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It's time to plan the beach reads again

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  • 27 VIEWS OF HILLSBOROUGH with introduction by Michael Malone. Hillsborough, N.C. is undoubtedly the highest-density community of writers in the state. Editor Elizabeth Woodman has pulled together new and previously published stories, essays and poems about the old town by such residents as Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Craig Nova, Katherine Whalen, Barry Jacobs and many more.

  • BURNING BRIGHT by Ron Rash. The Cullowhee author might be the hottest name in North Carolina fiction at the moment. His new collection of short stories follows the success of his 2008 novel, Serena, which is now tipped for a Hollywood movie.

  • BOOK OF SHADOWS by Alexandra Sokoloff. The latest from the Durham-based author of paranormal thrillers.

  • FALLING IN by Frances O'Roark Dowell. The latest from the Durham-based young adult fantasy author.

  • HUSBAND AND WIFE by Leah Stewart. Formerly Chapel Hill-based author Stewart's latest novel concerns marriage and disillusionment. She'll make Triangle appearances in June.

  • FOUR CORNERS OF THE SKY by Michael Malone. The latest novel by this beloved Hillsborough author comes out in paperback this summer.

  • THE INFORMER by Craig Nova. Hillsborough-based novelist Nova's latest is a thriller set in Weimar Germany.

  • SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND by Diane Chamberlain. Raleigh author's latest in a series about a family with secrets.

  • BY ACCIDENT by Susan Kelly. UNC-educated, Greensboro-based novelist's just-published novel concerns family tragedy and infidelity against a backdrop of suburban change.

  • LAST ONE HOME by John Ehle (new edition of an old book). Mountain fiction treasure John Ehle sees a republication of his 1984 novel, which was part of his multivolume tale of an Appalachian family through the years.

  • MRS. DARCY AND THE BLUE-EYED STRANGER by Lee Smith. New and previously published short fiction by Hillsborough grande dame Smith.

  • YOU LOST ME THERE by Rosecrans Baldwin. This Chapel Hill novelist's debut was recently touted by Entertainment Weekly as a must-read; to be published Aug. 12.


  • BONOBO HANDSHAKE by Vanessa Woods. The Durham-based journalist recounts her life among the most sociable of the great primates.

  • DOWN HOME: JEWISH LIFE IN NC by Leonard Rogoff. Rogoff's recently published history of Tar Heel Jews, from the colonial times onward.

  • UPTOWN/ DOWNTOWN IN OLD CHARLESTON: SKETCHES AND STORIES by Louis Rubin. Algonquin Books founder's fond reminiscences of his South Carolina youth.

  • CORNBREAD NATION 5: THE BEST OF SOUTHERN FOOD WRITING edited by Fred W. Sauceman. More writing about the best cooking in the country.

  • I WALKED THE SLOPING HILLS by Walter Matthew Brown. Durham resident and expert calligrapher recounts his memories of growing up in Jim Crow North Carolina.

  • ON THE GRID by Scott Huler. Raleigh author investigates the complex and perhaps unsustainable water infrastructure of a modern Sun Belt city.

  • THE NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTEER, 2ND EDITION by William Powell and Michael Hill. A new edition of a North Carolina classic.

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