Reading Matters

Recent non-fiction by North Carolinians

Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers

From a stack of recent non-fiction by North Carolinians.

Lighting the World: Transforming Our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity to Everyone, by Jim Rogers, with Stephen P. Williams. St. Martin’s. Rogers, who lives in Charlotte and is the former chairman of Duke Energy, reminds us that 1.2 billion people on earth still don’t have electricity. But new technology will usher in a new era of light around the globe. And those same technologies will also help solve our own energy crisis. Inspiring and hopeful.

True South: Leadership Lessons from Polar Extremes, by J. Phillips L. Johnston. Prospecta Press. What is true leadership? To find out, Johnston, who lives in High Point, examines the actions of famed South Pole explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott. Amundsen, not Scott, had the right stuff – well-thought out strategy, team play and humility. Scott’s only redeeming trait, it seems, was nobility.

Let There Be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End Is Shaping a New South, An Anthology, Edited by Ron Stodghill. Johnson C. Smith University. One of Charlotte’s “most misunderstood communities” – the Northwest Corridor or the Beattie’s Ford Road Corridor – is explored, past, present and future. Contributors include Mary Newsom, Mary Curtis, Eric Frazier, Tom Hanchett, Ronald L. Carter, Sen. Malcolm Graham.

Duke University: The Campus Guide, by Ken Friedlein with John Pearce. Foreword by Tallman Trask III. Princeton Architectural Press. Handy for strollers on the Duke campus. Charlotte architect C.C. Hook designed East Residence Hall (1911) and Jarvis Residence Hall (1912) as well as Southgate Residence Hall (1921). Color photographs, illustrations. Beautiful book.

Diary of a Fed-Up Teacher, by Chip Putnam. SecondWind. A 1993 graduate of UNC-Charlotte, Putnam has taught high school science for 21 years. He concludes: “I’m a fed-up teacher, angry, and possibly a little desperate. Yet, that glimmer of excitement is already starting to build for the next school year, the anticipation of meeting a new set of kids and the undying hope of making a difference in the lives of the kids of North Carolina. I’m a teacher, and I’m damn proud of it.”