Captain Billy's Troopers: A Writer's Life

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The best Books Captain Billy s Troopers A Writer s Life release In this audacious memoir William Cobb reveals the tumultuous creative life of a distinguished practitioner of southern and Alabama sto

The best Books Captain Billy's Troopers: A Writer's Life release In this audacious memoir, William Cobb reveals the tumultuous creative life of a distinguished practitioner of southern and Alabama storytelling As poignant and inspiring as his own fiction, Captain Billy s Troopers traces Cobb s early life, education, and struggles with alcohol and the debilitating condition normal pressure hydrocephalus NPH Like a curving river, thIn this audacious memoir, William Cobb reveals the tumultuous creative life of a distinguished practitioner of southern and Alabama storytelling As poignant and inspiring as his own fiction, Captain Billy s Troopers traces Cobb s early life, education, and struggles with alcohol and the debilitating condition normal pressure hydrocephalus NPH Like a curving river, the broad sweep of Cobb s turbulent life includes both startling cataracts and desultory eddies, leading sometimes into shadows or opening into unexpected sunlight With unsentimental clarity, Cobb recounts coming of age in his native Demopolis in the churning middle years of the twentieth century It s there he has his first tantalizing tastes of alcohol and begins to drink habitually Readers then travel with Cobb to Livingston University now the University of West Alabama and then on to Vanderbilt University Along the way, readers relish his first experiences of love and success as a writer, leading to a career as a professor of writing at Alabama College now the University of Montevallo in 1963 From there Cobb s struggles with alcohol and depression lead to elongated years of tumbling creative output and the collapse of his marriage The summer of 1984 found Cobb in rehab, the first step in his path to recovery His unflinching memoir narrates both the milestones and telling details of his intense therapy and years in Alcoholics Anonymous AA In the sober thirty years since, Cobb has published a string of critically praised novels and a prize winning collection of short stories The capstone of his comeback was winning the Harper Lee Award in 2007 for distinguished fiction writing In 2000, shortly after retiring, Cobb developed NPH, which upset his sense of balance and triggered dementia symptoms and other maladies Nine years later in 2009, brain surgery brought Cobb a dramatic recovery, which began the third act in his writing career Vital, honest, and entertaining, Captain Billy s Troopers captures the life of an Alabama original.. Good Book Captain Billy's Troopers: A Writer's Life

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    William Cobb is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels, Coming of Age at the Y, The Hermit King, A Walk Through Fire, Harry Reunited, A Spring of Souls, Wings of Morning, and The Last Queen of the Gypsies His collection of short fiction is Somewhere in All This Green He is currently working on a novel about the Creek Indian War in Alabama in 1813 1814 He is married to the short story writer Loretta Cobb and lives in Montevallo, Alabama.

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