Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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Breakpoint By Amelia Grace Seiler (Wake Forest) Amelia Grace Seiler, 2012, 254 pages B reakpoint, the first in the Kate Schofield series, is the story of a widow who agrees to foster a newborn child. She believes the greatest peril she faces is loving the baby girl and then having to give her up. She couldn't be more wrong. "A twisted tale about family loyalties carried to extremes," writes one reviewer. "Darla's trail is full of surprises that are entirely believable in the hands of this gifted suspense writer who carefully metes out clues until we reach the breathtaking conclusion." Jackie By Sam Newsome (King) Lulu, 2013, 264 pages T his first novel, the recipient of the Garcia Memorial Prize for best fiction book of the year, tells the story of "Jackie," who as a child is labeled mentally challenged and suffers an abusive home life and the torment of bullies at school. Soon, he is relegated to homeschooling that is no more effective than the classroom and is left without a formal education. Thirteen years later, he is reunited with an old classmate, Jimmie, now a recent college graduate. Together, they discover that Jackie has a secret ability and enormous untapped potential. Said one reviewer : "Dr. Newsome explores the possibility that these folks can have exceptional gifts and abilities, and if given the proper nurturing, could become productive members of society." The Weight of This Worl d By David Joy (Webster) G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017, 272 pages D avid Joy, whose debut novel, "Where All Light Tends to Go," was hailed as "a savagely moving novel that will likely become an important addition to the great body of Southern literature," returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past, focusing on a combat veteran back from war. "Bleakly beautiful. . . [a] gorgeously written but pitiless novel about a region blessed by nature but reduced to desolation and despair," wrote The New York Times. The Perfect Stranger By Megan Miranda (Charlotte) Simon & Schuster, 2017, 352 pages I n this follow-up to The New York Times' bestseller "All the Missing Girls," a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who might never have existed at all. "The pages of the book pretty much turned themselves. The Perfect Stranger was full of mystery, suspense, and a sense of thrill surrounding the main characters," wrote one reviewer. "Megan Miranda gives you whiplash with the intrigue she sets up. … I was doubting everyone's motives. I jumped to too many conclusions and changed my mind constantly trying to keep up with the different outcomes." Everything Will be Alright: An Alzheimer's Memoir By Glory Read (Durham) iUniverse, 2007, 108 pages T his is is a sentimental journey through a marriage that began on the campus of Duke University and moves through the suburbs in New Jersey and the communications center in Manhattan. "We all know someone dealing with the heartbreak of a life-threatening disease," writes one reviewer. "Glory Read's story of her rich life with her true love and soulmate, Bill, his descent into Alzheimer's, the toll it takes on their lives, and her resiliency, touches us as we rapidly turn the pages of her memoir." The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played Drew Bridges, (Wake Forest) iUniverse, 2014, 154 pages D rew Bridges, who bills this memoir as "essentially my father's soldier-coming- home-from-war story," tapped letters his father wrote to his mother from Italy during the final years of World War II and recounts, pitch by pitch, a Saturday afternoon baseball game in Hildebran, N. C., in 1957. Said one reviewer : "Great story about a small-town boy and those he grew up with. Also shows his love for his parents and the influence his father had on his life." Editor's Note 27587 MAGAZINE thanks Page 158 Books in Wake Forest for its help in identifying these summer reads. For more offerings from home-grown authors, visit page158books.com. Books for the Beach DUCK, N.C. / CLAUDIA L. GIBBS KURE BEACH, NC/ COURTESY OF VISITNC.COM

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