Digging into Our Culinary Heritage: Eat Drink Delta by Susan Puckett

Eat Drink Delta by Susan PuckettThe Georgia Center for the Book recently released a new list of “Books All Georgians Should Read.” I was excited to see one of my favorite titles from last year enjoying its rightful place on the list. Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler’s Journey through the Soul of the South is a cultural study of the Mississippi Delta via its foodways written by award-winning food writer and editor Susan Puckett. The following interview came out of a lunch meeting where Susan and I talked about many things, but mostly about food.

SS: Do you ever get tired of talking about food, writing about food or just having food be on your mind all the time?

SP: I’m kind of embarrassed to say no. It’s a constant obsession pretty much. I dream about it.

SS: What is so remarkable about food? What makes it interesting to you?

SP: Because it connects everything and everybody. It’s the common denominator that pulls us all together. That sounds trite and cliché, but a food conversation can be a jumping off place to just about anywhere you want to go. You never know where it’s going to lead you. It’s something we all have to do at least three times a day. Which is why most of us think about it a lot, perhaps not as much as me.

SS: I definitely was thinking about food a lot as I was reading Eat Drink Delta. I wondered if you would tell everybody a little about your background. You have said that you became an “accidental food reporter.” How did you start on the food beat?

Susan Puckett, author of Eat Drink Delta

Susan Puckett, author of Eat Drink Delta

SP: Well, I am from Jackson, Mississippi originally. Went to Ole Miss. Studied journalism. My first newspaper job was at the Clarion-Ledger, my hometown paper. I always knew I wanted to be a general feature writer. It never crossed my mind that I wanted to be a food writer because back then I was a very picky eater; I liked about two vegetables. When I started working at the paper, I naturally gravitated to feature stories that connected to my Mississippi heritage, and 80 percent of the time there was some food element to those stories. Southerners, maybe especially Mississippians, love to talk about food. And it just naturally connects us to who we are. We love to tell stories. And it’s just kind of our storytelling. In the course of doing that, I did a number of food stories that I didn’t think of as food stories. But they did have a recipe to go with them. An editor decided to turn that into a cookbook called The Cook’s Tour of Mississippi, so I guess I became a cookbook author before I really even knew how to test a recipe and before I really liked vegetables. That’s actually how I started eating my vegetables.

SS: From there, you did take a very intentional path to becoming a food writer. How did you do that?

SP: I took a huge leap of faith and quit my job. I went back to school at Iowa State because they had a good food and nutrition program. There I learned about food and had the crazy idea to do A Cook’s Tour of Iowa on my own and miraculously, a few years later, it got published.

SS: Did you come to Atlanta from Iowa?

SP: No, I took a very circuitous route to get here. I worked at multiple papers as a food writer–in Cincinnati, in Cleveland and at the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel before getting an offer to work as the food editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1990.

SS: I can imagine that things have changed by leaps and bounds since you took that job as a food editor in 1990. Chefs have become more like celebrities, and the whole experience of going out to eat has become an event. What good things have you seen happen in the food industry since you came to Atlanta?

SP: I remember when people were predicting that by about this time no one would be cooking. Everything would be coming out of a package or a microwave. And it’s completely the opposite because chefs have embraced celebrity or whatever, which has a huge downside. Honestly, I very rarely watch the Food Network. But it’s gotten people interested in food. Whatever it takes to get people passionate about food. I see a tremendous interest in a younger generation. They are cooking things that take days to cook, and I love that.

SS: I know someone who made his own bacon.

SP: Oh my gosh!

SS: I guess he found a good deal on a pig.

SP: That whole animal butchery thing. That’s way more ambitious than me.

SS: I don’t think I have enough counter space for all that.

SP: There is a lot of ego-driven cooking, a lot of just obnoxious pretentiousness, but there are also some chefs who are doing just fabulous things for the community. Educating people about where their food comes from.

SS: For Eat Drink Delta, you went back to your Mississippi roots. And I want people to know, that while there are some recipes in the book, this is really about southern storytelling.

SP: Thank you, Alison. I appreciate you pointing that out. I have been at book signings, and people have said, “Well, I’m watching my weight and not cooking that much.” It’s not just recipes. I hope it’s something that you’ll want to read and maybe come away with a better understanding of a place that a lot of people have trouble wrapping their brain around, the Mississippi Delta.

SS: You had to figure out how you were going to map that for the book. What constitutes the Mississippi Delta?

Peabody Hotel Ducks in Lobby

“The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” — Author/Historian David Cohn (Image courtesy: Roadtrippers.com)

SP: A famous writer from the 1940s in Greenville, Mississippi, David Cohn, famously said that the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. Both of those points are along Highway 61, the Blues Highway. It is where the Mississippi River Delta begins and where it empties into the Yazoo River. For somebody’s who’s plotting a trip, I thought, “That’s exactly where I’m going to start.” In the lobby of the Peabody Hotel with a fancy cocktail. And I just wonder if there’s a soul food restaurant in Vicksburg, which represents the poorest part of the Delta. And in fact I did find an excellent soul food restaurant there called L.D.’s. The proprietor actually grew up on one of those riverside shacks but went on to become a successful business owner with several really good soul food restaurants in Vicksburg. So that gave me some parameters. And then the others parameters were governed by landscape. I loved this idea of exploring food not restricted by the boundaries of state lines or city limits, but by geography. The Delta has just a distinctive geography. I really wanted to see how that geography informed the food. It was a real eye-opener for me. Even when you cross those ridge line hills there are these changes, these subtle changes and shifts. Even if the food is similar, it tends to be spicier the closer you are to the river and in the floodplain.

SS: I wondered if there were any surprises that you encountered on your trip, which was really many road trips over time.

SP: One of the biggest surprises was just how many really good, even high-end, restaurants were in these tiny, impoverished towns. They’re serving beautiful steaks and really nice seafood. There’s a sophistication there that really comes as a big surprise to people. You’re not going to find that in just any small town. There’s also an appreciation for hot tamales, barbecue, catfish, just good ole country cooking that crosses all classes, all races. Food really is something that unites people in what is sometimes considered a poor, divided place.

Citizen Farmers by Daron Joffe with Susan PuckettThis year, Susan was involved with the publication of another book about food, which digs soil-deep into America’s culinary heritage. She collaborated with Daron Joffe (better known as Farmer D of Farmer D Organics) on Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, and Give Back to the Earth. Susan describes this as a “really fun project” about Joffe, an agricultural entrepreneur who travels the country helping people start organic biodynamic farms and gardens, spreading the message of how we can help support our local food economies. Keep up with Susan’s food writing and travels by following @PuckettSusan on Twitter.

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“Great Transformations: Debut Novels” Panel at Southern Festival of Books

Great Transformations Debut Novels at Southern Festival of Books

Debut novels Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile and The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi will be the focus of a panel on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Southern Festival of Books.

I have the privilege of moderating a panel this Friday, October 10th at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee. Entitled “Great Transformations: Debut Novels,” the panel features two amazing stories. I hope you’ll join us at 3:30 p.m. CT in Room 30 of the Legislative Plaza.

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile tells the story of a Los Angeles single mom who inherits a neglected 800-acre sugarcane farm in rural Louisiana. Protagonist Charley Bordelon’s “great transformation” relies on hard work and fellowship with a community of people she’s only met at family reunions. Baszile’s own family history inspired Queen Sugar.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi examines the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh–a girl dressed and accepted by everyone as a boy. Living in Kabul in 2007, Young Rahima is one of five sisters whose only hope of going to school and leaving the house is to dress as a boy until she is of marriageable age. Hashimi’s story is based on her family’s Afghan heritage.

I’m binge-reading these books before the panel on Friday, which is an easy assignment. Charley and Rahima’s narratives are captivating and will make for a great discussion. Again, the Great Transformations panel takes place this Friday, October 10th at 3:30 p.m. CT. Friday is the first day of the 26th Annual Southern Festival of Books. To view the complete list of sessions, visit this page. You can also follow @SoFestofBooks on Twitter or visit the festival’s Facebook page for more information.

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Sharing the Blogger Love: My Path to Entrepreneurship Guest Post and Ivory Owls List

bloggerlovesouthernspinesFellow blogger and booklover Ashley LaMar invited me to contribute a guest post to her blog, Forever Ashley. She is featuring women in the workplace articles, so I wrote a little ditty about my curvy and sometimes careening path to entrepreneurship. Ashley asked each of us to finish this sentence at the end of our guest post: “If I could leave you with only one piece of advice it would be…” You’ll have to click here and read the guest post to find out my advice!

Also this week…the beautiful and talented Rhiannon Johnson spent 6+ hours creating the ultimate list of book bloggers and book review websites. You should definitely view her 115 Book Bloggers You Should Be Following. I’m thrilled to see Southern Spines in such good company.

Please drop by these blogs, comment and share the blogger love.

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Still Savoring this Summer Read: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

In the Deep South, fall does not announce itself with a dramatic temperature shift; summertime heat may linger well into autumn, which explains why I got sunburn on my late October wedding day. For me, fall begins with a certain melancholy as teachers and students return to school in short sleeves. Then the acorns start their angry rain on my metal sunroom roof and my husband’s NFL and fantasy football obsession rolls from simmer to boil. Still, I can’t slip quietly into fall without sharing one of my favorite books from this past summer: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter.

It’s Atlanta, 1974, and the city’s first female police officers are receiving a less than warm welcome as they join the force. Newbies like Kate Murphy are issued uniforms and shoes three sizes too big. Even Maggie Lawson, who followed her brother and uncle into the line of duty, is the focus of hazing and harassment from her male counterparts. Still, the department has bigger problems–a serial killer who’s targeting cops.

“Summer is here and murder is back, just the way we like it. Chief among the perpetrators: Karin Slaughter and Amanda Kyle Williams, two Atlanta crime writers with strong female protagonists who make the city and its countryside their beat.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 27, 2014).

Karin Slaughter interviewed a number of Atlanta’s first female police officers when researching Cop Town. She regaled us with some of their stories at a July fundraiser for the Gwinnett County Public Library. Receiving daily threats, which were sometimes accompanied by feces or lewd graffiti on a work locker, these women carried out their duties under incredible circumstances. And that was just at police headquarters. Although Cop Town has been billed as Slaughter’s first standalone thriller, the book is begging for a series with all the rich material she has mined from her research into the integration of the Atlanta Police Department.

I’ve been a fan of Slaughter’s work since reading her Grant County Series. Her books feature authentic law enforcement characters and the crimes depicted usually contain some disturbing seed of truth. Slaughter said at the July reading that her editor once commented that a storyline was too far-fetched. The author replied with a newspaper clipping on which the outrageous storyline had been based. It is this element of truth that simultaneously makes you want to cower under the covers and read more about the courageous first women police officers who endured much to be a part of Cop Town.

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Reader’s Block and The Ten Books Challenge

Southern Spines Summer ReadingThe summer came and went rather quickly, as most summers are wont to do. After powering through two back-to-back classes in May through July, I had a few weeks in August to rest and recuperate before the beginning of the fall semester.

90% of my productivity disappeared during the three weeks that were my summer break from school. After a solid seven months of reading and writing for school, work and Southern Spines, I experienced what others have dubbed reader’s block. I just could not read more than a few pages a night before going to bed. I couldn’t finish a book, and it had nothing to do with the quality of the books on my nightstand. I had hit a wall and couldn’t bring myself to crack a spine or write about books.

The fall semester is now underway, which has forcefully jolted me back into binge-reading, but I am still having problems with the writing. Writer’s block (aka fear) has really laid into me in the past couple of weeks, which is doubly terrifying when you have to write for a living. A good friend who is also a full-time writer advised me to abstain from all television and only read books for pleasure (with the exception of my required reading for school) as a cure for the writer’s block. “Oh, and don’t play Candy Crush either,” she added. FYI: I have never indulged in Candy Crush, but I did realize that I’ve been playing Sudoku on my iPad rather obsessively. It’s one way that I’ve been numbing out.

So why in the hell am I here? As a way of thwarting the beast. This is one easy exercise that I borrowed from Facebook, where another writer friend challenged me to name ten books that have left an indelible impression on me. I knew if I spent too much time thinking about this challenge, I wouldn’t do it, so I just cranked out the following favorites with a little explanation for each. Here’s to wading back in! Have you ever experienced reader’s block? Writer’s block? What cures have worked for you?

Ten Memorable Books

Ten Memorable Books

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I desperately wanted, like most readers, to be as brave as Atticus and to spend a lost summer tracking Boo Radley with my older brother and best friend.
  2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. My high school librarian, Mary Brown, told me I would love this book and I did. I’ve been obsessed with true crime and nonfiction novels ever since. I considered writing my thesis on Capote, but music took me in a different direction.
  3. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I needed one of Tan’s tear-gobbling turtles when I openly wept while reading this book on the subway.
  4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. I saw the cartoon movie first, but have enjoyed subsequent page-turning escapes into Narnia.
  5. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. This was one of those instances of finding the book I absolutely needed to pull me through a difficult time. Plus, Wally Lamb is one of the kindest authors I’ve ever met.
  6. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I still hear my third grade teacher, Mary Walker, reading this book aloud to our class.
  7. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson. It’s hard to pick only one of her novels, but images from this mystery still percolate in my brain. Plus, I love Thalia.
  8. The World According to Garp by John Irving. This was my introduction to John Irving. I read a good portion of the book one night when a crazy doctor insisted that I submit to a sleep study; there was very little sleep to study.
  9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I read this over the course of a month or two, during a time when I had severe reader’s block. Only reading a few pages a night forced me to savor the stories. I recently re-read this book for a class, which revealed so many new layers.
  10. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Often I’ll pick this book up off the shelf and read the first couple of pages. Have you ever caught yourself not breathing while reading an involved scene in a book? This one will stop your breath.
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Q&A with Amanda Kyle Williams, Author of Don’t Talk to Strangers, on She Reads

Amanda Kyle Williams, author of Don't Talk to Strangers

Photo credit: Kaylinn Gilstrap

I recently jumped at the opportunity to interview one of my favorite writers, Amanda Kyle Williams, for She Reads.

I’ve admired Amanda’s work since reading her first book in the Keye Street series, The Stranger You Seek. In 2012, Amanda and I spent a great morning exploring the Georgian Terrace Hotel, also known as Keye Street’s upscale Atlanta address. Amanda was one of the first authors to agree to an interview here on Southern Spines. We had a great time eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts (one of Keye’s favorite vices) and talking about the second Keye Street novel, Stranger in the Room. You can read that interview here.

Book Three, Don’t Talk to Strangers, came out earlier this month and it might be my favorite Amanda Kyle Williams book to date. I wolfed it down faster than one of those hot, fresh glazed doughnuts. Like any good series writer, Amanda introduces some new characters, new eerie twists and turns, then leaves us clamoring for the next installment. In the She Reads interview, I asked Amanda about the rural setting of Don’t Talk to Strangers, balancing the creepy with the funny in her storytelling and plotting what’s next for Keye Street. Rush right over to read her answers AND for your chance to win all three of the books in the Keye Street series.

Amanda Kyle Williams Interview and Giveaway on She Reads

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Quick! Read This: It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks

It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks If she ever tires of writing women’s fiction, Erika Marks could easily nab a job working for one of those “Best Beaches” surveys. Or at the very least, she could become an ambassador for the Folly Beach Visitors and Convention Bureau. I defy anyone to read Erika’s latest novel It Comes in Waves and not want to travel to the book’s setting of Folly Beach, South Carolina.

I was first introduced to Erika’s work a couple of years ago when she wrote about another coastal town, Cradle Harbor, Maine, in The Mermaid Collector. The author graciously answered my questions about The Mermaid Collector in this Southern Spines post. Erika’s books are manna for land-locked book lovers who yearn to live as a lighthouse keeper on the coast of Maine or carve waves with strapping surfers in South Carolina (or at least gaze at them while planted under a large umbrella with a fruity drink and plenty of SPF50).

Having met and spent time with Erika a few times now–most recently when she visited the Book Exchange in Marietta, Georgia–I can tell you she’s as lovely as she is talented. Her books just keep getting better. Book Exchange owner Cat Blanco tells me she still has a few signed copies left of It Comes in Waves, but you need to call soon because she’s hand-selling this book like crazy. Call 770-427-4848 and Book Exchange will ship a signed copy direct to your door. A signed copy of the book goes in the mail today to devoted Southern Spines reader Rachel C. in Lexington, South Carolina.

To learn more about Erika Marks, visit her author website at erikamarksauthor.com and follow @erikamarksauthr on Twitter.

Publisher's Description of It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks
For competitive surfer Claire “Pepper” Patton, the waves of South Carolina’s Folly Beach once held the promise of a loving future and a bright career—until her fiance, Foster, broke the news that he and Claire’s best friend, Jill, were in love. Eighteen years later, now forty-two and a struggling single parent to a rebellious teenage daughter, Claire has put miles between that betrayal and that coast. But when ESPN invites her back to Folly Beach for a documentary on women in surfing, Claire decides it might be the chance she needs to regain control of her life and reacquaint herself with the unsinkable young woman she once was. But not everything in Folly Beach is as Claire remembers it, most especially her ex-best friend, Jill, who is now widowed and raising her and Foster’s teenage son. An unexpected reunion with Claire will uncover a guilt that Jill has worked hard to bury—and bring to the surface years of unspoken blame. When Claire crosses paths with a sexy pro-surfer who is as determined to get Claire back on a board as he is to get her in his bed, a chance for healing might not be far behind—or is it too late for two estranged friends to find forgiveness in the place that was once their coastal paradise, where life was spent barefoot and love was as dizzying as the perfect wave…
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July 2014 She Reads Book Club Selection: That Night by Chevy Stevens

That Night by Chevy StevensThe premise of the July 2014 She Reads Book Club selection is gripping: a teenage girl and her boyfriend are accused of murdering the girl’s sister. No one in the small town believes that Toni and Ryan are innocent, not even Toni’s grieving parents. This sounds like the perfect setup for one of those race-against-the-clock legal thrillers where Toni and Ryan ultimately go free at trial, but this is not that book. Their story and the truth about what happened That Night will only be revealed after Toni and Ryan have served half of their young lives in prison. In fact, the book begins when 34-year-old Toni leaves prison, then travels back and forth in time.

Chevy Stevens, author of That Night

Chevy Stevens, author of That Night

That Night takes place on Vancouver Island, where author Chevy Stevens grew up and where she still lives with her husband and daughter. This is Stevens’s fourth novel. Her debut novel, Still Missing, was a New York Times bestseller and won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Visit her author website at chevystevens.com or follow @ChevyStevens on Twitter.

Throughout the month of July, She Reads will be sharing extras about That Night and guest posts from the author. You can also enter to win one of five copies of the book. Check it out at SheReads.org.

Publisher's Description of That Night by Chevy Stevens
As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn’t relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren’t easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night. Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison. Now thirty-four, Toni, is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night. But in That Night by Chevy Stevens, the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.
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Atlanta Writers Club: Social Media 102 Workshop with Kimberly Brock and Alison Law

Atlanta Writers Club

Social Media 102 Workshop on July 19th

Author Kimberly Brock and I are getting the band back together. Last December, we were invited to speak at the SCAD Atlanta Writers’ Boot Camp. On July 19th, we’ll tackle similar subject matter at the “Social Media 102″ workshop with the Atlanta Writers Club. The workshop will start at 2:30 p.m. at the Dunwoody Library, located at 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

I’m flattered to be speaking at an Atlanta Writers Club event. This year marks the organization’s 100th anniversary. The event is free for Atlanta Writers Club members. Non-members will have to pay the $40 annual membership fee at the door. The Saturday afternoon workshop alone is worth $40, but you will get so much more from that annual membership. Learn about the workshop in this flyer or visit the Atlanta Writers Club website.

Have questions or topics that you think Kimberly and I should cover in a social media workshop for working writers and aspiring authors? I hope you’ll leave them in the comments below or bring them with you to the workshop.

 

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Nerd Fiction for Everyone: Lydia Netzer’s How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

How To Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia NetzerWARNING: I’m about to lay some propaganda on you good people. Because I know and love the author I’m about to recommend to you. I also recently had the privilege of working with her as she prepared for the publication of not one, but two new summer releases. Still, I promise you this post is more public service than public relations because you’re going to want to own and read and re-read How to Tell Toledo from the Night SkyAnd because I had the chance to work with the fabulous Lydia Netzer and her amazing team at St. Martin’s Press, I have an opportunity for you to download a complimentary copy of Lydia’s ebook original Everybody’s Baby on iTunes.

Lydia’s first novel Shine Shine Shine was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, an Amazon Spotlight Book of the Month, a Target Book Club Pick and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Prize in Fiction. This year she followed up that impressive debut with the publication of ebook novella Everybody’s Baby in June and today’s new release, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky.

In the words of the wise philosopher Huey Lewis, “It’s hip to be square” in Lydia’s books, which all emit geeky goodness. Shine Shine Shine tells the story of Maxon, a robotics expert on a space mission while his wife Sonny is on Earth throwing her suburbanite facade out the car window with her wig. In Everybody’s Baby, an app developer named Billy uses Kickstarter to fund his wife’s in vitro fertilization, which causes problems when Jenna becomes pregnant and strangers line up to claim their crowdfunding perks. And How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky centers on two astronomers, George and Irene, who meet at the Toledo Institute of Astronomy and instantly connect. Are they being sucked into one of Irene’s black holes or is their romance a result of their mothers’ astrological plotting?

I had to admit to Lydia at one point, “You know I don’t like math and science, right?” I dislike most books and movies about space exploration and absolutely refuse to watch the movie Gravity because I can imagine no worse fate than being plunged into space. Still, I love Lydia’s books because they offer something for everyone. If you want to get your nerd on, you can practice your lucid dreaming with Bernice, get lost in one of Belion’s gamer fantasies or manufacture black holes with Irene. Literary fiction fans will appreciate the many allusions to classical literature and the gods who appear to George in Toledo. But if you really just want to read a funny, sexy, smart love story that questions whether or not relationships can be created in the stars, you’ll enjoy How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky. If you’re an audiophile, pick up the audiobook version of Toledo, which is narrated by Lydia’s friend and fellow author Joshilyn Jackson.

Other Books by Lydia Netzer

If you’d like to read Lydia Netzer‘s e-novella Everybody’s Baby, here’s your chance. Enter the Rafflecopter contest below to win one of five copies of the book. You will have to use iTunes to download the book to your e-reader–don’t worry, it’s really easy. Everybody’s Baby is an e-original, so no print copies are available. Good luck!

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