Arts & Culture

December Reading List

  • By Our State Magazine

See a reading list of work by the seven acclaimed North Carolina writers featured in our Christmas fiction issue.

Christmas-Fiction

Our December 2012 issue features never-before-seen, original fiction by acclaimed writers Allan Gurganus, Ron Rash, Daniel Wallace, Jill McCorkle, Elizabeth Spencer, and Clyde Edgerton. Below you’ll find a list of works by each of these authors. Simply print and hit the bookstore to pick up work from these fine north Carolina writers.

Clyde Edgerton

1. Raney (1985)
2. Walking Across Egypt (1987)
3. The Floatplane Notebooks (1988)
4. Killer Diller (1991)
5. In Memory of Junior (1992)
6. Redeye: A Western (1995)
7. Where Trouble Sleeps: A Novel (1997)
8. Lunch at Piccadilly (2003)
9. Solo: My Adventure in the Air (2005)
10. The Bible Salesman (2008)
11. The Night Train (2011)

Allan Gurganus

1. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1984)
2. Blessed Assurance: A Moral Tale (1990)
3. White People (1990)
4. The Practical Heart (1993/2001)
5. Plays Well With Others (1997)

Margaret Maron

The Deborah Knott Series

1. Bootlegger’s Daughter (1992)
2. Southern Discomfort (1993)
3. Shooting at Loons (1994)
4. Up Jumps the Devil (1996)
5. Killer Market (1997)
6. Home Fires (1998)
7. Storm Track (2000)
8. Uncommon Clay (2001)
9. Slow Dollar (2002)
10. High Country Fall (2004)
11. Rituals of the Season (2005)
12. Winter’s Child (2006)
13. Hard Row (2007)
14. Death’s Half-Acre (2008)
15. Sand Sharks (2009)
16. Christmas Mourning (2010)
17. Three-Day Town (2011) (cross-over with Sigrid Harald)
18. The Buzzard Table (2012)

The Sigrid Harald Series

1. One Coffee With (1981)
2. Death of a Butterfly (1984)
3. Death in Blue Folders (1985)
4. The Right Jack (1987)
5. Baby Doll Games (1988)
6. Corpus Christmas (1989)
7. Past Imperfect (1991)
8. Fugitive Colors (1995)

Non-Series

1. Bloody Kin (1985)
2. Shoveling Smoke (1997) (Collected short stories)
3. Last Lessons of Summer (2003)
4. Suitable for Hanging (2004) (Second collection of short stories)

Jill McCorkle

1. The Cheerleader: A Novel (1984)
2. July 7th (1992)
3. Crash Diet: Stories (1992)
4. Ferris Beach: A Novel (1990)
5. Carolina Moon: A Novel (1996)
6. Tending to Virgina: A Novel (1997)
7. Final Vinyl Days and Other Stories (1998)
8. Creatures of Habit: Stories (2001)
9. Going Away Shoes: Stories (2009)
10. Life After Life (2013)

Ron Rash

1. The Night The New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina (1994)
2. Casualties (2000)
3. One Foot in Eden (2002)
4. Saints at the River (2004)
5. The World Made Straight (2006)
6. Chemistry and Other Stories (2007)
7. Serena (2008)
8. Burning Bright (2010)
9. The Cove (2012)
10. Nothing Can Stay Gold (2013)

Daniel Wallace

1. Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions (1998)
2. Ray in Reverse (2000)
3. The Watermelon King (2003)
4. O Great Rosenfeld! (2005)
5. Off the Map (2005)
6. Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (2007)
7. The Kings and Queens of Roam (coming 2013)

Elizabeth Spencer

Novels

1. Fire in the Morning (1948)
2. This Crooked Way (1952)
3. The Voice at the Backdoor (1956)
4. The Light in the Piazza (1960)
5. Knights & Dragons (1965)
6. No Place for an Angel (1967)
7. The Snare (1972)
8. The Salt Line (1984)
9. The Night Travelers (1991)

Short Story Collections

1. Ship Island (1968)
2. The Stories of Elizabeth Spencer (1981)
3. Marilee (1981)
4. Jack of Diamonds and Other Stories (1988)
5. On the Gulf (1991)
6. The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales (1996)
7. The Southern Woman (2001)

Non-Fiction

1. Landscapes of the Heart (1998)

Drama

1. For Lease or Sale (1989)

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2 Responses to December Reading List

  1. Faye Bleacher says:

    Our State Magazine has done it again!! The December issue is delightful, from Christmas at the Grove Park Inn, a look into our wonderful NC Symphony Orchestra and then the special gift of 7 wonderful short storys by seven accoomplished authors. What a great Christmas gift to your readers… Wish to remind everyone that a cup of hot chocolate and Our State is the ultimate “evening snack”. Thank you “Santa”..

  2. We are so blessed to have these fine literary figures in our great state. Books have been important in my life as long ago as I can remember. My Dad, Lawrence Lambert. was owner/manager of Lambert Printing Company in Asheboro, NC. He was primarily a job printer, but occasionally ventured into small press publishing.
    I remember seeing him setting type by hand in long, metal galleys, picking up one letter at a time. In my early years, he became the proud owner of a ‘Linotype’ machine which kicked out a line of type as typed onto the keyboard.
    My mother and I proofread for some of his ‘jobs’. I believe this is what gave me nearly perfect spelling capabilities.

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