Lifestyles: Books

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 02:25 PM

Bond (James Bond), Pryor bio among Bellamy’s picks

Every year at The Herald-Sun, we receive countless submissions of books for possible review. Every year, we pick some of our favorites from the preceding months to recommend as possible gifts. Here are a few guilty pleasures and scholarly tomes that I enjoyed, and that might make a good gift for someone:


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 02:09 PM

Algonquin publishes Ono’s ‘Acorn’

In her first book in almost 50 years, visual artist Yoko Ono is wishing readers a “Happy Orbit!” Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has just published “Acorn” ($18.95, hardcover), Ono’s follow-up to her 1964 book “Grapefruit.”

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

REVIEWS: Books for under the tree: Great storytelling to historical photos to tailgate recipes

Books are one of the best presents to give, at the holidays or any time of year. Fall brings a bounty of book options, from novels to nonfiction to coffee table books and cookbooks. Here are some new books this reviewer recommends for your shopping list:

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

Bookwatch Nov. 24

Today’s guest on Bookwatch is Jon Buchan, Charlotte lawyer, former newspaper reporter and author of “Code of the Forest.”

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 03:11 PM

Writers to become booksellers

Local authors (and the archivist of the United States) will be Booksellers for a Day at The Regulator Bookshop on Saturday. Ten local authors will become booksellers for a day to help customers pick out books at Durham’s Regulator Bookshop, in observance of Small Business Saturday and the first day of Shop Independent Durham Week. 

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 01:51 PM

Great books for young readers

Presenting the 17th annual Wilde Awards, honoring the best books of the year for young readers. This week, the best picture books of the year. Coming in December, the best longer books. Join me for the Wilde Awards Live at Flyleaf on Dec. 5. And because there are too many books and too little print space, you’ll find more suggestions at


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

‘Boogie Christ’ author to perform

Joseph Arthur is a musician, songwriter and visual artist, perhaps best known for his albums (“Vacancy,” “Nuclear Daydream”). His latest album, due for Nov. 29 release, is “The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 and 2.” The phrase “Boogie Christ” comes from one of Arthur’s poems, “Threw the Keys on My Windshield and Cracked It,” from his new collection of poetry titled “I Miss the Zoo” (EM Press, $15, paperback).

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

REVIEWS: Stories for children that adults will love, too

Christmas music is already on the radio, and diligent holiday shoppers are making their lists and checking them twice. For the little ones on your list, there are a few new hardcover picture books that should be well-received by children, and another great one for kids and adults to read by the hearth.

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

‘Maze Runner’ author introduces new trilogy

In author James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” series, Thomas awakes, but does not remember his name. He finds himself in The Glade, or The Maze, from which Thomas and his fellow “Gladers” escape.
After they escape from The Maze, Thomas and his “Glader” friends’ quest continues in the novels “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure.” Dashner’s prequel, “The Kill Order,” explains how sun flares and disease created the post-apocalyptic world of the “Maze” trilogy.

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 01:31 PM

Books Briefs

  • Meet ‘Persimmon’ author at next tea event
  • Weiss to sign new travel book
  • Stanley to read from ‘Mickey Price” novel
  • Event to discuss Child-DeVoto letters

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Book details African-Americans’ artisan contributions

John Rice Green, a tailor; Thomas C. Battle, a brickmason; and Elizabeth and Sarah Bragg, both tailors, are among the extensive community of African-American artisans whose legacies make up the history of New Bern. A new book, “Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900” (UNC Press, $30, clothbound) pays tribute to this skilled group of artisans.

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

Book Briefs

  • Fergusons to discuss ‘An Unlikely Warrior’
  • Clarke to discuss ‘Atlantic Odyssey’

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

REVIEW: Everything is good about “Everything Goes”

Brian Biggs’ series of children’s books, “Everything Goes,” really do have everything a kid could look for in a book. The latest, “Everything Goes: By Sea” is no exception.
Henry and his family take a ferry, and along the way they see, well, everything that goes by sea. House boats. An aircraft carrier. A man in a bathtub. And everything in between.

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Vanguard of change: New biography pays tribute to Henry Frye

The recent attempts to change qualifications for voting in North Carolina do not come as a shock to Henry Frye.

Although he was a 1953 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and had served as an officer in the Air Force, Frye was turned down in his first attempt to register to vote.
Frye went to his hometown of Ellerbe, 73 miles south of Greensboro, to register as the first person in his family to do so. (Very few black residents of Ellerbe and Rockingham County were on the voter rolls.)

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Books Roundup: ‘Kara Was Here’ author to read at Regulator

In Durham writer William Conescu’s novel “Kara Was Here” (Soft Skull Press, $15.95), we meet Brad Mitchell as he is headed to the funeral of Kara Tinsley, the woman he thought he would marry. Both were drama majors at UNC, and went their separate ways.  Kara went to New York and Brad stayed in North Carolina.