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Frank Reiss and Emmy Carmichael from A Cappella Books in Atlanta stopped by On Second Thought to share their recommendations for our Southern Reading List. It's our series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.

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Georgia native Eve Hoffman teaches poetry at Emory University. Her most recent book, Memory and Complicity is a collection of autobiographical poems that tells the stories of a young Eve who grew up by the Chattahoochee River. 

Hoffman stopped by On Second Thought to give her recommendations for our "Southern Reading List" —  a series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.


The official start of summer is just around the corner. Whether you are headed to the lake or the beach, it’s the perfect time to pick up your next favorite summer read.

On Second Thought asked a group of Georgia independent bookstore owners to recommend their favorite big hits and hidden gems for summer. Jessica Osborne from E Shaver in Savannah, Janet Geddis from Avid Bookshop in Athens and Frank Reiss from A Cappella Books in Atlanta all shared their picks for the season.


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E.R. Anderson is the executive director of Charis Circle, the nonprofit programming arm of feminist bookstore Charis Books and More in Atlanta. Anderson stopped by "On Second Thought" to share more choices for our "Southern Reading List" series in which authors and readers share books that define and reflect the South.

Anderson highlighted Kiese Laymon's "Heavy: An American Memoir," which describes Laymon's relationships with trauma, toxic masculinity and his own family.


Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr. is the second superintendent from Georgia since 2015 to win the national honor. He spoke with "On Second Thought" about the honor and reflected on how, in a relatively short time, he has rebuilt trust with the community, improved student success and created a positive culture for teachers and staff.

He also shared his priorities for the future of education in Georgia.

 


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Justin Colussy-Estes is the store manager of Little Shop of Stories, a bookstore in Decatur focusing on literature for children and adults. He stopped by "On Second Thought" to share his choices for our "Southern Reading List." It's our series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.

"The funny thing about Southern literature is that nowadays it's gotten so expansive," said Colussy-Estes. "It can mean so many different things that I think there's some really exciting things out there." He chose a range of books by Georgia authors, including picture books and memoirs.


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Political strategist and author Goldie Taylor knows Georgia politics. Her most recent novel, "Paper Gods," is a political thriller set in Atlanta's halls of power. Taylor stopped by "On Second Thought" with her picks for our "Southern Reading List" series, in which authors and readers share books that both define and reflect the South.


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Frank Reiss and Emmy Carmichael from A Cappella Books in Atlanta stopped by "On Second Thought" to share their recommendations for our "Southern Reading List." It's our series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.

 

Carmichael recommends Caleb Johnson's "Treeborne" and Hannah Pittard's "Visible Empire." Reiss recommends Anne Gisleson's "The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading" and Michael Farris Smith's "The Fighter."

 


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Kazemde Ajamu is owner of Black Dot Cultural Center and Bookstore in Lithonia. He stopped by "On Second Thought" to give his recommendations for our "Southern Reading List" series, in which authors and readers share books that both define and reflect the South.

Ajamu recommends Tierica Berry's "Unpacking The Emotional Suitcase," Chike Akua's "Honoring Our Ancestors Obligations" and Mwalimu Baruti's "Iwa: A Warriors Character"


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Atlanta-based author Joshilyn Jackson has written eight novels, including "The Opposite of Everyone" and "Almost Sisters." She stopped by "On Second Thought" to give her picks for our "Southern Reading List" series, in which authors and readers share books that both define and reflect the South.


Tuesday is again Election Day in Georgia with runoffs for secretary of state and a spot on the Public Service Commission. Voters will choose between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensberger for Brian Kemp's replacement as secretary of state and between Republican Chuck Eaton, the incumbent, and Democrat Lindy Miller for the Public Service Commission's third district. 


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Are you looking to diversify your reading list? Look no further. Anthony Grooms is an author and creative writing professor at Kennesaw State University. He gave "On Second Thought" his recommendations for our "Southern Reading List" series on books that define and reflect the south. Grooms' recommendations include Patrick Phillips' "Blood at the Root" ; Gray Stewart's "Haylow"; and Ernest Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying." 

Grooms' latest novel, "The Vain Conversation" focuses on the question of redemption from racial crimes. 


It's National Adoption Awareness Month. Georgia's foster care system is in crisis. The number of kids in the state's custody rose 60 percent from 2010-2017. This year alone, 20,000 children have been in the state's foster care system — and there just aren't enough homes to house them.

Today we spoke with Dr. John Degarmo and Samantha Max about Georgia's foster care system and stigmas associated with fostering children. 


The nights are getting longer, the days getting colder...it's high time to curl up with a book this holiday season. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are the authors of "What If It's Us," a young adult novel about two teen boys who fall in love over a summer in New York City. It's a book full of meet-cutes and missed connections, much like Albertalli and Silvera's own relationship.

 

Here are their recommended additions to our "Southern Reading List," our series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.

 


Today on the show, we heard from the first black flight dispatcher for Delta, Joe Jackson. He retired this year after a career spanning 50 years with the company.

We also heard from "Votes That Count and Voters Who Don't" co-author and University of Texas professor Sharon Jarvis. She discussed how elections coverage affects voters and voting. Alison Law, host of the podcast "Literary Atlanta," shared her favorite southern books in another edition of our series, "Southern Reading List."


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The holidays are just around the corner. As we turn up the heat and the to-do lists grow, we recommend reading.

Alison Law is host of Literary Atlanta, a podcast for readers and writers. 


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Jessica Handler is author of "Braving The Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir." Handler gave her list of favorite southern books. Her forthcoming novel, "Magnetic Girl" will be available in 2019.