Briefly Noted

Children & YA
Lauren Morrill
Delacorte Press
352 pages

"Rather than skating on the surface of a time-honored plot twist, Morrill portrays each Sloane with the grit to cross-train in a new skating sport, the perseverance to withstand the competitors’ bullying and high jinks, the honesty to be true to new friends or at least struggle in the challenge, and the grace to respect each other’s futures. As the Sloanes’ Prince and the Pauper/Parent Trap switcheroo unravels, they come together with friends and families for a sweet and satisfying resolution."


Chris Chamberlain
Thomas Nelson
320 pages

"The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig takes you on several journeys. An anatomic survey of the pig introduces readers to all the parts of this versatile animal and teaches procedures and recipes to prepare all sorts of wonderful dishes. A geographic tour of the Southern states will showcase restaurants in the region that have particular talents when it comes to pork. The chefs and pitmasters have shared some of their most sacred secrets, the actual recipes for the best pork, barbecue and bacon dishes that emerge from their kitchens."

--From the Publisher

Perre Coleman Magness
St. Martin's Griffin
144 pages

"From ridiculously decadent snacks like pigs in pimento cheese blankets and bacon-pimento cheese truffles to absolute no-brainer mains like pimento shrimp and grits, the recipes for this Southern staple are easy to follow, simple, and delicious. But even more than the recipes, it's Magness’ entertaining and sometimes downright hilarious voice that makes the book great.... Magness kept me reading from cover-to-cover."


Jennifer Chandler
Thomas Nelson
288 pages

“Chandler helps readers stock their shelves with ingredients that will get them out of the kitchen quickly and around their table with family and friends. From rice and beans to sauces and seasonal produce, Chandler demonstrates how to turn basic recipe supplies into memorable Southern-style meals. With just a little bit of planning and a whole lot of down-home flavor, Chandler has some pretty delicious answers to the question, ‘What’s for supper?’”

--From the Publisher

Glenn Meade
Howard Books
432 pages

“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.”


Minoa Uffelman
Univ Tennessee Press
371 pages

"Nannie's diary may record only one woman's experience, but she represents a generation of young women born into a society based on slavery but who faced mature adulthood in an entirely new world of decreasing farm values, increasing industrialization, and young women entering the workforce. Civil War scholars and students alike will learn much from this firsthand account of coming-of-age during the Civil War."

--From the Publisher

Mick Jett
Martin Sisters Publishing
400 pages

"Mick Jett knows how to capture his audience. In Knowing Daniel, he takes his readers back in time to early America where we meet Daniel, our main character. A good-natured, but adventure-driven father, Jacob, leaves Daniel and his loving, protective mother in the town along the caravan trail where he was born. A plot borne of envy starts from the very beginning capturing the interest of the readers and leading them down a long ride of adventure and life-changing decisions for Daniel and his companions."

--The Tallahassee Democrat

James R. Knight
The History Press
208 pages

"The Tennessee Campaign of November and December 1864 was the Southern Confederacy's last significant offensive operation of the Civil War. General John Bell Hood of the Confederate Army of Tennessee attempted to capture Nashville, the final realistic chance for a battlefield victory against the Northern juggernaut. Hood's former West Point instructor, Major General George Henry Thomas, led the Union force, fighting those who doubted him in his own army as well as Hood's Confederates. "

--From the Publisher