In this column we feature books and authors with regional appeal to Western North Carolina and more broadly, with a strong sense of place in the Southeast. Place any of these on hold at the library through the NC Cardinal catalog.
With summer just around the corner, place your holds just in time for vacation. The Summer House by Jenny Hale has the right mix of feel good romance about two friends fixing up an Outer Banks vacation rental and finding a secret diary. An independent woman does what she pleases in small town North
Carolina in De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s In West Mills. The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry is a follow up to the Bookshop at Water’s End, a low country novel about coming home. The Beach House series by Mary Alice Monroe continues with a scene that will resonate with local readers in The Summer Guests when a hurricane sets off an evacuation to nearby Tryon. Not to be confused with another Mary Monroe, the Neighbors series continues with Over the Fence, set in Deep South during Prohibition.
For even more historical books, The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler blends genres with an illusionist touring the vaudeville circuit as a magician, based on the real life “Georgia Wonder.” In Dawson’s Fall by Roxana Robinson, a Charleston newspaperman chronicles a changing society in the decades that followed the Civil War. Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera features three women confronting injustice in Depression-era South Carolina. In a book that’s generating a lot of interest, follow a librarian on horseback across Kentucky hills and hollers in The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.
In thrilling reads, And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs explores what happens when a loved one vanishes at a Tennessee Lake, told by a bipolar narrator who suspects foul play. Johnson City author Scott Pratt has a new murder mystery series in gory detail with The Sins of the Mother. North
Georgia author Brian Panowich released the anticipated sequel to Bull Mountain, about the sheriff of a region of family clans vying for control of the drug trade in Like Lions.
In lighter mystery series, Rita Mae Brown has a new dog and cat mystery called Whiskers in the Dark. In series debut Cookin’ the Books by Amy Meade, someone poisons the local librarian at the annual luncheon and literary caterer Tish Tarragon is on the case. In yet another library mystery, Read on Arrival by Nora Page, a Georgia librarian is willing to go the distance to get a long overdue book back. The closest to home is going to be Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams which features the Biltmore Estate.
Other odds and ends to round out your reading could be the cookbook Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest, or a book of essays about race and reconciliation by a pastor and descendant of Robert E Lee, A Sin By Any Other Name. For short story collections with Southern authors and settings, pick up Staff Picks by George Singleton or Let Me Out Here by Emily Pease.