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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463569688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463569686
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,530,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lake Charles native Norman German has published four novels, including the best-selling A Savage Wisdom, an imaginative reconstruction of the life of Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in Louisiana’s electric chair. German’s scholarly articles give new insight into the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Hemingway, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and other important American writers. His short fiction has been featured in leading literary and commercial venues, including Shenandoah, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Salt Water Sportsman, and Sport Fishing. His most recent work is an innovative vocabulary book, The Word on Words, which uses entertaining word histories to facilitate building a dynamic vocabulary. He is a professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University.

More About the Author

Dr. Norman German is an English professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he is the fiction editor of Louisiana Literature. His short stories about fishing, track and field, and baseball appear in literary and commercial magazines, including Shenandoah, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Sport Fishing, Gray's Sporting Journal, and Salt Water Sportsman, which also published his essay "Rehabilitating Hemingway."

Norman is married to artist Raejean Clark. They live on the Calcasieu River in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with their dog, The Pupster (see photos). In the first photo, Norman sits on a cypress stump that washed over their fence during the 7-foot storm surge of Hurricane Ike. Now, he no longer gets writer's block; he gets stumped!

Norman has three award-winning novels and is [no longer!] seeking a publisher for his baseball novel Switch-Pitchers, in which Hemingway smuggles twin Cuban pitchers to the United States for a shot at major-league fame. The novel's first chapter was published in Elysian Fields Quarterly as a short story titled "The Havana Home Run." BlueWater Press published the novel in February 2010; it has reached #26 in the Sports category on Amazon.com.

Norman's novel A Savage Wisdom, based on the life of the only woman executed in Louisiana's electric chair (for a 1940 Valentine's Day murder), has reached #5 in the competitive Amazon.com category "Murder & Mayhem."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iva Grimes on September 1, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
"No Other World" is a fascinating account of the life of a young woman, Coincoin, who started life as a slave in Louisiana. Coincoin had no power, no rights and yet she had the inner resources to become the owner of a succesful business. More importantly, she changed the future forever for her ten children and all of their children to follow.
This book gave me a look at a time-gone-by when the world was completely different than it is now. It is very clear that we all owe thanks to people like Coincoin for changing our society. Like her, we all must keep using our own inner strength and resources to create positive changes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phyliss Bounds on July 27, 2010
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In No Other World much of the page-turning action springs from the land itself: warring bees, a river that changes course, a tornado that strands chickens in odd places. And each natural disaster comes to represent the power struggles in the confusing racial mixture that was antebellum Louisiana.

And where would a great historical novel be without depicting the survival of love in the most adverse circumstances? I highly recommend this touching novel.

From Mandingo to Driving Miss Daisy, movies about the Black experience have taken us from African Roots to the Middle Passage to the plantation. The time is now ripe for a movie about a female ex-slave slaveholder. I hope some director has the courage to look this bizarre part of African American history right in the eye.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn Washington on January 10, 2013
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There were several times I thought the story would provide more depth. It was more a big short story than a novel. I also felt that it lost its "feel" in that I really didn't feel Coincoin anymore after her marriage. So instead of a story it began to feel like I was reading a history book.
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The book is very easy to read and full of imagery that will transport the reader to the place and the times. I have a personal investment in the story, as I am a sixth generation descendent of Dr. Joseph Conand (t) who was the surgeon at the Natchitoches fort. CoinCoin and her master, Metoyer, "placed" their daughter with Dr. Joseph (placage was the custom of the time) in order to ensure she had the best life she could. Her brothers beat him severely enough that he abandoned her and their child and moved to New Orleans, where he met and married my ancestor grandmother. So I felt as thought I was peeking into the life and customs of my ancestors via Mr. German's beautiful historical fiction.
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By panzi on March 31, 2013
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I'm not sure why No Other World is categorized as a novel...it is more like a short Historical Fiction...all he included in the book were interesting facts, but it seemed Mr. German 'rushed' through, just to finish writing the book...it was only 178 pages, but I would have liked it better if he had written a more detailed book...after Coincoin and Pierre separate, it seems everything flew by..I lost connection to all of the characters..
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