Lifestyles: Books

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 02:18 PM

Mott’s ‘The Wonder of All Things’ requires leap of faith

Jason Mott’s successful first novel, “The Returned” was a big success. Not only was it a bestseller with lots of critical acclaim, but it is the basis of an ABC television series, “Resurrection,” which completed its second 13-week series on January 25.

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

At the Ackland: Spotlight on Francois Boucher

“Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700,” from the Horvitz Collection, Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill, through April 5.

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Books Roundup: The lives of a bookseller

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill recently published the paperback edition of Gabrielle Zevin’s novel “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” ($14.95). Zevin will read and sign copies of the novel at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.

Jan. 20, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

National Readathon Day a real page turner

If you are planning to sit down with a good book Saturday afternoon, you can also participate in the first National Readathon Day.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:34 PM

REVIEW: Asheville author whips up another treat with ‘First Frost’

Sarah Addison Allen’s sequel to ‘Garden Spells’ set in small town North Carolina

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:27 PM

Review: Some truths discovered in the end

Gayle Forman is coming to Flyleaf on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. where she’ll appear with local young adult superstar author, Sarah Dessen. They will be celebrating the release of Gayle Forman’s fifth novel, “I Was Here” (book from Viking, audio from Listening Library, ages 14 and up).

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

REVIEW: “This River, an epic love poem”

Judy Hogan’s book-length poem “This River, an epic love poem” takes readers on a journey anchored on the Haw River in Chatham County but not limited to that place. The real sojourn takes place in the poet’s heart, soul and imagination.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

Hillsborough author named 2015 Piedmont Laureate

James Maxey, a Hillsborough-based speculative fiction author, has been selected as the region’s 2015 Piedmont Laureate. During 2015 Maxey will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Orange and Wake counties.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Susie Wilde: Best Books of 2014 (Part II)

Columnist Susie Wilde picks her top books of 2014.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

D.G. Martin: A river journey through the heart of N.C.

Philip Gerard talks about “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

Wilde Awards: Susie Wilde's best reads of the year

Every year, columnist Susie Wilde presents her Wilde Awards for best reads of the year. This week, she is presenting the best picture books of the year; next week, she will present the best longer books.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 01:41 PM

Books roundup: Three new titles from Algonquin

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has published Tim Johnston’s novel “Descent” ($25.95, hard cover). Caitlin, 18, has come to the Rocky Mountains with her family before she leaves for college on a track scholarship. She views the high altitude as an endurance challenge. When she goes biking with her brother Sean, she does not return, and her family begins a long search for her.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Celebrating 10 years with four exhibits

“Ten Years and Four Events:  Select Works by Through This Lens Members”;  “Whether, Collaborative Work by Diana Duncan Holmes and Wendy Collin Sorin”; “The Church of Photography, Photographs by Jean-Christian Rostagni”;  and “Memories Lost by Bruce Mitchell,”  at Through This Lens, 303 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, through Dec. 13.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 03:22 PM

Two good history reads

“The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington”

By Gregg Herken (Alfred A. Knopf, $30)


From the end of World War II until the demise of the Soviet Union, a group of columnists, diplomats and spies would meet for Sunday suppers, many of them held at the home of newspaper columnist Joseph Alsop, who with his younger brother Stewart penned the influential newspaper column “Matter of Fact.” Fueled by alcohol and cigars, this group and others connected with their circle “inspired, promoted, and – in some cases – personally executed America’s Cold War strategy ….,” Gregg Herken writes in “The Georgetown Set,” a fascinating history of this circle of friends who lived in the Washington neighborhood known as Georgetown.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 03:14 PM

Great books for fireside reads and holiday gifts


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.