What We're Reading Now: 'The Story of Land and Sea'

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusOctober 1, 2014

Author Katy Simpson Smith’s hotly anticipated debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, recently arrived on shelves after sparking a bidding war among 10 publishing houses (Harper Collins eventually won distribution rights). Set in coastal Beaufort, North Carolina, during the waning stages of the Revolutionary War, the book chronicles in spare, crystalline prose the entangled lives and emotions of a multi-generational cast of characters. "The effect," writes reviewer Joanna Scutts in the Washington Post​, "is to root the novel in its historical moment but to reach toward the universal in its exploration of love and grief."

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Fictitious Dishes

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsMay 28, 2014

For photographer Dinah Fried, the memorable meals immortalized in her favorite novels—Edmund’s Turkish Delight in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Holden Caufield’s cheese sandwich in The Catcher and the Rye, Dickon’s roasted potatoes and eggs in The Secret Garden—captured her imagination in ways even the most unexpected plot twist didn't. So a few years ago, as part of a design project in art school, she set out to cook, style, and photograph a handful of these standout dishes. But what started as a short-term endeavor quickly became a full-blown obsession, culminating in the recent publication of Fried's new coffee table book, Fictitious Dishes

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New Guides for the Southern Gardener

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusApril 22, 2014

Here at the G&G offices, we receive loads of great books. This time of year, the stack is dominated by gardening reads. We stuck our nose in the pages of dozens to select our three favorites, each written with the Southern gardener—or aspiring gardener—in mind.

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