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JULY 4, 2007
SUMMER BOOKS 2007
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Here we go again. As has been noted in these pages in the past, Summer is traditionally a time to grab a couple of books and a little sunscreen to sample some lighter literary fare. But no matter the season, we love books and take every opportunity to shine a spotlight on those that inspired, outraged and entertained the people who bring you this collection of information and ideas we call The Beat.
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By the way, there is more literary product on the way from Upstate authors, and a sneak peek at two of these works in the pipeline holds the promise of great reading to come. John Lane’s forthcoming memoir Circling Home: Settlement on the Edge of a Southern Flood Plain is scheduled for publication by The University of Georgia Press before the end of the year. This Spartanburg story weaves history, environment and personal memoir into a compelling whole that is considerably more than the sum of its component parts.
In Greenville, Handlebar proprietor John Jeter – a former newspaper reporter – managed to steal enough time away from booking the most happening listening room in the state to write a book. The Plunder Room is a novel about several generations of a Southern family – and we all know what those are like. In fact, you’ve never met a family quite like the Duncans of New Cumbria, South Carolina, but you will when St. Martin’s Press publishes The Plunder Room in 2008.The bottom line, of course, is that we know our readers – this means you – are just that, readers. After your appetite for knowledge has been whetted by perusing The Beat, here’s some more stuff to read. (James Shannon)