Issue 4

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat

by Patricia Williams with Jeannine Amber

Comedian Patricia Williams, known for years by her street name “Rabbit,” was born and raised in Atlanta’s most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. By fifteen, Pat was a mother of two.

Alone at sixteen, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive. Her unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor offers a rare glimpse into the harrowing reality of life on America’s margins—a powerful true story of resilience, determination, and the transformative power of love.

The Locals

By Jonathan Dee

Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland, Massachusetts, who feels opportunity passing his family by. After being swindled by a financial advisor, he finds himself envying the wealthy weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter. Philip Hadi used to be one of these people. But in the nervous days after 9/11 he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home into a year-round “secure location” from which he can manage billions of dollars of other people’s money. These two men’s very different worlds collide—rural vs. urban, middle class vs. wealthy. Then the town’s first selectman dies suddenly, and Hadi volunteers for office. He soon begins subtly transforming Howland in his image—with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family.

The Wilding Sisters

By Eve Chase

When fifteen-year-old Margot and her three
sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever.

Fifty years later, Jesse is desperate to move her family out of their London home. Gorgeous Applecote Manor, nestled in the English countryside, seems the perfect solution. But Jesse finds herself increasingly isolated in their new sprawling home, and haunted by the strange rumors that surround the manor.

The Nearness of You

By Dorothy Garlock

The newest romance by Dorothy Garlock takes us to Hooper’s Crossing, New York, in 1952. The post-war boom seems a million miles away, especially for a sheltered librarian, Lily Denton, who longs for the adventure and excitement of the big city. Her overprotective widowed father keeps a close eye, so she spends her days working at the library and her nights hoping life doesn’t pass her by.

Then professional photographer Boone Tatum arrives in this small town. The moment he meets beautiful Lily and snaps her photograph, everything changes. Suddenly leaving is the furthest thing from Boone’s mind. But danger has slipped silently into this sleepy town, ensnarling Lily. And Lily and Boone’s dream of a life together is thrown into peril unless Lily finds the courage to stand up for herself and Boone.

Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir

By Steve Rushin

It’s Steve Rushin’s story: of growing up within a ’70s landscape populated with Bic pens, Mr. Clean, Scrubbing Bubbles, lightsabers, and Schwinn Sting-Ray bikes. He tells of a wild and bittersweet childhood that includes a road trip in a wood-paneled station wagon with the kids in the way-back, singing along to the Steve Miller Band. He describes brothers waking up early on Saturday mornings for five consecutive hours of cartoons and advertising jingles that they’ll be humming all day. His father—one of 3M’s greatest eight-track salesman —traveled across the country on the brand-new Boeing 747, providing for his family but wanting nothing more than to get home. Rushin paints an utterly fond, psychedelically vibrant, laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of an exuberant decade with side-splitting commentary.

Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World
and the People Obsessed with Them

By David MacNeal

Insects have been shaping our ecological world and plant life for over 400 million years. In fact, our world is essentially run by bugs—there are 1.4 billion for every human on the planet. Journalist David MacNeal takes us on an off-beat scientific journey that weaves together history, travel, and culture in order to define our relationship with these mini-monsters. He introduces a cast of bug-lovers—from an exterminator nursing bedbugs (on his own blood), to a kingpin of the black market insect trade to a “maggotologist”—all who obsess over the crucial role insects play in our everyday lives.