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The Book Bazaar / "Best of 2011" Award & Publication in CHINA!
« on: May 15, 2011, 07:35:56 am »
Good news! Fudan University in Shanghai, China, just bought 6-year publication rights to The Word on Words.

The Word on Words was been selected as a "Best of 2011" book by The Kirkus Review, ranking it 1st in Arts & Letters and 4th in Nonfiction: http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/norman-german/word-words/

The stellar review concludes by calling the book "Lively, informative and thoroughly beguiling."


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The Book Bazaar / What Is Identity?
« on: September 13, 2010, 06:29:55 am »
Is identity something we shape ourselves to be? Or is our identity the very instrument that shapes us? Theorists, such as Jacques Lacan and Louis Althusser, argue that we mistake (or, in Lacan's terminology: misrecognize) an external expectation (sometimes an image) for our own identity, setting up a lifelong battle to become --and maintain-- this "image."

In the case of Toni Jo Henry, the fictionalized character of A Savage Wisdom based on the historical figure, Toni Jo encounters an alter-ego in the opportunities Harold Nevers presents to her, which threatens her former existence and changes her future. Find out what makes Toni Jo vulnerable and whether or not her identity shapes her or she shapes it.

Check out the Kindle version, available through Amazon.com.

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The Book Bazaar / Great BLACK HISTORY MONTH Selection!
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:36:56 pm »
In 1992, Ernest Gaines selected my historical novel No Other World as winner of the Deep South Writers Prize, calling it "a part of Louisiana history more of us should know about."

As a Kindle book, it has reached #1 in both the Prejudice & Racism and Feminist Theory categories.

The novel dramatizes the life of Coincoin, the ex-slave woman who became a slaveholder and founded Melrose Plantation, near Natchitoches.

To sample a chapter, click http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G9TFQI

Many thanks,

Dr. Norman German
Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities
Southeastern Louisiana University

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The Book Bazaar / Switch-Pitchers (Baseball Novel)
« on: November 20, 2009, 07:26:56 pm »
Sportfishing with Cameron is a collection of sports stories  published individually in major fishing and literary magazines, including Salt Water Sportsman, Gray's Sporting Journal, & Sport Fishing magazines!

People who live on boats will be especially interested because, as a space-saver, they often have Kindles instead of bookshelves.

In July the collection reached a #2 rank in the Outdoors and Nature>Fishing category but has received less attention since. Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G1XYU4

Thanks,
Norman German

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The Book Bazaar / A Savage Wisdom: Kindle BOOK OF THE DAY
« on: November 20, 2009, 08:36:29 am »
A Savage Wisdom, an "imaginative reconstruction" of the life of Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in Louisiana's electric chair, has four times reached #5 in the competitive Kindle category of Murder & Mayhem.

Toni Jo was 24 when she committed the murder and only 26 when she was executed in a portable electric chair nicknamed "Little Sizzler," which made the rounds once a year in Louisiana.

Norman German

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The Book Bazaar / Q&A Chat/Interview at LIBRARY THING
« on: November 17, 2009, 04:58:23 pm »
A Savage Wisdom, an "imaginative reconstruction" of the life of Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in Louisiana's electric chair, has three times reached #5 in its Kindle category of Murder & Mayhem.

For the next week, Library Thing is hosting a Q&A session about the novel. Please drop in and ask questions by clicking on http://www.librarything.com/topic/77172

Thanks!

Norman German

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The Book Bazaar / No Other World: BOOK OF THE DAY!
« on: September 30, 2009, 07:47:45 pm »
Kindle Readers:

In 1992, Ernest Gaines (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, etc.) selected my historical novel No Other World as winner of the Deep South Writers Prize, calling it "a part of Louisiana history more of us should know about."

The novel fictionalizes the life of Coincoin, the ex-slave woman who became a slaveholder and founded Melrose Plantation, near Natchitoches.

The third edition will be published next year. For now, it has just launched as a Kindle book.

It would be an especially good read for Kindle-based classrooms. To sample a chapter to see if it is right for you, click http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G9TFQI

Many thanks,

Dr. Norman German
Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities
Southeastern Louisiana University

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The Book Bazaar / New Murder Mystery (Cripple Bayou Two-Step)
« on: September 30, 2009, 09:59:59 am »
Kindle Readers:

Thank you for pushing A Savage Wisdom to #5 three times in the True Crime>Murder & Mayhem category.

If you enjoyed it, you will also like my new murder mystery, Cripple Bayou Two-Step, which was 1 of 5 finalists in the St. Martin's Press Year-2000 Private-Eye Contest.

For more, click http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002OHD2A2

Cripple is an unconventional romantic-comedy murder mystery with something for everyone: gruesome murders, a sweet subplot, and hot sex aplenty.

Many thanks,

Norman German

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The Book Bazaar / A Savage Wisdom--BOOK of the DAY!
« on: August 10, 2009, 12:40:50 pm »


A Savage Wisdom is an imaginative reconstruction of the life of Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in Louisiana’s electric chair, for the 1940 Valentine’s Day slaying of a Houston businessman.

In a meticulous review in Lagniappe, Brad Goins states that the novel is hardly over after Toni Jo's execution. The final section “shows how the actions of Toni Jo affect at least two subsequent generations. This part has the wildest plot twists I’ve encountered in fiction (and that’s coming from somebody who’s read lots of Balzac and Ed Lee).” Goins concludes his analysis, “Every two or three years, a work of exceptional literary merit comes out of Louisiana. This is one of the select group.”

Of the final section, a reader I don't know posted the following comment on the Facebook “fan” page of A Savage Wisdom:

"I JUST finished reading "A Savage Wisdom". I am emotionally SPENT! I totally forgot that it's fiction! And the finish...a total shock! I loved the book and hated it, all at the same time, but hated to put it down to cook a meal!"
 
By the final chapter, this "study in deception" will have you reeling, and you will never look at anyone (or yourself) the same again.

Buy the Kindle version of A Savage Wisdom

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