Submitted by bookshelf on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 1:54pm
With the heavy summer air behind us and a calm winter breeze just beginning to crisp the air, you can smell the pine air that brought so many wealthy northerners to this corner of the country at the turn of the 20th century. It’s the time of year we are thankful to be connected to our land. But in case you've missed the Fall-induced land euphoria, here are some books that may just make you open your arms and run through the forest.
In Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See, biologists, conservationists, and photographers collaborate to bring a beautifully written tribute to the tree that dominates the most biologically diverse region of North America. With a foreword by renowned biologist and author E.O. Wilson, this is one book to put under the (other pine) tree of any longleaf land owner.
Robert Crawford and William Brueckheimer bring the longleaf love even more local with The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation: Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. Yet another beautiful coffee table book, Legacy not only describes the important role Tall Timbers has played in conserving our local ecology, it also offers a readable history of North Florida-South Georgia.
Finally, the stories of Janisse Ray always make us want to return to the land. In The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, she weaves stories of ordinary gardeners who are conserving rare, heirloom seeds with the science that will compel you to want to save the seeds -- 94% of seed varieties have been lost over the past 100 years!
So for the love of the land, come save the seeds, save the trees, and buy the books.
Southern writer Joshilyn Jackson got us again with her newest work of fiction, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. The story of the three Slocumb women -- who face all kinds of trouble every 15 years -- grabbed us from the opening line, spoken by 45-year-old Ginny Slocumb: "My daughter, Liza, put her heart in a silver box and buried it under the willow tree in our backyard." How could you not keep reading after an introduction like that?
Told from the perspective of all three women -- matriarch Ginny, stroke-silenced Liza, and teenage Mosey -- A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty follows the women after a devastating family secret is uncovered from beneath the willow tree in their backyard. Jackson does an exemplary job of making us care about all the Slocumb women, even Liza, who can only speak in garbled words. The story is filled with suspense and winds up being quite the page turner. Most of our staff finished it in a day or two.
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is just the latest in Jackson's repertoire. We also love gods in Alabamaand Backseat Saints, though you really can't go wrong with any of Jackson's novels. To celebrate just how much we love this Southern author, we're hosting her in our stores this weekend!
Join us Saturday in Midtown from 3 to 5 for a book talk and signing with Jackson. Tickets are $5 or free with the purchase of her latest book, and you can call us in the shop for more details. Hope to see you this weekend!