By Collin Kelley
and Annie Kinnett Nichols

Atlanta’s writers have been busy and their fruits of their labor are now available just in time for the holidays. Mysteries, poetry, memoirs and self-help are all here. Whether you’re looking for a good book to curl up with by the fire or something to download to your Kindle for a long flight, you’ll find plenty to choose from here.

Noir(ish) by Evan Guilford-Blake ($3.99, E.P. Dutton). Set in an imaginary Los Angeles of 1947, the novel centers on the exploits of private detective Robert Grahame drawn by a femme fatale into a most unusual case. With nods to such classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, this eBook original is perfect for mystery lovers.

Reunion in Thera & Other Stories by R. Cary Bynum ($19.95, St. Johann Press) Eleven short stories set in the fictional Southern university town of Thera, as well as big cities like New York and Atlanta. The stories revolve around characters moving through personal crises toward some totally unexpected resolution.

Southern Vapors by Lynn Garson ($14.95, Amazon) This memoir chronicles the author’s life from childhood through college, law school, marriage, children, careers, the landscape of divorce and single parenthood and an unfortunate stay in a mental institution.

When Pianos Fall from the Sky: Poems by Travis Denton ($14.95, Marick Press) Denton’s pop culture imbued poems delve into love and truth with imagery that includes gypsies, guillotines, the Hindenburg and bucket brigades.

Trash by John David Hall ($12, Amazon) This novel explores Atlanta’s gay nightlife in the 1990s dot-com era. Naïve and optimistic Will moves to Atlanta looking for love, but finds himself spiraling into the drug and underground sex club scene.

RPM: Rockin’ in the Free World by H.S. Means ($18.99) Heather Means chronicles her late husband’s decision to join the Army after his best friend was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Deployed to Iraq, Ryan Patman Means discovered he had a rare form of liver cancer. Using Ryan’s own writings, Means details her husband’s life, patriotism and decisions that changed his entire family’s life. Available Dec. 1 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Wealth Choice by Dennis Kimbro ($25, Palgrave Macmillan) Observing how the weight of the continuing housing and credit crises disproportionately impacts the African-American community, Kimbro takes a sharp look at a carefully cultivated group of individuals who’ve scaled the heights of success and how others can emulate them. Based on a seven year study of 1,000 of the wealthiest African Americans, the book offers advice on climbing the economic ladder.

Elephant Water: Poems by Dan Veach ($14.95, Finishing Line Press) Decatur resident and editor of the Atlanta Review, Veach shares his own whimsical poems along with ink drawings created to illustrate each piece.

A Celebration of Healing by Eve Hoffman and Sal Brownfield ($24.95, Granite Springs Press) Artist Sal Brownfield’s bold, moving portraits of women who have battled cancer and other serious illnesses are accented with text by local poet and writer Eve Hoffman.

Images of America: Fox Theatre by Janice McDonald ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing) Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre gets its own entry in the ongoing Images of America series of books. McDonald follows the theater’s origins, glory days, the threat of its demolition in the 1970s and its rebirth as one of the country’s most iconic music and theater venues. A treat for Atlanta history buffs.

Enough Is Enough, Get Control of Your Stuff! One Woman’s Insight Into an Organized Life by Wendy Ellin ($19.95, BookLogix) This book is a quick read and offers excellent management tips for your business. It’s about cleaning the clutter off your desk/computer/smart phone with exact systems that Ellin has found are beneficial to professionals. Each chapter has a prompt so you can get control of your business from a different angle. Lots of encouragement for slowing down, being realistic about what is happening and what you have time to produce including learning systems that keep you organized.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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