August 14, 2007 John Updike's best-selling thriller is an unsettling depiction of a pious Muslim teenager from New Jersey who is led step by step into a terrorist plot. Updike says the book is about "a long struggle with doubt and a boy trying to keep his faith."
August 10, 2007 Rooted in the oral traditions of Southern folklore, Down Town tells the tale of a small town south of Atlanta, spanning from the end of the Civil War to more than a century later. Recommended by St. John Flynn, host of GPB's Cover to Cover.
August 10, 2007 Days of the Endless Corvette is a celebration of small-town life. Atlanta author Man Martin describes his debut novel as "a story of true love, the mystery of life, and car repair."
August 10, 2007 Aryn Kyle's debut novel describes one family's pursuit of prosperity through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. HPPR's Stacy Clopton Yates calls it a "beautiful and heartbreaking story of isolation, family, class, love and death."
August 10, 2007 Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Between the Tides tells the story of a woman who must deal with her tragic past. Georgia Public Radio's St. John Flynn calls the novel, "Southern fiction at its best."
August 10, 2007 Donald Mace Williams reveals the history behind the beautiful Renaissance-inspired artwork adorning a modest Catholic church in rural Texas. The pieces were created in 1945 by Italian prisoners of war, in an attempt to increase their food rations.
August 10, 2007 This novel-in-stories' major theme is the search for enduring love among individuals shackled to their own faults and foibles. WSKG's Bill Jaker calls the book "a mixed brew of laughter and tears."
August 10, 2007 Is evolution for everyone? Dr. David Sloan Wilson of Binghamton University argues that science and religion can coexist peacefully. His book strives "to harmonize evolution and religion in a noncontroversial manner."
August 10, 2007 Alysa of the Field begins a science fiction/fantasy series that takes place on the fictional planet Xunar-kun. Although intended for young readers, WSKG's Bill Jaker says it appeals to all ages.
August 10, 2007 Sam Quinones' collection of stories provides incredible insight into how immigration impacts both sides of the border. HPPR's Stacy Clopton Yates says, "each of these riveting tales is a microcosmic lesson in both history and sociology."
August 10, 2007 Set in 1930s Texas, Paulette Jiles' second novel is the story of the Stoddard clan — particularly the Stoddard women — who endure storms within their own family and community. Recommended by Stacy Clopton Yates, host of HPPR's High Plains in Words.
August 8, 2007 With her recent novel, Gwendolen Gross has created two sympathetic people with diametrically opposed points of view, and given each their due. Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates recommends this thoughtful, multi-faceted look at what divides — and unites — mothers.
August 8, 2007 What Sara Miles learns about faith, about herself and about the gift of giving and receiving graciously are wonderful gifts for the reader as well. Her memoir is recommended by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates.
August 8, 2007 This novel by Ridley Pearson, recommended by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates, has keeping-up-with-the-gold-plated-Joneses scenes that will give the rest of us the sense of how the other .01 percent lives.
August 7, 2007 C. David Heymann's biography gives us the Kennedy children as people, not national symbols. This book was selected by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates for her midsummer reading roundup.
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