All About Romance
Popular romance review site, All About Romance, mentioned The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen on its website this week. Thanks for the feature, here's where you can read more.
My former student and dear friend, Angela Zhou, has been reading The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen. Angela is now a talented actress most known for her role as Dr. Grace Parker on the TV series Supergirl.
The award-winning bestselling author of "How to Be a Lady" mentioned on Facebook that The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen made her cry and laugh all in once.
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Author k. Francouer
I love hearing reviews from fellow authors.
Espn Sports Radio
Check out the discussion of the book on this ESPN radio talkshow.
Brain Injury Association of North Carolina
Honored to be featured in the May newsletter of BIANC. Read the feature here.
The State of THings
Listen to North Carolina Public Radio's Podcast: Head Trauma: The Worst Kept Secret On The Gridiron
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's "Torchbearer" reviewed the book. Check us out at #7 on the list!
The Quiet Warrior Show
Check out this episode I was interviewed called "Concussions Kill, CTE the new silent killer."
"What a poignant and forthright account of growing up in the south, in a family both enriched by, and sacrificed for, football. So many memoirs suffer from a palpable sense of embellishment. Whether they focus on poverty, family dysfunction, mental illness or tragic-comic events, you can almost feel the undercurrent of self-importance - the "big reveal" moments heavily foreshadowed, the "pivotal developments" supposedly recognized as such by the author as they occurred. Who experiences life like that? Maybe its the process of turning a memory into an event in a novel that pushes some memoirs into that realm of narrative overreach. To her considerable credit, Leachman does not add such literary gloss. As narrator she is amazingly honest, at times hilarious, and she effectively intersperses the chronology of the story with details or truths that emerged only years later. Her tales of family life and coming of age in the rural south, before helicopter parenting and political correctness took hold of the national psyche, remind me of the style of storytelling on Stranger Things (perhaps not at all coincidentally, written by two guys who grew up in Durham NC in the 1970s and 80s). Having watched and tended to a parent who suffered from and succumbed to dementia, I can attest that her description is blisteringly accurate, and so painful it was difficult at times to read. Bravo."
"Leachman's tender and insightful memoir gently and without judgment exposes the ways in which other people's romantic illusions of life in pro football are in conflict with the lived experiences of the children growing up behind the thin pink line: Women and children who protect their men and the game at any cost, knowing that football, with all its glory and all its dirty secrets, pays the mortgage and puts food on the table. Leachman tells a story that is at once familiar and yet uniquely hers: A family life gloriously tied up in the sport that will liberate them from bigotry, closed-mindedness and rural poverty, while at the same time sowing the seeds of insidious long-term destruction. Whereas Leachman and her sister created worlds while running around Uncle Ray and Aunt Mable's dry goods store, for me and my sister, it was Thomas and Bernyce Bridgeman's Hardware store in Mineral Springs, Arkansas that ignited a creativity and freedom that would lay the groundwork for our future careers. Our football families harbored secrets, not the least of which was CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the neuro-degenerative disease that slowly eroded our fathers' minds and our families' stability. And yet, what else we were all to do?
Like great personal memoirs such as Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle, Leachman's The King of Halloween and the Firecracker Queen will take its place among the new genre of great American memoir - insightful, honest writing that documents a woman becoming the protagonist of her own life against tremendous odds."