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5 Must-Read Books By Atlanta Authors

June 25, 2012 6:00 AM

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Atlanta literature may be known for Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind,” but there are many talented authors who have come before and after Mitchell. They may not ever reach her infamy, but they can be just as entertaining. Mitchell was a journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a newspaper known for nurturing talented, published Atlanta authors some of the authors listed below. Check out these local, less-infamous Atlanta authors–and the local, non-megachain bookstores that support them.
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“Spring Fever” – Mary Kay Andrews

Buy it at:
FoxTale Book Shop
105 E Main St
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 516-9989
foxtalebookshoppe.com

Mary Kay Andrews (real name Kathy Hogan Trocheck) began her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia. At the start of her literary conquests, she covered the murder trials which served as the basis for John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” After this impressive start and a ten-year career at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she took a different route. Since that move, she has accumulated a lengthy list of fiction books and also authored 10 critically-acclaimed mysteries, including the “Callahan Garrity” series.

Andrews’ newest novel, “Spring Fever,” was released just in time to be this year’s beach and poolside read. Set in the small town of Hideaway Lake, it tells the conflicted romance of Annajane Hudgens and ex-husband, Mason Bayless. Thinking she’s over him, Annajane attends his wedding to a new beautiful woman, but rekindles the flame in the process.

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“Growing Up Psychic” – Chip Coffey

Buy it at:
A Capella Books
208 Haralson Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-5128
www.acappellabooks.com

Although a resident of Atlanta, Chip Coffey is recognized nationally for appearing on A&E’s series “Paranormal Activity” and “Psychic Kids.” Gifted with psychic abilities from a young age, Coffey has been described by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as “every bit as accurate as John Edward,” and by InStyle Magazine as “a cross between John Edward and Dr. Phil… a psychic who doesn’t hesitate to tell it like it is.”

Coffey’s book “Growing Up Psychic” will appeal to his fans and those who can’t get enough of the paranormal. From his own personal experience working with other child psychics, Coffey explains how to determine if your child really has psychic abilities or just a vivid imagination. He also writes about how to gain control over this ability and connect with other psychics. Have a psychic in the family? This book can help them fine-tune their skills.

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“Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith” – Barbara Brown Taylor

Buy it at:
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-0304
www.charisbooksandmore.com

Barbara Brown Taylor is a former Episcopalian priest and currently a professor of religion at Piedmont College in Northeast Georgia.  She has published 12 books and may be best known for her memoir, “Leaving Church.”

To date, “Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith” is Taylor’s most successful publication and a great first read for those new to her work. “Leaving Church” follows Taylor’s journey as she leaves a large Atlanta church to become pastor of a much smaller, rural church in Clarkesville, Georgia. However, in her congregation change, Taylor has difficulties with small-town life and experiences “compassion fatigue” which ultimately results in her leaving the church. Get engrossed in Taylor’s intimate personal journey (and journey with God) as she makes tough and life-changing decisions.

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“Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You” – Andy Stanley

Buy it at:
Connections Bookstore
3336 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 814-7000
www.buckheadchurch.org

Son of Dr. Charles Stanley, Andy Stanley joined the family business as a pastor of Christian ministry. Stanley is the head of NorthPoint Church in Alpharetta, Georgia which has multiple satellite churches, including Buckhead Church and Browns Bridge Church.

“Enemies of Heart” talks about the emotions of guilt, anger, greed and jealousy that hurt our lives. Stanley says that these emotions have the power to destroy your home, career and friendships. The book contains helpful direction and includes a six-week discussion guide that can be used in small groups.

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“Bleachy-Haired Honky B—-: Tales From a Bad Neighborhood” – Hollis Gillespie

Buy it at:
A Capella Books
208 Haralson Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-5128
www.acappellabooks.com

Hollis Gillespie was the recipient of the 2004 Writer’s Digest Breakout Author the Year. She also received multiple Best Columnist awards while working at Creative Loafing and Best ‘Tell-All’ from Atlanta Magazine. She has been featured in Marie Claire magazine and appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. 

In this collection of autobiographical stories, compiled in “Bleachy-Haired Honky B—-,” Gillespie recounts the tales of her hunt for her own personal place to call home in the neighborhoods of Atlanta and takes her reader on a very hilarious ride. In her own self-defeating ways, Gillespie takes a very lighthearted look at her life through the lens of her artistic and eclectic friends and helps make sense of her nomadic childhood. As Gillespie says, “Life is too damn short to remain trapped in your own Alcatraz.”  For laugh-out-loud moments and insights into a life that might make you enjoy your own more, check out her other books as well.

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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta, and a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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