Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. The Forgotten Room
Karen White, et al., NAL, $26, 9780451474629
6. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
7. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
okra8. Fallen Land
Taylor Brown, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250077974

9. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
10. The Guest Room
Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385538893

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
2. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
3. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
6. Spark Joy
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607749721
7. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
8. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
9. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
10. The Name of God Is Mercy
Pope Francis, Random House, $26, 9780399588631

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An incredible story of a 14-year-old boy whose African village is devastated by drought.

Reading in the little village library and scavenging for parts he accomplishes the impossible. I loved this book when it first came out in 2009, and now a young readers edition has just been released in paperback.

Truly inspirational, the author demonstrates that anything is possible with education and determination.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer, Elizabeth Zunon (Harper Perennial) Recommended by Andy Brennan at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

Simon Winchester takes on the Pacific Ocean in his latest popular history.

To tackle a topic that is too big to adequately cover in a one volume, Winchester instead tells 10 different stories that all have the Pacific as a common thread. From nuclear testing on Bikini Island to the transfer of Hong Kong from Britian to China, Winchester illustrates the wide and varied impact the Pacific has had and continues to have on our planet.

Whereas the Mediterranean was the focus of the ancient world and the Atlantic the center of current times, the author convincingly argues that the Pacific will be the most important ocean in our future.

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision by Simon Winchester (Harper) Recommended by Andy Brennan at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

Hedgehogs are all the rage in 2016. Even in picture books! 

In this adorable story, hedgehogs Horace and Hattie are BFFs. But they can’t hug because they’re too spiky.

Will they find a way to overcome their spikiness?


Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson, Lucy Tapper (Henry Holt & Company) Recommended by Rae Ann Parker at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

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The Secret to Hummingbird CakeWhy won t you just tell me what's in that cake? I d been trying to get Laine's recipe for years. We all had.

When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.

In the South you always say yes, ma am and no, ma am. You know everybody's business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food especially dessert is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family even if the threat is something you cannot see.

In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you're lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.

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Fat Tuesday, feathered masks, and Lowcountry bordellos.

In which her ladyship, the editor, celebrates Mardi Gras vicariously, Mr. Chris Offutt becomes a writer despite his father's best efforts, Ms. Paula Vauss practices slash and burn divorce law, and Mr. Wendell Berry honors the peace of wild things.
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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Parapalooza!

Parapalooza

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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