4 Local Books to Curl Up With This Holiday Season

December 12, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Once the holidays arrive and the lists have been double and triple checked and everything is wrapped, most of us can finally take a deep breath, enjoy time with family and friends and set aside time for ourselves. Whether you are traveling or staying at home this season, having a good read is a must for some much needed downtime.

From University of Virginia alum to local authors, our area can be credited with a plethora of writing talent. Here are some fantastic local reads to enjoy this season:

  • Cakewalk by Rita Mae Brown; Fiction
    • Cakewalk, set in Brown’s Runnymede, follows two sisters who are coming of age in the 1920s in a small southern town on the Mason-Dixon line. Brown, who lives in Afton, Virginia, is well known for her animal mystery series—Sneaky Pie Brown and Sister Jane. Learn more.
  • Collected Poems: 1974-2004 by Rita Dove; Poetry
    • This powerful collection of poetry by Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winner and University of Virginia Professor Rita Dove is a must-read and a must-have for any library. Learn more.
  • Fever by Mary Beth Keane; Historical Fiction
    • This 2013 book written by a UVA alumna explores the life of Mary Mallon, also known as “Typhoid Mary.” This book is set to be adapted for a BBC American and Annapurna Television limited series with Elisabeth Moss playing Mary. Learn more. (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster)
  • The Rooster Bar by John Grisham; Fiction
    • This new legal thriller by Charlottesville’s John Grisham follows law students who discover they are caught in a student loan/law school scam. You can find other works by John Grisham, such as Camino Island, Rogue Lawyer and The Whistler in the “Literature Notes” section of the Charlottesville Wine & Country Living books. (Photo courtesy of Doubleday)

Be sure to follow the “Literature Notes” in each issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more great local book recommendations.


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