houses in Selma Also highlighted are the lives of numerous alumni of The University of Alabama among them Mel Allen, the Voice of the Yankees from 1939 to 1964 Forrest Gump author Winston Groom and Vivian Malone and James Hood, the two students who entered the schoolhouse door in 1963 Hoffman profiles distinguished Auburn University alumni as well, including Eugene Sledge, renowned World War II veteran and memoirist, and Neil Davis, the outspoken, nationally visible editor of the Lee County Bulletin Hoffman also profiles major and minor players in the civil rights movement, from Johnnie Carr, raised in segregated Montgomery and later president of the Montgomery Improvement Association and George Wallace Jr son of the four time governor to Teresa Burroughs, a Greensboro beautician trampled in the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge and Diane McWhorter, whose award winning book explores the trouble filled Birmingham civil rights experience Juxtaposed with these are accounts of lesser known individuals, such as Sarah Hamm, who attempts to preserve the fading Jewish culture in Eufaula Edward Carl, who was butler and chauffeur to Bellingrath Gardens founder Walter Bellingrath in Theodore and cousins William Bolton and Herbert Henson, caretakers of the coon dog cemetery in Russellville Hoffman s compilation of life stories creates an engaging and compelling look into what it means to be from, and shaped by, Alabama Alabama Afternoons, he writes in the introduction, is a small part of the even bigger question of what it means to be an American Read an article about domestic lives by Roy Hoffman in the New York Times here nytimes 2010 11 25 gar
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A collection of previously published essays about famous and not-so-famous Alabamians. Characters range from the the caretakers of the Coon Dog Cemetery to a Pulitzer Prize winning author. As an Alabama native, I'm grateful to this book for introducing me to several natives of the state that I must confess I had never heard of before. I didn't really come away from this book with a better understanding of what it means to be from Alabama, but rather gained an appreciation of the diversity of the [...]
Writers often struggle with where to begin a piece. In Alabama Afternoons, Hoffman provides a good example by simply starting with what’s most important. He hooks the reader with a tidbit of human interest, provides the answers to who, what, where, when, and why, and then purposefully follows the path he’s laid for himself in the opening paragraph.
Alabama Afternoons is a collection of interviews about people and places around Alabama. Hoffman interviewed interesting Alabamians from many walks of life. Among his interviewees are artists, authors, politicians and Coon Dog cemetery founders. Alabama Afternoons gives the reader a glimpse of life in the state.
Anyone who would like to learn more about the many good things that Alabama has to offer and the some of its great sons and daughters would enjoy this read. Great press for a state that has had its fair share of negative publicity over time.
Excellent and fascinating; who knew Alabama had so many authors and artist and influential people. If more people knew the contents of the book, maybe Alabama wouldn't be considered so redneck and backwards.
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