Books All Georgians Should Read (2014)

On August 21, 2014, the Georgia Center for the Book announced its 2014 lists of Books All Georgians Should Read and Books All YOUNG Georgians Should Read. Check out the titles available from DeKalb County Public Library.

War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta

War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta

by Russell S. Bonds

Award-winning author Russell S. Bonds takes the reader behind the lines and across the smoky battlefields of Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Ezra Church, and Jonesboro, and into the lives of fascinating characters, both the famous and the forgotten including the fiery and brilliant Sherman; General John Bell Hood, the Confederacy's last hope to defend Atlanta; Benjamin Harrison,the diminutive young Indiana colonel who would rise to become President of the United States; Patrick Cleburne, the Irishman-turned-Southern officer; and ten-year-old diarist Carrie Berry, who bravely withstood and bore witness to the fall of the city.

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Reign of Madness

Reign of Madness

by Lynn Cullen

Juana of Castile, third child of the Spanish monarchs Isabel and Fernando, grows up with no hope of inheriting her parents' crowns, but as a princess knows her duty: to further her family's ambitions through marriage. Yet stories of courtly love, and of her parents' own legendary romance, surround her.

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The Starboard Sea

The Starboard Sea

by Amber Dermont

Devastated by the suicide of his prep-school roommate and disdaining the trappings of his affluent Manhattan life, Jason transfers to another school and bonds with a troubled classmate whose subsequent death compels Jason to uncover the truth, in a tale set against a backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse.

Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team

Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team

by Drew Jubera

The inspiring tale of how a coach with a grand vision and even bigger heart plucked his players out of jail and off the farm and made them believe they were champions as they returned Valdosta to its rightful place as one of the most storied programs in high school football.

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers: A Novel

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers: A Novel

by Thomas Mullen

In this follow-up to The last town on earth, Depression-era Jason and Whit Fireson appear to have met their end in a hail of bullets. Jason and Whit's lovers--Darcy, a wealthy socialite, and Veronica, a hardened survivor--struggle between grief and an unyielding belief that the Firesons are alive.

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Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler's Journey Through the Soul of the South

Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler's Journey Through the Soul of the South

by Susan Puckett

Much like John T. Edge's Southern Belly in conception but with a more focused regional scope, this book gets at the culture and foodways of the Mississippi Delta through lively descriptions of the region's restaurants, following a geographical path chapter by chapter from Memphis to Vicksburg.

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The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the tidal Marshes of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast

The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the tidal Marshes of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast

by Charles Seabrook

The World of the Salt Marsh is a wide-ranging exploration of the southeastern coast--its natural history, its people and their way of life, and the historic and ongoing threats to its ecological survival. Focusing on areas from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, Charles Seabrook examines the ecological importance of the salt marsh, calling it "a biological factory without equal."

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Thrall: Poems

Thrall: Poems

by Natasha Trethewey

The stunning follow-up volume to her 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard, by America's new Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey's poems are at once deeply personal and historical--exploring her own interracial and complicated roots--and utterly American, connecting them to ours.

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The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

by Kevin Young

"Taking its title from Danger Mouse's pioneering mash-up of Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album, Kevin Young's encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate the African American tradition of lying.--telling tales, fibbing, improvising, jazzing up, 'storying.' What emerges is a persuasive argument for the many ways that African American culture is American culture and for the centrality of art--and artfulness--to our daily lives. Moving from gospel to soul, funk to freestyle, Young shifts through the shadows, the bootleg, the remix--all the grey areas of our history, literature, and music."--P. [4] of cover.

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Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael Austin

Carmen Agra Deedy delivers a deliciously inventive Cuban version of the beloved Martina folktale, complete with a dash of cafe cubano. Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage. That's where her Cuban family comes in. While some of the Cucarachas offer her gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her something really useful: consejo increible, some shocking advice.

The Dagger Quick

The Dagger Quick

by Brian Eames

A stirring tale of rousing old-fashioned adventure, The Dagger Quick is the story of twelve-year-old Christopher, a boy with a clubfoot seemingly doomed to follow in the boring footsteps of his father as a cooper in 17th century England. That is, until he meets his uncle- William Quick, infamous pirate, and the only man ever crazy enough to steal from the infamous Governor of Jamaica. With his mother kidnapped, his father murdered, and Christopher unjustly blamed for the crime, he has no choice but to set off on a dangerous seafaring adventure with bounty hunters on his trail and his only ally an uncle he hardly knows.

The Shifter

The Shifter

by Janice Hardy

Nya, a fifteen-year-old war orphan, becomes a pawn in a bigger political game when her uncanny--and dangerous--ability to draw out people's pain and then give it to someone else turns out to be the only weapon she has to save her sister.

Sweetly

Sweetly

by Jackson Pearce

As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too. Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina.

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Ruth and the Green Book

Ruth and the Green Book

by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Ruth's story is fiction, but the Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers is historical fact. Can Ruth's family finally make a safe journey from Chicago to Alabama?

Henry Franks: A Novel

Henry Franks: A Novel

by Peter Adam Salomon

While a serial killer stalks his small Georgia town, sixteen-year-old Henry tries to find the truth about the terrible accident that robbed him of his mother and his memories, aided by his friend Justine but not by his distant father. (This title is also available as an eBook.)

Just One Bite: 11 Animals and Their Bites at Life Size!

Just One Bite: 11 Animals and Their Bites at Life Size!

by Lola Schaefer, illustrated by Geoff Waring

This fabulous, life-sized introduction to what animals eat, how they eat it, and how much they eat in a single bite is full of compelling facts and images. From a tiny sand-grain-sized bite of earth that the earthworm takes to the double-gatefold spread of a sperm whale sucking a whole giant squid down in just one bite, this book is EXACTLY as large as life.

Cosmo's Moon

Cosmo's Moon

by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Mark Braught

After Cosmo's affection for the Moon causes it to leave its orbit and begin to follow him around, he must reassure the Moon that saying goodbye makes the hello even sweeter.

Cleopatra's Moon

Cleopatra's Moon

by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Cleopatra Selene, the only surviving daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, recalls her life of pomp and splendor in Egypt and, after her parents' deaths, capitivity and treachery in Rome. (Also available as a downloadable audiobook.)

It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

by Don Tate, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Growing up as an enslaved boy on an Alabama cotton farm, Bill Traylor worked all day in the hot fields. When slavery ended, Bill's family stayed on the farm as sharecroppers. There Bill grew to manhood, raised by his own family and cared for the land and his animals. By the time has was 81, Bill was alone on his farm. So he moved to the city and began drawing the people, place and creatures from his earlier life. Today Bill Traylor is considered one of the most important self-taught American folk artists and thi vivid picturebook tells his story.