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What to Read Next?: Suggested Reading from Library Staff

Staff Picks

Regional Roundups

Here’s what’s new from local authors or books about our area. A couple of excellent North Carolina titles are Lynne Hinton’s book The View From Here, about a woman who climbs into a tree to do some reflection on her life and stays there, and Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing takes place in the coastal marshes with a young girl coming to terms with her solitude. Both books are great picks for anyone who likes Barbara Kingsolver or Karen Russell. In regional mysteries, Frederick Ramsay’s Jesse Sutherlin series comes to its conclusion with Countdown, about a war hero investigating a rivalry between two mountain clans of Virginia, completed after the author’s passing with the help of the talented Dana Stabenow. Julie Keller’s West Virginia prosecutor Bell Elkins gets a 7th novel in Bone on Bone, which looks at drug abuse in a mountain community. In a new series, J. G. Hetherton introduces a Hillsborough journalist solving cold cases in Last Girl Gone. For something cozier, try the Lighthouse Library Mystery called The Spook in the Stacks, or in the Blue Ridge Mystery series, the new one is Shelved Under Murder. Christian Fiction readers may enjoy Send Down the Rain, by Charles Martin (author of the recent book-to-film story The Mountain Between Us), which begins with a Vietnam veteran finding a woman and her two children in the Western North Carolina forest. For something with suspense, try a nail biter set in Alabama, Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton, and in historical romance, the books Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof has an immigrant story of the 1800s. In literary thrillers, a man fleeing his past takes refuge in a Virginia nature preserve in Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin, natural disasters set a family in motion in The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart, and Let’s No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda is about a family of squatters making do. Regional novelist David Joy has a new book about a hunting accident called The Line That Held Us, and his literary predecessor William Gay has a posthumous book out called The Lost Country, which takes place like all his novels in the invented community of Ackerman’s Field, Tennessee. For nonfiction, there is a sobering book about the opioid epidemic in Appalachia called Dopesick from Beth Macy, author of Truevine. Two new regional cookbooks are worth checking out, Southern From Scratch by Ashley English and A Baker’s Year by Tara Jensen, while Soul by Todd Richards is an excellent addition to books on Southern cooking