Southerners, Snakes, and Me (on Julia C. Duin’s In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media; Steven B. Reichling’s Reptiles and Amphibians of the Southern Pine Woods; Whit Gibbons’s Snakes of the Eastern United States; Whit Gibbons and Mike Dorcas’s Snakes of the Southeast; Donald W. Linzey and Michael J. Clifford’s Snakes of Virginia; and David Kimbrough’s Taking Up Serpents: Snake Handlers of Eastern Kentucky)

Samuel Pickering, the author of more thirty books, which span several genres, was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He taught English for forty-five years, thirty-five of them at the University of Connecticut. His most recent book is Parade’s End, published by Mercer University Press in 2018. “Reading Pickering,” a reviewer wrote in the Smithsonian decades ago, “is like taking a walk with your oldest, wittiest friend.”