I've been a bookseller at City Lights since graduating from WCU in 2006. While I did not grow up here, I consider Jackson County my home. I am responsible for events coordination and publicity for the store and feel pretty lucky to have that as my job. I generally like to read novels, short stories, poetry and military history.
Here are some books I've enjoyed:
In When These Mountains Burn, David Joy tackles the heavy issues of the people and mountains he has come to love. He accomplishes this with what I love most about his books: fast-paced and heartfelt prose.
Expertly balancing beauty and brutality, David has written a novel that stays with the reader long after the final page has been read. Where All Light Tends to Go, though very much an Appalachian tale, is the story common to many young men who are trying to escape their desperate circumstances. -- Eon Alden
Set in Madison County, North Carolina, A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash, tells the story of a young mute boy mysteriously killed during a sermon at a notoriously controversial church. In the wake of the killing a divided community is revealed and a corrupt pastor is exposed. Told from the perspectives of several well crafted characters, Cash’s beautifully written debut novel shows the dangers blind faith can have on not only a family but an entire community. - Eon Alden
Set during the siege of Leningrad during WWII, two young Russian men set out to locate a specific item in order to spare their lives from the repressive Soviet government. Revealed is the full capacity of human nature during desperate times. This book hooked me at once and never let me go. -- Eon Alden
Set in the misty, mountainous jungles of Vietnam, near the Laotian border, a company of Marines faces unnerving circumstances. Each Marine struggles with individual fears and must find alliances within the company in order to survive the grueling thirteen-month tour. This book has been compared to The Thin Red Line or The Naked and the Dead and I can truly see why. The story haunts you long after you have flipped the final page.
-- Eon Alden
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