'texting while driving has now replaced drunk driving as the number one cause of teenage deaths on the road in the U.S.'
…a…period from the end of slavery to the failure of Reconstruction, when blacks and whites in Atlanta…were negotiating, wrangling and vying for various iterations of temperance, from prohibition to anti-prohibition…uncovers not only the role that race played in this period, but that religion and region (the North’s relationship to the South) played as well.
more, plus an audio interview with the author, here.
Blake’s…2012 novel, “Country of the Bad Wolfes”…introduced the epic history of the fictional Wolfe family, a Mexican-American clan with a penchant for troublemaking and crime…“The Rules of Wolfe”…jumps ahead a century or so to 2004, when 19-year-old Eddie Gato Wolfe, working as a security guard at one of the pleasure ranches of a drug cartel, seduces (and is seduced by) a kidnapped Mexican beauty, kills her captor and flees for the border…despite the violent nature of his protagonists, they are nearly always thinkers…Mr. Blake said…“All my characters are intelligent,” he said. “I’ve never been interested in alcoholics, druggies or crazy people, because they are not exercising free will.”
The pirogi were warm, the honey-cherry liqueur was uncorked and the…bookstore in…Brooklyn, was standing-room-only. Dagmara Dominczyk, an actress familiar from films like “Higher Ground” and television shows like “Person of Interest,” was back in the old Polish neighborhood to celebrate the publication of…a novel that mirrors her own experience as a Polish émigré.