Six summer reads with ties to Asheville, NC

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The end of May means the beginning of summer (which officially starts on June 21 but who’s counting), so that means it’s time to break out the bug spray, grill, and sunscreen.

It’s also time to figure out what your next pool or beach read is, so we’ve compiled six recently released reads by authors with ties to Asheville + North Carolina to get you started. 

  • The Tobacco Wives” by Adele Myers | Bright Leaf, North Carolina is the tobacco capital of the South in 1946, but one woman must reconcile with tobacco’s devastating effects.
  • F*ckface (And Other Stories)” by Leah Hampton | Twelve short stories explore corpses, illict sex, honeybee collapse, and Dollywood in post-coal Appalachia.
  • The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris | Nella Rogers is the only Black employee at Wagner Books — until Harlem-born Hazel arrives and becomes the office darling. 
  • Perpetual West” by Mesha Maren | A young married couple journeys to live on the Texas + Mexico border, where they discover they never really knew each other at all.
  • The Last House on the Street” by Diane Chamberlain | Two North Carolina women are a generation apart but united in finding the truth about their town’s chilling history.
  • The Wind Under the Door” by Thomas Calder | Forty year-old Ford Carson has forged a new life as a visual artist in the mountains of North Carolina — but his life soon becomes complicated by a burgeoning love affair and the unexpected arrival of his estranged son.

Need more recommendations? Stop by Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, Firestorm Books & Coffee, and City Lights Bookstore to get expert advice from local booksellers. 📚