It seems worthwhile to bring your attention to some Asheville authors born more recently than Thomas Wolfe. One of these is a very nice guy named Neal Thompson, whose biography of Alan Shepard, Americaâ€™s first man in space, just came out last month.
Light This Candle is the first full-length, adult bio devoted to Shepard. That may seem odd, given the intense documentation of Apollo 14, but apparently Shepard, an intensely private man, made it difficult for previous would-be biographers to get the scoop. I havenâ€™t read the book yet (Iâ€™m due to review it for Mountain Xpress). But I recommended it to a friend whoâ€™s a total â€œRight Stuffâ€ fiend — his gear includes the book, the regular DVD, the special edition DVD, Surround Sound for watching the special edition DVD, flight classes at Asheville Regional Airport, and specially tailored, kinky spaceman outfits (â€œWhoâ€™s your Icy Commander now, baby?â€) — and he assures me itâ€™s quite good.