We know how much Our State fans and friends love to read, and this week, our suggested summer reading list comes from Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh. Grab one of these books, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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Eleven: A Novel by Mark Watson
This delightful novel compares favorably with Nick Hornby. With engaging characters and a clever plot, this is a heartwarming story of intersecting lives set in London, England.
The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic by Michael Sims
You will want to read his classic stories again when you read the story of this somewhat sad and melancholy man. His deep love and knowledge of the world of animals, and the respect for children and writing that he brought to the careful crafting of all his books, are inspiring.
Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott
A page-turner from beginning to end, this book is the first in a new series starring a young man who has everything—great beginnings of a new career, a post in Paris, a beautiful wife, and a baby on the way. Suddenly, with just one phone call, he loses everything—except his life and the skills he will need to find out what went wrong.
Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr
A young girl is raised by bigoted grandparents who adore her and can’t see the contradiction in their perception of other people of color—but she does, and as her small Wisconsin town goes to incredible lengths to honor her prejudices, she finds that the violence and the love shape her forever.
The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton
Two teenagers, black and white, become friends through their love of music in the racially divided 1960s North Carolina. Edgerton brings his gentle humor to address the social issues of the time.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
A Muslim family living in New Orleans during Katrina, has complete faith in America and is repeatedly betrayed. This heartbreaking, true story shatters stereotypes about Muslims and has been selected by several colleges as their freshman read this summer.
Louise’s War by Sarah Shaber
Washington, D.C., 1942, comes to life in this new WWII mystery starring a young widow from North Carolina whose job with the Office of Strategic Services has opened up new worlds for her. The story is intriguing, touching, and very real with lots of authentic detail.
The Call by Yannick Murphy
This story of a small town veterinarian is funny, suspenseful, sweet, and totally original. The family dynamics are pitch-perfect. It is a totally satisfying book.
Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner
This hilarious and moving coming-of-age memoir tells of the unconventional upbringing of a precocious, headstrong, and intelligent girl who, to keep her out of mischief, is put to work in her father’s pharmacy at age 4. You will fall in love with her and her family.
Burning Bright by Ron Rash
An award-winning collection of stories by North Carolinian Ron Rash includes 12 stories set in the Appalachian Mountains in times ranging from the Civil War to today. Beautiful prose from this master of short fiction makes these stories memorable.
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
A fascinating look at the origins, implementation, and failure of that great American delusion known as Prohibition, which changed the course of American history.
About Quail Ridge Books & Music
Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh was founded by Nancy and Jim Olson in 1984. In 2001, they were recognized with three awards: Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year, The Louise Pannell Award for Excellence in Children’s Bookselling, and the Charles Haslam Award for Excellence in Bookselling. Nancy Olson was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2007 and was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2010. Quail Ridge Books & Music is an independent shop with a friendly, knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing the best in customer service. The store provides a wide variety of carefully selected books, events, discussion groups, and town hall meetings.
Quail Ridge Books & Music is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the first Sunday of January (Inventory Day). They are conveniently located just off the Raleigh 440 Beltline, across from Meredith College.
The spectacular views in North Carolina’s High Country aren’t just inspiration for writers, painters, and sculptors. Those landscapes — the rugged gray face of Grandfather Mountain, the vibrant fall leaves, the deep green meadows — are brushstrokes on Earth’s own canvas.
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