“In the Shadow of the Ayatollah”
William Daugherty, Ph.D, a professor emeritus at Armstrong State University (1996-2011), is a highly decorated former CIA agent who lived through one of the more poignant moments in the United States’ history with Iran.
Daugherty was one of 52 American diplomats who were held hostage for 444 days during the infamous Iran Hostage Crisis of the late 1970s early 1980s.
When it was revealed to his captors his status as a CIA agent, Daugherty was subjected to harsher treatment. After surviving the harrowing ordeal, he relied on declassified materials and interviews with government officials to carve out his acclaimed novel. He was awarded the State Department’s Medal of Valor and the CIA’s Exceptional Service Medal.
“In the Shadow of the Ayatollah” celebrated a paperback re-issue in 2016.
Dorothea Benton Frank
“All Summer Long”
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns with another sensational novel set in the Lowcountry. A native of Sullivan’s Island, S.C., Frank has penned 17 novels set in and around her home state. Frank’s latest, “All Summer Long,” finds her newest protagonists, Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, in the midst of a major life change.
Nicholas, a Southerner on the edge of retirement, is pushing to return to his native Lowcountry after years in New York. Olivia is having reservations about her promise to retire to the south.
Meanwhile, the couple’s bank account is dwindling. The pair globe trots with billionaires, exploring locations like Necker Island in Nantucket, southern Spain and Frank’s home of Sullivan Island.
“All Summer Long” revisits a common, yet important, question: can money buy happiness?
In her latest novel, Jane Green mixes in a sampling of her real life in a story about finding true love. Green, the author of 17 New York Times bestsellers, pulled from the true story of how she met her husband for her latest novel, “Falling.”
Emma Montague abandons a high-end life in New York City for a quieter one by the sea in Connecticut. She meets Dominic and his 6-year-old son, and embarks on a journey to finding the things she truly wants in this life. “Falling” is a true modern love story.
“Glory Over Everything”
After resounding support for her first novel, “The Kitchen House,” Kathleen Grissom has returned with a stand-alone follow-up, “Glory For Everything.”
Following Jamie Pyke after he has fled the first novel’s Virginia Plantation, Tall Oakes, the new novel traces his journey to Philadelphia. The son of both a slave and a master, Pyke is passed off as a wealthy white silversmith in the aristocratic society of the 1830s.
He is confronted with his past and his new life is dramatically shifted, forcing him to flee southward, where he works to free his beloved servant Pan through the Underground Railroad.
“Being a Dog”
The American Veterinary Medical Association web site shows there are more than 43 million households in the United States that have at least one dog in residence.
Alexandra Horowitz writes books about dogs and their behaviors. Her books could inform those dog parents and others who find an interest in dog scents and, perhaps, in their own ability to better sniff out the world around them.
She is an adjunct associate professor at Barnard College, where she heads up the Dog Cognition Lab. Her master’s and doctorate degrees are in cognitive science. Her first dog book was 2009’s New York Times bestseller “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know.”
She will be bringing to Savannah “Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell,” which was published in October. This was one of the winners of the Science Friday and Library Journal Best Science Book of the Year for 2016. Some reviewers consider “Inside of a Dog”an opportunity for humans to reconnect with their own unused senses and build on their own canine-human connection. We are reminded that it is a dog’s world.
— By Andria Segedy
“Cruel Beautiful World”
Set in 1969, “Cruel Beautiful World” pulls influence from true stories, inspired by the time period of the book’s setting.
Caroline Leavitt drew from the tragic death of her fiancé, an abusive relationship that followed and the death of a high school friend to pen the story of 16-year-old Lucy Gold. In “Cruel Beautiful World,” Gold runs away with her English teacher, but instead of a storybook romance, she finds herself with a monster.
In high school, Leavitt could not understand why a friend of hers began dating a controlling, older man. Her young world was upheaved when her friend dumped the abusive boyfriend and he stabbed her to death.
Later in life, she learned firsthand what her high school friend had experienced after finding herself in an abusive relationship. “Cruel Beautiful World” is “about wild love, rebellion and finding oneself in the time of Woodstock and the Manson murders.”
Min Jin Lee
From the author of “Free Food for Millionaires” comes the epic and timely story of one Korean family of immigrants who find a new life in Japan. “Pachinko” begins in Korea in the 1900s with the daughter of a poor family, Sunja.
She is betrayed by a wealthy lover after finding out she is pregnant before marriage, a shameful affair in the society of the time. A generous minister agrees to marry her and begin a new life in Japan.
Through the generations, the family faces discrimination, poverty and joys as they forge a new life in their adopted country. Min Jin Lee is a Korean American graduate of Yale who attended law school at Georgetown University. She practiced law in New York City before pursuing writing full-time.
“Bright, Precious Days”
Corrine and Russell Calloway are back in Jay McInerney’s third book about the now aging, affluent New York couple. “Bright, Precious Days” follows the Calloways into their 50s around the time of the 2008 financial crisis.
In similar manner to the previous two books about the couple, “Brightness Falls” and “The Good Life,” the Calloways continue to wrestle with themes of art and love, power and wealth as they course through a rather lavish lifestyle.
McInerney, whose life has followed a similar pattern of his fictional couple, delivers his 10th novel after a 35-year career as a novelist, screenwriter, editor, essayist and columnist.
In a daring piece of historical fiction, “Darktown” explores Atlanta at the height of Jim Crow in 1948, and two of the first black policemen to patrol the streets of the pre-civil rights Southern city.
Two African American World War II veterans, Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, begin an investigation into the death of a black woman, last seen in a car driven by a white man. Unable to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars or set foot in police headquarters — all true attributes of early African American policemen in the South — they find their work immensely complicated as they attempt to unravel the mystery, keep their new jobs and navigate a hostile society.
Thomas Mullen is a novelist, journalist and essayist based in Atlanta. He drew inspiration for his latest novel from the true stories of 1940s Atlanta.
During the American Civil War, the Union Army and the beleaguered Confederacy would change the face of naval warfare with daunting achievements of engineering.
“Iron Dawn” tells the compelling true story of how the revolutionary iron warship USS Monitor — built in 100 days with President Abraham Lincoln presiding over its construction — battled the Confederacy’s own ironclad warship CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) in the harbor at Hampton Roads, Va., in March 1862.
Although the ironclad duel ended indecisively, the Battle of Hampton Roads, as it became known, would shape the entire future of naval warfare around the world. When Great Britain received word of the iron ships, they immediately abandoned the construction of new wooden and sail ships.
Historian Richard Snow mixes his knowledge of military technology with vivid detail to recreate this true story of American history.
“Who Needs the Fed?”
John Tamny, a political economy editor at Forbes Magazine, tackles one of the more bewildering subjects to the layman in the American economic realm: the Federal Reserve.
Tamny argues the notion of credit in modern times has been perverted.
In “Who Needs the Fed?,” Tamny shapes his argument by explaining what credit actually is: “… credit is not money. If it were, the ‘easy credit’ that many-who-should-know-better clamor for would … be as simple as printing lots of money.”
Favoring laissez-faire capitalism, where free markets are actually free of government influence — Tamny argues government interference into the economy is immoral — he uses examples of a Taylor Swift concert, Uber and robots to highlight economic disparities in our country influenced by a powerful Fed.
From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Harriet Washington comes an enlightening new book on germ theory. “Infectious Madness” argues that mental illness and diseases like autism are contractible, much like the flu. Washington raises questions like, can a child’s contact with cat litter lead to schizophrenia?
Drawing on a wealth of research and new sciences, “Infectious Madness” relays practical advice on how to protect against real threats of germs and bacteria, which could wreak havoc on physical and mental health.
“Rich is not a Four-Letter Word”
In a partisan-rich diatribe, Fox Business News anchor Gerri Willis combats progressive economic concepts by dissecting the Affordable Health Care Act and Democratic tax initiatives in “Rich is not a Four-Letter Word.”
Willis makes the case against “left-wing financial hurdles” with topics on how the progressive agenda has robbed Americans of their financial freedom, the wide-open spigot of college loan dollars has encouraged administrators to boost tuition, how President Obama’s pen put a death-watch on company-sponsored health care programs and the knee-jerk response to the 2008 market crash — the subsequent fallout from Republican deregulation of financial rules on corporations — has kept corporate tax rates sky-high, putting unnecessary burden on companies.
Willis, a graduate of Columbia Business School, previously served as the personal finance editor for CNN and host of “Your Bottom Line.” She also worked as senior financial correspondent at Smart Money magazine. Willis is the author of two books on business, “The Smart Money Guide to Real Estate Investing” and “Home Rich.”