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Forgotten Tales of Alabama Paperback – September 29, 2010
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Kelly Kazek is managing editor of the News Courier in Athens, Alabama. In her more than two decades as a journalist, she has won more than 120 national and state press awards. She is the author of two other books, Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom, a collection of her syndicated humor columns, and Images of America: Athens and Limestone County. She lives in Madison, Alabama, with her daughter Shannon, their beagle Lucy and cats Mad Max and Luvey.
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Alabama, and its rich history of folklore and tales,deserves better..much better.
The author's stated aim is to "include those (tales) you might not have heard..." The problem is she included some tales not worth hearing (much less remembering)and left out tales rich in fact, history, legend and amusement.
Case in point, there is no mention of Noble Leslie DeVotie, first casualty of the Civil War and founder of SAE frathernity(no,I am not an SAE!), no mention of the Ghost in the Garrett (Face in the Window) at Carrollton, and no mention of the ghosts of Union Soldiers which are said to occupy the Auburn University Chapel and sorority houses that once stood where the east side upper deck of Bryant-Denny Stadium now stands.
The book also has editing problems. In one chapter John Wilkes Booth is referred to as a "movie actor" Did they have movies in 1865? I think not...
The author, no doubt, had the best intentions, but the work is shallow. Alabama deserves better.
Will make a great stocking stuffer or wee gift this Christmas.