Algonquin releases new YA books

Feb. 21, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

The Algonquin Young Readers series will release two new titles March 25. Gae Polisner’s novel “The Summer of Letting Go” ($16.95) is told from the viewpoint of Francesca (“Frankie”) Schnell,” who, during the summer between her sophomore and junior years in high school, suspects her father of having an affair with a neighbor. Frankie also must come to terms with her guilt over the death of her younger brother, Simon, who drowned because she was not watching him.
Illustrator and author James McMullan was born in China in 1934. When his father left to fight in World War II with the Allies, he and his mother moved around a lot – a journey that took them to Shanghai, to Calcutta, to San Francisco and many other cities in-between. McMullan’s book “Leaving China” ($19.95) is a set of short stories, and paintings, that depict moments in that childhood. 

In other books-related news:

-- Michele Gillespie and Sally G. McMillen, who are, respectively, professors of history at Wake Forest University and Davidson College, have edited a new collection of short biographies, “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume 1” (University of Georgia Press, $26.95, paperback).
The subjects of these biographies are not the usual suspects. The editors have cast a wide net to choose women who in vastly different ways, left an impression on their times. They include Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow; Anna Julia Cooper, who was a black feminist scholar and teacher who was born into slavery in 1858, and died in 1964, 105 years later; Mary Martin Sloop, who with her husband Eustace brought medical care to the mountains of North Carolina, and many more. (For more on this collection, visit

-- Andrea Weigl has released the latest volume in her “Savor the South” series, “Pickles and Preserves” (UNC Press, $18, cloth), with recipes for jellies, jams and relishes. Weigl will be signing copies of her book at several local events. She will be at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, at 6:45 p.m. March 19; at the Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham, at 6:45 p.m. March 26; and at McIntyre’s Books, 200 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, at 10:45 a.m. April 12.

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