Thursday, January 09, 2014

Short Takes

The Washington Post Book World calls Glenn T. Eskew's JOHNNY MERCER a "smart and meticulously researched biography."

In its thorough review of JOHNNY MERCER, the Wall Street Journal pays particular attention to Mercer's musical accomplishments while highlighting Mercer's upbringing and relationships:
Mr. Eskew doesn't dwell on Mercer's personal life, but he gets it right when he observes discreetly that "the years of emotional abuse left the Mercers devoted to each other and to alcohol in a co-dependency neither could shake." Although JOHNNY MERCER: SOUTHERN SONGWRITER FOR THE WORLD is ponderous at times, it does justice to the giant accomplishments of the "pixie from Dixie."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution compiles a list of "some suggested favorites for the next six months" and includes Kate Sweeney's forthcoming AMERICAN AFTERLIFE. AMERICAN AFTERLIFE is "a funny, edifying American road trip that bears witness to our most revealing and eccentric funerary customs."

Naming Kate Sweeney as one of the "20 People to Watch in 2014," Creative Loafing praises Sweeney's "enthusiasm" and calls AMERICAN AFTERLIFE "an entertaining read."

Martin Rubin reviews THE MILITARY AND THE MONARCHY for the Washington Times. THE MILITARY AND THE MONARCHY is published by the University Press of North Georgia and distributed by UGA Press.
When the royal baby, Prince George of Cambridge, was baptized on Oct. 23 in the Chapel Royal of St. James' Palace in the heart of London, few thought back to the baptism of another Prince George of Cambridge, his first cousin seven times removed, nearly two centuries ago. Yet as this new book by West Point history professor Kevin W. Farrell makes clear, that far-off figure was not only a fascinating character, but also played an important role as commander in chief of the British army for nearly 40 years, from 1856 to 1895.
Author of the forthcoming BREAKING GROUND: MY LIFE IN MEDICINE, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, will be speaking at an event honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. He will address Tuskegee University at 11 a.m. CST in the University Chapel for the institution’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance. Former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sullivan is also the founding dean and former president of The School of Medicine at Morehouse College in Atlanta.