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2014 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony, August 21st

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August

Joe Dabney , August 18th

Mountain Spirits is a scholarly yet entertaining look into the folklore of moonshine and whiskey, chock full of interviews with actual moonshiners and documented history that allows one to take a trip through the mountains - and through history - to discover both the origins and development of the art of making whiskey. With a complete glossary, photographs, illustrations, and interviews, Mountain Spirits offers a most complete exploration of this craft, from distilling for personal...

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Pearl Cleage , August 19th

In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit, but there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In Things I Should Have Told My Daughter, a revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amid...

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2014 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony, August 21st

The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to present the 2014 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony. This will be the fifth installment of this prestigious list to be unveiled. Ten authors representing Adult literature and ten representing Young People’s literature will be recognized for their literary achievements. Many of the authors appearing on the list will be present and available to chat and sign books. To carry on the tradition and to celebrate Georgia’s...

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Ann B. Ross, August 25th

Bestselling author Ann B. Ross is back with Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day, another lively adventure set in Miss Julia’s Abbotsville. For the first time, though, she writes from the perspective of another resident: the hardscrabble, heart-of-gold Etta Mae Wiggins. A hilarious wild goose chase that takes us from the mansions of Abbotsville to the trailer park that Etta Mae calls home, Ann B. Ross writes with her signature wit and southern charm, calling upon...

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2014 Fall Book Preview, August 27th

Back by popular demand is one of our most exciting programs for the end of the summer. Representatives from America’s biggest publishers will return to the library to talk about the exciting new books that will be published this fall. It’s your unique opportunity to get an advance look at notable upcoming book titles in the fields of biography, fiction, history, young adult, mystery, fantasy and many more! Come meet and chat with the representatives,...

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September

Karen Abbott, September 2nd

New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott returns with Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, the spellbinding true story of four women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War. Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel...

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Jan Karon , September 6th

Jan Karon, New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford Series, reunites her readers with the beloved Father Tim in Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good. After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to Mitford with his wife, Cynthia, to discover that something is missing: a pulpit. When faced with the opportunity to accept a return to preaching, he must decide between God and his family.

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Thomas Cahill, September 9th

With Heretics and Heroes, Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill focuses on the innovations and cultural change of the Renaissance and the Reformation that forever altered the Western world. Thomas Cahill is the New York Times bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Sailing the Dark Wine Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages.

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Wendy Hamand Venet, September 10th

In 1845, Atlanta was the last stop at the end of a railroad line, the home of just twelve families and three general stores. By the 1860s, it was a thriving Confederate city, second only to Richmond in importance. A Changing Wind is the first history to explore the experiences of Atlanta’s civilians during the young city’s rapid growth, the devastation of the Civil War, and the Reconstruction era when Atlanta emerged as a “New...

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Reza Aslan, September 12th

From international bestselling author Reza Aslan, comes Zealot, a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state...

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Penny Mickelbury, September 17th

Spanning nearly a century, Belle City, is an expansive, introspective, intergenerational saga of love and loss told from the disparate perspectives of an interracial couple struggling to survive as their descendants attempt to understand the legacies of this star-crossed pair.

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Simon Winchester, September 30th

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers The Men Who United the States, his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout...

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