BOOKS ROUNDUP: Book addresses ‘new domesticity’

May. 04, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Things really do come full circle. Remember when the earliest of the baby boomers went “back to the land” for a more authentic life experience? In “Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity” (Simon & Schuster, $26), Emily Matchar examines the many ways that a younger generation of women (and men) are raising chickens, knitting, making their own food, homeschooling, homesteading and doing any number of do-it-yourself projects.
Matchar writes: “Our parents – stressed-out, divorced baby boomers – haven’t provided us with much of a road map for balanced living.” (As Marty Balin and Grace Slick once sang, “One generation got old ….”)
Matchar will read from and discuss “Homeward Bound” at two local events. She will be at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. May 16. Matchar also will read at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham, at 7 p.m. May 17.

Other releases and readings:

-- UNC creative writing professor and novelist Daniel Wallace (“Big Fish,” “Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician”) has a new novel “The Kings and Queens of Roam” (Touchstone, $24), due for release Tuesday. Wallace’s new novel is about the McAllister sisters – Rachel, who is blind and beautiful, and Helen, who is neither, and what happens when Helen creates a distorted version of reality for her.
Wallace will read from and sign copies of “The Kings and Queens of Roam” at 7 p.m. Monday at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.

-- Set in World War II-era North Carolina, Rhonda Riley’s “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” (Ecco, $15.99) is a magic realism love story told by Evelyn Roe, who is sent to run the family farm after her Aunt Eva, the true family matriarch, dies. She lives on the farm with her cousin Addie. One day they meet a wandering man named Roy, who then becomes known as Addie, then Adam, with powers that are mysterious.
Riley will read from her novel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham.

-- Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and Algonquin Paperbacks have published new titles that are now in bookstores – Julie Wu’s first novel “The Third Son” ($24.95, hardcover) and Matti Friedman’s “The Aleppo Codex” ($15.95, paperback), about the search for the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible, smuggled from its longtime home in Syria to Israel.

-- Lee A. Craig, professor of history at N.C. State University, has published a new biography of News & Observer publisher Josephus Daniels, “Josephus Daniels: His Life & Times” (University of North Carolina Press, $35, hardcover). Craig focuses on Daniels’ early years as a voice for progressive politics, his transformation of the N&O into a North Carolina and regional powerhouse, and his service as Secretary of the Navy under President Woodrow Wilson.

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