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NASCAR Fiction by Sharyn McCrumb
Fiction Author Sharyn McCrumb's NASCAR books are for everyone!
Could Dale Earnhardt Sr. be a Saint?
Last year, I was searching the stacks in my local library for a new book to read. I remembered meeting Sharyn McCrumb years ago at a writer's conference and quite enjoyed talking with her.
This author writes a decent mystery--which is my favorite genre, so I ambled over to the Large Print (easier on the eyes) book section hoping to find a good read by Ms. McCrumb.
Lo and behold I saw the book St. Dale! What could this novel be about? I read the flap; it sounded interesting and fun. (Fictional account of a bus tour honoring the memory of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.)
My opinion: It was a blast to read! Learned a lot of interesting history about NASCAR racing, too. I could finally tell my husband something he didn't know about Dale, Sr. and NASCAR. I am reluctant to tell you that I did not notice the similarities to The Canterbury Tales. I really should have made that connection as I majored in English in college. I got an A for the course, too. It was a long time ago, though, but that is NO excuse.
Ms. McCrumb has also written another novel and several short stories with a racing connection.
Keep on moving down to find out more.
Sharyn McCrumb and Ward Burton.
Read a bit of non-fiction by author Sharyn McCrumb
- Appalachian Voice - The Lost Lane-End into Heaven
A piece by Ms. McCrumb in Appalachian Voices featuring NASCAR Driver Ward Burton. Appalacian Voices brings people together to solve the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.
St. Dale has been called the modern day "Canturbury Tales":
The link below is found on McCrumb's website. The image above can be found there. On that site, the author discusses the relationship of St. Dale to The Canturbury Tales. I must go re-read this novel with due diligence. It probably would not hurt to find the Cliff Notes for Chaucer, as well.
- Sharyn McCrumb, St. Dale
St. Dale is taught in colleges and secondary schools in many states, usually in conjunction with the study of The Canterbury Tales. Among those organizations recently teaching St. Dale: The University of South Carolina- Beaufort; Caldwell Community C
Sharyn McCrumb's Racy books on Amazon - NASCAR Fiction--Great Books for Her!
Fascinating book with lots of NASCAR trivia. I totally enjoyed it.
NASCAR Fiction Discussed or Revealed on the Internet:
At one time, NASCAR had plans to publish fiction books set at the races. It seems that paperback books would definitely have a place at the track. I can just see all the women reading during the "down" time during races. I know I get bored watching cars race in a circle, especially when my favorite driver is not in the chase.
Sharyn McCrumb's Official Website
If you care to visit Sharyn McCrumb's website, the link is provided below. This talented author has more than just NASCAR fiction to her credit. I have read a few of her mysteries and am looking forward to discovering a few of her Appalachian inspired tales
A few memorable quotes from the website below about St. Dale by author Sharyn McCrumb:
"He is a 21st century St. Thomas a Becket: a poor boy who made good in a system stacked against him, and who retained his humility to the last."
"In my novels, I try to explain Southern traditions and combat unthinking stereotypes about the South," McCrumb says. "There is no sport more maligned than NASCAR racing."
More information about the other writings of Ms. McCrumb
- Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Bestselling Author
Sharyn Selected as 2008 Virginia Women in History Honoree The Library of Virginia has announced that Sharyn McCrumb has been named one of Virginia's eight Women of History for 2008. This honor, designed to recognize and honor the achievements of wome
NASCAR Short Stories by Sharyn McCrumb:
For those of you who need NASCAR and fiction in small, short doses the book shown below (available on Amazon) might just be the ticket!
Features a short story by McCrumb, "Dear Hand". The story of a struggling racing team who used a little Cherokee magic to help them compete against the rich and powerful teams in NASCAR. (summary from McCrumb's weppage)
A short story anthology in tribute to the centennial of Edgar Allan Poe. Ms. McCrumb's story,
"The Mountain House" is included. It is about the widow of a NASCAR driver retreats to her north Georgia vacation home, and finds that it is indeed "close to heaven." (found on Ms. McCrumb's wepsite)
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