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‘Neck Tales’ published by Brandylane

The book’s cover provides a familiar sight to residents and visitors of the Northern Neck.

Thea Marshall, well known National Public Radio (NPR) commentator, writer and broadcaster, has had her book “Neck Tales . . . Stories from Virginia’s Northern Neck,” published by Brandylane Publishers.

First broadcast by Marshall on NPR, these stories take readers beyond the pages of history books, with little known “back stories” that have helped make the Neck unique. They range from a look at the Neck’s very own “king,” tales about its first entrepreneur, its patriots, pirates, presidents and their heroic wives, to a Harry Potter-like young adventurer. 

Reviewing the book, Roger Mudd, former CBS News anchor and author, wrote, “If anyone is qualified to write about Virginia’s Northern Neck, it is Thea Marshall. ‘Neck Tales’ is a compelling, valuable, literate and enriching contribution to the cultural history of the Neck.”

Professor Alf J. Mapp Jr. noted author and historian wrote: “Thea Marshall, nationally known radio personality . . . is a talented storyteller, drawing her audience in with enthusiasm and the spontaneity of an adventurer. She makes history come alive with a natural touch of wit and humor. It is always a pleasure to hear her tell a story and now a pleasure to read those wonderful tales about the Northern Neck.”

This Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m., The Book Nook in Kilmarnock will host a book signing and reading by Marshall.

posted 06.16.2009

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