Caddo Parish readers have voted Lynda Rutledge’s “West with Giraffes” for Shreve Memorial Library’s October “One Book One Parish” celebration, and I moved the novel to my reading list.
West with Giraffes is a novel inspired by the true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Great Depression-era America. It has received rave reviews since its release last year. The book follows Woodrow Wilson Nickel’s 12-day journey to deliver Southern California’s first giraffe to the San Diego Zoo. It’s part adventure, part historical saga and part coming-of-age love story.
Library patrons chose from three titles, with “West with Giraffes” narrowly beating Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Evelyn Hugo’s Seven Husbands” and Tommy Orange’s “There”. Copies of “West with Giraffes” are available at checkout at Shreve Memorial locations, and the One Book One Parish show will be available at various locations in October. See www.shreve-lib.org for details.
Don’t Forget: Centennial Book Fair around the corner
As a book lover, it is my duty to remind you that the 35th Centennial Book Fair will be held in the College Fitness Center on September 9th from 4-9pm and September 10th from 9am-4pm. Book sales sponsored by volunteer Centennial College Muse raise funds for campus programs. The variety and quality of books are astounding – and not too expensive. Plus, it feels like a huge reunion of readers — people you know and people you want to meet. If you love books, don’t miss this sale.
New Liz Talley novel available for preorder
Get ready, North Louisiana, for another behind-the-scenes look at local society in Liz Talley’s next novel, If The Dress Fits. It’s the sequel to “Deconstructed,” published in late October, in which a Shreveport woman confronts her cheating husband with the help of an active sidekick, and has a rating of more than 11,000 on Amazon.
“If The Dress Fits” is now available for pre-order on Amazon, bringing Cricket Crosby back…and getting permission to snoop after a private detective course. Unfortunately, her new best friend Ruby Balthazar is involved in cricket’s first big case. When a local investigator hires former debutante Cricket to go undercover at PTA conferences and cotillion parties, she accidentally suspects Ruby, a former inmate at Long Pines Correctional Facility, that changes her life. When Ruby is arrested for theft, her fashion career dreams begin to shatter and Cricket or Ruby need to find the real thief. In typical light-hearted Talley fashion, she joins in an incontinent cat, a dog, and a hot tow truck driver (a great character readers encounter in “Deconstruction”).
I would read anything written by former North Louisiana teacher Talley and pre-ordered this upcoming book. I love her smart (and sometimes clever) style and her attention to detail and humor. Plus, her books — romance novels and novels for women — are full of glimpses of fictional characters I think I might have met somewhere in Ark-La-Tex.
Our summer reading season is coming to an end, which always makes me a little sad. But book clubs are starting again, the kids are reading at school, and I have a ton of books to deal with. (Top of my stack: “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” by Jamie Ford, I’ll write more about it later.) This week I was at a book club about my nonfiction title “Before and After: Incredible” True – The Life Story of an Orphan Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Association,” co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate, who wrote the monumental novel “After We Be You Before”, the book that inspired our book. Next week I’ll be discussing these two books and why stories matter with 500 students in Kentucky. I’d love to hear what you’re reading this fall. Email me or visit my Facebook author page.
Columnist Judy Christie is the author of 18 fiction and non-fiction books and is writing a new novel. She co-authored “Before and After: The Incredible True Story of Surviving Orphans at Tennessee Children’s Home Association” with Lisa Wingate. For more information about Christie, visit www.judychristie.com or follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JudyChristieAuthor.