The books I promoted in this segment of Arden’s Book Club on WBTV with Christine Sperow had a New in Nonfiction theme. Be sure to check out your local library or book store to get them in your hands soon.
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Anderson Broweris is dubbed as a remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. (On the show I said it stopped at the Clintons. My bad. I’d probably stop reading about the time I hit the Clintons because WHOA, NELLY, do we need to see inside that White House when we have Shonda Rimes every week?)
Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald by Suzanne Marrs (Editor), Tom Nolan (Editor) shows artists always need a partner who can truly “get” them. In 1970, Ross Macdonald wrote a letter to Eudora Welty, beginning a thirteen-year correspondence between fellow writers and kindred spirits. Though separated by background, geography, genre, and his marriage, the two authors shared their lives in witty, wry, tender, and at times profoundly romantic letters, each drawing on the other for inspiration, comfort, and strength.
Carolina Writers at Home by Meg Reid (Editor), Rob McDonald (Photographer) will be a favorite for my Carolina crowd. From Beaufort to Boone and a dozen places in between, Carolina Writers at Home is a rich collection of true stories showcasing the houses where some of the most notable Southern authors including Jill McCorkle, Nikky Finney, Allan Gurganus, Clyde Edgerton, and Michael Parker have forged their writing lives.