Monday, February 2, 2015

Cradle of Freedom

Cradle of Freedom puts a human face on the story of the black American struggle for equality in Alabama during the 1960s. From the Montgomery bus boycott, the Freedom Rides, the Letter from the Birmingham Jail, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Bloody Sunday, and the Black Power movement in the Alabama Black Belt, this history tells how ordinary people rose to the challenges of an unfair system with a will and determination that changed their times forever. It is a fascinating and extraordinary story that Gaillard tells with the dramatic flow of a novel, yet it is based on meticulous research.
“A feel for the right details and deft, interpretive writing bring to history what DNA testing brings to innocence and guilt… (Gaillard) cuts through the veneer of familiarity and takes us into the spit, sweat, and marrow of 40-year-old events.”
- The Charlotte Observer

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir

The Books That Mattered is beautifully rendered and wisely conceived; it gives insight as both memoir and literary guide.” -- Patricia Foster, All the Lost Girls

“In this era when deep immersion in books is too-often viewed as unimportant, Frye Gaillard has given us a powerful reminder that literature can enrich, even dramatically change, the course of our lives.” -- Ron Rash, Serena: A Novel

“Written with warmth, a scholar’s attention to detail, and genuine insight, The Books That Mattered is a gift to readers everywhere. A reminder of why reading matters to us all.”
-- Michael Knight, The Typist

“Frye Gaillard doesn’t simply read books; he inhabits them…. the stories he tells in The Books That Mattered cover centuries and cross international boundaries…” 
-- Faye Jones, Chapter 16


With Music and Justice for All

“Frye Gaillard tells the truth at all costs, confronting racism head-on, explicating Southern music better than anybody in the world, presenting indelible (and often surprising) portraits of everybody from Marshall Chapman to Billy Graham, Tipper Gore to Johnny Cash. Rigorous integrity and generous, graceful writing characterize this fine book.”
-- Lee Smith