When Juanita Giles moved back home to Charlotte County — one of the poorest places in Virginia — she saw that things hadn’t changed much since she’d left forcollege in New York and various jobs across the country. “As a matter of fact,” she says, “things had gotten worse. There used to be a lot of mills, but industry had shut down.
‘How the Sun Got to Coco’s House” is writer-illustratorBob Graham’s delightful celebration of daylight. On its cover and opening pages, young Coco and her dog peer out the window at a snowy night and then slumber peacefully as the sun rounds the world. The golden light sweeps along, catching the eye of a humpback whale, brushing across beaches and northern forests and down city streets.
Pick up “Bats of the Republic” and — even before you start reading — you’re instantly transfixed. The author, Zachary Thomas Dodson, is a book designer who co-founded Featherproof Books out of Chicago, and his debut novel is a glorious demonstration of what old-fashioned paper can still do in the hands of a creative genius.