Lifestyles: Books

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Books roundup: An ongoing civil rights movement

To Benjamin Hedin, the civil rights movement was always “a unified or singular thing,” and a “moment in time,” a movement that swelled and then ended. In his new book “In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now” (City Lights Books, $15.95),

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Susie Wilde: Leyva’s ‘How I Shed My Skin’

Henry Leyva reads Jim Grimsley’s “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood” (Algonquin Books, Highbridge Audio, 6 CDs, 7 hours). Leyva’s narration is only slightly tinged with a southern accent. This flavors his storytelling as it moves fluidly through difficult material, intricate detailing, and dialogue studded with dialect.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Bookwatch: Rob Dunn

Rob Dunn will discuss his book “The Man Who Touched His Own Heart” on North Carolina Bookwatch today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Too much of ‘Nothing’ at CAM

The exhibition currently at Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh is huge: There are some 85 local, national and international artists presenting their work.  Titled “Drawing show in five parts,” the entire building is devoted to old-fashioned drawing, and video and sculptures that begin with drawing skills.  The themes come directly from today’s culture of science fiction, comics (“Drawn & Quarterly” and Marvel immediately come to mind), computer games and advertising, yet their artistic ancestors, like Warhol and Duchamp, hover over the entire exhibition.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Books Roundup: 'North Carolina Women'

A photo portrait of Hillsborough poet Jaki Shelton Green is on the cover of a new collection of biographical essays, “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume 2” (University of Georgia Press, $34.95). Green is part of Rebecca Godwin’s essay “North Carolina Women Writers,” which pays tribute to women who have contributed to the state’s literary culture – among them Doris Betts, Elizabeth Spencer, Jill McCorkle, Maya Angelou and others.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Frances Mayes to discuss 'Under Magnolia'

Frances Mayes will discuss “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” on “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC-TV today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

REVIEW: Brokenness, redemption in ‘Love May Fail’

“Love May Fail,” by Matthew Quick (HarperCollins, $25.99), is the latest in an occasional series of book reviews of summer reads.

Jun. 07, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Books briefs

DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host author Cat Warren for a reading and discussion of her book, “What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Antebellum architect topic of author discussion

Architect Paul Hardin Kapp will discuss his new book “The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi” in Hillsborough on June 14 at 2 p.m.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:15 PM

Susie Wilde: Sarah Dessen’s ‘Saint Anything’

Local author Sarah Dessen’s 12th novel, “Saint Anything” (Viking, ages 13 and up) is being heralded as her “darkest, most searching, most provocative novel yet.”

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

REVIEW: ‘Mislaid,’ a dark, entertaining novel

Nell Zink’s new novel “Mislaid” is a story of survival and living by one’s wits in the underside of the 1970s and 1980s. “Mislaid” also is rich in literary allusion, irony and humor. The novel is an entertaining romp that manages to make poets Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg distant minor characters, and is ultimately about reconciliation.

May. 21, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Summer book reviews: 'Odysseus Abroad,' 'Catch You Later, Traitor'

This is the second installment in an occasional series of summer book reviews. Today's reviews by Cliff Bellamy -- “Odysseus Abroad” and “Catch You Later, Traitor”

May. 16, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

SOUND OF GLASS: Novel offers a tale of buried secrets, survival

Review of Karen White's "The Sound of Glass." ... The first in an occasional series of recommendations for your summer reading list, whether you’re reading at the beach or on your porch.

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

Authors to read, raise funds for WHUP

This Thursday, a handful of the Triangle’s literary greats will gather and read from their works in support of another art form.

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

PIERCING ‘SHRIMP’: N.C. chef to be featured at Read Local Book Festival

If Jay Pierce grew up in Maine, he thinks he would love lobster. If it was Idaho, potatoes then, he said. But Pierce grew up on the Louisiana gulf coast, so he loves shrimp.