Columnist Susie Wilde picks her top books of 2014.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.