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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Coal books

deep_creek.jpg From Publishers Weekly: "The 1887 massacre of more than 30 Chinese gold miners in a remote area of the Idaho territory provides the real-life foundation for this engrossing look at racial prejudice and the settling of the West, the first novel from Hand (the pen name for William Howarth and Anne Matthews). After police judge Joe Vincent and his 10-year-old daughter, Nell, find a body while fishing, more brutally mutilated bodies turn up along the Snake River. The Sam Yup Company, a Chinese labor exchange, hires Vincent to find the culprits...."

Will Howarth, as many from Springfield may know, is, among many other achievements, a retired Princeton professor, traveler, author, Springfield High School class of 1958, and son of long-time Springfield Mayor, Nelson Howarth. I'm looking forward to reading Will and Anne's new novel, Deep Creek, which was just published today.

reckoning_at_eagle_creek.jpg From Publishers Weekly: "Journalist Biggers tallies up the human cost of more than two centuries of coal mining in southern Illinois in an intimate, informative yet uneven book. Part historical narrative, part family memoir, part pastoral paean, and part jeremiad against the abuse of the land and of the men who gave and continue to give their lives to (and often for) the mines, the book puts a human face on the industry that supplies nearly half of America's energy...."

If you're from Illinois, and you think a lot about coal (like me), you already know about Jeff Biggers and his newest book, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland. I'm looking forward to reading this, too.

Posted by Marie at February 10, 2010 9:30 PM


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