• Ryanne Harper

New Releases: June 12th


Fiction Pick:

The Hill by Kevin Johnson

Kevin, a Booneville native, has written a pretty great book about the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium in its prime.

Here's a brief synopsis:

Jake Myers grew up hearing stories about the hauntings on The Hill, but he never believed them. When Booneville locals traded tales about the spirits who inhabited the old Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, he chalked them up to urban legends. There’s no such thing as the supernatural… or so Jake thought. Jake jumps at the chance to join a ghost tour of the sanatorium, not because he believes in that sort of thing, but because he’s fascinated by the history of the buildings. He has no idea just how close to that history he’ll get. Jake falls down a staircase and wakes up to discover he’s somehow stumbled more than sixty years into the past. Jake has no idea how he arrived in 1948 and even less of an idea of how to get home. The only thing he’s confident about is that claiming to be a visitor from the future would surely land him in a padded room. Forced to adapt to his circumstances, he takes a job at the sanatorium and vows to keep his head down until he figures out what’s going on. Against his better judgement, he befriends some of the patients and staff. He’s immediately struck by the strength and resilience of the people around him and soon finds himself torn between the past and his present. But the suspicions of one wary doctor may destroy his chances for happiness in either.

Non-Fiction Pick:

The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke

Okay, Lore is a really interesting podcast turned Amazon series exploring folklore and legends. Wicked Mortals is a collection of stories about some of the most notorious bad people in history. People so bad, you think they can't possibly be real. H.H. Holmes, for example; a con artist who made it big at the World's Fair in Chicago and, oh yeah, killed a bunch of people in his crazy hotel. The hotel was featured in season five of American Horror Story and Evan Peters does a fantastic job (duh) portraying Holmes. I'm mostly interested in this one because I like the podcast and the show. I'm curious to see how they pulled off portraying these real-life monsters.

What's Jimmy Pat Up To?:

Nothing. Maybe? I don't know. What I do know is, the guy has a new release non-fiction, a new release fiction he wrote with Bill Clinton, and he's in literally every section of the library except maybe Westerns so it's probably okay that he's taking the week off. Settle down, JP.

Pick Of The Week:

The Hill by Kevin Johnson

Duh. I wouldn't be doing my job properly if I didn't pick The Hill but I also just really like the book.

So, buy it, read it, and please, please leave a review. Reviews are super important for first time authors. So, do us a solid by leaving one.


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