Books by Mark Childress

Mark Childress was born in 1957 in Monroeville, Alabama and grew up in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. After graduation from the University of Alabama in 1978, Childress was a reporter for The Birmingham News, Features Editor of Southe

GEORGIA BOTTOMS by Mark Childress
Released: Feb. 23, 2011

"Light, amusing fiction."
The title of this novel from Childress (One Mississippi, 2006, etc.) refers to a person rather than to a place—and what a memorable character she turns out to be. Read full book review >
ONE MISSISSIPPI by Mark Childress
Released: July 3, 2006

"A coming-of-age tale whose shift in tone impairs its flow."
Racism, teenage lust and the burdens of friendship complicate a young man's life in the Deep South of 1973. Read full book review >
GONE FOR GOOD by Mark Childress
Released: June 1, 1998

"Childress isn't doing much more than taxiing, in what is pretty clearly his weakest book yet."
If Joseph Conrad and H.G. Wells had cowritten scripts for Gilligan's and Fantasy Island[s], they probably would have come up with something about as bad as this overinflated comic melodrama by the popular author of Crazy in Alabama (1993), etc. The story begins in 1972 when good-old-boy folk-rock superstar Ben "Superman" Willis is overtaken by a violent thunderstorm while flying his private plane and crashes it on a remote tropical island. Read full book review >
CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Mark Childress
Released: Aug. 11, 1993

"Threading a thin line between bizarre comedy and ugly southern reality, this is a deftly balanced tale that unravels in the end- -when the fantastic and tragic elements clash in a finale both brutal and banal."
Flames of passion and rebellion confront the darkness of intolerance in Alabama, with many a macabre twist—in Childress's latest southern-fried coming-of-age tale (V for Victor, 1984; Tender, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"This will never replace Lynd Ward's masterpiece, but it's smoothly told and has nice touches of humor, while the brash, cartoon-style illustrations are full of color and verve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lighthearted fantasy rather like an updated The Biggest Bear. Read full book review >