I have been reading non-stop since safe at home started. There is nothing better than losing yourself in a good book. I am enjoying some of our local authors, which you can pick up non-contact curbside or order online from local bookstore, The Book Lady. Email your selection to (books@thebookladybookstore.com), call (912-233-2628) or message on Facebook to order. The recommendations below are all local authors suggested by The Book Lady herself. Support our local business and your mind!

Pride of Eden by Taylor Brown – Who needs Tiger King when you can read about other big cat rescues. Retired racehorse jockey and Vietnam veteran Anse Caulfield rescues exotic big cats, elephants, and other creatures for Little Eden, a wildlife sanctuary near the abandoned ruins of a failed development on the Georgia coast. But when Anse’s prized lion escapes, he becomes obsessed with replacing her―even if the means of rescue aren’t exactly legal.

First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers – It’s 1964 in the USSR, and unbeknownst even to Premier Khrushchev himself, the Soviet space program is a sham. Well, half a sham. While the program has successfully launched five capsules into space, the Chief Designer and his team have never successfully brought one back to earth. To disguise this, they’ve used twins. But in a nation built on secrets and propaganda, the biggest lie of all is about to unravel.

The World’s Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key – Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father—a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, “a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers.”

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood – Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates “like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.” His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide.

Drive Me out of My Mind by Chad Faries – A coming-of-age story of wildness and wandering set primarily in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—its abandoned iron mines, desperate small towns, and heart-breaking bars. It’s the memoir of a boy raised by lawless and itinerant women and how he was cultured—and corrupted—by their hard-living, hard-drinking, and hard-loving ways. Given this lot in life, Faries tells how one boy was hurt into becoming a poet at the ripe age of two—to imagine another world other than the daily madness in front of him—a world where violent stalkers hovered over the hospital beds of women as they gave birth, where father figures also copulated with Gramma, where a worn Barbie doll was a main source of comfort, and where home meant 24 anonymous hovels in 10 years.

 

Additional Recommendations:

Soft Launch by Aaron Belz

Landlocked: Etymology of Whale-Fish and Grace by Danelle Lejeune

Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future by Roy Christopher

Dear Vulcan by Laura Davenport

The Man They Wanted Me to Be by Jared Yates Sexton

Blood, Ash and Bone by Tina Whittle