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King book reading May 24

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

King’s newest work, “Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life.” PROVIDED

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May 24 from 2-4 p.m., best-selling author Cassandra King will have a reading/discussion/signing of her latest publication, “Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life.” This little book is lots of fun (not to mention insightful).

Based on a commencement address she delivered to her alma mater, Cassandra's instructions for life become especially affecting through her satirical turn on the word “sweet” throughout the book. A “sweet” and worldly beauty queen's talk at convocation when Cassandra was a student helped her discover the difference between a “Southern Belle” and the true meaning of “sweet.” She and others (the fictionalized friends in her novel “Same Sweet Girls”) were empowered that day to rebel against the superficiality of “sweet” and frame life in a different way. Thus, the book follows with seven simple yet profound guides for living an authentic and generous life.

This genuinely “sweet” book is a gem of wisdom and a gift for people young or old.

Cassandra King is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed “Moonrise,” her literary homage to “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier. “Moonrise” is a fall 2013 Okra Pick and a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) bestseller. It has been described as “her finest book to date.”

Her first novel, “Making Waves in Zion,” was published in 1995 by River City Press and reissued in 2004 by Hyperion. Her second novel, “The Sunday Wife,” was a Booksense Pick, a People Magazine Page-Turner of the Week, a Literary Guild Book-of-the-Month selection, a Books-a-Million President's Pick, a South Carolina State Readers' Circle selection, and a Salt Lake Library Readers' Choice Award nominee. In paperback, the novel was chosen by the Nestle Corporation for its campaign to promote reading groups.

A native of L.A. (Lower Alabama), King currents lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy, whom she met when he wrote a blurb for “Making Waves.”

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