Author's corner: "Momma, Don't Ya Want Me to Learn Nothin'?" by Eugene M. Munger Jr.

Friday, October 9, 2009

In his first novel, Eugene M. Munger Jr. delves into his own life and experiences growing up in Southeast Missouri. "Momma, Don't Ya Want Me to Learn Nothin?" (Center for Regional History, $25; $17) tells Munger's life in short stories from his first day of school and early years to college at the University of Missouri, Columbia to his most recent Central High class reunion in Arena Park in 2008. Though Munger has been in the Navy, worked for Shell Oil Co., established his own public affairs consulting firm and now volunteers with Nothern Arizona University's athletic department, American Red Cross, Big Brother Big Sisters and other community organizations, he stuck to his roots and dedicated the book to his Central High School English teacher, Alene Sadler.

Munger will be signing books at the Southeast Missouri State University Center Bookstore from 1 to 3 p.m. today and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The book will be available at both signings and at Barnes & Noble in West Park mall and the University Bookstore.

Writer Dan R. Overfield has made some mistakes, committed sin and admitted weaknesses, but he hopes his story will touch readers and deter them from the sort of personal tragedy Overfield experienced. In his book "The Habitation of Devils: Why God Doesn't Act," (Vantage Press, $24.95) Overfield recounts his journey of transformation through Christ. Overfield was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and now lives in Wappapello, Mo.

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