Reading suggestions by Lorelei Books in historic downtown Vicksburg

Published 4:13 pm Thursday, September 7, 2017

Desperation Road by Mississippian Michael Ferris Smith is a gritty saga of suspense and despair that intertwines the stories of Russell, just released from prison, and Maben, wandering with her young daughter along the interstate. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spends their last dollar on a room for the night … a night that ends with Maben holding a pistol and a dead deputy sprawled in the road. Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save – his own or those of the woman and child.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a Newberry Award winning young adult novel of a sacrifice made annually to a witch in the forest, in hopes that the offering will protect their town. But the witch, Xan, is actually kind, saving children and feeding them with starlight on their journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight, filling her with extraordinary magic. Can the girl who drank the moon protect Xan from the man determined to kill her?

Make Your Bed is based on the 2014 University of Texas commencement speech by Admiral William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy commander, whose final assignment was U.S. Special Operations Forces. His timeless wisdom on the little things that change your life received more than 10 million views after the initial speech and was expanded into a book featuring the 10 principles he learned during U.S. Navy SEAL training that can help us all in everyday life.

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The Fallen is by Mississippi writer Ace Atkins, an Edgar Award-nominated author. Investigating a series of bank robberies that have been orchestrated with skill and precision worthy of a military raid, Mississippi sheriff and former Army Ranger Quinn Colson calls on old allies and new enemies in his effort to outmaneuver a sophisticated band of elite criminals.

Just Mercy is a powerful story of our broken justice system. Author Bryan Stevenson is founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice defending those most desperately in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the depths of our criminal justice system. Just Mercy centers on one of Stevenson’s first cases involving a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he did not commit. Ole Miss selected it for this fall’s Common Reading Experience for freshmen and their families.

The Coca-Cola Trail is a journey for anyone interested in discovering the history of the world’s most recognized product. The trail takes readers to the places in America that tell the story, starting with Vicksburg, where Coca-Cola was first bottled. Whether a serious Coca-Cola memorabilia collector, a person interested in American business history or simply a fan with your own soft drink memories, The Coca-Cola Trail offers a fresh new look at Coke … and a smile.