March 11, 2018

Terra Llantera by Ginger L. Franklin & Vivian Grimes examines with narrative and photos the hidden world of Tijuana’s trash and tire-based construction to build houses and parks, to provide a stable life for its residents. This fascinating cycle of the massive use, disposal, and reuse of items cast off by others provides an alternative to the potential ecological disaster waiting to happen.

Resilient Grieving by Lucy Hone, Ph.D. offers an empowering alternative to the five-stage Kübler-Ross model of grief through our innate ability to respond to traumatic loss. When faced with inescapable sorrow after her 12-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident, the author practiced the strategies of resilient grieving, finding proactive ways to move through her grief, and, over time, embrace life again.

The Grumpy Gardener by Steve Bender, Southern Living Magazine’s most irreverent and beloved columnist, presents 35 years’ worth of the author’s expertise and wit. His years of keen knowledge and gardening know-how tackle common garden issues such as how to get rid of those annoying little house ants to valuable tips for planting, troubleshooting, and growing flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees from coast to coast.

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain creates a compelling story in the historical setting of the polio epidemic of the 1940s. Most of the story is set in Hickory, NC’s Emergency Infantile Paralysis Hospital, built and staffed in just 3 days. It is the story of how one indiscretion changes Tess DeMillo’s life path. Pregnant and on the run, fate leads her to what on the outside looks like a dream come true with a handsome and wealthy husband, but on the inside is one of secrets and lies.

Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin confronts Jules headlong and all at once with a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist a third his age, forging an ending that is staggering in its humanity, elegance, and truth.

The Raven’s Honor by Johnny D. Boggs incorporates the unexpected with a tale of triumph, failure, and redemption. Sam Houston knew many names: the hero of the battle of San Jacinto, Senator and Governor of Texas, the Big Drunk. The Cherokees named him the Raven. In his last years, bitter but not bowed, gray-haired and crotchety, we witness the Raven still fighting the good fight, as Texas chooses to secede from the Union in the early days of the Civil War.