SIGC to Host Local Author of Green Spaces and Wildlife

Friday, November 11
Presenter: Charles Moore

Location: Oyster Catcher Community Center

Greeting and refreshments: 9:30 am
Business meeting: 9:45
Presentation: 10:00 am with Q&A following

Join us for the Seabrook Island Garden Club’s November meeting, featuring guest speaker, Charles Moore, well known former Seabrook Island resident, as he delivers a presentation on the importance of green space on Seabrook Island.

The survival of all wild things depends on their ability to find suitable food and habitat. Seabrook Island is blessed with a healthy wildlife community of whitetail deer (including the uniquely colored piebald deer), bobcats, raccoons, alligators, opossums, foxes, turtles, dolphins and over 130 species of birds. The lush vegetation and natural beauty of our island are no accident, but are instead the result of the vision of the original developers, with the establishment of strong environmental covenants and continued environmental stewardship by its residents.

Traveling the South Carolina coastal area for twenty-eight years and living for fifteen years here in Seabrook Island, author Charles J. Moore came to understand the importance of green spaces for wildlife survival. He has used his lifelong love of photography to convey the natural beauty and abundance of wildlife of Seabrook Island. The mission of the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy is to preserve and enhance the natural environment on Seabrook Island through acquisition of land and land easements, through education on environmental topics, and through advocacy of conservation issues. Charles’s book will be available for purchase via cash, check or Venmo.

We look forward to welcoming you to the garden club! *Non-Garden Club members may attend for a $5 donation.

The 2022-23 Seabrook Island Garden Club: Let’s Talk Some Dirt!

-Submitted by Beth Wright, Seabrook Island Garden Club Publicity

Charleston Literary Festival Nov 4-13

The countdown has begun! On Friday, November 4, Charleston Literary Festival (CLF) will be kicking off CLF 2022. This will be a jam packed 10 days comprising 27 captivating sessions featuring multiple Pulitzer prize winners, countless New York Times bestselling authors, artists, historians, journalists, critics and more.

Find the complete CLS 2022 program here.

An Opening Night Party on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 8:00 pm will be an evening to celebrate a shared love of books mixed with a hefty dose of that famous Charleston hospitality!

Set against the backdrop of the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston, we invite our literary friends to come together—eat, talk, and dance—under the stars accompanied by the swinging sound of Wycliffe Gordon & His International All Stars and chef Tonya Mitchell’s Lowcountry cuisine.

Get your Opening Night Party tickets here.

-Submitted by Charleston Literary Festival

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2022 National Book Award Shortlist Announced

Seabrookers are readers and it is likely many of you have read or at least heard of the books that made this year’s National Book Award shortlist. You can check the list below to see if any of your 2022 favorites made the cut.

In 1950, the National Book Awards were established to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation (NBF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.” The categories include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

2022 Fiction Finalists

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
Set over one sweltering week in July and culminating in a bizarre act of violence that finally changes everything, The Rabbit Hutch is a savagely beautiful and bitingly funny snapshot of contemporary America, a gorgeous and provocative tale of loneliness and longing, entrapment and, ultimately, freedom.

­­­­­The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories by Jamil Jan Kochai
Pen/Hemingway finalist Jamil Jan Kochai ​breathes life into his contemporary Afghan characters, moving between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora in America. In these arresting stories verging on both comedy and tragedy, often starring young characters whose bravado is matched by their tenderness, Kochai once again captures “a singular, resonant voice, an American teenager raised by Old World Afghan storytellers.”

The Birdcatcher by Gayl Jones
A study in Black women’s creative expression, and the intensity of their relationships, this work from Jones shows off her range and insight into the vicissitudes of all human nature – rewarding longtime fans and bringing her talent to a new generation of readers.

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
A beautiful and capacious novel rendered in singular, unforgettable prose, All This Could Be Different is a wise, tender, and riveting group portrait of young people forging love and community amidst struggle, and a moving story of one immigrant’s journey to make her home in the world.

The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela
Captivating and poignant; a modern coming-of-age story about the essential nature of community, The Town of Babylon is a page-turning novel about young love and a close examination of our social systems and the toll they take when they fail us.

2022 Nonfiction Finalists

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke
A landmark exploration of one of the most consequential and mysterious issues of our time: the rise of chronic illness and autoimmune diseases.

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry
This is the story of a Black woman and native Alabaman returning to the region she has always called home and considering it with fresh eyes. Her journey is full of detours, deep dives, and surprising encounters with places and people. She renders Southerners from all walks of life with sensitivity and honesty, sharing her thoughts about a troubling history and the ritual humiliations and joys that characterize so much of Southern life.

Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen
The story of the worldwide scientific quest to decipher the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, trace its source, and make possible the vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Breathless takes you inside the frantic international effort to understand and control SARS-CoV-2 as if we were peering over the shoulders of the brilliant scientists who led the chase.

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Interweaving family stories more enchanting than those in any novel, resurrected Colombian history, and her own deeply personal reckonings with the bounds of reality, Rojas Contreras writes her way through the incomprehensible and into her inheritance. The result is a luminous testament to the power of storytelling as a healing art and an invitation to embrace the extraordinary.

His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa
Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with Floyd’s closest friends and family, his elementary school teachers and varsity coaches, civil rights icons, and those in the highest seats of political power, Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa offer a poignant and moving exploration of George Floyd’s America, revealing how a man who simply wanted to breathe ended up touching the world.

2022 Poetry finalists

Look at This Blue by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Punks: New & Selected Poems by John Keene
Balladz by Sharon Olds
Best Barbarian by Roger Reeves
The Rupture Tense by Jenny Xie

2022 translated literature finalists

A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse
Kibogo by Scholastique Mukasonga
Jawbone by Mónica Ojeda
Seven Empty Houses by Samanta Schweblin
Scattered All Ove the Earth by Yoko Tawada

2022 Young People’s Literature

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill
The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
Victory Stand! by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee

Each year, the Foundation assembles twenty-five distinguished writers, translators, critics, librarians, and booksellers to judge the National Book Awards. These judges select a Longlist of ten titles per category and the list is then narrowed to five Finalists, announced this year on October 4. A winner in each category will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on November 16, 2022.

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Check Out the Library

Have you had a chance to visit the newly renovated Johns Island Library on Maybank Highway? If not, you might want to stop by and get acquainted with this beautiful new facility. September is Library Sign-Up Month and will find that a Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) Card is the key to unlocking a wide variety of resources.

The John’s Island Library closed in August 2020 to undergo renovations as part of the ongoing $108.5 million referendum-funded project passed by Charleston County voters in 2014 to build five new libraries and renovate all existing branches. It reopened in August 2021 and now the communities of John’s Island, Kiawah, Seabrook and Wadmalaw have access to a modern, state-of-the-art library, equipped with resources, services, and technology that extend well beyond books.

Updates at the library include:

  • new interior finishes 
  • replacement of shelving 
  • refreshed collection items (40,000 volumes, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, and a telescope) 
  • new furniture 
  • technology upgrades (approximately 40 computers and Chrome Books for public use, hotspots, and copy machines with mobile printing capability)
  • new designated children and teen areas.

While the Johns Island Library facility is impressive, you might prefer to access CCPL resources from the comfort of your computer or phone. All you need is a library card to get yourself started. There are several ways to access materials digitally using any of the following: 

  • The Libby app is a free app that allows you to borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. 
  • Flipster is a  next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of magazines, courtesy of the library. With Flipster, patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can also be downloaded to phones and tablets, for offline reading anytime, anywhere. 
  • Hoopla is an online streaming service that offers free access to e-books,  comics, audiobooks, music, films & television.  To use hoopla, all you need is a valid CCPL library card and a web browser or mobile device.  Each user gets 10 downloads per calendar month for the available formats. 

In addition, with a CCPL library card, you gain digital access to current and past issues of The New Times, The Post and Courier, USA Today, and Consumer Reports.

Also, check out Explore with CCPL! A CCPL card gives you access to parks, museums, and devices that can help you explore the Lowcountry, the state, and even the Milky Way.  You can check out an Orion telescope and obtain free passes (when available) for local museums and parks.

Finally, the next time you go to Charleston, allow extra time to visit the main branch of CCPL at 86 Calhoun Street, which houses additional educational, cultural, and historical resources. For example, the Saul Alexander Gallery exhibits the works of artists on a monthly basis and the Holocaust Collection provides references on the persecution and destruction of European Jewry and other minorities. If you are interested in delving into South Carolina History, visit the South Carolina Room on the second floor, which houses a non-circulating collection of books, maps, microfilm and other research materials on the history and genealogy of South Carolina.

And remember…

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!

Dr. Seuss

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Library Book Sale August 12 and 13

Charleston Friends of the Library Book Sale
Johns Island Public Library
Thursday, August 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Member Pre-Sale
Friday, August 12 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, August 13 from 10 :00 am – 4:00 pm

Do you love your local library and want to show your support? Then come out to the John’s Island book sale hosted by the Charleston Friends of the Library. The Friends are a volunteer-run nonprofit and one of Charleston County Public Library’s (CCPL) biggest advocates. Proceeds from fundraising events like these are used by the Friends to fund and support many favorite CCPL programs, such as STEM activities for kids, computer classes, author talks, guest lectures, and more. Materials available at the book sale are donated by the community and sold at bargain prices. 

-Submitted by Johns Island Public Library

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Seabrookers Are Reading

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If you’re reading this, it’s safe to guess you’re fond of books, reading, and being transported to different times, places, experiences, and viewpoints. We invite you to check out what others are reading and share your recommendations of favorite titles with us. To see the complete list of books from 2019, 2020, and 2021, go to the Tidelines website here.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
When her husband of a year disappears, Hannah quickly learns he is not who he said he was and is left to sort out the truth with just one ally- her husband’s teenage daughter, who hates her. (2021, 306 pgs; Fiction)

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an ’emancipation’ bill, but it isn’t about freedom – it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal? (202, 451 pgs; Fiction)

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Set in 1950s America In June 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction– to the City of New York. (2021, 576 pgs; Fiction)

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late . . . ” These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth 3,000, to be precise. Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed? (2019, 373 pgs; Fiction)

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk – and lose – their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective. (2018, 250 pgs; Nonfiction)

Carolina Moonset by Matt Goldman
Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after his ailing father, who is succumbing to dementia, while his overstressed mother takes a break. Marshall Green’s short-term memory has all but evaporated, but, as if in compensation, his oldest memories are more vivid than ever. His mind keeps slipping backward in time, retreating into long-ago yesterdays of growing up in Beaufort as a boy. At first, this seems like a blessing of sorts, with the past providing a refuge from a shrinking future, but Joey grows increasingly anxious as his father’s hallucinatory arguments with figures from his youth begin to hint at deadly secrets, scandals, and suspicions long buried and forgotten. (2022, 262 pgs; Fiction)

Horse by Geraldine Brooks
A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history. (2022, 401pgs; Fiction)

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from an island off Vancouver in 1912 to a dark colony of the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and planets, (2022, 255 pgs; Fiction)

French Braid by Anne Tyler
Full of heartbreak and hilarity, French Braid is classic Anne Tyler: a stirring, uncannily insightful novel of tremendous warmth and humor that illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us, and how close–yet how unknowable–every family is to itself. (2022, 243 pgs; Fiction)

Water from My Heart by Charles Martin
Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible–and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could? (2015, 363 pgs; Fiction)

Ancestors: The Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials by Alice Roberts
By using new advances in genetics and taking us through important archaeological discoveries, Professor Alice Roberts helps us better understand life today. ‘This is a terrific, timely and transporting book – taking us heart, body and mind beyond history, to the fascinating truth of the prehistoric past and the present’ Bettany Hughes We often think of Britain springing from nowhere with the arrival of the Romans. But in Ancestors, pre-eminent archaeologist, broadcaster and academic Professor Alice Roberts explores what we can learn about the very earliest Britons, from burial sites and by using new technology to analyze ancient DNA. (2021; Nonfiction)

We look forward to hearing about the books you or your book club recommend.

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CCPL: Moby-Dick Book Discussion April 20

In partnership with Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) will host an in-depth virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 pm of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Panelists include Dr. Rorie Cartier, Executive Director of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, and Dr. Hester Blum, author and Professor of English at Penn State.

All book lovers are invited to learn more about this classic novel, no matter how many times you have (or haven’t) read the book. 

Please click here to register for the program. The staff member hosting will confirm your registration by the day of the program. At this time, you will receive an email containing the meeting link. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Karli at

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2022 Spring Book and Author Luncheon

The Post and Courier’s Book & Author Luncheon is the largest and most prestigious literary luncheon in the Southeast. The 29th annual event will be presented in person on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, and will feature several international best-selling authors.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom
Charleston Marriott
170 Lockwood Drive

For information on tickets and more about the authors and their books, click here.

-Tidelines Editors

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The 2022 Charleston Literary Festival

Save the Date

Charleston Literary Festival

November 4 – 13, 2022

Are you someone who loves books? Do you enjoy engaging in conversations about ideas and books? Sign up for the newsletter of the Charleston Literary Festival, and be the first to get information about the 2022 Festival. Click here.

The Charleston Literary Festival, formerly ‘Charleston to Charleston,’ takes place each November at various venues in Charleston and will be presented both in-person and virtually. It offers the opportunity to engage with renowned authors, in an appealing setting, and to contribute to conversations that revolve around outstanding books, ideas, and stories that illuminate the human condition.

Since its first appearance in 2017, the Festival has established a reputation for presenting exceptional speakers from diverse backgrounds in intimate contexts: Pulitzer, Booker and Nobel prize-winners, regularly cited in books-of-the-year lists.

In case you missed it, it is now possible to watch 22 recorded sessions online from the 2021 Charleston Literary Festival and they are free to view. To access all these recorded sessions, click here.

What does it take to write a Booker-nominated novel? Watch three of the four US nominees for the 2021 Booker Prize – Maggie Shipstead, Patricia Lockwood and Nathan Harris – in vibrant conversation with Bill Goldstein about their respective writing processes. To watch, click here

Discover how Call Me By Your Name award-winning author André Aciman found his writing voice thanks to a melange of languages and a passion for the rhythm of music. To watch his conversation with Maura Hogan, click here.

Join Carl ZimmerThe New York Times science columnist, on a spell-binding journey to the margins of life, from viruses to computer intelligence, as he seeks to define what it means to be alive. To watch, click here.

To access other recoded sessions and view conversations with Yaa Gyasi, George Saunders, Lauren Groff, James Ivory, Colm Toibin and many more, click here.

To learn more about the Charleston Literary Festival, click here.

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Seabrookers Are Reading

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If you’re reading this, it’s safe to guess you’re fond of books, reading, and being transported to different times, places, experiences, and viewpoints. We invite you to check out what others are reading and share your recommendations of favorite titles with us. To see the complete list of books from 2019, 2020, and 2021, go to the Tidelines website here.

Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall
When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman’s body, but to heal his mind as well. (2019, 333pgs; Nonfiction)

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
An African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his best-selling novel. Who has been killed? Who is The Kid? Will the author finish his book tour? What kind of world will he leave behind? Unforgettably told, with characters who burn in your mind, and an electrifying plot, this is the novel Mott has been writing in his head for the last ten years. (2021, 319pgs; Fiction)

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
A young man journeys into Sri Lanka’s formerly war-torn north, and into a country’s soul, in this searing novel of love and the legacy of war from the award-winning author of The Story of a Brief Marriage. (2021, 290pgs; Fiction)

The Promise by Damon Galgut
Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life’s unfulfilled promises; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt. Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country – an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and – ultimately – hope. (2021, 269pgs; Fiction)

Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew
From the author of the acclaimed The Dry Grass of August comes a richly researched yet lyrical Southern-set novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification–a moving story of loss, love, and resilience. (2019, 284pgs; Fiction)

Me by Elton John
In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend. (2019, 374pgs; Nonfiction)

Oh, William by Elizabeth Strout
Strout’s iconic heroine Lucy Barton recounts her complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband — and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidante. (2021, 240pgs; Fiction)

Stakes Is High by Mychal Denzel Smith
Smith exposes the contradictions at the heart of American life – between patriotism and justice, between freedom and inequality, incarceration, police violence. In a series of incisive essays, Smith holds us to account individually and as a nation. He examines his own shortcomings, grapples with the anxiety of feeling stuck, and looks in new directions for the tools to build a just America. (2020, 193pgs; Nonfiction)

The Force by Don Winslow
All Denny Malone wants to be is a good cop. He’s the king of Manhattan North, a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” But what only a few know is that Denny Malone and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and must walk the thin line between betraying his brother and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all. (2017, 482pgs; Fiction)

Anthem by Noah Hawley
The wheels are coming off in America. Opioid addictions accelerate unstoppably. Environmental collapse can be read in every weather report. Vigilante bands take over streets at night, wearing clown face makeup. The very idea of government, of citizenship, is challenged daily. And something is happening to teenagers across the country, spreading through memes only they understand. Unforgettably vivid characters and a plot as fast and bright as pop cinema blend in a Vonnegutian story that is as timeless as a Grimm’s fairy tale. (2022, 429pgs; Fiction)

Girl in Ice by Erica Ferencik
From the author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle comes a harrowing new thriller in which a linguist, broken-hearted after the apparent suicide of her glaciologist brother, ventures hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle to try to communicate with a young girl who has thawed from the ice alive. (2022, 294pgs; Fiction)

We look forward to hearing about the books you or your book club recommend.

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Seabrookers Are Reading

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If you’re reading this, it’s safe to guess you’re fond of books, reading, and being transported to different times, places, experiences, and viewpoints. We invite you to check out what others are reading and share your recommendations of favorite titles with us. Below is the last installment for 2021. Keep those suggestions coming in 2022. The complete list of books from 2021 is available by clicking here.

Saving Savannah
by Tonya Bolden
Savannah Riddle feels suffocated by her life as the daughter of an upper-class African American family in Washington, D.C. until she meets a working-class girl named Nella who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements and to her politically active cousin Lloyd. (2020, 264pgs; Fiction)

by Lauren Groff
Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. (2021, 260 pgs; Fiction)

by Jonathan Franzen
Franzen offers interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense in a novel where action largely unfolds on a single winter day with abundant flashbacks. Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. First of a trilogy. (2021, 580 pgs; Fiction)

Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past
Sarah H. Parcak
A down-and-out so-and-so gets more than she bargained for when new technologies developed for use in space allow an anthropologist a new perspective on earth’s ancient histories and new ways of coping with those. (2019, 277 pgs; Nonfiction)

State of Terror
by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Ellen Adams, a novice Secretary of State, has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most. This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know. (2021, 494 pgs; Fiction)

We look forward to hearing about the books you or your book club recommend.

  • Include your name (although it will not be published), the title, and author of the book you are recommending and email this to Tidelines at (You may be able to click on the email address to open a new message.)
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  • Tidelines editors will provide a blurb to tell a little about the book and add the book jacket image.
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