Fiction

Book Reviews
3:29 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Ron Rash is a poet, novelist and short-story writer whose 2009 novel Serena was a New York Times bestseller. Rash's signature subject is life in Appalachia, past and present.
Ulf Andersen Courtesy of Ecco

Expect to be good for nothing for a long time after you read Ron Rash. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still: It takes you to a land apart, psychologically and geographically, since his fiction is set in Appalachia.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Mysteries And Secrets Of Antiquarian Books

A new novel by Charlie Lovett about the mystery behind Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    

Writer Charlie Lovett has been attracted to the mystique of old books since he was a young kid. 

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Wed August 13, 2014

A Magical Secret Fragrance Launches Career Success

A new novel about a magical elixir that gives women the professional success they desire.

  

Whether or not women can have both professional success and a family is an ongoing national conversation, spurred by high-profile magazine essays, viral blogs and books like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue August 12, 2014

A Bright Light In A Time Of Darkness

A new historical fiction novel that documents a musical trio during the Holocaust

    

In the fall of 1941, German troops killed more than 15,000 Jewish residents in a two-day massacre outside the city of Rovno in Ukraine.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Bed And Breakfast Murder Mystery

An Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery set at a Southern B&B.

    

When Beth McKenzie's grandmother passed away, she left behind a hefty nursing home bill and a dilapidated mansion, and it was up to Beth to figure out what to do. But luckily, she had a plan. 

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

    

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Unraveling Of The Family Reed

After the Race by Michael Jones

  

In his debut novel, Chapel-Hill based author Michael B. Jones explores a tumultuous relationship between a father and son who search for happiness and identity as their lives fall apart around them.

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The State of Things
11:07 am
Tue July 1, 2014

A Fictional Trilogy Explores Nature's Secrets

"Authority" is the second book in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

    

Author Jeff VanderMeer dreamed he was walking down a tunnel where words were appearing on the wall.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

South Sudanese Duke Student Writes Of Home

Nyuol Tong, Duke student and writer, from South Sudan
Credit http://www.selfsudan.org/ / Self Sudan

  

When Nyuol Tong was six years old, his family was caught in the crossfire of the Sudanese Civil War. After living in Sudanese refugee camps, and Egypt, Tong made his way to the United States. 

When Nyuol reflects on his life in Sudan and Egypt, he talks about the constant shifting he had to do in order to survive. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Mon December 9, 2013

South Sudanese Duke Student Writes Of Home

South Sudanese Writer and Duke Student, Nyuol Tong
Credit selfsudan.org / Self Sudan

When Nyuol Tong was six years old, his family was caught in the crossfire of the Sudanese Civil War. After living in Sudanese refugee camps, and Egypt, Tong made his way to the United States. 

When Nyuol reflects on his life in Sudan and Egypt, he talks about the constant shifting he had to do in order to survive. 

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