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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • Author: John Berendt
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307538370
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 400
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Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • Author: John Berendt
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307538370
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 400
  • View: 869
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Read John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Large Print. * All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typeface Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city is certain to become a modern classic. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hiding My Candy

Hiding My Candy

  • Author: The lady Chablis,Theodore Bouloukos
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0671520954
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 208
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The personal story of the famous drag queen from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" describes an abuse-marked childhood, character development, rise to stardom, and secrets of survival

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • Author: Marilyn J. Bardsley
  • Publisher: Darkhorse Multimedia
  • ISBN: 9781495148040
  • Category:
  • Page: 196
  • View: 1074
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Jim Williams had it all: style, culture, charisma, and sophistication. As a premier antiques dealer in Savannah, he mingled with celebrities, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Rockefellers, who came to admire his extraordinary treasures. His legacy thrust Savannah into the national spotlight and transformed the genteel city into a tourist mecca. But three decades of hard work came crashing down the night he shot Danny Hansford, his wild young lover. Jim Williams stood trial four times over the next decade for premeditated murder. Today, tourists flock to Mercer House to see the gorgeous mansion depicted in Clint Eastwood's movie and the book from which it was made-Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil-where flamboyant designer and antiques dealer Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) killed Danny Hansford (Jude Law). While the movie and book portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, exotic characters, they missed the surprising dark side of Jim Williams himself. He was a smooth predator whose crimes could have put him behind bars long before the death of Danny Hansford. After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the newly revised and expanded version of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling true account of the crime, which includes crucial testimony recreating the courtroom drama between a gifted prosecutor and a brilliant defense attorney as they battle over the future of a self-made aristocrat. More than 40 photos and revealing insider interviews bring new life to the vivid cast of characters in this unique southern crime story. Crimescape is a bestselling RosettaBooks collection of compelling, short nonfiction crime eBooks by the best true crime authors in the business. Taking readers into the dark heart of the criminal mind and the tense hunt to bring the perpetrators to justice, Crimescape authors stand apart from others because of their expertise in the field as police detectives, forensic professionals, criminal psychologists, and investigative reporters. As riveting storytellers, our authors bring readers unique insight into the murderous mind and some of the world's most mysterious and fascinating cases. Marilyn Bardsley is the editor of RosettaBook's Crimescape(r) series and the former executive editor and founder of Time Warner's Crime Library, the premiere true crime site on the Internet. She has written extensively on true crime and is an expert on serial killers. "What makes for a good true-crime story? Interesting characters, an engrossing plot, situations that often teeter between life and death. But here's the MacGuffin about true crime: What you're reading actually happened. Sometimes truth really is more compelling than fiction. And that's why you will enjoy reading Crimescape(r) true crime series." -Paul Alexander, # 1 bestselling author of the Kindle Singles Accused and Murdered "Finally! The real story of one of the most bizarre cases in modern crime history. Marilyn Bardsley has nailed it. The movie was Hollywood. The book was...a stretch. After Midnight is the unvarnished truth." -Chuck Hustmyre, bestselling crime novelist and screenwriter, A Killer Like Me and House of the Rising Sun"

The City of Falling Angels

The City of Falling Angels

  • Author: John Berendt
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781440625039
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 432
  • View: 5410
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Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is Berendt's first book since Midnight, and it immediately reminds one what all the fuss was about. Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.

Lawyer Games

Lawyer Games

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • Author: Dep Kirkland
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • ISBN: 1457539454
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 412
  • View: 3629
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In the early morning of May 2, 1981, Danny Hansford was shot dead by James Williams with a World War II vintage Luger in a historic Savannah mansion. For the next eight-and-a-half years, through four murder trials and intrigue which reached the highest levels of Georgia politics—including a former governor and the Georgia Supreme Court—lawyers battled over whether the 50-year-old Williams shot the 21-year-old Hansford in self-defense. The case inspired a best-selling book and a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Dep Kirkland, who arrived at the scene when Hansford’s body was still on the floor, Lawyer Games is the true story of this remarkable case. Kirkland, the Chief Assistant DA at the time, made the decision to arrest Williams and tried the first of four murder trials alongside the district attorney. His firsthand knowledge allows him not only to deeply analyze the murder case but also to expose the legal mischief spawned when a defendant facing unshakable physical evidence possesses almost unlimited funds. True crime aficionados will be drawn to the two stories told in the book: The riveting story of the case, its evidence (including facts never heard in the courtroom), trials and results, and the incredible eight-year campaign to beat a murder rap no matter what, with a look behind the curtain at a darker side of the American criminal justice system.

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

  • Author: Peter Mayle
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 9780307755490
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 224
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National Bestseller In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Year in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1999 Calendar

A Year in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1999 Calendar

  • Author: Random House,John Berendt
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 9780375751752
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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-- A Savannah calendar by the author of the best-selling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. -- 12 vibrant portraits of buildings and settings that bring the beguiling city of Savannah to life -- 2 million copies of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in print! -- 3 years on The New York Times bestseller list! -- Now a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack!

Mississippi Sissy

Mississippi Sissy

  • Author: Kevin Sessums
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 9781429917056
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
  • View: 4829
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Mississippi Sissy is the stunning memoir from Kevin Sessums, a celebrity journalist who grew up scaring other children, hiding terrible secrets, pretending to be Arlene Frances and running wild in the South. As he grew up in Forest, Mississippi, befriended by the family maid, Mattie May, he became a young man who turned the word "sissy" on its head, just as his mother taught him. In Jackson, he is befriended by Eudora Welty and journalist Frank Hains, but when Hains is brutally murdered in his antebellum mansion, Kevin's long road north towards celebrity begins. In his memoir, Kevin Sessums brings to life the pungent American south of the 1960s and the world of the strange little boy who grew there. "Kevin Sessums is some sort of cockeyed national treasure.” —Michael Cunningham

The Echo Killing

The Echo Killing

A Mystery

  • Author: Christi Daugherty
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • ISBN: 1250148863
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
  • View: 2838
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When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new novel The Echo Killing. A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has made her love Savannah any less. Her mother’s killer was never found, and that unsolved murder left Harper with an obsession that drove her to become one of the best crime reporters in the state of Georgia. She spends her nights with the police, searching for criminals. Her latest investigation takes her to the scene of a homicide where the details are hauntingly familiar: a young girl being led from the scene by a detective, a female victim naked and stabbed multiple times in the kitchen, and no traces of any evidence pointing towards a suspect. Harper has seen all of this before in her own life. The similarities between the murder of Marie Whitney and her own mother’s death lead her to believe they’re both victims of the same killer. At last, she has the chance to find the murderer who’s eluded justice for fifteen years and make sure another little girl isn’t forever haunted by a senseless act of violence—even if it puts Harper in the killer’s cross-hairs...

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • Author: Marilyn J. Bardsley
  • Publisher: Rosetta Books
  • ISBN: 0795333439
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 220
  • View: 5714
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The #1 Wall Street Journal ebook bestseller about the murder that shocked Savannah society and inspired the blockbuster film. As a premier antiques dealer in Savannah, Jim Williams had it all: style, culture, charisma, and sophistication. But three decades of hard work came crashing down the night he shot Danny Hansford, his wild young lover. Jim Williams stood trial four times over the next decade for premeditated murder. While Clint Eastwood’s movie—starring Kevin Spacey and Jude Law—and the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, exotic characters, they missed the surprising dark side of Jim Williams himself. He was a smooth predator whose crimes could have put him behind bars long before the death of Danny Hansford. After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is Marilyn Bardsley’s continuation of the story, which includes crucial testimony recreating the courtroom drama between a gifted prosecutor and a brilliant defense attorney as they battle over the future of a self-made aristocrat. More than forty photos and revealing insider interviews bring new life to the vivid cast of characters in this unique southern crime story. “[A] provocative summer read.” —Savannahnow.com

The Worst Gig

The Worst Gig

From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous Musicians Tell All

  • Author: Jon Niccum
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1402284969
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 240
  • View: 9468
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"WORST GIG is Music Appreciation 225, taught by that cool professor everyone wanted to have beers with after class. One fun nugget after another. It was harder to close than my Twitter app."—Matthew James, McSweeney's "Tawdry tales of concert catastrophes!"—Buzzfeed "Musicians' 'Worst Gig' makes for best read ever."—Salon What is the worst show you've ever played? Sometimes the worst shows inspire the best stories. After hundreds of interviews with national headliners and beloved indie acts alike, entertainment journalist Jon Niccum has crafted a collection that chronicles the most embarrassing, most hilarious and most insane live show moments ever. THE WORST GIG features outrageous stories from stars such as Wilco, Def Leppard, Tenacious D, Rush, John Mayer, and The Sex Pistols. Be it nature's wrath, equipment breakdowns or even military intervention, get the wild scoop on what really happened, straight from the artists themselves.

Savannah and Charleston 2000

Savannah and Charleston 2000

With a Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Fodor's
  • ISBN: 9780679003885
  • Category: Charleston (S.C.)
  • Page: 122
  • View: 7927
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Fodor's Pocket Savannah & Charleston 2000 "An excellent choice for people who want everything under one cover." -- Washington Post "Splendidly compact yet infinitely helpful...admirably concise without losing one ounce of relevant coverage..." -- Booklist Pocket Guides are designed for travelers who want the highlights. They contain full, rich descriptions of the best a city has to offer -- the most worthy sights, the best restaurants and lodgings in all price ranges, plus shopping, nightlife, and outdoors highlights. All the must-see sights and essential activitiesThe key landmarks from the elegant mansions of Savannah to the antebellum churches of Charleston's lovingly preserved historic district Where to shop for antiques and sweet-grass basketsSide trips to Georgia's subtropical coastal isles and wildlife-rich Okefenokee SwampThe best dining and lodging in every price rangeSeafood houses, cafes, BBQ joints, and restaurants serving down-home Southern cookingHistoric B&Bs, plush hotels, inns with water views, stately mansions, and modern motelsPlus 10 pages of maps Pocket Savannah & Charleston 2000 is excerpted from "Fodor's The Carolinas & Georgia 2000

The View from Pompey's Head

The View from Pompey's Head

  • Author: Hamilton Basso
  • Publisher: LSU Press
  • ISBN: 9780807123348
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 409
  • View: 5714
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Sweet, sleepy -- beautiful -- old Pompey's Head, South Carolina. Anson Page thought he'd ground it out of his life for good. Now a Manhattan lawyer representing a large publishing house, he's returning to his hometown after fifteen years to investigate the mystery surrounding one of his client's authors, a major American novelist who lives on nearby Tamburlaine Island. Both painfully familiar and irrevocably altered, the landmarks and people in Pompey's Head resurrect for Page the sweep of his past life. As he sets about resolving business matters, he collides headlong with the enduring power of lineage to determine belonging and dominance, exclusion and shame, and the realization that leaving does not mean escaping. A deft interlacing of recollection and suspense, The View from Pompey's Head is Hamilton Basso's most popularly acclaimed novel. When first published, it spent forty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was translated into seven languages.

Body Counts

Body Counts

A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

  • Author: Sean Strub
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1451661959
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 420
  • View: 1195
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The political activist and founder of "POZ" magazine recounts his experiencesin New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic, his own transforming diagnosis with HIV, and his efforts as the executive director of the Sero Project.

The Big Eddy Club

The Big Eddy Club

The Stocking Stranglings and Southern Justice

  • Author: David Rose
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • ISBN: 1595586717
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 366
  • View: 9596
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Documents an eight-month serial murder case in late-1970s Georgia during which an African-American serial rapist and murderer killed seven elderly white women, tracing the subsequent eight-year, racially charged trial process that divided the city and introduced the author to an all-white, members-only club and a related 1912 lynching case.

"What's Your Favorite Song?"

The Life, Family and Music of George and Emma Kelly

  • Author: G. Ross Kelly
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 1496969561
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 230
  • View: 7767
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If you enjoyed reading about “The Lady of 6,000 Songs” in the best seller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” you will love going behind the scenes to learn more about how the remarkable entertainer and her husband successfully juggled their marriage, her Hall of Fame music career, his sign business, and at the same time, raise ten children. Though Emma Kelly was mostly known as the piano player who could seemingly play any song ever written, the close friend and collaborator of songwriter Johnny Mercer is revealed in “What’s Your Favorite Song?” to have achieved even greater accomplishments as a wife and mother. Learn how she and her husband overcame challenges and hardships through the Great Depression, a World War, and through the baby boom years to raise ten children who would become an integral part of her musical performances and, later, successful college-educated adults. Author Ross Kelly chronicles a firsthand account of a nonstop, whirlwind family music fest that will border on feeling out of control, only in the end to reveal a loving, close-knit family guided by their commitment to one another, their love of music, and a foundation of principles employed by his parents to guide and shape his life and the lives of his nine brothers and sisters. Far beyond being about a large musical family growing up in South Georgia in the 1960s, “What’s Your Favorite Song?” could almost serve as a guide for how families of any size, anywhere, can successfully manage their own challenges of juggling relationships, careers, and children. “Emma Kelly was known as ‘The Lady of Six Thousand Songs,’ but she could also have been called the Lady of Six Million Fans, among whom I enthusiastically include myself. Read this affectionate tribute by her son Ross, and you will understand why.” John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. What makes the Kellys such an intriguing family? On the surface, it was thought that it was simply the musical genius and celebrity of Emma Kelly, the famed ‘Lady of 6,000 Songs.’ But there seemed to be more, much more. Was it the added dimension of how she and her husband together raised ten children, each of whom was an active participant in the Kelly family music shows performed around south Georgia during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s? Or was it the unusual, but seemingly highly effective formula George and Emma Kelly employed to balance their two careers, their marriage, and raise each of their children to become college educated and successful adults, and instill an almost unheard of closeness between each of them that continues to this day? Or is it that the family legacy that George and Emma Kelly left, today now numbers close to 100 members, all of whom carry on that same tradition of a devotion to music and family that began almost eighty years ago. Perhaps it is all of those factors... and even more.

Midnight in Savannah

Midnight in Savannah

  • Author: Darwin Porter
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9780966803013
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 498
  • View: 9948
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An artfully brutal saga of corruption, greed, sexual tension and murder, highlighted by the eccentrics of the deep South make this a compulsive read. By the best-selling author of Butterflies In Heat.

Damn Good Dogs!

Damn Good Dogs!

The Real Story of Uga, the University of Georgia's Bulldog Mascots

  • Author: Sonny Seiler,Kent Hannon
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • ISBN: 082034088X
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 261
  • View: 4935
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A book with more than 500 photos and images of memorabilia celebrates Uga, the beloved English bulldog mascot of the University of Georgia, and includes engaging anecdotes about all versions of the animal--Uga VI, Uga VII, Uga VIII and Russ, the super sub.