by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor
July 7, 2008 - The Fall/Winter catalog from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill shows great promise. Last week, we spoke with Publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt about Algonquin's philosophies. Here's a final peek at what the little house that could will be offering in the next few months.
Between Here and April
By Deborah Copaken Kogan
$23.95. 288 pp.
When a deep-rooted memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a 30-year old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child.
DEBORAH COPAKEN KOGAN's writing and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Time and Newsweek. She is an Emmy Award-winning television producer at ABC and for Dateline NBC.
Doctor Olaf Van Schuler's Brain
By Kirsten Menger-Andersson
$22.95. 304 pp.
In 1664, Dr. Olaf Van Schuler flees the Old World and arrives in New Amsterdam, with his lunatic mother, two bags of medical implements and a carefully guarded book of his own medicines. Plagued by madness and guided by an intense desire to cure human affliction, each generation of this unusual family is driven by the science of its day.
Kirsten Menger-Andersson's stories have been short-listed for the Andre Dubus Award, the Richard Yates Award, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and the Iowa Review story contest. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and baby.
Work Hard. Be Nice.
By Jay Mathews
$15.95. 320 pp.
When Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin signed up for Teach for America right after college and found themselves utter failures in the classroom, they vowed to remake themselves into superior educators. They did that - and more. They created a wildly successful 5th grade experience that would grow into the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), which today includes 66 schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
KIPP schools incorporate what Feinberg and Levin learned from America's best, most charismatic teachers: lessons need to be lively; school days need to be longer; and the completion of homework has to sacrosanct.
JAY MATHEWS covers education for the Washington Post and has created Newsweek's annual Best High Schools rankings.
Heart in the Right Place
By Carolyn Jourdan
$14.95. 320 pp.
Carolyn Jourdan, attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed.
CAROLYN JOURDAN, a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. She lives on the family farm in East Knox County, Tennessee.