Staff Picks: North Carolina Authors

Forget Shakespeare, forget the Greek and Roman poets, forget the literary canon!

Let’s pay homage to North Carolina authors, who can match wits with the best of the book world. Here are just a few of our favorite books by local authors. These are stories that will stick in your brain because, after all, the pen is mightier than the . . .

Looks like we can’t cross Shakespeare off our list just yet.

Up, up, and away to staff picks!

The King of Lies by John Hart

“Yowza! Are you looking for something that will out-Grisham Grisham? Well look no further than this enthralling debut that kept me up long into the night even after I finished it. Set in Salisbury, N.C. The setting is so sublimely perfect, the characters so real, that I actually thought I was sitting on the steps, drinking a beer with narrator Jackson Pickens, contemplating my own life. An awesome debut–one of the best I’ve read in years!”


Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Leutze

“OMG OMG OMG OMG–Maybe a first true staff recommendation. Pete, Keebe, and Katherine loved this book, and all of us felt anxious when we put the book down as we wanted to know what happened next. Very well written with a gentle but generous dose of humor. Pick it up to read a few pages, you will be hooked, too.”


Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjorie Hudson

“Wow! This story collection marvelously captures “home” (the “Southern part of heaven”) for so many of us who have migrated to NC from afar. You feel the morning mist, smell the pungent weeds, and hear the sweet birdsong. What a love song sung by a variety of (human) birds–each with its distinct, pure voice. Marjorie Hudson is a writer I’ve been waiting to find. Bravo!”


Rootie Kazootie by Lawrence Naumoff

“Caroline, Richard, and Cynthia are caught up in an ugly, misshapen love triangle, but this isn’t your classic, yawn-inducing domestic drama. Don’t miss Caroline crash a tractor into a house! These 3 have appetites and expectations that they can’t quite deal with. Everything is alive in this world, from the people to the appliances that power and organize their homes.”


May your reading always keep you on your toes,

– McIntyre’s Crew