Lifestyles: Books

Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

East Durham stories, tea tastings part of library series

Author Frances Mayes, New York Times bestselling author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” will read from her memoir “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6 at the Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Road.

Apr. 04, 2015 @ 01:21 PM

Stories ‘Behind the Wall’ of mental illness

Sisters Mary Widdifield and Elin Widdifield began to seek out stories from parents of children with mental illness after Erin’s son was diagnosed with mental illness. They have collected their stories in their new book “Behind the Wall: The True Story of Mental Illness as Told by Parents” (Langdon Street Press, $16.95). The Widdifields interviewed parents from all over the country, keeping their identities anonymous.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Bookwatch: Wolfram tells Tar Heel story

Is there something special about the way we talk here in North Carolina? The best person to answer is Walt Wolfram, who has studied the speech patterns in our state since 1992 when he became the first William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor of English Linguistics at N. C. State.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 09:03 PM

Inside Jim Crow Era’s ‘Secret Game’

Eight white Duke students met all-black NCCU team in 1944: The writing of “The Secret Game,” Scott Ellsworth’s new book about the South’s first integrated “college” basketball game, “happened by chance,” Ellsworth said.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

D.G. Martin's Bookwatch: Ron Rash's 'Serena' to debut

It has been more than five years since Ron Rash first talked on North Carolina Bookwatch about his best-selling novel, “Serena.” UNC-TV is re-airing that program to coincide with the release of the movie, finally.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

Susie Wilde: Tickle-your-funny-bone sense of humor

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. His humor shines in picture books and middle grade novels, but my all time favorite was The True Meaning of Smekday (book from Disney-Hyperion and audio from Listening Library, 10 hours, 38 minutes, read by Bahni Turpin).

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Susie Wilde: New mysteries occupy the mind

The recent snow and ice shut everything down, except my mind. I kept that active with two engrossing new mysteries.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

AN IMAGINED MEMOIR: ‘She was what a human being could be’

Wilhelmina Johnson Hamlin was an ordinary person. She was just 26 years old when she died in 1930, remembered only by her family and friends. But through a combination of events, her story is now reaching a wider audience.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

REVIEW: ‘Possibilities,’ Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey (Viking, $29.95)

“Possibilities,” Herbie Hancock’s new memoir, bristles with, among other things, the kind of truth that one would not expect from Hancock. But that’s if one thinks he fits the traditional, and very tired, stereotype of the jazz musician.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

Books Roundup: New Styron collection in the works

Random House plans to publish a new collection of nonfiction from William Styron, “My Generation: Collected Nonfiction,” edited by Styron biographer James L.W. West III. Tentative publication date is June 2.

Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:36 PM

REVIEW: Power Forward: My Presidential Education


Reggie Love played football and basketball at Duke University, but became famous outside sports for his role as President Barack Obama’s body man, starting on the campaign trail in 2008. His memoir, “Power Forward: My Presidential Education” has just been published by Simon & Schuster and is a quick read of politics, basketball, North Carolina and what it’s like to be in arm’s length of the president.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Books Roundup: Updates on Read Local Festival

A new Durham-based book festival has announced its inaugural dates and extended its application deadline. The Read Local Book Festival will be held May 16 and 17 at different venues in downtown Durham.

Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Susie Wilde: Quintero’s ‘Gabi’ is beautifully written

Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, a girl in pieces” won the William C. Morris award for best young adult debut novel (book from Cinco Puntos Press; audio from Listening Library, approximately 8 hours; ages 14 and up).

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:38 PM

REVIEW: A life in books and bookstores

I like A.J. Fikry, the curmudgeonly bookstore owner and main character in Gabrielle Zevin’s “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.” I share some of his prejudices about books, which he outlines to publishing company representative Amelia Loman during her first visit to his store on Alice Island in New England (reachable only by ferry).

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

REVIEW: ‘Here’s Hank’ relates to young readers

Book No. 4 of second-grader version of Hank Zipzer, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver