Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2017 37 Books for the Beach Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship By Lisa Yarger (Raleigh) University of North Carolina Press, 2016, 320 pages I n this non-fiction work, author Lisa Yarger chronicles the life of Lovie Beard Shelton, who from 1950 to 2001 practiced midwifery in eastern North Carolina, delivering some 4,000 babies to those of all walks of life. As Lovie describes her calling, we meet a woman who sees herself working in partnership with God and who must wrestle with the question of what happens when a woman who has devoted her life to service, to doing God's work, ages out of usefulness. "When I'm no longer a midwife, who am I?" Facing retirement and a host of health issues, Lovie attempts to fit together the jagged pieces of her life as she prepares for one final home birth. Said one reviewer : "Lovie is beautifully written, largely because Lisa Yarger is an extraordinary observer who has a keen eye for details, the discipline to record what she sees, and the talent to turn her observations into well-crafted narrative nonfiction." Universal Harvester By John Darnielle (Durham) Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017, 214 pages I n his latest novel, this best-selling author (and man behind the American band The Mountain Goats) takes us to a small town in the 1990s as life takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local video store. "This chilling literary thriller follows a video store clerk as he deciphers a macabre mystery through clues scattered among the tapes his customers rent," said a reviewer. No One is Coming to Save Us By Stephanie Powell Watts (Lenoir) Ecco, 2017, 348 pages J J Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, N. C., to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart. But as he re-enters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. His return — and plans to build a mansion overlooking the town — stirs up his old hometown, with his wealth forcing everyone to consider the cards they've been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it in this novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. "Hope, humor, and heartbreak, all in one beautifully told story of real people struggling to make something lasting of their lives," said one reviewer. Mysterious Moments: Thoughts That Transform Grief By Jane Williams (Durham) Library Partners Press, 2017, 138 pages T his collection of 10 real-life stories, penned by a clinical psychologist, tackles such issues as the insatiable need for affirmation by our parents and generational family dysfunction. Although each story is unique, a common theme ties the narratives together. All of the grievers, despite their distress and suffering, experience moments in which they have transformative thoughts that allow them to reframe their grief. "Beautifully written personal stories of grief and unexpected healing through moments that give new perspectives for each particular loss," wrote one reviewer. "Sure to offer both insight and hope to those who grieve and those who support them." Miss Julia Weathers the Storm By Ann B. Ross (Hendersonville) Viking, 2017, 288 pages T his latest in the best-selling Miss Julia series – the 18th — takes us along on a trip to the beach, where the southern heroine's sweet and generous husband, Sam, has decided to take a big group along, inviting family and friends. While Miss Julia prepares for the big trip, her longtime friend comes to her with a horrifying discovery: Her husband might be cheating on her. "Ross has a gift for elevating such everyday matters as marital strife and the hazards of middle age to high comedy, while painting her beautifully drawn characters with wit and sympathy," says Publisher's Weekly. Refugee By Alan Gratz (Bakersville) Scholastic, July 25, 2017, 341 pages T his new book by the author of one of the ALA's 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, Samurai Shortstop, tells the stories of three different children with a single mission: escape. Josef, a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany, flees the threat of concentration camps with his family aboard a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel, a Cuban girl in 1994, flees riots and unrest plaguing her country, departing with her family on a raft in the hope of finding safety and freedom in America. Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015, flees a homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, on a long trek toward Europe. All face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals — but each is hopeful of tomorrow. "Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both," said one reviewer. More on Next Page ❱❱ Don't forget these reads — all penned by authors with North Carolina roots — in your 27587 beach bags this season KURE BEACH, NC/ COURTESY OF VISITNC.COM

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