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UGA national championship season captured in commemorative books

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Forty-one years, 14,965 days and 359,150 hours. This is the time Georgia Bulldogs fans have been waiting for their team to capture the national championship once again. Who could ever forget the night the sky rained confetti, a golden trophy was lifted in triumph, and thousands of woof-woofs rang through the air?

The reporters who covered it all have compiled giveaway books that commemorate the triumphant game with photos, commentary, interviews and recaps from the entire season.

“Dominating Dawgs: Georgia’s Path to the 2021 National Championship” by writers from the Athens Banner-Herald and USA TODAY is a 160-page coffee table book.

Writers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Bid “Top Dawgs: The Georgia Bulldogs’ Remarkable Road to the National Championship.” Both books are essential for anyone whose blood is red and black.

Continued:Don’t miss! Commemorate the UGA Football Championship with this hardcover collector’s book

Continued:Get your UGA National Championship posters and special editions at the Banner-Herald in Athens

Politics in Georgia is usually as red as the dirt in the state, but not in 2021. What happened? Greg Bluesteinlongtime political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reflects on this question in “Inverted: How Georgia Turned Purple and Shattered the Republican Power Monopoly.” The author chronicles Georgia’s often brutal political battles from the early 2010s through the 2020 elections, and readers are treated to some juicy detail in the room. Key players like Kelly Loeffler, Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock and Brian Kemp jump off the page as they fight for control of the state. What’s next for Georgia? Bluestein lays down some predictions, making “Flipped” required reading for those who care about the political future of the Fishing State.

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March’s top reads

What’s under the Mason-Dixon line? Most people think of sweet iced tea, Waffle Houses and swarms of no-see-ums, but what are the true elements that epitomize the South, now and in the past? Iman PerryProfessor of African American Studies at Princeton University, reflects on this question as she returns to her home state of Alabama and ponders the complexities and idiosyncrasies of the region.

In “From the South to America: A journey under the Mason-Dixon to understand the soul of a nation”, Perry argues that people who want to better understand the United States need to familiarize themselves with the history and culture of the South.

The book is packed with stories of artists, immigrants, heroes, opportunists, and his own ancestors, all of which add color, contrast, and complexity to what it means to be a Southerner. Perry’s keen eye, fresh ideas, and sensibility inspire readers to see the South, not in broad strokes, but with a more nuanced and informed perspective.

Girls-only getaways are meant to be all about libations, laughs, and letting go. But in Lea Konenthe novel “The Perfect Escape” an idyllic road trip takes a scary detour. Sam, Margaret, and Diane bond over their messy divorces and decide to hit the freeway and get out of their troubles. Instead, the women have car trouble and find themselves stranded in a small mountain town. When one of the three goes missing, the others wonder if someone is plotting to harm them.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Konen crafts a gripping, thrilling story that will demand your attention until the very last twist is revealed.

It’s 1946 and a postwar Bright Leaf, North Carolina, is thriving. The reason for prosperity? Abundant cash tobacco. Maddie Sykes, a seamstress, is busy serving the wives of powerful tobacco executives, but also wonders why health issues and misfortunes plague her wealthy clients. When she discovers evidence suggesting that tobacco products are dangerous, she is torn about sharing her knowledge.

“Tobacco Women” by Adele Myers relives a time when smoking was considered smart and fashionable, and no one knew about its health effects. Her novel is an authentic rendering of small Southern life in the 1940s as well as a gripping description of the power of female relationships. Perfect for Lisa Wingate fans.

Local book news

Barbara Seabornauthor of “The Monumental Legacy: The Rise and Fall of Hamburg, South Carolina” will appear at the Arts & Heritage Center in North Augusta at 1 p.m. on March 2. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged. Please email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

Georgian poet Jimmy Broccoliauthor of “My anxiety wants ice cream” and “Damaged” will headline a multi-author event at the Harlem Arts Center on March 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special guest is writer Augusta Catherine Zickraff who has performed in Madrid and Puerto Rico as a spoken word poet. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. And $5 from every sale of Broccoli’s “Damaged” will be donated to the Harlem Arts Council.

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