Local Girls Make Good
A beach bag full of books from N.C. authors

Anyone can walk into a bookstore, choose a bestseller, read it and find something in the story that hits close to home.

It’s an entirely different matter to experience a tale by someone who actually is close to home.

This summer, use your vacation time to cheer on the home team by picking up books by North Carolina authors.

Make a place on your reading list for the following new and upcoming releases by fellow Tar Heel women:


Bulletproof Girl
By Quinn Dalton, Greensboro

Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, the 11 stories in this anthology let readers peer into the secret lives of regular women who have a lot to lose.

Tar Heel Dead
Edited by Sarah R. Shaber, Raleigh

This anthology features 18 mystery stories by such authors as Willow Springs’ Margaret Maron and Tryon’s Lilian Jackson Braun, who have written about the eerie side of North Carolina.

Cross Bones
By Kathy Reich, Charlotte

A forensic anthropologist for the State of North Carolina’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Reichs brings back characters Temperance Brennan and Andrew Ryan to investigate the murder of an Orthodox Jewish man and a controversial biblical mystery.

Miss Julia’s School of Beauty
By Ann B. Ross, Hendersonville

In the sixth book of the “Miss Julia” series, the beloved character takes on married life with her typical sass and Southern style.

Adventure Guide to the Triangle
By Maia Dery, Greensboro

Hikers, bikers and general thrill-seekers, look no further than the Triangle for major trails and exciting bodies of water and no further than this book for details, maps, hints and points of interest.

The Eyes of the Father
By Lucy Daniels, Raleigh

Her first novel in 40 years, since the Guggenheim-Fellowship-winning “Caleb, My Son,” Daniels deals with issues of race, family and acceptance in “The Eyes of the Father”.

Year of the Comets
By Jan DeBlieu, Outer Banks

In the spring of 1996, the comet Hyakutake appeared. That same season, Deblieu’s husband began sliding into clinical depression. The author weaves together science, backyard astrophysics and her husband’s recovery.

Dreaming Your Way to Creative Freedom
By Lucy Daniels, Raleigh

After struggling through a crippling case of writer’s block, Daniels provides this road map to help others work out their creative limitations.

Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family
By Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., Chapel Hill

There’s a lot of information out there on babies and pregnancy. Tiemann wanted to write a book to help make sense of what happens to you during motherhood. Her work includes practical tips on taking care of body, mind and relationships.

Daughters of the King: Finding Victory in Your God-Given Personal Style
By Gail Hayes, Ph.D., Durham

Are you an “Elegant Flamboyant,” “Chantilly Graceful” or “Sensual Exotic”? Inspirational speaker Hayes celebrates women’s unique beauty and style in this fun, positive book that helps women identify themselves as one of six image types.

A Year of Betrayal
By Eunice Brock, Chapel Hill

Brock chronicles her divorce in poetry and prose and encourages other women to find their voices and learn to cope.