When life got hard for Tuscaloosa native Beth Albright, the strong women of her family would gather around her grandmother's yellow kitchen table in Glendale Gardens, eat Krispy Kreme donuts and laugh. No matter the situation, the women in her life held things together through whatever came their way, Albright said. There was always laughter.
Michelle Lepianka Carter / The Tuscaloosa News Albright used her Tuscaloosa upbringing in her three books, the "Sassy Belles" trilogy which were released this year. The last book in the trilogy, "Sleigh Belles," goes on sale nationwide Tuesday and has been named as a Top Pick Read for September by Barnes and Noble.
"I think of it as 'Steel Magnolias' meets 'Sex and the City,' " Albright said of her trilogy, which focuses on a circle of "sassy" Southern girlfriends.
All three books are set in Tuscaloosa. Part of her inspiration, she said, was to write about what she knows and loves: her hometown. Albright graduated from Holt High School and the University of Alabama before going into radio and becoming a radio host for WAPI radio and TV talk-show host for WTTO-TV. In the early 1990s, she landed a role on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives." She and her husband now live in San Francisco.
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Thank you, Lydia, for taking the time to talk with me and let me share my books with my hometown yet again!