Southern Indie Bestsellers


1. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850
4. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.95, 9780399167454
5. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475


1. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
2. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Henry Holt & Company, $30, 9781627792417
3. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron Books, $26.99, 9781250077004
4. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547

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Ian the Goldfish - narrator of this unique novel - is about to take a plunge from his watery prison on the 27th floor balcony of an apartment complex.

The Seville on Roxy houses a cross section of humanity that includes a pregnant lady on bed rest fantasizing about ice cream sandwiches, a home-schooled boy who thinks he’s a time traveler and a shut in with a penchant for quiche and dirty talk.

If you loved Garth Stein's Art of Racing in the Rain you will fall in love with Ian. He's able to move unobtrusively through his neighbor’s apartments telling their stories and ultimately helping them take risks beyond their wildest dreams.

Do not be fooled by the cover (looks a little like a kids' book) or my inability to express how a goldfish can tell a GREAT story. TWO FINS WAY UP!

Fishbowl by Bradley Somer (St. Martin's Press) Recommended by Stefani at Inkwood Books Tampa FL

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Bottle Cap BoysTap dancing on sidewalks, especially in the city's French Quarter, is a New Orleans tradition as familiar to some as Jazz, Creole and Cajun food and Mardi Gras. For generations, Black youngsters have danced for tourists on the streets of New Orleans some because they enjoy it, but many others to earn money for their families. Instead of dancing in store bought tap shoes, young boys and girls stamp and grind bottle caps into the soles of their sneakers until the bottle caps stay firmly in place at the toe. And they don't miss a beat! Clickity-clack, Clack......tipity-tap, tap tap......tipity-tap, tap In Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal Street, award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia introduces two bottle cap dancers, brothers Randy and Rudy. Through rich and upbeat rhyme, Williams-Garcia gives voice to the dancing and the youngsters who keep this unique New Orleans tradition alive. Damian Ward's exuberant illustrations are perfect complements to Williams Garcia s perfectly pitched poetry.

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Food, people, memories. Corn whiskey, meth, and beauty.

In which a new book festival rises from the ashes of the old, Mr. Barry Moser notes you can't get rich pumping gas, and Ms. Stefani Beddingfield threatens would-be robbers with lengthy recitations from James Joyce's Ulysses.
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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paragraphs worth spreading

Jamie Kornegay and Tiffany Quay Tyson

Jamie KornegayTiffany Quay Tyson

I learned to “shut up and listen.”

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SIBA Book Award

SIBA Book Award

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Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

The Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

How well do you know your Southern lit? We dare you to use a pen on these crossword puzzles, each inspired by one of the winning titles of the SIBA Book Award, honoring ten years of the very best in Southern literature as chosen by the people who would know...Southern Independent Booksellers! A great gift for your book club, for puzzle-lovers, and anyone who loves Southern literature. $9.95 paperback. Available at Southern Indie Bookstores.

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