The Romance Bookshelves—Where Vampires and Christmas Collide

By Cathy Maxwell I had so much to tell you in the September column, but then I was caught up in the hurricane evacuation in North Carolina. It is a long story. It included four dogs, two cats, one grandson, and a betta fish. All are safe and I’m back in time for the curious … Continue reading The Romance Bookshelves—Where Vampires and Christmas Collide

October Topshelf: Killing Commendatore

Few writers captivate readers quite like Haruki Murakami. The international superstar and perennial Nobel Prize favorite is in a class of his own, having amassed an insatiable readership the whole world ‘round. When his latest novel was first released in his native Japan, an initial run of 1.3 million first edition copies flew off the … Continue reading October Topshelf: Killing Commendatore

New Releases 9/25

Handcrafted By Clint Harp: Clint Harp, maverick carpenter on HGTV’s smash hit Fixer Upper and the star of Wood Work on the DIY Network, presents his inspirational memoir that celebrates meaningful work, turning your craft into a career, and recognizing the importance of the journey itself. Spanning Clint’s remarkable journey—from a childhood learning carpentry and … Continue reading New Releases 9/25

Q&A with Nico Walker

Student. Soldier. Addict. Bank Robber. Convict. All these labels describe one of the year’s most acclaimed debut novelists, Nico Walker.  Written while in federal prison, Walker’s novel Cherry is a poignant, fictional account of all those things—and an important book with regards to the treatment of Veterans, mental health issues, and the addiction crisis that plagues … Continue reading Q&A with Nico Walker

Recommended Reading: Banned Books Week

It's that time of year again—Banned Books Week is upon us. This annual event celebrating the freedom to read was launched in 1982 as a response to a sudden increase in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Usually occurring during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Banned Books Week

New & Noteworthy Book Club Reads Stephen Florida

In high school, my brother Alan won the state heavyweight championship in his division. I was in college—he’s two years younger than I am—and I couldn’t make the championship, but my parents called in triumph to tell me the legendary tale. My brother had a move they called “The Hammer,” a magnificent feat of strength … Continue reading New & Noteworthy Book Club Reads Stephen Florida