Arielle Stratton wrote the book on succeeding in college. When she graduated high school, she packed up and moved 1,200 miles from her Minneapolis home to attend High Point University and even though she knew no one, she had no trouble adjusting to college life.
Friends, however, were homesick and struggled with academics and living on their own. So when Stratton’s younger sister, Miranda, was ready to begin her own college journey far from home, Stratton put together a guide to help her succeed.
“Your College Survival Guide” (Realization Press) covers topics such as how to choose classes, take notes, do laundry and just about everything else. The book comes in a binder that acts like a workbook so users can add campus maps, brochures and information to keep them organized.
Stratton, a 2015 graduate of HPU, is the founder of Air Media. She lives in Raleigh.
In Kate Betterton’s latest novel, “The Romantic’ Guide to Wilderness Survival” (Amazon), a young homeless man is wrongly implicated for a crime and flees to the Cascade Mountain wilderness where more drama awaits. Betterton lives in Pittsboro.
“Supreme Villainy” (Talos) is Matt Wilson’s mock-biography of “world-famous” supervillain King Oblivion, Ph.D. After causing eons of chaos on earth, King Oblivion dies and leaves his unfinished manifesto behind. Wilson, who lives in Asheville, is a humor writer whose work has been featured on sites such as Cracked and National Lampoon.
Author Gilbert Brown is back with his fifth novel, “The Accidental Terrorist” (CreateSpace), a mystery based on a real-life destruction by the Israeli Air Force of a clandestine plant being built in Syria by the North Koreans. Brown, 88, lives in Chapel Hill. He began writing fiction after the 2014 death of his wife of 65 years.
John Hart discusses “Redemption Road” (St. Martin’s Griffin) on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 15. After bursting onto the literary scene from his Salisbury hometown about 12 years ago and writing four best-selling thrillers in four years, Hart took a long break much to the chagrin of his fans. He came back with his thriller, “Redemption Road,” a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. His sixth book is scheduled to be released later this year.
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