John Green’s Newest Book Examines Mental Illness


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Turtles All the Way Down

Alabama-based attorney Edgar (Ed) Gentle, managing partner at Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison, LLC, has extensive experience working for the courts as a special master and settlement administrator in mass tort litigation. An avid reader and published author, Ed Gentle enjoys reading books by John Green, who recently released Turtles All the Way Down following a five year hiatus.

John Green is the bestselling author of books such as Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, and The Fault in Our Stars. His works, which frequently center on the friendships and struggles of adolescents, have struck a chord with young adult readers who resonate with his realistic and often complex characters.

Turtles All the Way Down features 16-year-old Aza and her best friend Daisy, who are on a quest to find clues regarding the whereabouts of a billionaire who is accused of bribery and fraud. At first glance, the billionaire might be named the antagonist of the story. However, as readers begin to discover Aza’s inner struggles, they find that the real battle lies within the teen’s own mind as she struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder and severe anxiety.

Most of Green’s books examine significant struggles with a healthy dose of humor. While Turtles All the Way Down incorporates comedic exchanges, readers are struck by the raw emotions that Aza experiences as her obsessive and anxious thoughts spiral out of control. Drawing on his own experiences with mental illness, Green paints a realistic picture of the wars victims of mental illness wage when symptoms are triggered. Though much of the battle takes place within her own mind, Green also explores the effects of Aza’s condition on her closest friends.

Heartbreaking, raw, and real, Turtles All the Way Down examines themes such as friendship, resilience, loyalty, and love.


Labrador Retrievers Continue to Rank as No. 1 Dog in the U.S.


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Labrador Retrievers

Edgar (“Ed”) Gentle is an attorney and a partner at Gentle Turner Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and chairman of the Board of Custom Cable Services, Inc., in Fultondale. An avid outdoorsman, Ed Gentle enjoys spending his free time fishing and training his dog, a chocolate Labrador.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the honor of most popular dog breed in the United States belongs to the Labrador retriever. When the AKC announced its 2016 list in early 2017, the Labrador ranked No. 1 for the 26th consecutive year. Golden retrievers were not far behind, ranking third behind only Labradors and German shepherds.

The 2016 list saw little movement among the nation’s most popular breeds, with poodles moving from No. 8 to No. 7 and Rottweilers climbing from No. 9 in 2015 to No. 8. The Yorkshire terrier, meanwhile, dropped from No. 7 to No. 9. The remainder of the top 10 stayed the same, most notably the French bulldog, which has solidified itself as the nation’s sixth most popular breed of dog after climbing up from outside the top 10 in 2013.

An Early Look at Auburn’s 2018 Defense Recruiting Class

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Auburn University Tigers

Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who also serves as director and chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services. Beyond his professional pursuits, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn University Tigers football team.

The Tigers are well into the 2017 college football season, but that hasn’t stopped the team’s coaches from preparing for the future. Several of the country’s top high school athletes have already committed to playing for the Tigers next season, including seven players on the defensive side of the ball. On the defensive line, the school received a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller, who chose Auburn over Florida and Alabama. The school’s other commit on the defensive line is Daquan Newkirk, who originally declared his intentions to play for Auburn in 2016, but failed to meet the academic requirements.

The Tigers will lose three senior safeties following the 2017 season, so the team has been heavily recruiting at that position. It has already received commitments from four players, including four-star recruit Quindarious Monday, who some pundits believe could be the team’s most important freshman in 2018. Another major recruit is four-star linebacker Michael Harris, who received offers from 20 different schools.

Enduring Short Story Collections

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Pond Mountain Tales

Edgar “Ed” Gentle has worked as attorney in Alabama for the last 25 years. An avid reader of both modern and classic fiction, Ed Gentle is also a published author, having composed the short story collection “Pond Mountain Tales“.

Countless short story collections have gone on to enjoy both critical and commercial success. Raymond Carver has long been lauded as a master of short fiction, most notably for his 1976 collection, “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?”. Stories from the collection, such as “Fat” and “Are You a Doctor?” endure in English literature classes more than four decades later. During the release of the collection, critics of the day even shortlisted the collection for the National Book Award.

More recently, author George Saunders established himself as one of the most respected modern short story writers. Saunders enjoyed considerable critical acclaim for early collections, such as “Pastoralia” and “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline”, while his 2013 book “Tenth of December” was heralded by both The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. The Times went so far as to call the collection the year’s best book.

Other popular and important collections of short fiction include “Runaway” by Alice Munro, “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, and “The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor”.

The Coaching Career of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn

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Gus Malzahn

A court-appointed special administrator, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who has helped administer more than $2.5 billion in settlements throughout his 32-year legal career. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn Tigers college football team.

Since 2013, the Tigers have been coached by Arkansas native Gus Malzahn, who has led the team to a 59-40 win-loss record, including a 5-1 record through the first six weeks of the 2017 season. Regarded as one of the best offensive minds in all of college football, Malzahn served six seasons as an offensive coordinator with Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn before accepting the head coach position with Arkansas State in 2012. He led the team to a 9-3 record that season and was subsequently hired as head coach by Auburn.

In his first year as head coach of the Tigers, Malzahn led the team to a 12-2 record. He earned numerous coaching awards, including Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year, after becoming only the third coach in SEC history to win a conference championship in his first season at a school. The last person to accomplish the feat was John Vaught of Ole Miss in 1947. While the Tigers lost in the BCS National Championship that season, it has since participated in three consecutive bowl games, including the Birmingham Bowl, which it won in 2015.

Three Prominent Auburn Alumni in the NFL

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Karlos Dansby

An Alabama-based attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience, Edgar “Ed” Gentle has administered over $2.5 billion in settlements as a court-appointed special master. Before completing his law degree, Ed Gentle earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Auburn University. A passionate college football fan, he counts Auburn as his favorite team.

More than two dozen Auburn alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters as of the start of the 2017 season. While quarterback Cam Newton is arguably the most well-known, several others have enjoyed successful careers, including:

Karlos Dansby, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound linebacker from Birmingham, Alabama. Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, he has accumulated 42 quarterback sacks, 19 interceptions, 20 forced fumbles, and six touchdowns in his 14-year career.

Dee Ford, a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. A fourth-year defensive end who has 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, he had a breakthrough campaign in 2016, recording a career-high 10 sacks and 38 tackles.

Greg Robinson, a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana. A 6-foot-5, 332-pound offensive tackle who was selected second overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, he played three seasons with the Rams before joining the Detroit Lions prior to the 2017 season.

Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy-Winning Season at Auburn University


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Cam Newton

Attorney Edgar “Ed” Gentle is chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services and a partner with a Birmingham, Alabama, law firm. Prior to earning his juris doctor, Ed Gentle received a bachelor’s in biology from Auburn University. An avid college football fan, he attends multiple Auburn games each season.

As of the start of the 2017 preseason, 42 former Auburn players were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, but no player is more prominent than quarterback Cam Newton. The 2015 NFL MVP has recorded a combined 184 touchdowns (136 passing and 48 rushing) over his six-year career. The Carolina Panthers superstar was selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft following a spectacular season at Auburn University in which he won the Heisman Trophy as the most valuable player in all of college football.

A native of College Park, Georgia, Newton attended the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, but played sparingly. He enrolled at Auburn in 2010 and, through 14 games as the team’s starting quarterback, threw for 2,854 yards and rushed for 1,473 yards. The dual-threat athlete scored a combined 51 touchdowns, which ranked first in the country.