Andrew Young, daredevil, New Orleans among spring book release topics

Andrew Young has always been a fighter, literally and figuratively. As a child, he learned boxing so he could defend himself against schoolyard bullies, and as an adult he battled discrimination to become a congressman and mayor of Atlanta.

“The Many Lives of Andrew Young” by famed Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ernie Suggs, tells the gripping story of the civil rights hero, congressman, ambassador and mayor. Hundreds of color photographs document the rise of this Southern icon who just turned 90.

Readers can relive Young’s tenure as mayor during the 1996 Summer Olympics and find inspiration in his many accomplishments such as co-founding Good Works International, which promotes human rights across the world. Jimmy Carter writes the prologue to a well-researched book that captures and celebrates the life of one of Georgia’s most accomplished men.

Continued:Andrew Young turns 90 and builds on his legacy as one of Georgia’s great leaders

"wing walkers" by Taylor Brown

Della Marigold, the protagonist of Taylor Brownthe latest novel by , has a unique way of flying in the friendly sky. No conventional window or aisle seat for her.

It’s the Great Depression, and Della and her husband make a living by performing acts of aerial daring, which include walks on the wing. They hope to earn enough money to travel to the west coast. During one of their stunts, they meet a famous author.

“Wing Walkers” is based on a real-life encounter between two daredevil airmen and William Faulkner during Mardi Gras. From this footnote in the story, Brown, a Savannah author, has created a thrilling and inventive historical narrative that is part adventure tale and part love story. It also illuminates the creative work of one of the South’s most revered novelists.

Rural Texas, with its smelly oil fields and tired honky-tonks, doesn’t have much to offer recent college graduate Annie McIntyre. But instead of leaving for more promising pastures, she stays and helps her grandfather in his private detective business.

When a local waitress goes missing, Annie is hungry for clues, but what she finds are long-buried secrets and confrontations with a past she would be happy to forget.

“Paying the Dirt Road” from the author of Atlanta Samantha Jayne Allen is a debut novel that won the Tony Hillerman Award and received accolades from Augusta’s Brian Panowich. He calls it, “Brilliantly paced…and a perfect addition to the rural mystery genre.” If you liked the realistic grit of “Mare of Easttown,” you’ll savor this clever, multi-layered tale from a new Georgian writer that’s well worth watching.

If you were crying the end of Karen WhiteIn the Tradd Street series, you’ll be happy to hear that the prolific Atlanta writer has launched a new spinoff series based in New Orleans. White graduated from Tulane, and it was her original intention to set up a series in her alma mater city, but Hurricane Katrina hit and the author sought a new setting.

Now that her Tradd Street series is over, White is happy to spotlight New Orleans in her latest novel, “The shop on rue Royale” with a new character aptly named Nola, who seeks a superior repairman in the legendary city. Not only does Nola find her home, but she also discovers that her new digs come with a slew of supernatural tenants.

White has a knack for combining ghostly shenanigans with charming Southern settings, and you’ll want to add “The Shop on Royal Street” to your spring playlist.

The author will appear at Newly relocated Book Tavernnow at 978 Broad St. on April 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Essential reading of the month

“The problem with lying to your husband is that it changes everything and nothing.” It’s a telltale line of “Love of my life” by Rosie Walsh, which plunges into the meanders of a marriage strewn with pitfalls.

Emma is a good wife and mother, but she is terrible at telling the truth. In fact, everything she’s told her husband, Leo, about herself is an outright lie. When Emma becomes gravely ill, Leo, an obituary, researches his wife’s life and opens a Pandora’s box of lies. Even Emma’s name isn’t real.

Walsh’s novel is reminiscent of Laura Dave’s mega hit, “The Last Thing He Said to Me,” but with its own quirky twist. “Good Morning America” ​​chose this domestic drama for its book club, and I’m not surprised. Although the novel has a leisurely start, once the plot wheels begin to turn, you’ll be hooked until the last page.

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