In which Mr. Ron Rash tells it like it is, Ms. Nancy Peacock tells it like it ought to be, and her ladyship and Jill McCorkle are both too busy nesting to say much.
April 8, 2013
Here on the Carolina coast, it has finally warmed up enough to be able to sit outdoors and read. Her ladyship’s “tbr” stack, therefore, is now coated in a fine dusting of pine and oak tree pollen; a hazard of the climate she endures simply to be able to sit in a chair on her back porch and read under the warm spring sun.
She could, of course, save her books by reading on her e-reader. But as it turns out, the real books are somewhat more durable than the virtual ones. Or at least more impervious to dust and grit. And small gnats, stray cat hairs, a dog licking the cover, spilled sweet tea, or the greasy crumbs from her ladyship’s buttered corn muffin. After all, if you are going to be out of doors with a book, you have to expect some of the out of doors to get into your book.
1. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364 2. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250028655 3. Life After Life Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel Books, $24.95, 9781565122550 4. The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067688 5. Leaving Everything Most Loved Jacqueline Winspear, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049605 6. The Dinner Herman Koch, Hogarth, $24, 9780770437855 7. A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273574 8. The Storyteller Jodi Picoult, Atria, $28.99, 9781439102763 9. Six Years Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953487 10. Tenth of December George Saunders, Random House, $26, 9780812993806 11. The Aviator's Wife Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $26, 9780345528674 12. Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99, 9780062124265 13. The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $23.95, 9781616201326 14. A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki, Viking, $28.95, 9780670026630 15. Benediction Kent Haruf, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959881
1. Lean In Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949 2. I Could Pee on This Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585 3. Help, Thanks, Wow Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290 4. Sum It Up Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins, Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385346870 5. My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayor, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307594884 6. The Drunken Botanist Amy Stewart, Algonquin, $19.95, 9781616200466 7. The FastDiet Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer, Atria, $24, 9781476734941 8. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067664 9. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $27, 9781451617528 10. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464873 11. Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 Lynne Olson, Random House, $30, 9781400069743 12. Life Code Phillip C. McGraw, Bird Street Books, $26, 9780985462734 13. Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168 14. Killing Kennedy Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668 15. The Future Al Gore, Random House, $30, 9780812992946
TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION
1. The Great Gatsby F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565 2. Rules of Civility Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169 3. The Paris Wife Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316 4. A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239 5. Spring Fever Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312642723 6. Life of Pi Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419 7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196 8. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow Rita Leganski, Harper Paperbacks, $14.99, 9780062113764 9. The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550 10. Death Comes to Pemberley P.D. James, Vintage, $15, 9780307950659 11. State of Wonder Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810 12. The Gods of Gotham Lyndsay Faye, Berkley, $16, 9780425261255 13. The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432 14. The Prisoner of Heaven Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780062206299 15. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce, Random House, $15, 9780812983456
TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION
1. Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199 2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074 3. Wreck This Journal Keri Smith, Perigee, $13.95, 9780399533464 4. Quiet Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156 5. America the Beautiful Ben Carson, Zondervan, $14.99, 9780310330912 6. Let's Pretend This Never Happened Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019 7. Bossypants Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878 8. When Women Were Birds Terry Tempest Williams, Picador, $15, 9781250024114 9. Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain Ryan Blair, Portfolio, $16, 9781591845997 10. Revelations Elaine Pagels, Penguin, $16, 9780143121633 11. Why Does the World Exist? Jim Holt, Liveright, $16.95, 9780871403599 12. In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853 13. The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310 14. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622 15. Unlikely Friendships Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
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. Defending Jacob William Landay, Dell, $7.99, 9780440246138 4. 1984 George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935 5. Animal Farm George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342 6. A Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429 7. A Storm of Swords George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553573428 8. American Sniper Chris Kyle, Harper, $9.99, 9780062238863 9. Twice Tempted Jeaniene Frost, Avon, $7.99, 9780062076106 10. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
1. Pat the Bunny Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007 2. Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617 3. Otis and the Puppy Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399254697 4. Easter Surprise Beatrix Potter, Frederick Warne and Company, $6.99, 9780723268901 5. The Night Before Easter Natasha Wing, Kathy Couri (Illustrator), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99, 9780448418735 6. Ollie's Easter Eggs Olivier Dunrea, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547859187 7. This Is Not My Hat Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655990 8. Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926 9. God Gave Us Easter Lisa Tawn Bergren, Laura J. Bryant (Illus.), Waterbrook, $10.99, 9780307730725 10. Home for a Bunny Margaret Wise Brown, Golden, $3.99, 9780307930095
1. The Fault in Our Stars John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812 2. Poems to Learn by Heart Caroline Kennedy, Jon J Muth (Illus.), Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423108054 3. Looking for Alaska John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511 4. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Stephan Pastis, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763660505 5. The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254 6. Wonder R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020 7. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955 8. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit Emma Thompson, Eleanor Taylor (Illus.), Frederick Warne and Company, $20, 9780723269106 9. An Abundance of Katherines John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707 10. Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green, David Levithan, Speak, $9.99, 9780142418475
CHILDREN’S FICTION SERIES TITLES
1. Stallion by Starlight (Magic Tree House, #49) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780307980403 2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847 3. Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices, #3) Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $19.99, 9781416975908 4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780439023498 5. Matched Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779 6. Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316077033 7. Divergent Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039 8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136 9. The Maze Runner James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951 10. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) Rick Riordan, Miramax, $7.99, 9781423103349
Around 45 authors will attend the eighth Annual Alabama Book Festival on April 20 in Old Alabama Town. The festival will feature readings, book signings, question and answer sessions and more. In addition, the Alabama Readers Theatre will perform a play by Harper Lee called Now Is the Time for All Good Men. Alabama Book Festival
it's best to lie low and live "a small life, a sad life."
The small-town setting of The Next Time You See Me, Holly Goddard Jones' debut novel, is no place for the faint of heart. The more we see of the people who live here, the easier it is to understand what one character means when he says it's best to lie low and live "a small life, a sad life." The Next Time You See Me
Jill McCorkle's first novel in 17 years, Life After Life (Algonquin/ 2013), is set in a retirement community. There, the dying grapple with life and death in humorous, dark turns. One character moved to the area to be close to the grave of her former lover. Another fakes dementia to avoid having to deal with his adult son. Jill McCorkle joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her newest work. Love and Mortality
McCorkle lets the true humor of old age shine through. Getting older, facing death does not mean an end to laughter or to love or to hope. Poignant and thoughtful, this novel follows the circle of life from the other end. It’s the little things
Pulling into the dirt driveway on a recent morning, a visitor wandered past an old Dodge truck moldering in the sun, and around garages and outbuildings and house additions, while three dogs excitedly ran in circles. Ms. McCorkle, 54, was eventually found in a large, high-ceilinged kitchen, filling milk bottles. Nesting is better back home
It was important for me to write about those sensory connections being made at the end of a person’s life.
As a writer, I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to introduce sound or something going on in the present that connects with something that the characters remember from the past. Joanna writes about the sound of the flag clanging against the flagpole, and in the mind of the dying person, the sound brings her back to the memory of being on a passenger boat. At another point, Joanna writes about a cardinal outside the window making the sound “cheer, cheer, cheer,” but what the woman is remembering is her husband saying “here, here, here.” It was important for me to write about those sensory connections being made at the end of a person’s life. Q&A with Jill McCorkle
I think that women have more trouble finding time, quiet, physical space, and psychic space for writing, but I think we all need it.
AK: Is Virginia Woolf’s classic, A Room of One’s Own important to you? Are there other classics with similar themes that you see as influences? NP: I certainly played off of the title A Room of One's Own - A Broom of One's Own. I think that women have more trouble finding time, quiet, physical space, and psychic space for writing, but I think we all need it. In my own life I have, as I've grown older, found it easier to get this for myself, probably because I recognize the importance of it more now than I did when I was younger, and because I am more willing to take it without apology. Interview with Nancy Peacock | Part 2
Ron Rash is one of our few literary writers who excels at multiple forms. In the past few years, he has published a novel, The Cove, a collection of short stories, Burning Bright, and a book of poetry, Waking— all to rave reviews. But the strength his 14th book, Nothing Gold Can Stay, suggests that he is a short-story writer at heart… Nothing Gold Can Stay
STARS 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.
Ed McCarter just couldn’t stay away from books. He and his wife, Miriam, will reopen Special Occasions on Tuesday after a two-year absence from the local bookstore scene. “I just needed something to do,” said McCarter. He even thought about getting a part-time job. “Finally, I just decided I would open back up and do what I’ve been doing,” he said. Local bookstore reopens
Spellbound Children’s Bookshop has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund its planned move and expansion. The campaign runs through May 15, 2013 with a funding goal of $18,500 to help cover costs associated with moving the bookstore into a larger space. Spellbound Children’s Bookshop seeks funding
The only thing that sells a book is word of mouth — the right recommending words coming out of readers’ mouths.
The only thing that sells a book is word of mouth — the right recommending words coming out of readers’ mouths. With so much content competing for a reader’s attention (a reader who can quickly become a viewer or a gamer or a late-night snacker/toker) most readers rely on a few trusted sources for recommendations. Diana Capriola at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Ga., has personally and repeatedly put my books into her customers’ hands. The Internet expands the way we read
Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC, will be collecting new and gently used books through the end of April for their “Great Kids Deserve Great Books” campaign to supply books to children in the District 7 school district with books for their summer reading programs. Donations can be made at the store, and there is also a book drive page on Facebook, where updates on their progress are posted. Last year the store collected more than 5,000 books for students at seven District 7 schools to take home for summer reading, and they hope to exceed that number this year. Some neighborhoods in Spartanburg average one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Great kids deserve great books
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (Harper, paperback, $7.99) One of the most unusual and gripping psychological thrillers I have ever read. When Christine wakes up every morning, she remembers only what she does or is told during the day, but then after sleep, she starts all over again with no memories. We share Christine's confusion and her fears as she goes through a roller coaster of emotions reading her journal each day, not knowing what she's remembered or what she's imagined. She doesn't know who to believe or who to fear. We are carried right along for the ride by the brilliant writing and the vehicle that Watson has chosen to tell his story. -Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins (HQN Books, paperback, $7.99) The Best Man has a wonderful setting of family and small towns told in classic Higgins fashion. I enjoyed the story of family vineyards and siblings working together. Faith, the main character, is the youngest with no clear "place" in the family business. After being left at the altar, she has to find her own place and independence. Any fan of Robin Carr, Nora Roberts, or Lisa Kleypas will enjoy this book. -Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (Harper, paperback, $15.99) The Orchardist's name is Talmadge and his orchard is located in the isolated Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century. Talmadge has never quite recovered from the disappearance of his sister, his last living relative, over twenty years ago, and so inevitably he decides to shelter the two young, troubled girls who appear at the orchard one day. This compelling, readable literary debut leaves much room for bookclub discussion. -Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
this book will leave readers debating the age-old question of free will versus destiny
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh (Disney-Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99) Jepp, a dwarf in 16th century Europe, is tempted from his mother and home by the glitter of court, only to be forced to spring from a pie. When another dwarf in the queen's collection suffers a terrible fate, Jepp finds himself shipped to another unfamiliar place as punishment, a place where the lord of the castle surrounds himself with science and stars, and where Jepp must decide whether the stars determine his fate, or if he can live a life of his own choosing. Wonderfully written and full of rich historical detail, this book will leave readers debating the age-old question of free will versus destiny. -Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee