Books All Georgians Should Read

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May 2016

Amber Brock, May 3, 2016

Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin. Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus--the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is...

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Julia Franks and Mark Beaver, May 4, 2016

Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to welcome Julia Franks and Mark Beaver for a lively discussion of their recent publications. Over the Plain House Julia Franks It’s 1939, and the federal government has sent Virginia Furman, a USDA agent, into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families how to modernize their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irene Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent’s self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie’s...

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Simon Montefiore, May 16, 2016

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world...

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Patricia Engel, May 17, 2016

Reina Castillo is the alluring young woman whose beloved brother is serving a death sentence for a crime that shocked the community, throwing a baby off a bridge—a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. With her brother’s death, though devastated and in mourning, Reina is finally released from her prison vigil. Seeking anonymity, she moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto Cadena, a recently exiled Cuban awaiting with...

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Sherman Alexie, May 18, 2016

In partnership with Little Shop of Stories, Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to present award-winning author, Sherman Alexie. Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of...

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Mark Zwonitzer, May 25, 2016

In a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), The Statesman and the Storyteller not only provides an intimate look into the daily lives of these men but also creates an elucidating portrait of the United States on the verge of emerging as a world...

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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, May 27, 2016

The Southern Breeze Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is pleased to host their annual Gallery Show at the Decatur Library. The focus of the show is on children’s book illustration and the power of visual art and the written word in story-telling. The illustration on display will be accompanied by a copy of book, or publication, in which the art appears. The Show will run through mid-June in the...

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