Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
3. A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson, Little Brown, $28, 9780316176538
4. God Help the Child
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307594174
5. Memory Man
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455559824

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
2. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
4. It's a Long Story: My Life
Willie Nelson, Little Brown, $30, 9780316403559
5. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860

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I don’t read many biographies, but I love memoirs and this is one of my all-time favorites.

Journalist Steve Luxenberg discovers that his mother had a sister, Annie, who was disabled and institutionalized. She had kept it a secret for over 50 years.

His search for the truth about is a story of family, the depression, the Holocaust and the nation’s treatment of disabled adults.


Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg (Hachette) Recommended by Allison at Blue Ridge Books Waynesville NC

Okra Picks

The Evidence Room: A MysteryThis atmospheric and beautifully written police procedural is set in Florida where a murder of a young mother shook a small bayou town to its core. Twenty years later, the victim's daughter returns to the scene of the crime and learns that the tragedy of her past has very real consequences for her future.

Everyone in Cooper's Bayou knows the story of Raylene Atchison, the local woman who was murdered on the banks of the bayou, and her daughter, Aurora, who was found on the steps of the mini-mart, alone. But when Aurora, who was raised far away from Cooper's Bayou, returns to Florida to settle her grandfather's estate, she learns that the suspect in her mother's murder was wrongly accused. Aurora meets Josh Hudson, a cop who has been put on administrative leave at the Evidence Room, a warehouse of dusty and forgotten items that could hold the key for solving Raylene's murder. Together, Josh and Aurora delve into the past and find that that the answers they are seeking lie just below the surface of the bayou they thought they knew.

Spanning decades of secrets and lies and featuring a setting that comes alive as a character in its own right, Cameron Harvey's THE EVIDENCE ROOM is a stunning debut mystery from a new literary talent.

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The act of putting words on a page

In which her ladyship, the editor, speculates on her neighbors based on the books they leave in her little free library, Mr. Wiley Cash marvels at the act of putting words on a page, Mr. Jonathan Odell advises people not to get good at anything they hate doing, and Ms. Kristy Woodson Harvey's husband explains to her why country people don't need to shop at Whole Foods.

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paragraphs worth spreading

Jonathan Odell

"When my Northern friends ask if I was religious growing up in the South, I laugh. Religion soaked the land like bourbon on an Episcopalian’s fruitcake."

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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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