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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book club. "Our October selection was "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" by Hank Green," Irick notes. Gone Digital When it comes to reading formats, Bretz and Irick say local readers have their own preferences. Some like e-books. Others still want the physical book. But sales of e-audio books are growing because so many cars no longer have CD players; thus, there's the need for books in a digital format that people can download on their smartphone or tablet. Local bookworms are also joining the podcast craze. "I follow 'Modern Mrs. Darcy,' which talks about books and authors," says Beth Klepar. "I've gotten some good recommendations." B&N offers its own podcast, as well as Browsery, an app that lets readers seek recommendations from the virtual community. Kimberly Antolini loves to read but is hooked on "How I Built This" with Guy Raz on NPR radio, and just started following the Washington Post podcast "Presidential," a historical series about each American president. The podcast that local readers like Julie Weilacher are all raving about, though, is the true crime comedy "My Favorite Murder" with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. It seems there is no end in the Ballantyne area to the ability of readers to binge on whatever content they love the most. Ballantyne Book Club's Reading List Members of the Ballantyne Book Club select their annual reading list in December, so at press time in late fall, the 2019 list wasn't yet announced. The 2018 list, however, illustrates read- ing trends in the Ballantyne area — such as books tied to popular TV series, mystery thrillers, historical/political fiction and local stories. Of the club's 11 selections, nine were fiction and two nonfiction. For de- tails on the club, go to www.goballantyne. com/events-and-activities/book-club. "All Who Go Do Not Return" by Shulem Deen, 2015, fiction, 288 pages (The club's No. 1 pick based on member voting.) "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah, 2016, nonfiction, 304 pages "Turtles All the Way Down" by John Green, 2017, fiction, 304 pages "Dinner at the Center of the Earth" by Nathan Englander, 2017, fiction, 272 pages "Sleeping Beauties" by Stephen King and Owen King, 2017, fiction, 720 pages "The Tsar of Love and Techno" by Anthony Marra, 2016, fiction, 384 pages "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, 2015, fiction, 311 pages "The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home" by Denise Kiernan, 2017, nonfiction, 400 pages "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward, 2017, fiction, 304 pages "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury, 1962, fiction, 352 pages "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" by Sarah Addison Allen, 2011, fiction, 304 pages Some readers prefer digital formats, while others want e-audio books or traditional print copies. BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 66 Feature

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