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“Salvation on Sand Mountain”

by Dennis Covington

 For New York Times reporter Dennis Covington, what began as a journalistic assignment—covering the trial of an Alabama pastor convicted of attempting to murder his wife with poisonous snakes—would evolve  into a headlong plunge into a bizarre, mysterious, and ultimately irresistible world of unshakable faith: the world of holiness snake handling. Purchase

“The Execution of Private Slovik”

by William Bradford Huie 

Hundreds of soldiers were tried for desertion during World War II and sentenced to die, but only Eddie Slovik paid the price, supposedly as a deterrent. The nature of his death was never officially released. Purchase

“Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger”

by Philip Shirley and David Magee

The improbable true story of how a family-owned wood shop near the falls of the Ohio River became one of the most recognizable brand names in all of sports. Along the way, the family has seen its famous bat in the hands of virtually every legendary slugger in the history of the game. Purchase

“The Long Shadow of Coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant” 

by Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough 

He was many things to many people. To his immediate family, he was "Papa". To his friends, he was "Paul". To his football family, he was "Coach Bryant". To the masses, he was affectionately known as "Bear", a nickname that he never really cared for. Regardless of the moniker to which he answered, the man grew to be larger than life. Purchase

“The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times”

by Gay Talese (2013 winner of the Harper Lee Award)

 The classic inside story of The New York Times, the most prestigious, and perhaps the most powerful, of all American newspapers. Bestselling author Talese lays bare the secret internal intrigues behind the tradition of front page exposes in a story as gripping as a work of fiction and as immediate as today's headlines. Purchase