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Garden & Gun October Reading List.

Fall brings extra servings of cookbooks, historic novels, stirring biographies, and a secret garden book you’ll want to spend an afternoon paging through.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis, by Patti Callahan

Celebrated the world over for The Chronicles of Narnia, the British author C.S. Lewis has long fascinated scholars and book lovers. Now, author Patti Callahan shares a lesser-known part of his life in an historic novel based on his real-life relationship with Joy Davidman, a New York poet whom Lewis called “my whole world.” Callahan, who splits time between Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, is currently on book tour, with stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

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Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver

The South has been one of bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver’s most constant characters—from her 1988 debut, The Bean Trees, with its spunky Kentucky heroine; to The Poisonwood Bible, a sprawling tale of Georgia missionaries; to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which chronicled how her family ate locally for a year near their home in the Virginia mountains. Her latest, Unsheltered, traces two intertwining storylines. One follows a Virginia couple who lose their jobs and reckon with larger questions about their hopes while they fix up a crumbling brick house. The other is peppered with nineteenth century characters who are curious about Charles Darwin and science. Tying them both together are themes of curiosity and the boundless human spirit.

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Johnny Cash, by Alan Light

Plenty of music history books pay tribute to the Man in Black, but only this one, published by Smithsonian Books, shares never-before-seen personal photographs, scrapbook pages, and letters from the Cash family.

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