Welcome to Chris Cox Books

"I'd had already been writing columns for years and had no thought of publishing a book during that period. I aspired to be a syndicated columnist at the worst possible time, just as the Internet was changing journalism for good.  Then, a couple of my most "vocal" readers began pestering me to put together a collection, and the pieces just kinda of fell into place.  I will always be in their debt for pushing me forward in spite of my reservations.  The book was generally well-received, and I am still proud of it.  I think most of the essays in it still stand up."


"Now and then a piece of writing comes over the transom that is so nearly perfect in its way that I read it with a sigh of admiration mixed with envy.  If Chris Cox were not a writer he would be a painter or a musician.  He has a lovely sense of the music and color of words."
          --James J. Kilpatrick, The Writer's Art

"Whether it's two boys drunk in a cornfield or memories of a dying grandfather, these short essays are uncommonly funny, poignant, insightful, and compassionate.  Chris Cox is one of the best undiscovered writers in this genre in America today.
         --Terry Nienhus, Professor of English, 
             Western Carolina University

"I moved from western North Carolina before I had the chance to read Cox's columns. A friend there told me I would enjoy the book. Cox writes movingly about his past and casts a sharp, witty eye on his friends and neighbors. "Such Sweet Sorrow" is condensed emotion; the descriptions in the middle of the essay are so apt it is heartbreaking. Later entries echo this one, particularly the column about brides' pictures in the Sunday papers. Cox deserves a wide reading."
           --5 star customer review from Amazon.com

"Chris's writing is clear, concise and poetic in the best sense of the adjective, not floral but insightful. His columns are lovingly conceived, coming from somebody whose mind is in touch with his heart. He may not think of it in these terms; it's so much a part of his character he wouldn't notice. In a sense, he is what I mean when I call somebody "real." Chris is mountain people; it comes naturally to him to connect with the humanity of individuals he writes about."
                         --TJ Worthington, "Waterfall Road"

Waking Up In A Cornfield

How Waking Up in a Cornfield became a book: