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April 23, 2009

Anderson’s books praised by Southern culture expert

There is nothing quite like being honored by your peers.

Jeff Anderson, a University of Louisiana at Monroe assistant professor of history with specialties in African-American and Old South topics, had two of his books receive highest praise by for their authenticity and approach., a Web site dedicated to extensive coverage of Southern culture, singled out Anderson’s “Conjure in African American Society” and “Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure: A Handbook” as among the best music books of recent years.

The author of “Best Music Books of 2008,” poet Diann Blakely, called “Conjure” “one of 2005’s (and 2007’s, in paper) most fascinating studies.” She went on to state that “Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure” is “indispensable reading for those interested in the topic.”

Anderson was not expecting the acclaim, but was glad of it, all the same. Of the book’s focus, he said, “Though its title may suggest it is a how-to guide, it is not. Instead it is a folklore handbook that examines historical patterns and practices within African-American magical and non-Christian spirituality.”

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