Check Out These New Books with Rhode Island Connections

Get cozy with reads by local authors or about Rhode Island topics.
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*Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageantin America
By Hilary Levey Friedman
The book chronicles beauty pageant culture from its origins in the 1840s to present day. Author Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist who teaches courses in the department of education at Brown University, and she’s an expert on pageants, childhood and parenting, competitive afterschool activities and popular culture.

*World War II: The Letters That Brought Him Home
by Michael S. Caprio
Michael S. Caprio’s family saved forty-two letters his dad wrote and sent home to Providence in 1944 and 1945 over eighteen months serving in World War II as he fought with the 83rd Infantry Division. This book publishes those letters with context for readers to learn about the experiences he had while serving in Europe.

*Jon B: Are You Still Down?
by Dominique Carson
R and B singer Jon B is from Rhode Island, and in this biography, Dominique Carson reveals his story about how he rose to fame in the late ’90s while working with his idol and mentor, Babyface. He dealt with discrimination and rose above it to achieve success in the R and B world.

** For the Best
by Vanessa Lillie
Jules Worthington never expected to become a murder suspect, but when her wallet is found next to a dead man, she has to take the investigation into her own hands to try to prove her innocence. As a white, privileged woman, she discovers the inequities in the system and starts a true-crime vlog that quickly goes viral. Lillie is a Rhode Island resident.

** Blue Hill
by G.Wayne Miller
The Providence Journal reporter’s novel follows Mark Gray — a father, husband and son of a devoted clergyman — as he confronts the death of a mysterious woman, which he may have caused. He goes on the run and takes a journey back to the late ’90s, when the Internet boom first ignited what is now a social media phenomenon.

*A Power of Your Own
by Nikki Groom
Business, brand and marketing strategist and Newport resident Nikki Groom, who also founded a small business growth accelerator for women entrepreneurs, has published a work of nonfiction for women leaders. The book details what they can do to uproot and unlearn harmful messages about themselves so they can do more fulfilling work that makes an impact.

*The Power of Positivity: The ABC’s of a Pandemic
by Ruth Maille; illustrated by Harry Aveira
This licensed daycare/preschool teacher has written a children’s book that teaches young and old alike about living in a pandemic and staying positive during an uncertain time. Play games with your little one as you find positive words that start with letters of the alphabet.

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