{Books are better with icing.}

In which certain books are for eating, a beauty parlor is a place for life-changing experiences, Ms. Jill McCorkle tells stories about the people she meets in the grocery store and a bookseller contemplates robbing a casino.

March 17, 2013



Dearest readers,

Ten years ago, in a fit of insanity that she can only blame upon the consumption of too much sugar, her ladyship, the editor actually offered…volunteered…to do the cake for her brother’s wedding. Her experience with making wedding cakes prior to this moment had been absolutely zero, but she had recently learnt how to make fondant and the acquisition of this dubious skill had perhaps caused her to become rather over-confident.

Fortunately, the wedding was a somewhat non-traditional affair, being held in a lovely ocean side bed and break breakfast owned by a charming gay couple, on Halloween night, thus requiring all the guests as well as the bride and groom to be in costume. (Her ladyship’s brother was dressed as a pirate, while his bride was dressed at the Sea, and the officiating pastor was sporting a truly gigantic sombrero that one had to duck under to avoid being hit in the face).

The cake, therefore, was also of a Halloween theme and used chocolate fondant, which hides a multitude of sins, and was festooned in delicate white icing cobwebs, drawn in a wavering, uncertain spidery fashion. The bride, the groom and all the guests were most generous with their compliments, but it was nevertheless a most nerve-wracking affair, not the least because her ladyship did not have the foresight to construct the cake on the premises, but instead had to transport it in the back seat of a Chevy Blazer. The following day she wrote a very stern letter to her county commissioners about the quantity of potholes on the roads.

She did not burst into tears from the stress, but it was a very near thing.  Her ladyship has since given up fancy cake decorating in the interest of avoiding a heart attack, but she never ceases to admire the creations that other, more steadfast souls put together. Many of those creations were on display this last weekend at the Edible Book Festival in Atlanta--a project that raises money for literacy. (The picture is from a previous year’s winner). 

Edible Book Festival

Her ladyship can only shake her head in admiration. Books and mounds of gooey icing….two things guaranteed to keep one up all night.


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 17, 2013

STARS - A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273574
2. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
3. Night Moves
Randy Wayne White, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399158124
4. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $24, 9780770437855
5. Tenth of December
George Saunders, Random House, $26, 9780812993806
6. The Storyteller
Jodi Picoult, Atria, $28.99, 9781439102763
7. Benediction
Kent Haruf, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959881
okra8. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $24.99, 9780062202710

9. The Accursed
Joyce Carol Oates, Ecco Press, $27.99, 9780062231703
10. A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki, Viking, $28.95, 9780670026630
11. Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Karen Russell, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307957238
12. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman/Viking, $27.95, 9780670026609
13. Alex Cross, Run
James Patterson, Little Brown, $28.99, 9780316097512
14. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Mohsin Hamid, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594487293
15. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99, 9780062124265

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949
2. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
3. My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307594884
4. Sum It Up
Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins, Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385346870
5. Help, Thanks, Wow
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290
6. A Higher Call
Adam Makos, Larry Alexander, Berkley, $26.95, 9780425252864
7. The Vatican Diaries
John Thavis, Viking Books, $27.95, 9780670026715
okra8. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
Matt Lee, Ted Lee, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307889737

9. Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State
T.D. Allman, Atlantic Monthly Press, $27.5, 9780802120762
10. Out of Order
Sandra Day O'Connor, Random House, $26, 9780812993929
11. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
12. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668
13. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
14. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $27, 9781451617528
15. Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno, Celebra, $26.95, 9780451416377

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION


1. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
2. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
3. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
4. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
5. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
6. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
7. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
8. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
okra9. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239

10. The Prisoner of Heaven
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780062206299
11. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
12. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
13. The Gods of Gotham
Lyndsay Faye, Berkley, $16, 9780425261255
14. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Vintage, $15, 9780307950659
15. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Jan-Philipp Sendker, Other Press, $14.95, 9781590514634

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION


1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
3. America the Beautiful
Ben Carson, Zondervan, $14.99, 9780310330912
4. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019
5. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
6. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Broadway, $15, 9780307460998
7. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Matthew Inman, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781449410247
8. From Mama's Table to Mine
Bobby Deen, Melissa Clark, Ballantine, $22, 9780345536631
9. The Untethered Soul
Michael A. Singer, New Harbinger, $16.95, 9781572245372
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
11. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $18, 9781439127728
12. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $13.95, 9780399533464
13. The Swerve
Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $16.95, 9780393343403
14. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $20, 9780345408778
15. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319

MASS MARKET


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
3. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
4. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Dell, $7.99, 9780440246138
5. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Harper, $9.99, 9780062238863
6. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
7. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553573428
8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Joanne Fluke, Kensington, $7.99, 9780758273291
9. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
10. Stay Close
Harlan Coben, Signet, $9.99, 9780451233967

CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED


1. Otis and the Puppy
Loren Long, Philomel, $, 9780399254697
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $, 9780694003617
3. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $, 9780312601553
4. Emeraldalicious
Victoria Kann, Harper, $, 9780061781261
5. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $, 9780307120007
6. Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illus.), Candlewick, $, 9780763642648
7. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $, 9780679805274
8. Olivia and the Easter Egg Hunt
Shane L. Johnson (Illus.), Simon Spotlight, $, 9781442460225
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $, 9780399226908
10. Easter Egg
Jan Brett, Putnam, $, 9780399252389

CHILDREN’S INTEREST


1. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254
2. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763660505
3. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
4. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
okra5. Out of the Easy
Ruta Sepetys, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399256929

6. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
7. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, HarperTrophy, $7.99, 9780064400558
8. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
9. The Care and Keeping of You
Valorie Schaefer, Josee Masse (Illus.), American Girl, $12.99, 9781609580834
10. The Apothecary
Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142422069

CHILDREN’S FICTION SERIES TITLES


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
2. Big Nate Flips Out
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $13.99, 9780061996634
3. Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316077033
4. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
5. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
6. Code (A Virals Novel)
Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs, Putnam, $17.99, 9781595144126
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810983915
8. Requiem (Delirium Trilogy, Book 3)
Lauren Oliver, Harper, $18.99, 9780062014535
9. Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House, #43)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375856518
10. There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Elephant & Piggie)
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423106869
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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.

The Astronomer and Other StoriesThe lost pond, found.

The pond had been lost until the first time I came to visit miss Carrie. It had entirely vanished under a matting of vines and weeds and old lilies. I would never have guessed a pool was there had she not shown me the place. “Don’t fall in there,” she called in her cracked voice. I poked through the leafy net and my fingers fell into the shock of cold water.

“Used to fish,” said Miss Carrie. “Kept my minnows there.”

I knew it was impossible she had ever been young enough to fish! But, after the first discovery, the deserted pond was mine. Between visits it would often grow shut again, and I would have to feel among ivy and honeysuckle for the stones and the sharp edge of the burred barrel. The hottest summer sun failed to reach this place. Privet hedge on one side had grown thick and tall as the eaves of the house. There were trees and shrubs-which-had-turned-to-trees crowded on the other side.

On nearly every visit I had to twist off vines or bite them free with my teeth until I could locate the top of the pond, then pull up those lilies turning brown or which I thought had lived long enough. Very rarely one of them would bloom and float on the dark water like a boat which had been carved out of a white star. This one and surviving lilies for which I still had blooming hopes would be held back while with the edge of one hand I skimmed off the green scum and wiped it on the grass. I can close my eyes now and be there again--leaves making a dapple of black shade and gray shade across my wrists. My fingers remember how the stem of the lily gives and pops off underwater; it comes up slow and brown and slimy. I can still feel the ridge that top stave of the sunken barrel left on one palm and the patch of slicky scum on the other. All that…and yet I cannot remember hearing the song of a single bird.

--Doris Betts, “All that Glisters Isn’t Gold” The Astronomer and Other Stories (LSU Press, 1995) 9780807120101

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Book Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Serena

SerenaWhat is in the works is a full-on Hollywood treatment for his best-known novel, Serena.  The movie version stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, for whom this represents a third venture into stories set in the Appalachians: Her career was launched with Winter’s Bone, and The Hunger Games made her a star. Movies from Ron Rash’s books in the works 9780061470844

I’ve had students from the math department, English, criminal justice, and other areas of the art department, and they all bring a different experience to the class and create all types of books

“My students were making some incredible things,” Dudik said. “For the final project, students make any kind of book they want using the techniques they’ve learned in class. The course is open to anyone across campus. I’ve had students from the math department, English, criminal justice, and other areas of the art department, and they all bring a different experience to the class and create all types of books." Student Book Art at USC Libraries

Soul — the South has more than it’s fair share of it. Notes of blues rise up like flames of torment while country music and lyrics embody expression of a troubled past coupled with a strong will to survive. Mist from the Gulf’s crashing waves drifts over legends like Hank Williams, W.C. Handy and Arthur Alexander, quenching the thirst for immortality with embers that never die. To honor the state’s great songwriters, a group of artists have come together and brought their own talents to form an eclectic tribute to the past. The Quilt

The Seed UndergroundArmstrong Atlantic State University announces the Leadership Lecture Series speaking event for spring 2013. Janisse Ray, renowned writer and environmental activist, will give her lecture and reading, “Leading by Example: Sustainability and Our Future,” on Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m., at the Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St. The event is free and open to the public. Janisse Ray speaks at Leadership Lecture Series 9781603583060

The Edible Book Festival was held on Saturday, March 23rd from 1 to 4pm at the Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur. This annual event benefits the Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta and is amazingly fun. More information can be found here and here. Let us eat cake

This writer’s personal essay is a heartfelt ode to the hoarding of all that is handwritten, told in a subtle Southern voice the world would do well to hear more from.

Greensboro writer Jennifer Bringle won top honors in the 2013 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition for her essay “Mamaw’s House.”  Author Shawna Kenney, the judge of this year’s contest, said, “This was the winner from the very first sentence to the very last. This writer’s personal essay is a heartfelt ode to the hoarding of all that is handwritten, told in a subtle Southern voice the world would do well to hear more from.” Salisbury native wins Rose Post Nonfiction prize.

A new literary prize has been concocted in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Crook’s Corner Book Prize was announced last week at the eponymous restaurant, which is known as an originator of Southern cuisine crazes. The award will honor an emerging writer of a debut novel set in the South, and will include $1,000, along with a free glass of wine with every visit to Crook’s Corner during the award year. Jill McCorkle will select this year’s winning novel. The Habit of Eating

Calling Me HomeWarner Brothers has picked up movie rights on Texas author Julie Kibler’s powerful first novel, Calling Me Home (St. Martin’s Press, $24.99 hardcover). The novel, released in the U.S. last month, tells the story of an 89-year-old white woman who asks her hairdresser, a black single mother, to drop what she’s doing and drive her from Arlington, Texas, to Cincinnati for a funeral. Movie rights optioned 9781250014528

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Author Gossip

The first words out of anyone’s mouth were, “I don’t think the iambic pentameter is working very well in this poem.” And I knew I was dead meat because I didn’t even know what iambic pentameter was.

Bye-And-ByeThe first words out of anyone’s mouth were, “I don’t think the iambic pentameter is working very well in this poem.” And I knew I was dead meat because I didn’t even know what iambic pentameter was. I didn’t know anything about writing, having been a history major. But I kept my mouth shut. Charles Wright 9780374533175

I always tell my students if you walk around with your eyes and ears open, you can’t possibly live long enough to write all the novels you’ll encounter

Life After Life“I always tell my students if you walk around with your eyes and ears open, you can’t possibly live long enough to write all the novels you’ll encounter,” McCorkle said in a phone interview from her home in Hillsborough. The Unexpected in the Everyday 9781565122550

Whenever I'm asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one

The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor"Whenever I'm asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one." 10 quotes from Flannery O’Connor 9780374515362

Stray Decorum“In what they read and write, I want students to understand that it's good to have a big heart and an open mind, and fiction teaches that more than nonfiction,” Singleton says of what he wants to bring to the classroom. “And, I hope they have fun.” Singleton to teach at Wofford 9781938103544

 

The Wisdom of HairGrowing up in a tiny town in South Carolina, I don’t think I was fully aware that women came into my mom’s beauty shop to change their lives, but that’s exactly what happened. Even if it was just for a few hours, they dropped their cares on the doorstep and entered a safe place where they could say anything they wanted, knowing my mom would love them up AND give them a fabulous hairstyle. Kim Boykin 9780425261057

One place understood helps us understand all places better.

Nothing Gold Can StayRash does bristle at being thought of as a "regional writer," a term often used dismissively. Most great writers, he says, are regionalists. Joyce wrote about Dublin. John Cheever wrote about suburban New England. Richard Price writes about New York. "Please say that I admire all of those writers," Rash says, quoting Eudora Welty's famous maxim, "One place understood helps us understand all places better." Interview with Ron Rash 9780062202710

“[W]hat is memory but near and far events spread and smoothed beneath the present’s surface,” asks one character caught by the pull of days gone by. Rash brings together past, present and memory, deftly reflecting how the passing years have reshaped ground he knows so well. A hardscrabble existence

 

Debra MoffittDebra Moffitt

Debra Moffitt is an author and teacher devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices.

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STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

Authors traveling right now:

See the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

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Bookstore Gossip

The tree in front of The Country Bookshop now has a red and white and black-striped, blue polka-dotted trunk, thanks to the work of Kristin Parker.  Hanging from the tree limb are Dr. Seuss' Thing 1 and Thing 2, created by Lynn Bowness. They are dangling from the tree branch with a knitted "Cat in the Hat" book cover. The Country Bookshop is yarn-bombed.

Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake, indie bookstore style

She is such a voracious reader that by the mid 1970s, she had already read all the books that interested her at Newnan’s Carnegie Library

Earlene Scott has always loved books. She is such a voracious reader that by the mid 1970s, she had already read all the books that interested her at Newnan’s Carnegie Library and had to start purchasing new reading material. At the time, bookstores were few and far between. In fact, the closest one wasn’t really a bookstore at all — it was the book section at Rich’s in downtown Atlanta.  At the time, bookstores were few and far between. In fact, the closest one wasn’t really a bookstore at all — it was the book section at Rich’s in downtown Atlanta. Iconic bookshop closing

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
The sinsiter nature of waif-like girls


The Darkling

The Darkling by R. B. Chesterton

The DarklingIn the 1940s, Coden, Alabama was a hideaway for movie stars - an isolated playground tucked among live oaks and placid bay waters where pleasure and vice could be indulged. By the summer of 1974 Coden's glamour has faded, but it doesn't bother Mimi Bosarge, who is just happy to have a job as a live-in tutor with the wealthiest family in town, the Hendersons. When the Hendersons generously open their arms to Annie, a troubled teenager with no recollection of her past, Mimi''s greatest concern is creating a curriculum for the family's new ward. But it soon becomes obvious that something is wrong. Annie seems suspiciously savvy for her young age, and Mimi can't quell the unnerving sense that there is something malicious about the waiflike beauty.

 

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Read This! Okra Picks and picks from the Indie Next List


A Long Day at the End of the World by Brent Hendricks

See, as I was driving along on my road-trip pilgrimage from Tuscaloosa to that backwoods  crematory site in North Georgia, I started to have this apocalyptic feeling- which is a feeling I’ve had many times before, being somewhat obsessed with the idea of the End Times- but on this occasion I started to feel like I was riding inside apocalypse, you know what I mean?

A Long Day at the End of the WorldBecause a picture is a sort of dream, the big moon circles the whirling earth that follows our little burning star, and my father hasn’t entered the third state. He’s not stretched out here in the backwoods of nowhere, becoming the ground. All the stars are flying away, the universe emptying out, my father emptied by the moon’s glare until he’s all shadow and light, beautiful almost, so overexposed he could be a young man in a photograph. Podcast

In this slim debut memoir, the Southern Gothic tradition enters even darker territory, as poet Brent Hendricks investigates the “largest mass desecration in modern American history.” Far from a straightforward journalistic treatment, however, Hendricks’s book is deeply personal: His father’s body was one of the desecrated, and possibly one of the first in this series of “blackly fantastic” events. A Long Day at the End of the World

A Long Day at the End of the WorldThe inscription on the monument that was just dedicated reads, “Garden of Peace: This section of Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park is dedicated to those loved ones who were discovered at Tri-State Crematory on Feb. 15, 2002 and laid to rest in March 2004. May they and their families have everlasting peace and consolation.” The Desecration is Remembered

See, as I was driving along on my road-trip pilgrimage from Tuscaloosa to that backwoods  crematory site in North Georgia, I started to have this apocalyptic feeling- which is a feeling I’ve had many times before, being somewhat obsessed with the idea of the End Times- but on this occasion I started to feel like I was riding inside apocalypse, you know what I mean? Interview with Brent Hendricks

Full set of Okra Picks here


Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers:

Staff Picks from Park Road Books

Life After LifeAnd now here are the books that we're loving these days. I'm going to begin with a fun factoid that you won't believe, which involves my favorite novel of the year so far, Jill McCorkle's Life After Life. I've talked about this in some detail in previous issues, but to recap: it's a beautiful, sad, funny meditation of life, aging, and connections between people. The residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement community in Fulton, North Carolina, all have their stories to share, and McCorkle masterfully weaves them together. We meet Stanley Stone, once a prominent lawyer in town who is now feigning dementia to keep his son from living with him; Rachel Silverman, a transplant from the Northeast whose presence no one can quite explain and who has secrets of her own; Sadie Randolph, a teacher for many years who believes we're all eight years old in our hearts; and Joanna, a hospice volunteer and CJ, a tattooed and pierced young woman who runs the beauty shop. All of these stories come together and weave around each other. You will laugh and cry. Jill spoke at the Queens University Book and Author Event, and, in Sally's words, "brought down the house." We have signed copies available in the store right now so call or email if you'd like one. And here's the fun fact. You've probably noticed in our store near the register we keep copies of a free monthly flyer for the top IndieBound picks. These books are picked from recommendations from booksellers all over the country. Each month, the book receiving the most votes is selected as the #1 IndieBound pick. So in the April issue (not out yet), for the first time, there was a tie for #1. One of them was Jill McCorkle's Life After Life. The other one was Kate Atkinson's new book, which Sally loved, but notes that it's a very different book from her previous novels. The title of Ms. Atkinson's novel (which will be out at the beginning of April) is.....Life After Life. I am not making this up.

A Tale for the Time Being is so amazing, when I finished the last delicious page I read it again

A Tale for Time BeingSally's favorite novel of the year so far comes from one of her favorite authors, Ruth Ozeki. Ms. Ozeki is not prolific--she has published only three novels since 1998--but she reliably hits it out of the park. Her new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, tells parallel stories of a sixteen-year-old girl named Nao who is bullied at school and plans to commit suicide as soon as she finishes the story of her great-grandmother Jiko, an early feminist and Zen Buddhist nun, and of a writer named Ruth, who lives in western Canada and finds Nao's diary and letters in a Hello Kitty lunchbox that washes up on the beach. Here's what Sally had to say: "A Tale for the Time Being is so amazing, when I finished the last delicious page I read it again (I have never read an ARC [Advance Reading Copy] twice!). Ruth Ozeiki's talent to bring such an emotional attachment to her characters and story is second to none. I am amazed at the power and the glory of this brilliant novel." And here's what Kirkus Reviews, which is notoriously hard to impress, said: "The novel's seamless web of language, metaphor and meaning can't be disentangled from its powerful emotional impact: These are characters we care for deeply, imparting vital life lessons through the magic of storytelling. A masterpiece, pure and simple." 9780670026630

Detroit: An American AutopsyBrian's favorite new book is Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff, which chronicles the decline of what was once a great American city. Here's what he says about it: "Part corruption expose, part memoir, part requiem for a once great city, LeDuff's Detroit is honest, sad, and at times darkly comic. It reads like a noir thriller, a sort of whodunit with Detroit as the victim. The city of Detroit is the main character here, and is drawn as richly as any character in any of the best fiction. This was a book that was impossible to set down." I've been hearing Mr. LeDuff a lot in my own NPR listening, and he is a fascinating interview subject. His sense of humor comes through clearly in both interviews and in the book. Given that my dad grew up in Detroit, I suspect I will be reading this one myself before long. 9781594205347

After reading this modern thriller, I feel like I could rob a casino and end up a very rich person!

GhostmanTrudy's current favorite is one Sally and I both also enjoyed, the crackling whip-smart thriller Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. And it's a debut novel by a young writer, so we expect great things from him in the future. Ghostman is about the adventures of Jack Delton (if that is his real name, which it isn't), who is a "fixer," i.e. a guy who works below the surface to make problems disappear. (Sally compares him to Harvey Keitel's character in Pulp Fiction.) He never stays in one place too long and never lets anyone get too close. For all practical purposes, he's a ghost. And the time Hobbs spends explaining his character's methods is quite fascinating; Trudy says, "After reading this modern thriller, I feel like I could rob a casino and end up a very rich person!" So if you're tempted to a life of crime, or just enjoy a very good well-written thriller, Ghostman is your book! 9780307959966

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Night Moves Nothing Gold Can Stay Me Before You Alex Cross, Run Sum It Up A Higher Call The Vatican Diaries The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State Killing Kennedy Jesus Calling The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Rita Moreno Fifty Shades Freed A Land More Kind Than Home Fifty Shades Darker The Gods of Gotham The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Unlikely Friendships From Mama's Table to Mine The Untethered Soul The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Presidents Club Catherine the Great F in Exams Defending Jacob Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder The Diary of a Young Girl Stay Close On the Night You Were Born Guess How Much I Love You Oh, the Places You'll Go! Olivia and the Easter Egg Hunt Out of the Easy Charlotte's Web The Care and Keeping of You


 


Author Readings

Tim Hollis - See Alabama First: The Story of Alabama Tourism  (author appearance)
Tim Hollis
03/27/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL


Matt and Ted Lee - The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
03/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Magnificent Chicken Event with Photographer Tamara Staples  (author appearance)
Tamara Staples
03/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA


Abbi Glines & Leigh Talbert Moore  (author appearance)
Abbi Glines
03/28/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL


Julie Compton Launch Party  (author appearance)
Julie Compton
03/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Launch Party


Jon Buchan signs Code of the Forest  (author appearance)
Jon Buchan
03/28/2013, 06:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC


Kathy Bertone  (author appearance)
Kathy Bertone
03/28/2013, 04:00 pm
Sunshine Booksellers
Marco Island, FL


John Gosslee - 12 Sonnets for the Zodiac  (author appearance)
John Gosslee
03/28/2013, 07:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Deborah Hicks, memoir: The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America  (author appearance)
Deborah Hicks
03/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC


Karen Pullen author of Cold Feet  (author appearance)
Karen Pullen
03/28/2013, 04:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC


Laurie Nienhaus Discussing and Signing Steeped: The Wonderings and delights of a Tea Adventurer  (author appearance)
Laurie Nienhaus
03/28/2013, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL


Gwen Cooper -- Love Saves the Day  (author appearance)
Gwen Cooper
03/28/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL


Jay Bilas  (author appearance)
Jay Bilas
03/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC


Laura Black -- Big Butts, Fat Thighs and Other Secrets of Success  (author appearance)
Laura Black
03/29/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL


BRUCE JOHNSON PRESENTS TALES OF THE GROVE PARK INN  (author appearance)
Bruce Johnson
03/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC


Birke Baehr Offers a Discussion on Sustainable Farming  (author appearance)
Birke Baehr
03/30/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC


MADDIE ON THINGS by Theron Humphrey  (author appearance)
Theron Humphrey
03/30/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA


WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY – Wendy Wax  (author appearance)
Wendy Wax
03/30/2013, 05:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA


Jay Bilas - Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court  (author appearance)
Jay Bilas
04/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


A.C. Grayling  (author appearance)
A. C. Grayling,
04/01/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Jenny Milchman and Lee Mims Reading and Signing  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman
04/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Pomegranate Books
Wilmington, NC


Kevin Anderson signs, Hellhole: Awakening  (author appearance)
Kevin Anderson
04/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA


THE LEE BROS. PRESENT THEIR CHARLESTON KITCHEN COOKBOOK  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
04/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC


Author event with the Lee Brothers  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
04/02/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN


Nortin Hadler  (author appearance)
Nortin Hadler
04/02/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Will Willimon & Allegra Jordan discuss their novels  (author appearance)
Will Willimon
04/02/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC


Salon@615 with Anne Lamott  (author appearance)
Anne Lamott
04/03/2013, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN


Matt Lee and Ted Lee authors of Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
04/03/2013, 05:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN


Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt  (author appearance)
Tom Earnhardt
04/03/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Jamie Quatro - I Want to Show You More  (author appearance)
Jamie Quatro
04/03/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL


Book Your Lunch with Kim Boykin (Tickets required)  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin
04/03/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC


Author in the shop! - Mac Barnett   (author appearance)
Mac Barnett
04/03/2013, 04:00 pm
bbgb
Richmond, VA


Author event with Charles Holt  (author appearance)
Charles Holt
04/04/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN


Georgann Eubanks  (author appearance)
Georgann Eubanks
04/04/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Wiley Cash - A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME  (author appearance)
Wiley Cash
04/04/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA


Nathaniel Rich: Odds Against Tomorrow  (author appearance)
Nathaniel Rich
04/04/2013, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA


The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble! with Ann B. Ross  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/04/2013, 05:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore


Maddie On Things!!!  (author appearance)
Theron Humphrey
04/04/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA


Danny Bernstein  (author appearance)
Danny Bernstein
04/05/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Georgann Eubanks  (author appearance)
Georgann Eubanks
04/05/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC


Poet Keith Flynn Visits City Lights  (author appearance)
Keith Flynn
04/05/2013, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC


Nancy Huddleston Packer - Old Ladies  (author appearance)
Nancy Huddleston Packer
04/05/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL


Nora Raskin - Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts  (author appearance)
Nora Raskin
04/06/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Helana Brigman: Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round  (author appearance)
Helana Brigman
04/06/2013, 01:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA


Lachlan Smith- Bear is Broken  (author appearance)
Lachlan Smith
04/06/2013, 12:00 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL


Reading Rainbow Presents Keturah Israel with Cricket Promises  (author appearance)
Keturah Israel
04/07/2013, 06:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA


Elizabeth Strout  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Strout
04/07/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Elizabeth Stroutl: The Burgess Boys  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Strout
04/07/2013, 12:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC


Robert Jones & Barry Ozer - A Dude's Guide to Babies  (author appearance)
Robert Jones
04/07/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Escaping Viet Nam H'Yoanh's Story by Harriet Hill and H'Yoanh Buonya  (author appearance)
H'Yoanh Buonya
04/07/2013, 02:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC


Salon@615 with Elizabeth Strout - Author of Olive Kitteridge  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Strout
04/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN


Jennifer Fosberry  (author appearance)
Jennifer Fosberry
04/08/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Leaving Tuscaloosa - by Walter Bennett  (author appearance)
Walter Bennett
04/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Devon Flaherty  (author appearance)
Devon Flaherty
04/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC


Pam Houston - CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED  (author appearance)
Pam Houston
04/08/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA


Rita Leganski: The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow  (author appearance)
Rita Leganski
04/08/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA


Patti Callahan Henry - And Then I Found You  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry
04/08/2013, 06:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL


Nancy Collamer - Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement  (author appearance)
Nancy Collamer
04/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Jill McCorkle - Life after Life  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/08/2013, 4pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL


Elaine Orr  (author appearance)
Elaine Orr
04/09/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Richard Greer: Voices from the Pacific by Marcus Brotherton  (author appearance)
Marcus Brotherton
04/09/2013, 05:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC


Ann B. Ross- Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble!  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/09/2013, 05:00 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC


The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble!  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/09/2013, 5pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC


The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble! with Ann B. Ross  (author appearance)
Ann B Ross
04/09/2013, 05:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore


Theron Humphrey & Maddie the coonhound - MADDIE ON THINGS: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics  (author appearance)
Theron Humphrey
04/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC


Author at the Muse  (author appearance)
Milchman, Jenny
04/10/2013, 05:00 pm
Author Signing


Jody McAuliffe  (author appearance)
Jody McAuliffe
04/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC


Lee Craig  (author appearance)
Lee Craig
04/11/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Brenda Marie Osbey - HISTORY AND OTHER POEMS  (author appearance)
Brenda Marie Osbey
04/11/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA


Elaine Neil Orr - A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa  (author appearance)
Elaine Neil Orr
04/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Tea Rex Day   (author appearance)
Molly Idle
04/11/2013, 11:00 am
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC


Read It & Eat with William Kent Krueger  (author appearance)
William Kent Krueger
04/11/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL


Local Author Night  (author appearance)
Lucien O'Kelley
04/11/2013, 06:00 pm
The Bookstore in the Grove
Coconut Grove, FL


Kim Boykin signs The Wisdom of Hair  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin
04/11/2013, 05:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC


Monica Wesolowska  (author appearance)
Monica Wesolowska
04/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC


William Kent Krueger  (author appearance)
William Kent Krueger
04/12/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Mike Greenberg  (author appearance)
Mike Greenberg
04/13/2013, 09:00 am
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Jenny Brown- The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals  (author appearance)
Jenny Brown
04/13/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


Cecily White: Prophecy Girl  (author appearance)
Cecily White
04/13/2013, 01:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA


Daniel Anthony Hartis - Charlotte Beer: A History of Brewing in the Queen City  (author appearance)
Daniel Anthony Hartis
04/13/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Book Your Lunch With William Kent Krueger  (author appearance)
William Kent Krueger
04/13/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC


Donald McCaig  (author appearance)
Donald McCaig
04/14/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


JJ Cook - That Old Flame of Mine  (author appearance)
J. J. Cook
04/14/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC


Judy Lessler discusses Food for the Mind - Food for the Body  (author appearance)
Judy Lessler
04/15/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


William Kent Krueger: Ordinary Grace  (author appearance)
William Kent Krueger
04/15/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA


Matt & Ted Lee - Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
04/15/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL


Philip Gura: Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel  (author appearance)
Philip Gura
04/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC


Jill McCorkle Book Signing  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/15/2013, 05:00 pm
That Bookstore in Blytheville
Blytheville, AR


Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff-Gray  (author appearance)
Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff-Gray
04/17/2013, 05:00 pm
Undercover Books & Gifts
Christiansted, VI


Elaine Neil Orr  (author appearance)
Elaine Neil Orr
04/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC


Author at the Muse  (author appearance)
lewis, s. r.
04/20/2013, 02:00 pm
Author Talk and Signing


Book Your Lunch With Denise Kiernan  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/10/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC


Sallie Bissell author of Music of Ghosts  (author appearance)
Sallie Bissell
05/13/2013, 06:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN


Book Your Lunch with Ann B. Ross (Tickets required)  (author appearance)
Ann B Ross
05/16/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC


David Sedaris  (author appearance)
David Sedaris
06/07/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

 


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