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 2013” by 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.
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 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.