Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this mesmerizing debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice — stalked by a Bible-haunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. In this spellbinding Southern story set in 1939, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can’t quite dispel.
Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature and runs Loose Canon, a web service that fosters free-choice reading in the classroom.
In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death from Parkinson’s of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.
Witnessing John’s unnecessarily extended decline has spurred Diane into becoming an advocate for the “right to die” movement slowly taking shape in our country.
Her book—as practical as it is inspiring—will be a help and a comfort to the recently bereaved, and a beacon of hope about the possibilities that remain to us as we deal with our own approaching mortality.
Please note this event will be held in The Fearrington Barn. Seating will be first come, first served. Diane Rehm will be signing books purchased from McIntyre’s Books only.
From Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson comes a powerful, lyrical debut novel that explores race relations, first love, and coming-of-age in North Carolina in the 1950s and ’60s.
At once tender and unflinching, The Last Road Home delves deep into the gritty, violent realities of the South’s turbulent past, yet evokes the universal hunger for belonging.
Join us at the Chatham Community Library on Tuesday, September 6th at 4PM to meet the Max Brallier!
Max is the author of more than twenty books and games, including the middle-grade series The Last Kids on Earth.
He writes children’s books and adult books, including the pick-your-own-path adventure Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? He is the creator and writer of Galactic Hot Dogs, a sci-fi middle-grade series from Aladdin. He writes for licensed properties including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, and Uncle Grandpa. Max lives in New York City with his wife.
In 2014, after a brief orientation course and a few fingerprinting sessions, Nicholson Baker became an on-call substitute teacher in a Maine public school district. He awoke to the dispatcher’s 5:40am phone call and headed to one of several nearby schools; when he got there, he did his best to follow lesson plans and help his students get something done.
What emerges from Baker’s experience is a complex, often touching deconstruction of public schooling in America: children swamped with overdue assignments, overwhelmed by the marvels and distractions of social media and educational technology, and staff who weary themselves trying to teach in step with an often outmoded or overly ambitious standard curriculum.
Looking for your Longmire fix? Craig Johnson returns with a new book in the series just about the time the next season hits Netflix for some binge-worthy television. In the 12th novel in the New York Times bestselling “Longmire” series, Walt, Henry, and Vic discover much more than they bargained for when they are called in to investigate a hit-and-run accident involving a young motorcyclist near Devils Tower.
Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve Walt Longmire mystery novels, which are the basis for Longmire, the hit Netflix original drama. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
Bank Notes is based on the experiences of North Carolina banker Luther H. Hodges, Jr., in the 1960s and 1970s, along with an intimate view of bank regulation as experienced by The National Bank of Washington in the 1980s. These recollections and reflections provide some interesting insights into the circumstances, personalities, and strategies that launched North Carolina’s major banks into the stratosphere and pushed the state’s economy into the twenty-first century. Moreover, the sad story of the failure in 1990 of The National Bank of Washington provides insight into regulatory misdeeds which today face many banks. The new world of banking threatens all banks’ ability to succeed and grow in the face of overwhelming new banking regulations. In Bank Notes, Mr. Hodges outlines a possible future for the banking industry over the decades to come.
Before its merger with BankAmerica, Hodges was the chairman of North Carolina National Bank and led the charge to it becoming the largest bank in the south-east. After a stint as Under Secretary of Commerce in Jimmy Carter’s administration, Hodges was chairman of Washington Bancorp, the parent company of National Bank of Washington, for ten years until he resigned in 1990.
Since the moment William Ferris’s parents gave their twelve-year-old son a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera for Christmas in 1954, Ferris passionately began to photograph his world. He has never stopped. The sixties and seventies were a particularly significant period for Ferris as he became a pathbreaking documentarian of the American South.
This beautiful, provocative collection of one hundred of Ferris’s photographs of the South, taken during this formative period, capture the power of his color photography. Color film, as Ferris points out in the book’s introduction, was not commonly used by documentarians during the latter half of the twentieth century, but Ferris found color to work in significant ways in the photographic journals he created of his world in all its permutations and surprises.
William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Darktown” is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice. Mullen delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in 1948 Atlanta, exploring a murder, corrupt police, and strained race relations that feels ripped from today’s headlines.
Thomas Mullen is the author of “The Last Town on Earth”, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA TODAY. He was also awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction for “The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers” and “The Revisionists”.
Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms and the land on which they’d founded the county’s thriving black churches.
But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. One man was dragged from a jail cell and lynched on the town square, two teenagers were hung after a one-day trial, and soon bands of white “night riders” launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. In the wake of the expulsions, whites harvested the crops and took over the livestock of their former neighbors, and quietly laid claim to “abandoned” land. The charred ruins of homes and churches disappeared into the weeds, until the people and places of black Forsyth were forgotten.
National Book Award finalist Patrick Phillips tells Forsyth’s tragic story in vivid detail and traces its long history of racial violence all the way back to antebellum Georgia.
Want to eat like the locals? D. G. Martin has spent years traveling the major roadways of North Carolina, on the lookout for community, local history, and, of course, a good home-cooked meal. Martin is your personal tour guide to more than 100 notable local roadway haunts that serve not only as places to eat but also as fixtures of their communities.
North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries features locally owned and time-tested community favorites which cover a range of food tastes, from BBQ joints and country kitchens, to Mexican restaurants and Greek diners. Martin introduces diners to the restaurant owners and locals who make these places unique and includes current contact information, hours, directions. And he features nearby points of interest to explore after eating.
This handy reference to good food just off North Carolina’s interstates should find a spot in every Tar Heel traveler’s glove compartment.
D. G. Martin is a newspaper columnist and the current host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch.
Adam Finney, a young man who is mentally disabled, faces sterilization and lobotomy in a state-supported asylum. When he is found dead in the French Broad River of rural North Carolina, his teenaged stepsister, Jess, is sought for questioning by their family and the police. Jess’s odyssey of escape across four states leads into dark territories of life-and-death moral choices where compassion and grace offer faint illumination but few answers.
“A Question of Mercy”, set in a vivid landscape of the mid-twentieth-century South, is the fifth novel from Robert Penn Warren Award–winning writer Elizabeth Cox. As she challenges notions of individual freedom and responsibility against a backdrop of questionable practices governing treatment of the mentally disabled, she also stretches the breadth and limitations of the human heart to love and to forgive.
With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.
Please note, a Geraldine Brooks book purchase is required for entry to this event in The Fearrington Barn. Buy or reserve your copy of “The Secret Chord” by calling the bookstore at 919.542.3030.
This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest—complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. “Small Great Things” is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game. Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
Please note this is a ticketed event on The Garden Terrace. Tickets are $85 and include a signed copy of “Small Great Things”, lunch, wine, service fee and tax. Seats are limited – call the bookstore at 919.542.3030 to reserve a spot.
Janice Y. K. Lee’s New York Times bestselling debut, The Piano Teacher, was called “immensely satisfying” by People, “intensely readable” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “a rare and exquisite story” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Now, in her long-awaited new novel, Lee explores with devastating poignancy the emotions, identities, and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong.
Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all. Atmospheric, moving, and utterly compelling, The Expatriates confirms Lee as an exceptional talent and one of our keenest observers of women’s inner lives.
Janice Y.K. Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong. A former editor at Elle, she lives in New York with her husband and four children.