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Tar Heels Together Summer Reading List 3

 Tar Heels Together Summer Reading List 3

Calling all Carolina bookworms! Summer is in full effect and what better way to spend a summer day at home (or any vacation downtime)  than to check out the great books on our Summer Reading List. Thanks to University Libraries we will  provide 3 weekly book recommendations suggested by current Library staff,  all of which were written by fellow UNC Alumni.  

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See you next week, Tar Heels!

A Book to Read Under a Beach Umbrella

Feels Like Falling

Kristy Woodson Harvey

"If you're going to the beach, the pool, or relaxing at home, Feels Like Falling is the perfect summer read. Set in fictitious 'Cape Carolina,' Harvey shares an uplifting story of a family and female friendship with characters that you don't want to leave."
Blue Dean
Executive Director of Library Development

About the Book

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.


About the Author

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Under the Southern SkyFeels Like Falling, and The Peachtree Bluff series. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Southern LivingTraditional HomeUSA TODAYDomino, and O. Henry. Read more here.

For Those Who Love Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill in Plain Sight: Notes from the Other Side of the Tracks

Daphne Athas

“Not only did Daphne teach at UNC, she graduated from here. The book holds a special place in my heart because she's writing about my hometown.”
John Blythe
Assistant Curator and Collection Development Librarian, North Carolina Collection

About the Book

In Chapel Hill in Plain Sight: Notes from the Other Side of the Tracks, writer Daphne Athas reveals a time when the eponymous college town was and wasn’t the Southern part of heaven. This narrative traverses the twentieth-century milestones—the Depression, World War II, the McCarthy hearings, the transformation of the public university into the juggernaut of the New South’s technocracy. She traces the town’s literary heritage as well as generations of local mysteries and murders. She infuses this history with a local population of writers, red-baiters, philosophers, orphans, revolutionaries, and landlords.

About the Author

Daphne Athas is an award-winning writer and graduate from UNC Chapel Hill Class of 1943. Her novel, Entering Ephesus, was named one of Time Magazine’s best books of 1971. She has written numerous other books and is the two-time winner of the Sir Raleigh Award. She taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1968 until 2009. She lived in Carrboro, next door to the very house she describes building in Chapel Hill in Plain Sight until her passing on July 28, 2020 at the age of 96. 

For Any San Francisco Lovers

Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin

Winifred Metz
Media Librarian & Head, Media & Design Center

About the Book

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick! The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga, soon to return to television as a Netflix original series once again starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.

For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

About the Author

Maupin was raised in Raleigh, NC where he attended Ravenscroft School and graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1962. He then attended the UNC Chapel Hill where he wrote for The Daily Tar Heel.

After his time in the Navy, Maupin worked as a reporter in Charleston, then with the Associated Press in San Francisco.

 In 1976, he launched his “Tales of the City” series in The San Francisco Chronicle. The work stood out; as it  was the first fiction in an American newspaper in decades and one of the first to introduce openly gay characters.

Maupin has since been honored for a long list of awards for his works including the 2002 Trevor Project’s Life Award, the Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award and  Lambda’s Pioneer Award which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. In 2014 Maupin received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

See the rest of our Summer Reading Lists here.

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