If you’re looking for a good book to read, check out these titles by local authors and poets.

Books 1
Black Girl in Moscow: A Memoir
by Jacqueline Clay Chester
The fashion model chronicles her journey to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. As an African American model from America working at the height of the Cold War, Chester received international attention, which propelled her career.

Fun Foodie Friends by Elaine Callahan and Joyce Kesler
Parents and children alike are sure to be entertained by the illustrations and simple instructions for each fun and healthy recipe in this cookbooks designed to help kids make friends with fruits and vegetables.

Books 2

Storm in the Valley by Lee Passarella
This historical drama follows a 12-year-old boy who enlists as a drummer boy with the 51st Virginia Volunteer Regiment and is swept up in the Civil War.

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood by Jim Grimsley
Grimsley looks unflinchingly at his childhood racism and the society that taught him to think that way after the integration of his small North Carolina school.

Books 3

Traveling the Two-Lane: A Memoir and Travelogue by Marilyn Berman
Berman comes to grips with her sexuality on an epic, solo road trip to Alaska where she spent a year driving North America, hiking and meditating on her life – past and present.

Order Sutra by Megan Volpert
If you like Noam Chomsky, psychedelia, Office Space and riddle, then poet Megan Volpert’s latest chapbook is right up your alley.

Book 4

Before I Go: A Novel by Colleen Oakley
Daisy Richmond, a young woman who survived one bout of breast cancer but is diagnosed with a stage-four recurrence on her “cancerversary,” becomes consumed with finding a replacement wife for her husband.

Done in One: A Novel by Jan Thomas and Grant Jerkins
SWAT sniper Jack Denton questions if his line of work is beginning to affect his mental health after his mentor becomes the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California.

Book 5

Tiktaalik, Adieu: Poems by Lynn Pedersen
Pedersen’s poetry speaks to the evolving, rapidly changing natural world and mankind’s search for peace while it struggles to survive. Pedersen will read from her work along with Brent Calderwood at Poetry Atlanta Presents… on July 29, 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street. More information at this link.

Klara with a K by Sandy Berman
Winner of the 2015 Independent Publisher Award, Berman’s novel follows a young woman who finds herself in Georgia after being liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. She soon finds that America’s Jim Crow rules are eerily similar to the Nazi laws she escaped from after World War II.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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