Belated #BookBday (7/23/14 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these two titles a Happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the celebration going!

MAEVE BINCHY: The Biography by Piers Dudgeon
Drawing on extensive research and humorous personal anecdotes, this first biography of the prolific, much-loved Irish writer chronicles the stories, anecdotes, humor, and sheer indomitable character of Binchy. “’The secret of the universe is that we do have to take control of our own lives,’ was, Dudgeon claims, Binchy’s lifelong mantra, and he captures her ebullience and drive in this anecdotal biography.” — Kirkus Reviews

TOMLINSON HILL: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name — One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson
The basis for the prize-winning film of the same name, TOMLINSON HILL tells the story of two families, one black (that includes NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson) and one white (including the author, a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press), who trace their ancestry to the same Texas slave plantation. “In this fast-paced and spellbinding tale, Chris, who is white, narrates with great verve the tale of a Texas plantation owned over the years by both white families and black families—including LaDainian’s—that share the same name. Tomlinson not only offers an engaging and poignant look into his own past but also a riveting glimpse of the history of race relations in Texas.” — Publishers Weekly

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