Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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is popular. Self-help/personal growth is another favorite genre, with titles such as "Girl, Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis and "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson selling well at the Pineville B&N. Book Clubbing Book clubs in the Ballantyne area reflect diverse audiences and include a Latin women's group whose members hail from Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. Monica Guerra, who likes to read on her cellphone while awaiting clients, says her book club is one of four founded by members of Las Maris de Charlotte, an organization of 250 Latin women around the city. Guerra's book club meets at a different member's home each month for brunch and a book discussion. Members bring dishes related to the title being discussed. Recently they focused on Middle Eastern food to tie in with "No es tiempo de Morir" ("It's Not Time to Die"), a novel set in Syria by Margarita Dager-Uscocovich, a club member. "I have made many good friends," Guerra says, "and we read so many interesting books." Ballantyne resident Suzanne Political Fever With passion about politics running high, it's no surprise the top nonfiction category at B&N in Pineville is political books. "Anything having to do with politics is hot," Irick reports, noting that Bob Woodward's book "Fear" has been a bestseller, and that books appealing to people of varying views are flying out the door. The political book mania here aligns with B&N data released in October showing a 57 percent boost nationwide in political sales over a year ago. On the fiction front, Irick says it's hard to top James Patterson, whose fans love his legal/ mystery thrillers such as "Juror #3." At the library, historical fiction based on World War II, such as "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, Monica Guerra participates in a Las Maris de Charlotte book club, pictured above. Members recently wore Venezuelan flag colors for their discussion of "The Adventures of Juan Planchard." "Anything having to do with politics is hot. Bob Woodward's book 'Fear' has been a bestseller." — Demetrius Irick, Barnes & Noble BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 62 Feature

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