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TV tie-ins


By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System

  I think people can be roughly divided into three categories: TV watchers, book readers, and those who do both, often at the same time. If you’re like me and fall into that third category, you’re going to love some of the new fall book releases. Celebrity authors have been busy lately, and your local library has some fun TV tie-in books available.

  Duck Dynasty fans may already know that we have Happy, Happy, Happy by the family patriarch, Phil Robertson. It has been out for several months and we can’t keep our copies on the shelves. New this week is Si-Cology 101: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle by Si Robertson. Admit it: every family has one. That oddball relative that you’re pretty sure is either a nutcase or a genius, and you’re never sure which. Well, that’s Uncle Si, so this one is bound to be fun.

  If you’ve been watching the History Channel series Hatfields and McCoys, you’ll be interested in a new release by Dean King, The Feud: the Hatfields & McCoys, the True Story. King served as an advisor on the show, and critics have praised his book for cutting through all the folklore and hearsay of the legend and clarifying the real causes of this uniquely American story.

  Food Network viewers will already be familiar with Jamie Deen from his appearances on his mother Paula Deen’s program, and from the series Road Tasted which he co-hosted with his brother Bobby. His first solo effort is Jamie Deen's Good Food: Cooking Up a Storm with Delicious, Family-Friendly Recipes. Deen includes regional recipes that will not only appeal to the whole family, but also get everyone in the kitchen to prepare meals together.

Coming soon:

  There’s More to Life than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight About the Other Side from the Long Island Medium. Theresa Caputo, better known as the Long Island Medium from the TLC show of the same name, shares her background and experiences as a self-proclaimed psychic medium. Due out October 1.

  Sports fans won’t be left out of the fall crop of celebrity books, either. Slow Getting Up: a Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile is Nate Jackson’s memoir of his six seasons with the Denver Broncos. What sets this book apart in a seemingly endless sea of sports memoirs is the quality of the writing. While most books in the genre are either ghostwritten or published “as-told-to” a more established sports writer, critics have praised Jackson’s keen observations and sharp writing style. In Slow Getting Up, he recounts honestly the thrill of fame, power and money, but is also brutally frank about the wreckage football inflicted on his body, his attempts to manage the pain, and the pressure to get back on the field at any cost.

  Fans of the PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey will want to watch for the release of Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon. The current Lady Carnarvon has drawn on family stories and the extensive archives of Highclere Castle to demonstrate that truth may be even more astonishing than fiction. Due out October 29.



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