A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility and Innocence Lost
Many ’60s histories are too recent for perspective or too romanticized for accuracy. Frye Gaillard’s A Hard Rain, though not without occasional bias, is sober, admirably balanced and meticulous. In 72 chapters, he takes the reader on a novel-like journey, year by year, chronicling and intertwining JFK, LBJ, King, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Gloria Steinem, and a host of supporting artists, activists and journalists, following them toward their respective destinies. Not all of the endings are happy. At one point I recalled Jim Morrison’s phrase, “No one here gets out alive.” This one is likely to become a definitive work.
– Bruce Collier
Elevation (Audiobook, Narrated by the Author)
With very few exceptions, my consumption of Mr. King’s novels for the past decade and a half has been audiobooks, thanks to superior production and a roster of exceptional narrators. There was a lot riding on the author’s return to the microphone, and he delivers the goods. It also helps that the story is a great one, about a Castle Rock resident’s unusual malady and his circle of friends—short on creepiness, but long on heart. Stick around for another treat—Mr. King reads his 2018 story “Laurie,” inspired by his dog Molly, a/k/a The Thing of Evil.
– Chris Manson
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Eat Up a Storm at Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill
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Poet Spotlight: KMarie
“I just always strive to be the best version of me, and if I get on stage and bare my soul and it helps someone else’s breakthrough, then I’m helping them be...
Upcoming Stage Shows
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Pet of the Issue – Camille
Marilou rescued Camille, a Bichon Frise, from what our Pet of the Issue remembers as “a very bad environment where I had been caged and abused. I had no blanket and very...
Art Classes & Workshops
ARTFUL THINGS, 1087 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Call 850-729-2600 for more info. Tuesdays. Oil with Rosalyn O’Grady, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 PM. Cost is $20 per session plus supplies. Call Ros...