2012 Literary Gift Guide Supporting Atlanta Authors

2012 Literary Gift Guide Supporting Atlanta Authors
Support your local authors by giving the following 2012 releases as gifts this holiday season


Age 4 & Up
·         "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons" by James Dean
Practice counting skills with Pete the Cat, the cool, blue cat with a laid back attitude.
Young Adult
·         "Being Friends with Boys" by Terra Elan McVoy
Drama knows no gender.  Charlotte finds being friends with boys easier than being friends with back-stabbing girls, until she meets a new boy. Now her "Boy Friends" are fighting, and one of them might like her. 
·         "Fathomless" by Jackson Pearce
The third in Pearce's fairytale retellings, “Fathomless” is a dark, modern take on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid."
Cooking
·         "Fire in my Belly" by Kevin Gillespie
You may have seen Gillespie on "Top Chef" or tasted his work at "Woodfire Grill."  Check out this farm-to-table aficionado's masterpiece recipes. 
·         "Souper Jenny Does Salads" by Jennifer Levison
The woman behind the lunchtime institution divulges her scrumptious salad recipes just in time for our New Year's resolutions.
·         "The Atlanta 50: Where to Eat" by John Kessler
The AJC's chief dining critic gives his first "Top 50" list since 2004.
Fiction
·         "The Ghost on Black Mountain" by Ann Hite
When Nellie Clay marries and moves to Black Mountain, her mama and the locals warn her to get off the mountain while she still can.  Hite, a 2012 Georgia Author of the Year, spins a suspenseful, sinister, Southern folktale set in the Depression-era Appalachian foothills.
·         “The River Witch” by Kimberly Brock
Family, faith and resentment mix with love and loss, broken bodies and souls, and a stranger in a strange place.  Add to this mix some mythology, fable and folktale, and you will find a story that stays with you long after the final page.
·         "Criminal" by Karin Slaughter
The seventh installment of the Will Trent series uncovers a critical piece of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent's past.
·         "Stranger in the Room" by Amanda Kyle Williams
Will ex-FBI profiler, Keye Street, solve two similar murders before the killer strikes again?
·         "Sea Change" by Karen White
After a whirlwind romance and a move to the Georgia coast, Ava Whalen learns there are mysterious circumstances surrounding her husband's first wife's death, as well as secrets surrounding her new home.
·         "Someone Bad and Something Blue" by Dee Stewart aka Miranda Parker
Who is guilty of killing the Honorable Elaine Turner's campaign manager? Angel Crawford is on the case.
·         "Duty and Desire" by Anju Gattani
This debut novel, set in contemporary India, follows Sheetal Prasad as she marries into India's most glamorous (and secretly scandalous) royal family, The Dhanrajs.
·         "The Ninth Step" by Grant Jerkins
Secrets and deceit abound when a high school geometry teacher's wife is killed in a hit and run.
Non-fiction
·         "The Alumni Factor" by Monica McGurk aka CB Day
Are you a student, an alumni, a parent, a counselor or advisor?  Then you need this one-of-a-kind college rankings book based on graduate success.
·         "The Drama Years:  Real Girls Talk about Surviving Middle School-Bullies, Brands, Body Image and More" by Haley Kilpatrick
Kilpatrick's non-profit organization, Girl Talk, pairs high-schoolers with middle-schoolers to give support and instill leadership skills.  Her guidebook helps girls and parents navigate the tumultuous tween and teen years.
Humor
·         "Wallflower in Bloom" by Claire Cook
The author of "Must Love Dogs" is back with the quirky comedy her fans love. Deidre's husband is not only leaving her, but re-marrying and starting a new family with someone else.  After over-indulging in her brother's vodka stash, Deidre manages to get herself voted onto "Dancing with the Stars" as a last minute replacement. What could go wrong?
Memoir
·         “Growing Up Psychic" by Chip Coffey
The debut book from the star of A& E's Psychic Kids and Paranormal State, Coffey offers information and identifies the challenges of growing up psychic.
Kindle
·         "Kiss Shot" by Collin Kelley
Great option for an inexpensive and wrapping-free gift.
Novelist and poet, Kelley, has released a compilation of four diverse short stories set in Cottonwood, Georgia.

2 comments

Collin Kelley said...

Thanks for recommending "Kiss Shot", Rhiannon!

Unknown said...

What a great list! Makes me extra-proud to be an ATL author. Thank you!