Book List

CALICO JOE by John Grisham SIGNED First Edition

In this novel, the careers of a golden boy rookie
hitter for the Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher take very different
paths. The baseball is thrilling, but it is what happens off the field
that makes this story a classic.

Wiley Cash “A Land More Kind Than Home”

A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and
Tom Franklin, “A Land More Kind Than Home” is a mesmerizing literary
thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a
small western North Carolina town

For a curious boy like Jess
Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you
spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously
protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls
Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t
help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to–an act that will
have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess’s.
It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which
he’s not prepared. While there is much about the world that still
confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a
growing danger and evil–but also the possibility of freedom and
deliverance as well.

Told by three resonant and evocative
characters–Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience;
and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past–“A Land More
Kind Than Home” is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and
the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These
are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they
show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.

Karen Spears Zacharias “A Silence of Mockingbirds”

Investigative journalist and author Karen Spears Zacharias never
anticipated that she would become one of the characters involved in a
high-profile murder.  But when she reconnects with a young woman named
Sarah, who lived in the Zacharias home at one time and was treated like
family, Karen discovers that something unspeakable has happened to
Sarah’s daughter, Karly.  Compelled to consider her own culpability in
this tragic case, Karen pieces together what happened to Karly through
court documents, investigators’ interviews, and interviews with friends,
family, law enforcement officials, and key witnesses. As the terrible
story unfolds, the hard question emerges for everyone involved, indeed
all of us: Why was no cry raised to protect Karly? This is also the
story of a father’s unrelenting love for his daughter, an immigrant’s
tragic struggle for redemption, and a journalist’s urgent call for
change.