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Pelican Bookstore Presents: Donna Everhart’s The Education of Dixie Dupree Signing May 21st

Pelican Bookstore Signing Donna everheartThis Sunday, May 21st author Donna Everhart will be reading from and signing her book The Education of Dixie Dupree at Silver Coast Winery on from 3 pm to 5pm.

Admission is $7.50 and includes a glass of wine. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. (Map below)

About The Education of Dixie Dupree:

In 1969, Dixie Dupree is eleven years old and already an expert liar. Sometimes the lies are for her mama, Evie’s sake—to explain away a bruise brought on by her quick-as-lightning temper. And sometimes the lies are to spite Evie, who longs to leave her unhappy marriage in Perry County, Alabama, and return to her beloved New Hampshire. But for Dixie and her brother, Alabama is home, a place of pine-scented breezes and hot, languid afternoons.

Though Dixie is learning that the family she once believed was happy has deep fractures, even her vivid imagination couldn’t concoct the events about to unfold. Dixie records everything in her diary—her parents’ fights, her father’s drinking and his unexplained departure, and the arrival of Uncle Ray. Only when Dixie desperately needs help and is met with disbelief does she realize how much damage her past lies have done. But she has courage and a spirit that may yet prevail, forcing secrets into the open and allowing her to forgive and become whole again.

Narrated by her young heroine in a voice as sure and resonant as The Secret Life of Bees ’ Lily or Bastard Out of Carolina ’s Bone, Donna Everhart’s remarkable debut is a story about mothers and daughters, the guilt and pain that pass between generations, and the truths that are impossible to hide, especially from ourselves.

Donna EverhartAbout Donna Everhart:

Donna Everhart grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. For several years she worked for high tech companies, specializing in project management and product introduction. She carries a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

She lives in Dunn, North Carolina with her husband, and a tiny, heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, named Mister. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading she’s running. Sometimes she remembers to eat.

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REMINDER: Author Wendy Wax Tonight May 6th at Silver Coast Winery

One Good Thing Wendy Wax Pelican Bookstore

Don’t miss author Wendy Wax tonight, May 6th, from 5pm to 7pm at Silver Coast Winery! She’ll be speaking and signing copies of her new book One Good Thing. We’ll have copies for sale there at the event!

Admission is $7.50 and includes a glass of wine. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. (Map below)

About One Good Thing

From the USA Today bestselling author of Sunshine Beach, a story of four women trying to rebuild more than their lives…

Before you can fix it up, you might have to tear it down…

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and deal with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached…

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

About Wendy Wax

One Good Thing and While We Were Watching Downton Abbey novelist Wendy Wax is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction.

Her fiction explores friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, she grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico.  Appropriately enough, Wendy attended Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil. Not surprisingly, some of her favorite Florida beaches were destined to become settings for her best-selling fiction, including her bestselling Ten Beach Road novels.

It’s hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid-back environment, but somehow Wendy managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read before you showed up for school, at the age of five she forced a neighbor friend to teach her.  She’s been devouring the written word ever since. Books, one of Wendy’s greatest treasures and best forms of escape, have had a major impact on her life and on her decision to create stories about women, friendship, family, and triumph over adversity leavened with her trademark honesty and humor.

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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Jennys Two PenniesThe-Orphans-Tale Pam Jenoff
I read numerous book genres including historical fiction, a personal favorite. What draws me to them is the unlimited historical subjects. One particular era always delivers interesting, emotional tales. World War II is such an important part of our world history that there is no end to the stories to be told and remembered. In Pam Jenoff’s latest book, The Orphan’s Tale, I was introduced to a part of that history I was not aware of-the German traveling circuses. This engrossing tale is about two women whose only intent is to survive the Holocaust. Astrid is the circus aerialist, a master at her craft. Noa, shamed and ostracized by her family to give up her newborn baby, she takes a job cleaning the local train station. Deciding that there had to be a better way to live, she leaves town after rescuing an infant from a train car filled with Jewish babies, forced from their mother’s arms and destined for sure death. She ultimately joins the traveling circus with the lie that the infant is her brother. Survival is difficult, secrets are kept by both women, but eventually friendships are formed. What follows is a heart pounding train ride to freedom or ultimate destruction.

Pam Jenoff is a NY Times best selling author of numerous novels, beloved by her followers. Her books are meticulously researched and admired by historical fiction fans and fellow writers. I highly recommend this book as well as her other books.

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Jenny’s Two Pennies: Kristy Woodson Harvey is My New Favorite Southern Fiction Writer


Slightly South of Simple

Kristy Harvey’s books always introduce me to a family that I know I am going to love. In her latest book, I met Ansley, mother to three grown daughters-Caroline, Emerson, and Sloane. They each are returning to their childhood beach home in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia with secrets in tow. With a beautiful setting, this story uncovers memories, some sweet and some painful. What emerges is betrayal, lost love, and tragedy, which ultimately leads this family to forgiveness, redemption, and the possibility of future happiness and healing.

The first book in this compelling series leaves me longing for the next installment. Kristy Woodson Harvey is the new southern fiction writer who is quickly becoming a favorite of many.


Jenny Collins Belk


Don’t forget to come see
Kristy Woodson Harvey April 27th at
Silver Coast Winery!

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Pelican Bookstore Presents: Kristy Harvey Woodson

Pelican Bookstore Signing Kristy Harvey WoodsonJoin us for a reading and signing by author Kristy Woodson Harvey and her book Slightly South of Simple at Silver Coast Winery on Thursday, April 27th, from 5pm to 7pm.

Admission is $7.50 per person and includes a glass of Silver Coast Winery’s wine.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

About Slightly South of Simple:
From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

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Books Around the World



We always love to see what other people around the world are reading. It always amazes me how books can bring people of all nationalities together!

“The Midnight Gang”  that appears on both lists, from what I can find out is only published in the UK.  It is in a series of Young Adult books.

United Kingdom

“Five on Brexit Island” by Bruno Vincent
“The Midnight Gang” David Walliams
“2017 Guinness Book of World Records”
“The GCHQ Puzzle Book” Michael Joseph
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” J.K.Rowling

New Zealand

“ Night School” Lee Child
“Scruptious” Chelsea Winter
“Midnight Gang” David Walliams
“Double Down” Jeff Kinney
“Small Great Things” Jodi Picoult

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Pelican Bookstore’s Summer Author Series

We’ve finalized the dates for this year’s Summer Author Series with Pelican Bookstore and Silver Coast Winery. This year we will welcome some of our favorites back, Mary Alice Monroe and Karen White. Mary Alice Monroe will be speaking about her new book A Lowcountry Wedding and Karen White will be promoting her latest novel Flight Patterns. 

Both events will take place at Silver Coast Winery at 5pm. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd. NW, Ocean Isle Beach. We hope to see you there!

Pelican Summer Author Series 2016

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