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Georgia Reads

Welcome to “Georgia Reads,” a virtual book club launched in partnership between GPB, the University of Georgia Press, and Georgia Humanities. Each year we'll bring you new books from UGA Press covering topics from history, politics, culture, and biography to the environment. You'll find book information here, author interviews from GPB, a regular blog that highlights each title, plus news of live events with the authors and ways to interact with them through social media platforms, such as Facebook Live events.

 

Author

G. Richard Hoard is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Asbury Theological Seminary. An award-winning author, his books include: The Race Before Us, Through Fear and Death, and The Missing Boys. He and his wife, Candise, make their home near Athens, GA..

 

 

Alone Among The Living
A Memoir of the Floyd Hoard Murder

Paperback, $22.95 - Buy the book online!
978-0-8203-3173-7

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the infamous Dixie Mafia contract killing

Description

From the gripping first line of this true story, you will follow a young man’s journey through grief and despair to acceptance and forgiveness. On August 7, 1967, prosecutor Floyd “Fuzzy” Hoard was killed by a car bomb in his own front yard in Jackson County, Georgia. Summoning memories of the events surrounding the day, Alone Among The Living is G. Richard Hoard’s remembrance of the father he lost on that day, and of his subsequent struggle to come to terms with the murder.

From GPB News: 50 Years Later, How The Murder of Floyd Hoard Changed Georgia

 

Reviews

"An important book about one of the most tragic events in Georgia’s history This personal account not only documents the key events surrounding the murder of a respected lawman, but also captures the angst of a young man whose life was forever changed by those events."
—Jackson Herald

"Hoard was fourteen when his father, the district attorney in a small Georgia community, was killed by a local bootlegger. . . . This book is in part a reminiscence of 1960s small-town life, but only in part. At its core, it is a chronicle of grief and anger and confusion as Hoard tries to come of age without his father’s help. He wants to make his dead father proud of him but can’t understand the senselessness of what has happened. A compelling story of loss, acceptance, and forgiveness."
—Booklist

"This extraordinary book is eloquent testimony to the power of forgiveness. In its craft, its compassion, and its humanity, Alone among the Living is more than a wonderful book. It is simply magnificent—a book of lasting value."
—Philip Lee Williams, author of A Distant Flame

 

Author

Rodger Lyle Brown lived in Athens from 1977 to 1987. He has worked as an editorial director for Playboy.com and Britannica.com, contributed to publications such as the New York Times and the Village Voice, and is the author of Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit: The Culture of Festivals in the American South.

 

 

Party Out of Bounds
The B-52’s, R.E.M., and the Kids Who Rocked Athens, Georgia
Rodger Lyle Brown
25th Anniversary Edition

Paper, $24.95
978-0-8203-5040-0

An electric tale of artists and dreams, drugs and sex, triumphs and tragedies

Description

Originally published in 1991, Rodger Lyle Brown's Party Out of Bounds is a cult classic that offers an insider's look at the underground rock music culture that sprang from a lazy Georgia college town. Brown uses half-remembered stories, local anecdotes, and legendary lore to chronicle the 1970s and 1980s and the spawning of Athens bands such as the B-52's, Pylon, and R.E.M. Their creative momentum helped to usher in a new wave of music on a national and international level, putting Athens, Georgia, on the map. Brown takes the reader on a heady, keg-beer-fueled romp from the South's dirty back roads and all-night porch parties to the precipice of rock superstardom. This twenty-fifth-anniversary edition includes new and rarely seen photographs by locals on the scene; a foreword by Charles Aaron, former longtime editor and writer at SPIN magazine; and an afterword by producer/engineer and musician David Barbe, drawn from an essay originally published in the Oxford American's 2015 music issue.

 

Reviews

"Really captures the rhythm and feel of the Athens music scene. Rodger should know—he was there from the beginning."
—Peter Buck of R.E.M.

"For fans of the bands, rock historians, and followers of the indie scene, this is a 'Party' worth attending."
—Billboard

"His foot heavy on the accelerator, Mr. Brown speeds his readers through the Georgia darkness from keg parties in rural love shacks to packed warehouse dance marathons in town. . . . Without turning maudlin, Mr. Brown captures both the joy of Athens's youthful exuberance and the pain of a generation's loss of innocence to cynicism and AIDS."
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution