Saturday, August 01, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (43)

I thought I was going to get through this week with the only new books being the two free audio books made available through SYNC's program for YA summer reading. The books this week deal with race relations—in particular the time starting in World War II and leading through to the Civil Rights era in the 1960s.

However, I made the mistake of looking at the new books at NetGalley and saw that the fourth Blanche White Mystery is being released. Since I read and reviewed the three earlier books, I went ahead and asked to receive Blanche Passes Go.

For Review:

Book Cover: Blanche Passes Go by Barbara Neely Blanche Passes Go by Barbara Neely

Blanche White returns to Farleigh, North Carolina for the summer to help her best friend with her catering business. It’s a homecoming rich with the potential for new romance and fraught with the pain of facing the man who raped her at knife-point years ago but was never prosecuted for the crime. Shortly after Blanche arrives, a young woman is murdered and the clues point to the rapist. Blanche investigates, determined not to let him get away with another crime… nor is she willing to let his money-hungry sister marry a sweet, mentally challenged man for his wealth. With her usual persistence, feisty wit, and indomitable spirit, her quest for the truth reveals the racism and sexism that still permeate the new south, but also the conflicts that divide her own family…and that might prevent her from accepting the love she so richly deserves.


Book Cover: Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

World War II was raging, with thousands of American soldiers fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans was playing out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men were segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties.

At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris’s men served as guards at The Parachute School while the white soldiers prepared to be paratroopers. Morris knew that in order for his men to be treated like soldiers, they would have to train and act like them, but would the military elite and politicians recognize the potential of these men, as well as their passion for serving their country?

Book Cover: John Ball's In the Heat of the Night by Matt Pelfrey John Ball's In the Heat of the Night by Matt Pelfrey

Based on John Ball's novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series, In the Heat of the Night pits a visiting black detective from California against a small Alabama town simmering with anger over desegregation. A fitting reflection of America in the 1960s, this hit is provocative, timely, and uncomfortably relevant.

L.A. Theatre Works performs the off-Broadway adaptation of the classic 1960s story, delivering all the tension, humor, and grit of the original novel.


How about you? Any new books? You're invited to tell us all about it by joining the fun at Stacking the Shelves. According to the reviewers at Tynga's Reviews who host the meme:

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


  1. Great haul. I hope you enjoy your books and the rest of your week.

    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

    1. Hi Diane -- thanks for stopping by. I've already read Blanche Passes Go and I have the audiobooks in the queue.

  2. Great haul! I've not heard of these but I hope you enjoy them.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I am sure I will enjoy these books. Each time I see your blog name I'm reminded that it's time for me to dig out a dystopian read!

  3. Awesome haul. I hope you enjoy all of them.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!