Up & Coming Weekly

December 15, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 16-22, 2020 UCW 17 D.G. MARTIN, Host of UNC's Book Watch. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. 1 WE THE KINGDOM Light Of The World 2 PASSION F/KRISTIAN STANFILL Hope Has A Name 3 CROSS POINT MUSIC Jesus Is Our King 4 CHRIS TOMLIN Miracle of Love 5 FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI Behold Him 6 FOR KING & COUNTRY W/ NEEDTOBREATHE O Come O Come Emmanuel 7 JON REDDICK A Child Has Come 8 MICAH TYLER Feels Like Joy 9 HANNAH KERR W/ COCHREN & CO Here To Stay 10 TOMMEE PROFFITT F/TAUREN WELLS and SVRCINA O Holy Night e long list of North Carolina books I recently shared for read- ers to consider as holiday gifts or book club choices did not do the job. One reader complained that I did not include recent bestselling books by North Carolina con- nected authors John Grisham and Nicholas Sparks. For instance, in John Grisham's latest, "A Time for Mercy," he brings back Jake Brigance, the hero of "A Time to Kill," one of the most popular novels ever. Nicholas Sparks sets his latest, "e Return," in New Bern where Trevor Benson, a Navy surgeon, is recovering, in body and mind, from having been blown apart in Afghanistan. Pat Conroy's widow, Cassandra King Conroy, writes about her challenging but successful mar- riage in "Tell Me a Story: Life with Pat Conroy." Kristy Woodson Harvey's "Feels Like Falling" follows the life of a successful businesswoman whose life is jolted when her husband suddenly leaves her. When a hurricane threatens their coastal homes, a diverse group of people in Mary Alice Monroe's "e Summer Guests" make their way to their friends' horse farm in North Carolina near Tryon. In Martin Clark's "e Substitu- tion Order" a once beloved at- torney — now broke, on probation and disbarred — is the hero who breaks up a complicated scam. "In the Valley" by Ron Rash shares a short sequel to his ac- claimed novel, "Serena" and nine of his best short stories. In Ann Tyler's "Redhead by the Side of the Road." a single, won- derfully weird self-employed tech expert meets a teen who claims to be his son. erese Anne Fowler's "A Good Neighborhood" is a tragedy of racism's effect on a teenage boy living in a mostly white Raleigh neighborhood. Randall Kenan died three weeks before his short story collection, "If I Had Two Wings," was selected as one of 10 nominees for the National Book Award. Two of North Carolina's favorite food authors, Jean Anderson and Vivian Howard, have new books. Anderson combines great food and North Carolina pottery with favorite recipes contributed by 24 North Carolina potters in "Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters." Vivian Howard's "is Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking" would make an appreciated gift. Her earlier "A Chef 's Life" is a lasting classic and makes a good gift at any time. For Civil War buffs David Silkenat's "Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War" looks at the war through the lens of numer- ous surrenders on both sides. Rachel Lance's "In the Waves: My Quest to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine" recounts her struggle to determine how and why the crew of the Confeder- ate submarine HL Hunley died in Charleston harbor. ere are two possibilities for sports fans. "Larry Miller Time: e Story of the Lost Legend Who Sparked the Tar Heel Dynasty" by Stephen Demorest is about one of Dean Smith's earliest and best basketball recruits. In "Marching Toward Mad- ness: How to Save the Games You Always Loved," John LeBar and Allen Paul examine the risks of losing college sports as we know and love them. "UNC A to Z: What Every Tar Heel Needs to Know about the First State University" by Cece- lia Moore and Nicholas Graham is a readable, entertaining and authoritative encyclopedia of in- formation about everything UNC. "Fragile Democracy: e Strug- gle Over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina" by James Leloudis and Robert Korstad tells the story of race and voting rights, from the end of the Civil War until the present day. "A Warren Court of Our Own" by Mark Davis compares the U.S. Supreme Court of Earl Warren with the N.C. Supreme Court led by Jim Exum. If you have trouble deciding, call your local bookstore. Its staff will be glad to help select the right book to give or recommend to your book club. North Carolina books for holiday gift-giving by D.G. MARTIN LITERATURE

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