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Karen Spears Zacharias's Books

Mother of Rain
Dec.31.2013
“Maizee Hurd was an easy target for hard times,” according to Burdy Luttrell, the town healer. Burdy is a Melungeon woman with striking features and mysterious ways. She owns the land the Hurds leased following their marriage on June 3, 1940. #Maizee moved upriver at the age of 10 after tragedy struck, and she was sent off to be raised by a childless aunt and her doctor husband....
Sep.30.2013
Appalachia 1940s tale of mystery, madness, mountains & Melungeons.  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR BOOK CLUBS  1) Hitty: Her First Hundred years is a children's novel written by Rachel Field and published in 1929. It won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. The book and Maizee's Hitty doll play an important role in the plot of...
Sep.30.2013
Karen Spears Zacharias has carved a brilliant gem of a novel out of hard, uncompromising times and lives. Her remote mountain setting conceals misery, mystery, and madness -- but also love, which comes in many forms. Zacharias examines these intertwined lives with great compassion and daring; she is a wonderful writer.   -Lee Smith, author of Guests on Earth   Karen...
A SILENCE OF MOCKINGBIRDS: The Memoir of a Murder
Apr.01.2012
Ann Rule says: A Silence of Mockingbirds is beautifully written by a very talented investigative journalist. But, even more, this is Karen Zacharias’s  own story too, one of trust betrayed. A tragic book that we should all take to heart. We cannot change the past but we can save children who are in peril now. Karen has given us Karly’s legacy, that of a...
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Mar.01.2010
Defying the code that says it's impolite to discuss God or money, Zacharias does just that. On the road once more, Zacharias visits with Sister Schubert, the woman who made $40 million from dinner rolls, and with the Florida Cracker whose mother pickled his chopped-off toddler fingers. Zacharias spends a day in Raleigh with the homeless and deconstructs the equation that says God's...
Aug.01.2008
The author tells of Christian believers faced with violence, loss and fear who respond with a grace she feels can only come from a faith rooted in God. Zacharias offers a potent rebuttal to the contemporary commentary that only the stupid can be religious, and that intelligence beats faith every time. With a reporter’s training at both gathering and examining the facts, Zacharias...
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Jun.01.2006
From Publishers WeeklyIn December 1965, David Spears said good-bye to his wife and three children and went to fight in Vietnam; he returned "in a cargo plane full of caskets" in July 1966. His family has never been the same. "He was the center of what made me feel safe," Zacharias, then in third grade, explains. Her mother cried nonstop and never spoke of her...