Karin Zipf’s “Bad Girls at Samarcand” is an enlightening book, but also a frightening one. It gives a terrifying look at the history of how the state of North Carolina has treated some of its most vulnerable children over the last century: those girls denied love at home, traumatized by incest and rape, living on the streets, or scorned for being somehow “different.”
Last fall Hogarth Press published the first in a series of novels by contemporary writers reimagining Shakespeare’s plays on the 400th anniversary of his death. So far we’ve had Jeanette Winterson’s “The Gap of Time: The Winter’s Tale Retold” and Howard Jacobson’s “Shylock is My Name,” an interpretation of “The Merchant of Venice.”
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, June 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.
GRACE, by Natashia Deon. This debut novel, written by a practicing Los Angeles attorney, is narrated by the ghost of an escaped slave. The reader learns Naomi's story - life on an antebellum Alabama plantation and, after escaping, in a Georgia brothel - as well as that of her daughter Josey, who never knew her mother. Early readers call "Grace" a haunting portrait of slavery, love and violence. (Counterpoint, $26)
CHICAGO - Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is billed as "the Midwest's largest LGBTQ circulating library," a repository for all things related to LGBTQ culture and history, from books to meeting minutes, posters to newspapers, even a Rosie O'Donnell doll.
St. Martin's Press has moved the publication date of a book on Adnan Syed, the Baltimore man in prison for killing his former high school girlfriend, from September to Aug. 9 as a ruling is awaited on a new trial for Syed.
Emily Maynard, former “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” star, said she never really set out to write a book but an agent sought her out after seeing her speak at a church. She credits the pastor of the church for giving her the courage to pen her story. Though not excited to be in the spotlight again, Maynard said, "I prayed about it and I really felt like this is where the Lord was leading me."
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