Books All Georgians Should Read

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February 2016

Alex Berenson, February 11, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Alex Berenson returns with The Wolves, the latest in the ongoing series of John Wells thrillers. John Wells has just barely managed to stop an operation designed to drive the United States and Iran into war, but the instigator himself disappeared behind an impenetrable war of security. Now it’s time for him to pay, and Wells has made it his personal mission. There are plenty of crosscurrents at work, though....

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Dawn Tripp, February 15, 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist come vividly to life in this sensual and exquisitely written novel, a dazzling departure into historical fiction by the acclaimed novelist Dawn Tripp. A breathtaking work of the imagination, Georgia is the story of a passionate young woman, her search for love and artistic freedom, the sacrifices she will face, and the bold vision that will make...

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Billie Holiday on the Radio, February 16, 2016

Billie Holiday on the Radio is a unique presentation which combines the poetry of Chattanooga poet Laurie Perry Vaughen with the music of Atlanta jazz trio Three Way Mirror. The show is a far cry from the usual kind of “jazz/poetry” offerings; the artists have given careful attention to the integration of the words and music, so that the effect of each enhances the other.

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Joshilyn Jackson, February 18, 2016

Local favorite and New York Times bestselling author, Joshilyn Jackson returns with The Opposite of Everyone, an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives. The Opposite of Everyone is a story about story itself, how the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us . . . and make us whole....

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Hank Phillippi Ryan, February 22, 2016

What You See: another thrilling installment in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s award-winning Jane Ryland mystery series. Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie-supposed to be the flower girl-has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there’s a limit to the bonds of family-and learns to her peril what happens when loved...

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Trudy Nan Boyce, February 23, 2016

From an author with more than thirty years’ experience in the Atlanta Police Department comes a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine. On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah “Salt” Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug overdose. Now new evidence has come to light that he may have been given a hot dose intentionally. And this evidence comes...

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David Beasley, February 24, 2016

A Life in Red reveals the true story of star-crossed lovers Herbert Newton, a black communist seeking the end of an oppressive America, and Jane Newton, the white daughter of a wealthy American Legion commander, and their part in the Depression-Era, communist fight for a black sovereign nation. Revealing a largely ignored piece of civil rights history that unfolded a quarter century before the mass protests in the 1950s, the Newton’s love story underscores the fraught...

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Richard Hasen, February 29, 2016

Campaign financing is one of today’s most divisive political issues. The left asserts that the electoral process is rife with corruption. The right protests that the real aim of campaign limits is to suppress political activity and protect incumbents. Meanwhile, money flows freely on both sides. In Plutocrats United, Richard Hasen argues that both left and right avoid the key issue of the new Citizens United era: balancing political inequality with free speech. The Supreme...

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March 2016

Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, March 2, 2016

In an attempt to save their marriage, Nina Borg and her husband traveled to a beach resort in the Philippines for a dream vacation. Only now, six months later, does Nina begin to understand the devastating repercussions of that trip—repercussions that have followed her home across the globe to Denmark. On an icy winter day, she is attacked outside the grocery store. The last thing she hears before losing consciousness is her assailant asking her...

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Jeffrey Deaver, March 9, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver returns with The Steel Kiss, his next blockbuster thriller featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She’s chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She...

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Shaka Senghor, March 11, 2016

In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. In life, it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish. Writing My Wrongs is the story of what came next. During his nineteen-year incarceration, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement, Senghor discovered literature, meditation, self-examination, and...

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Paul S. Sutter, March 21, 2016

Providence Canyon State Park, also known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” preserves a network of massive erosion gullies allegedly caused by poor farming practices during the nineteenth century. It is a park that protects the scenic results of an environmental disaster. While little known today, Providence Canyon enjoyed a modicum of fame in the 1930s. During that decade, local boosters attempted to have Providence Canyon protected as a national park, insisting that it was natural....

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Lloyd Pratt, March 22, 2016

The Strangers Book explores how various nineteenth-century African American writers radically re-framed the terms of humanism by redefining what it meant to be a stranger. Rejecting the idea that humans have easy access to a common reserve of experiences and emotions, they countered the notion that a person can use a supposed knowledge of human nature to claim full understanding of any other person’s life. Instead they posited that being a stranger, unknown and unknowable,...

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Robert Crease, March 30, 2016

The discovery of the quantum―the idea, born in the early 1900s in a remote corner of physics, that energy comes in finite packets instead of infinitely divisible quantities―planted a rich set of metaphors in the popular imagination. Quantum imagery and language now bombard us like an endless stream of photons. Phrases such as multiverses, quantum leaps, alternate universes, the uncertainty principle, and Schrödinger’s cat get reinvented continually in cartoons and movies, coffee mugs and T-shirts, and...

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