We hope you all have been enjoying this summer’s batch of reading suggestions! This week’s list comes from Pomegranate Books in Wilmington. The staff has provided us with some adventurous and heart-warming books perfect for your summer reading pleasure.
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Here if You Need Me by Kate Braestrup
This title is a perennial favorite. Braestrup, widowed mother of four, decides to become a police chaplain to honor her late husband, a Maine State Trooper. Instead, she becomes a chaplain to the Maine game warden service, helping those who perform search and rescue, and comforting family members waiting for news. Her singular voice gives us a new look at the park rangers we will see throughout our summer travels.
The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic by Melanie McGrath
Sometimes reading about colder climates helps us cool off on a steamy summer’s day. This book is a meticulously researched, grippingly told account. McGrath uses the film Nanook of the North as a focal point to explore the forced relocation of a group of Inuit families to an area north of the Arctic Circle in an effort by Canada to establish mineral rights. Having lived with the Inuit, McGrath conveys people’s unique culture, including a sense of time radically different from our own.
Along the Watchtower by Constance Squires
Squires has been compared to Pat Conroy, and she covers some of the same territory in this coming-of-age novel about Lucinda, the feisty and observant eldest daughter in a military family stationed in Germany. Faced with the isolation of a strange place and the pressures of family strife, Lucinda uses popular music to forge bonds and find solace. This debut novel highlights the fact that entire families are involved in service to our country.
Night Train by Clyde Edgerton
In this short, powerful novel, Edgerton once again allows the reader to inhabit the rural South and hear (no, actually know) its residents. In this case, it is 1963, and we meet Dwayne Hallston and Larry Lime Nolan, two teens divided by race but brought together by their love of music and their belief in its power to change lives. Edgerton handles his characters with his signature humor and compassion in this moving and profound tale.
Still Life With Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer
This memoir is rich and satisfying, full of humor and honesty. Goldhammer, recently separated from her husband, moves from an affluent life in coastal New England to a new, rural existence by the sea with her 12-year-old daughter and the 6 chickens her daughter convinces her to buy. As they adapt to their new life, transform a shabby cottage and property into a beloved home, and tend to their flock, they face their many changes and challenges with an abundance of love and hope. Beautifully written.
Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems by Richard LaMotte, with photographs by Celia Pearson
Not just for avid beachcombers and collectors of sea glass, this book has wide appeal for its gorgeous color photographs by Celia Pearson, as well as for the wealth of information on finding and identifying these “gems” from the sea. LaMotte, one of the foremost experts on sea glass, shares his passion and knowledge, including information on the bottles and other glassware that are the sources of the shards.
The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga
Take an armchair vacation to Italy with this wonderful novel. Margot Harrington, a 29-year-old American, goes to Florence to use her bookbinding expertise to help restore valuable books damaged in the floods during the summer of 1966. There are portrayals of adventure, romance, mystery, lots of art history, books, and an immersion in details of the aftermath of the flooding in Florence. This is the kind of book you finish and immediately give to a friend.
Smidgens: Bits and Pieces of a Southern Family’s Life by Becky Shuford
It is clear that Becky Shuford considers hosting a gathering to be a gift bestowed on visiting friends. She shares this sense of hospitality in Smidgens, a collection of recipes, guidelines for entertaining and charming family stories. A great housewarming or bridal shower gift and a wonderful addition to your cooking and entertaining collection.
Granta 115: The F Word (Feminism)
Those of you who got a chuckle hearing Helen Simpson reading from “Night Thoughts” on NPR will enjoy reading the entire piece of imagined male-female role reversal. The rest of this issue offers a stellar roster of writers (Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, A.S Byatt, Jeanette Winterson), as well as poets and visual artists. It’s great fun to pick and choose among the entries, depending on your mood. Eudora Welty’s classic, “Gentlemen” is the icing on the cake.
About Pomegranate Books
Pomegranate Books is an independent bookstore located in the historic Borkenhagen House in the Winter Park neighborhood of Wilmington North Carolina. It is celebrating five years of finding good homes for great books. It has a carefully selected collection of literary and life-enhancing titles for all ages and offers locally made cards and gift items.