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Patrick H. Samway's Walker Percy: A Life.

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The life of a beguiling novelist who was both skeptic and innocent. Percy was born in Birmingham to a prominent family.

Here's a review  The Doubtful Pilgrim: June 8, 1997
and an excerpt from the first chapter of the book.



North Alabama canyon almost untouched by time

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Cane Creek preserve shelters rare plants

by THOMAS SPENCER
Birmingham News staff writer

Publication Date: April 29, 2007

TUSCUMBIA
As you enter the 413-acre Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, you leave typical, rolling-hill Alabama farmland. A few minutes' walk from a farm pond in a grassy field, just past a freshly clear-cut forest tract, the woods thicken and the narrow stream you're following suddenly drops 60 feet in a dramatic waterfall.
It's the beginning of a canyon that cuts 350 feet deep into a plateau in the Little Mountains region of Colbert County. This cool, wet hideaway shelters the kind of forest that covered north Alabama during the Ice Age, 10,000 years ago.
The canyon, useless to farmers and difficult for loggers to cut, has stayed relatively intact, preserving rare plants and huge trees in a dramatic terrain. Thanks to Jim and Faye Lacefield, who have been buying up the land over the course of almost three decades, it will stay pristine as a place for …