Briefly Noted

Fiction
Hampton Sides
Anchor
480 pages
$16.95

"For all their human weaknesses, the book’s larger-than-life characters...pull the reader into the story, and the grandeur of the polar landscape—as well as the terrible struggle for survival—keeps them there... In the Kingdom of Ice is a book to make readers nostalgic for the late-nineteenth century’s golden age of arctic exploration, even as it makes reviewers nostalgic for the late-twentieth century’s great magazine adventure writing. Hampton Sides has captured the best of both, turning history into nail-biting suspense."

-Michael Ray Taylor's review for Chapter 16

Nonfiction
T.R.C. Hutton
University of Kentucky Press
444 pages
$28

"The notorious conflict between the Hatfield and the McCoy families of West Virginia and Kentucky is often remembered as America's most famous feud, but it was relatively brief and subdued compared to the violence in Breathitt County, Kentucky. From the Reconstruction period until the early twentieth century, Breathitt's 500 square miles of rugged upcountry land was known as "the darkest and bloodiest of all the dark and bloody feud counties" due to its considerable number of homicides, which were not always related to the factional conflicts that swept the region."

Nonfiction
The Masterpiece Within: Five Key Life Skills To Becoming A Living Work Of Art
Balboa Press
372 pages
$19.99

"Creating an adventurous and meaningful life story is oftentimes difficult due to the layers of self-defeating personal beliefs we accumulate through our life experiences. The Masterpiece Within: Five Key Life Skills To Becoming A Living Work Of Art, is a comprehensive, yet reader-friendly life skills manual filled with motivational stories, pop culture references from the film, music, and sports worlds, alongside ageless wisdom from ancient masters that help us chip away layers of fear, anger, discouragement, childishness, shame, low self-esteem, guilt, and numerous other learned traits that blind us to our own innate beauty."

--From the publisher

Fiction
Karen Kingsbury
Howard Books
336 pages
$22.99

"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the second novel in a brand-new series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life—the dramatic story of a woman desperate to find deeper meaning in her life."

--From the publisher

Nonfiction
James Agee
Melville House
240 pages
$12.00

"The intimate letters, collected by Father Flye after Agee’s death, form the most intimate portrait of Agee available, a starkly revealing account of the internal and external life of a tortured twentieth-century genius. Agee candidly shares his struggles with depression, professional failure, and a tumultuous personal life that included three wives and four children."

--From the publisher

Fiction
Eric Jerome Dickey
Dutton
368 pages
$26.95

"For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them—or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them. Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?"

--From the publisher

Nonfiction
By Lawrence Wright
Knopf
368 pages
$27.95

"In Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright details the behind-the-scenes action, where personalities mattered more than facts, and the religious traditions of three great faiths that propelled the participants through an elaborate, cliffhanging dance."

- Chapter 16 review

Nonfiction, Poetry
Bill Abbott
Chatter House Press
192 pages
$19.99

"Part history, part memoir, part Southern study, part yearbook, this book collects the stories of the teams and poets who were involved in the most coherent regional scene in America."

--From the publisher