5 Books to Give the Grad in Your Life

Your soon-to-be-graduate is stellar in every way and beloved by all, including Beyonce. They rescue kittens trapped in trees, extinguish fires, and write A+++ papers in their spare time. Which poses a challenge to you: with everyone in their orbit heaping presents upon them in celebration of their great accomplishment, what can you give that they won't also receive from seven other people? 

We have some ideas. 

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Between the Lines: Tom Cotter

The title on Davidson resident Tom Cotter's business card reads: "Certified Car Geek." For the past 30 years, Cotter has worked on nearly every end of the car business: mechanic, car sales, automotive public relations and marketing executive, auto racing authority, historian, racer, collector, restorer, journalist, and author. He has authored 10 automotive books, including most of the popular In the Barn series for Motorbooks. He has written for the New York Times and Road & Track magazine, as well as hosted the Hagerty-sponsored YouTube series Barn Find Hunter. When he sat down at his keyboard to respond to MSB's interview questions, you can be sure that he had grease under his fingernails.

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Between the Lines: Radney Foster

Country singer, songwriter, and author Radney Foster made his country debut as half of the duo Foster & Lloyd, racking in nine hit singles before launching a solo career in 1992. He has since written songs for the likes of Keith Urban and Hootie and the Blowfish, and he has collaborated with Americana legends like EmmyLou Harris and Sara Evans. After a brutal case of laryngitis and pneumonia stalled his ability to write songs in late 2015, Foster decided to try his hand at a different kind of storytelling: short fiction. In anticipation of his visit to Main Street Books, Foster responded to a few questions from Main Street Books.

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