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Lisa Howorth

Biography

Lisa Howorth

Lisa Howorth was born in Washington, D.C., where her family has lived for four generations. She is a former librarian and the author of the novel FLYING SHOES. She has written on art, travel, dogs and music for the Oxford American and Garden & Gun, among other publications. Howorth lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where she and her husband, Richard, founded Square Books in 1979.

Lisa Howorth

Books by Lisa Howorth

by Lisa Howorth - Fiction, Historical Fiction

It's the summer of 1959. For the families who live on Connors Lane in Washington, DC, life is still defined by what one did during WWII. Behind each door lives a possible spy or Nazi sympathizer, the family of a foreign diplomat, or someone who escaped the conflagration in Europe just in time. But it also is the summer of an inexplicable spider infestation --- surely evidence of "insect warfare" by the Russians, thinks our young narrator John, and his best friends, Ivan and Max. When a rare, scorpion-like vinegaroon is discovered and sequestered for museum study, the boys, along with their tomboy accomplice, Beatriz, hatch a risky midnight plan to steal the poisonous creature for their own devious purposes.

by Lisa Howorth - Fiction

Mary Byrd Thornton could understand how a reporter couldn’t resist the story: a nine-year-old boy sexually molested and killed on Mother's Day, 1966. A suspect to whom nothing would stick. A neighborhood riddled with secrets. No one, especially the bungling or complicit authorities, had been able to solve the crime. Now, 30 years later, the reporter’s call will reel a reluctant Mary Byrd from Mississippi back to Virginia where she must confront her family --- and, once again, the murder’s irremovable stain of tragedy.