BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – The holidays usher in a season of flurried hurry, but also a time to slow down. Books help us sit still, to read and learn and enjoy the world from a literary viewpoint – ideally in a cozy chair by a fire. For Christmas gifts or just for you, there are a variety of new releases to consider.
John Kasson will talk about “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m. (Note: The regular Sunday noon airing will be pre-empted by special fundraising programming)
By KIM CURTIS
Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it's a well-crafted and insightful read from beginning to end.
By CAROLYN LESSARD
Mark Owen, a pseudonym for former U.S. Navy SEAL team member Matt Bissonnette, caused a stir with "No Easy Day," his firsthand account of a mission in Pakistan in 2011 that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death because he didn't get the book cleared by the Defense Department before publication.
By WILL LESTER
Jerry Lee Lewis was a Louisiana-born supernova who helped create rock 'n' roll and raced toward stardom in the 1950s until his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra helped turn a 1958 performance tour in England into a disaster.
The Scrap Exchange has moved. They have finally found a permanent home at 2050 Chapel Hill Road (the Lakewood Shopping Center site) and it is a spiffed up warehouse type building, painted white on the outside and, miraculously, organized on the inside. In fact, according to Cameron Gallery Coordinator Roderick McClain, the regular patrons are not certain they like being able to find stuff. What makes the Scrap Exchange and places like it so inviting is the chance to ferret out special treasures before someone else finds them.
By WILL WEISSERT
AUSTIN, Texas — The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn't always too fond of.
Ruth Moose’s debut novel, “Doing It at the Dixie Dew,” won the Malice Domestic First Best Traditional Mystery Award from St. Martin’s Press. But she is no ordinary first-time novelist. She is well known in North Carolina literary circles as an award-winning poet, storywriter, book reviewer, and retired UNC Chapel Hill creative writing teacher.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
CHAPEL HILL – Daniel Wallace hadn’t written a children’s book until his new one launched into the literary stratosphere this past week, but he knows how to please a roomful of children.
There is nothing that beats the downer of a gray day than looking at art and, last Thursday, Chapel Hill had much to lift the spirits. At the Frank there is a group of glass artists from the North Carolina mountains plus a couple of local ones; at Jane Tyndall, Gayle Lowry’s paintings are a travelogue of desire — the viewers, through the artist’s eyes, can only see in. They are not allowed inside. And at Light Art+Design Casey Cook uses modest materials to make large paintings and monumental sculpture;
Michael Parker talks about “All I Have in This World” on North Carolina Bookwatch today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.
Everyone loves a beach, particularly those of us who grew up on one, or near one. But our love of beaches also threatens their existence. Orrin H. Pilkey, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University, has been preaching the gospel about beaches for decades. In a new book, “The Last Beach” (Duke University Press, $19.95, trade paperback) Pilkey and follow geologist J. Andrew G. Cooper of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Ulster, warn that we will lose the beaches we have long enjoyed if we do not end our insistence on building whatever we want right up to the shoreline.
Gustavo Pérez Firmat was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in Miami and now makes his home in Chapel Hill and New York, where he is a professor in the humanities at Columbia University. He has written a new book that “tells the story of a late-blooming love affair with Mayberry” titled “A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking back at America’s Hometown” (University of Texas Press, $29.95).
The novels of Jane Austen have inspired numerous modern sequels, along with books of recipes, quilts and manners. Novelist Charlie Lovett, who divides his time between Winston-Salem and Kingham, England, has written a mystery based on the premise that Austen might have stolen the plot that became “Pride and Prejudice” (“First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen,” Viking, $27.95).
As part of this month’s Durham Reads Together activities, Wesley Hogan, director of the Center for Documentary Studies, will discuss the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the young John Lewis’ involvement in that movement in a free talk today at 3 p.m. at the Durham County Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.