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Best Of The Book Nook: Jacob's Ladder - a Story of Virginia During the War by Donald McCaig

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21 years ago I had the opportunity to talk to Donald McCaig about his epic Civil War novel "Jacob's Ladder." He came through Dayton on his book tour and stopped at our studios that afternoon for a live interview. I was charmed.

He shared his fascinating personal story about how he had made the transition from a "Mad Men" style Madison Avenue advertising man to become a writer and a sheep rancher in rural Virginia.

And then there was the book; what a magnificent story he tells in "Jacob's Ladder." 21 years later it remains one of my favorite novels about our Civil War.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Microsun Lamps.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them.  Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.