Andrew Young has always been a fighter, literally and figuratively. As a child, he learned boxing so he could defend himself from schoolyard bullies, and as an adult he battled discrimination to become a congressman and mayor of Atlanta.
“The Many Lives of Andrew Young” by acclaimed Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter ernie suggs, tells the compelling tale of the civil rights hero, congressman, ambassador and mayor. Hundreds of color photographs document the rise of this Southern icon who recently turned 90.
Readers can relive Young’s term as mayor during the 1996 Summer Olympics and find inspiration in his many achievements such as co-founding Good Works International, which promotes human rights across the globe. Jimmy Carter writes the prologue to a well-researched book that captures and celebrates the life of one of Georgia’s most accomplished men.
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Della Marigold, the protagonist of Taylor Brown‘s latest novel, has a unique way of flying the friendly skies. No conventional window or aisle seat for her.
It’s the Great Depression, and Della and her husband make their money by performing acts of aerial daring, which includes strolls on the wing. They hope to earn enough cash to get to the West Coast. During one of their stunts, they encounter a famous author.
“Wingwalkers” is based on a real-life encounter two aviator daredevils had with William Faulkner during Mardi Gras. Out of this footnote in history, Brown, a Savannah author, has created an enthralling, inventive historical narrative that’s part adventure tale, part love story. It also illuminates the creative workings of one of the South’s most revered novelists.
Rural Texas, with its smelly oil fields and tired honky-tonks, doesn’t have much to offer Annie McIntyre, a recent college grad. But instead of leaving for more promising pastures, she sticks around and helps her granddad with her private-eye business.
When a local waitress goes missing, Annie is eager for clues, but what she finds are long-buried secrets and confrontations with a past she’d be happy to forget.
“Pay Dirt Road” by Atlanta author Samantha Jayne Allen is a debut novel that’s won the Tony Hillerman Prize and gained lavish praise from Augusta’s own Brian Panowich. He calls it, “Brilliantly paced… and a perfect addition to the rural mystery genre.” If you liked the realist grit of “Mare of Easttown,” you’ll savor this smart and layered tale from a new Georgia writer worth watching.
If you mourned the end of Karen White‘s Tradd Street’s series, you’ll be happy to know the prolific Atlanta writer has started a new spin-off series based in New Orleans. White is a Tulane grad, and it was her original intention to set a series in the city of her alma mater, but then Hurricane Katrina hit, and the author sought a new setting.
Now that her Tradd Street series has ended, White is happy to highlight New Orleans in her latest novel, “The Shop on Royal Street” with a new character aptly named Nola, whos’ looking for a fixer upper in the storied city. Not only does Nola find her house from her, but she also discovers that her new digs from her come with a slew of supernatural tenants.
White has a knack for combining ghostly shenanigans with charming Southern settings and you’ll want to add “The Shop on Royal Street” to your spring reading list.
The author will appear at the newly re-located Book Tavern, now at 978 Broad St. on April 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Must-read of the month
“The problem with lying to your husband is that it changes everything and nothing.” That’s a telling line from “The Love of My Life” by Rose Walsh, which delves into the intricacies of a marriage fraught with secrets.
Emma is a good wife and mother, but she’s terrible at telling the truth. In fact, everything she’s told her husband de ella, Leo, about herself is a bald-faced lie. When Emma falls deathly ill, Leo, an obituary writer, researches his wife’s life and opens a Pandora’s box of untruths. Not even Emma’s name is real.
Walsh’s novel is reminiscent of Laura Dave’s mega hit, “The Last Thing He Told Me” but with its own original spin. “Good Morning America” has chosen this domestic drama for its book club, and I’m not surprised. Although the novel has a leisurely beginning, once the plot wheels start grinding, you’ll be hooked until the last page.
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