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EMILY B. MARTIN ’10, M ’12, freelance illustrator and author of the fantasy adventure trilogy Creatures of Light, shares her favorite reads for winter, each paired with a delicious tea for sipping: “Some are heartwarming, some are thrilling, but all are best enjoyed with a mug of something hot.” Illustrations by Emily B. Martin

Picture Book

The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau; illustrated by Gail de Marcken: Curl up and read it to your children or grandchildren by the fire.

Tea pairing: Blackberry tea or hot cocoa with marshmallows

Tea pairing: Blackberry tea or hot cocoa with marshmallows

Young Adult

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: Teens and adults alike will savor this decadent, dark fantasy where nothing is as it seems.

Tea pairing: Rosehip tea

Tea pairing: Rosehip tea

Fantasy

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker: This magical tale set in 20th-century New York City draws from both Jewish and Arabic folklore.

Tea pairing: Cinnamon and cardamom tea

Tea pairing: Cinnamon and cardamom tea

Historical Fiction

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See: Follow this moving story about tradition, tea, farming and the connection between mothers and daughters.

Tea pairing: Pu'er tea

Tea pairing: Pu’er tea

Nonfiction

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham: Written by a Clemson alumnus and professor and set in the South Carolina sandhills, this lyrical memoir delves into themes of identity and sense of place.

Tea pairing: Sassafras tea

Tea pairing: Sassafras tea

Science Fiction

The Martian by Andy Weir: A suspenseful castaway novel chronicling a man’s struggle to survive alone on Mars.

Tea pairing: Potato tea or instant tea powder

Tea pairing: Potato tea or instant tea powder

Tigers in Print

Damon L. Fowler ’78, M ’80

Ham by Damon L. Fowler '78, M '80

Ham: A Savor the South Cookbook (University of North Carolina Press) offers 55 classic recipes for ham — Southern and otherwise. Learn how to cook a whole Southern dry-cured country ham!

Kelly Durham ’80

Unforeseen Complications by Kelly Durham '80

Unforeseen Complications (CreateSpace) is the third volume in the Pacific Pictures series, following Frank Russell on the hunt for the next Shirley Temple in the midst of the movie picture slump in 1954.

Gray Rinehart ’86

Walking on the Sea of Clouds by Gray Rinehart '86

Walking on the Sea of Clouds (WordFire Press) presents a sci-fi struggle in which two couples work to establish the first commercial lunar colony.

Mark D. Major ’91

The Syntax of City Space: American Urban Girds by Mark D. Major '91

The Syntax of City Space: American Urban Grids (SPON Press) explores the formal and spatial characteristics of urban street grids, both historical and modern, and their implications for the future of American cities.

Will K. Thompson ’00

Patriots by Will K. Thompson '00

Patriots: Book One dives into the lives of multiple college students as they face a violent past in this politically charged thriller.

Catherine Garrison Davis ’95 and Elizabeth Garrison Rasor ’95, illustrated by Emily B. Martin ’10, M ’12

Night Night Little Tiger by Catherine Garrison Davis '95 & Elizabeth Garrison Rasor '95, illustrated by Emily B. Martin '10, M '12

Night-Night, Little Tiger (Mascot Books) is a children’s book originally published in 2015 that has recently enjoyed its second printing. Written and illustrated by Clemson alumni a sweet bedtime story for future Tigers.

Jared Reck ’03

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck '03

A Short History of the Girl Next Door (Knopf Books for Young Readers) is a young adult, debut novel that tells the unrequited love story of Matt Wainwright and what happens when life changes in the blink of an eye.

K.V. Scruggs ’03

What They Don't Know by K.V. Scruggs '03

What They Don’t Know (CreateSpace) asks disturbing questions concerning future health care. A medical thriller, the story follows a curious reporter touched by tragedy and on a mission to discover the truth about a dangerous conspiracy surrounding standardized medicine.

Kimberly J. Simms ’06

Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill by Kimberly J. Simms M '06

Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill (Finishing Line Press) is a collection of 54 poems that brings to life the height of textile mills in the Southern Piedmont, touching on themes like child labor, the changing roles of women and shifting ways of life.

Emily B. Martin ’10, M ’12

Creatures of Light by Emily B. Martin '10, M '12

Creatures of Light (HarperVoyager Impulse) is the eponymous last installment of the Creatures of Light series. Queen Gemma is in disgrace, but a mysterious stranger and precious information send her on a journey that could change her and her kingdom forever.