Lifestyles: Books

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.


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

WRITERS IN THE RING: Six word slingers to draw down

Durham’s inaugural “Writers in the Ring” competition will be held Sunday, May 17 at Motorco Music Hall during the Read Local Book Festival.


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Susie Wilde: Kate Mulgrew’s rich writing a success

I don’t generally have great expectations when celebrities of any stripe cross genres to write a book. I hold out some hope for actors and actresses whose understanding of characterization and pacing has the potential to show up in their writing.


May. 02, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Books Roundup: Where jazz and religion intersect

In the opening to his scholarly study “Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion” (Oxford University Press, $29.95), Jason C. Bivins writes: “Could the very abstraction of the music, its elusiveness in terms both commercial and aesthetic, be conducive to the sorts of self-realization, collective purpose, or sense of being-in-the-world linked with religions?”


Apr. 29, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

A QUAKER'S MEMOIR: Peace Corps volunteer on search for simplicity

In “Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope,” Eileen Flanagan writes a memoir about decades of her life, focusing on how serving in Botswana in the Peace Corps in the 1980s is connected to her recent involvement in Quaker environmental activism.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

Susie Wilde: Love & war, A photographer’s life

In her memoir, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” (Blackstone Audio, 9 hours), Lynsey Addario creates an immediate and horrifying snapshot of her life as a conflict photographer. It’s March 2011 in Ajdabiya, Libya. She and other colleagues ready themselves to capture images of a bombed out car “with human remains splattered all over the back seat.” She pans out, sets the scene succinctly by describing the beginning of Egyptian Spring,” the revolution that has become a war.”


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 07:22 PM

PAGE TURNERS: Girl Scouts’ project promotes literacy

Armed with giant scissors, Girl Scout Troop 3064 cut the ribbons on four new additions to the community last week, marking the culmination of a nearly two-year project. The troop planned, built and installed Little Free Libraries, a wooden home for books where community members can share literature by taking a book home and leaving one in return.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Young authors to be honored by school board

Students who helped to write and self-publish the teen fiction novel “Running for Hope” will be celebrated Thursday at the school board’s regular business meeting.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Bookwatch: Earl Swift traces ‘genealogy’ of ’57 Chevy

“Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream,” by former Virginian-Pilot writer Earl Swift follows a ’57 Chevy station wagon through 13 different owners.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Algonquin to publish Grimsley memoir

Jim Grimsley, author of several novels and a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University, has written a memoir of his childhood in the eastern North Carolina town of Pollocksville, “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood” (Algonguin Books, $23.95).


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Susie Wilde: Depth of grief revealed

Earlier this year I was startled to find myself grieving for my mother on her March birthday and I knew her death date was almost exactly a month away. “It’s been four years since she died, why am I still grieving?” I asked myself.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Susie Wilde: ‘Smekday’ a gem among crazy kids’ books

Adam Rex is one of the craziest writers in children’s books. He has a tickle-your-funny-bone sense of humor, flavored with a bit of the ridiculous.