X7b-80I7zWhf1oS-V4jlEby_nRdlpKnUMZgkO9QPfIsLooking for a good book (or eBook) to curl up with by the fire this holiday season? Here are some recommended titles by authors from Intown.

Braving the Fire by Jessica Handler (St. Martin’s/Griffin) The award-winning author of the memoir Invisible Sisters is back with a road map for the journey of writing honestly about grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or the death of a loved one, Braving the Fire takes the writers’ perspective in exploring the challenges and rewards for the writer who has chosen, with courage and candor, to be the memory keeper.

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow) The New York Times-bestselling author is back with a new novel. Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son.

What the Yankees Did to Us by Stephen Davis (Mercer University Press) Davis digs deeper into Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops did to Atlanta during the Civil War. After the bombardment and occupation of the city in the summer of 1864, Sherman and his army occupied the city for two months, details of which are rarely covered in the history books, before setting out on his March to the Sea and leaving Atlanta in flames.

Dirtyville Rhapsodies by Josh Green (Dionysus Books) Set mostly in Atlanta, the collection features everyday folks who overcome vice and personal tragedy, scoundrels so foul they attract news headlines, and the wayward souls who find salvation in society’s crevasses. The collection was named named a Best Book for the Beach 2013by Men’s Health magazine and was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award. Green is known by most Intowners as the editor of Curbed Atlanta.

Conquering Venus and Remain In Light by Collin Kelley (Sibling Rivalry Press) Atlanta INtown’s editor sees the first two novels in his award-winning Venus Trilogy re-published in brand new editions. The literary mysteries follow a young American ex-pat writer helping a Parisian widow uncover the truth about the death of her husband during the 1968 riots. Government cover-ups, police corruption and organized crime all play heavily into these novels set in the City of Light’s underworld. Remain In Light was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and runner up for Georgia Author of the Year Award in Fiction. The final novel, Leaving Paris, is due in 2015.

Welcome Home, Captain Harding by Elliott Mackle (Lethe Press) Returning to California after 18 terrifying months in Vietnam, Captain Joe Harding is assigned a trio of duties: assisting his fatherly former commander at base operations, spying on misbehaving bomber pilots and organizing an air show designed to counter the anti-war fever sweeping the state.

 Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser (David C. Cook Editions) Native Atlantan Elizbeth Musser, who now writes from Lyon, France, completes her Secrets of the Cross trilogy. In 1960s France, Gabriella Madison stumbles into intrigue, danger and secrets in the shadowy underground of war. Refugees, smugglers, and operatives together reveal powerful lessons of forgiveness, and faith.

The Art and Life of Atlanta Artist Wilbur G. Kurtz by David O’Connell (The History Press) Nationally renowned Georgia artist and historian Wilbur G. Kurtz launched his career by founding the Pen and Brush Club of Atlanta in 1913. The transplanted Yankee quickly became a premier authority on Old South Atlanta, and Margaret Mitchell personally selected Kurtz as technical advisor and artistic director for Gone With the Wind. A co-founder of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta, Kurtz supervised the placement of more than four hundred historical markers in northeast Georgia documenting various stages of the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. Decades after his passing, Kurtz’s legacy lives on through his murals and historic paintings on display in public buildings and private art collections throughout Atlanta and the South.

The Turtle and The Moon by Kodac Harrison (Poetry Atlanta Press) Harrison collects a four decades of lyrics, poetry and his own artwork for this anthology of his eclectic work. With eight albums under his belt and having performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Harrison still hosts the weekly Java Monkey Speaks open mic and reading series every Sunday in Decatur.


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.