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February 2015

Johnathan Odell, February 3, 2015

Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida – one wealthy and white and the other poor and black – who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. Jonathan Odell is the author of the acclaimed novel The View from Delphi, and short stories and essays that...

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Andrew Maraniss, February 4, 2015

Based on more than eighty interviews, Strong Inside is a fast-paced, richly detailed biography of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the SEC. Digging deep beneath the surface to reveal a more complicated and profound story of sports pioneering than we’ve come to expect from the genre, Perry Wallace’s unusually insightful and honest introspection reveals his inner thoughts throughout his journey. Strong Inside is the first book by Andrew Maraniss. The son of...

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Charles Belfoure, February 9, 2015

The Paris Architect brings us to 1942 Paris, where gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money—and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting...

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T. Geronimo Johnson, February 24, 2015

Welcome to Braggsville, the latest novel from T. Geronimo Johnson, the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It ’Til It Hurts, is a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment—a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer. A literary coming-of-age novel for a new generation, written with tremendous social insight and a unique, generous heart, Welcome to Braggsville...

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Joe Berry Carroll, February 25, 2015

Growing Up is the true and evocative story of seven-foot-tall Joe Barry Carroll, Purdue All-American, overall first round NBA draft pick, wealth adviser, painter, author, and philanthropist. Carroll’s southern-comfort prose and impressionistic paintings lend a reminiscent and familiar quality to a uniquely individual story.

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Roger Cohen, February 26, 2015

Award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen’s luminous memoir, The Girl from Human Street, turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them across continents and decades, mapping individual lives that diverge and intertwine, vital patterns of struggle and resilience, valued heritage and evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national), converge into a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age. At the heart of The Girl from...

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