Lady Banks' Commonplace Book is a newsletter for people interested in Southern literature, sponsored by booksellers who are members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and featuring an overview of the literary news and events found on Authors 'Round the South.

 

Click Here to Subscribe


READ THE LATEST FROM HER LADYSHIP...


fb tw

{How to bake a bigger, better pecan pie}

In which her ladyship cracks open her cookbooks, a great great great grandson discovers the importance of Brer Rabbit, Mr. Charles Frazier follows the music, a girl neglects her piano practice to admire the muscles on the boy who is mowing her lawn, and someone figures out how to bake a bigger, better pecan pie.

November 20, 2011

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
 Zero Day  The Dovekeepers  How I Got This Way  No Higher Honor  Lions of the West

 The Strangers on Montegue Street  The Girl Who Played with Fire  The Next Always  The Great Gatsby  The Postmistress  Night  In the Sanctuary of Outcasts  Emperor of All Maladies The Power of Now  1984  

The Reversal
 The Rembrandt Affair Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

 Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes Llama Llama Holiday Drama
 Darth Paper Strikes Back Secrets at Sea 


Author Readings


Diana Rupp, author of EMBROIDER EVERYTHING WORKSHOP: The Beginner's Guid at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC  (December 1 2011)

starsSheila Ingle, author of COURAGEOUS KATE, A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLU at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 1 2011)

Jonathan Graves, author of Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (December 1 2011)

Michael Connelly , author of The Drop at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (December 1 2011)

Ashley Memory, author of Naked and Hungry at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (December 1 2011)

Jerry Siegel, author of Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (12/01/2011)

Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, author of "Southern Biscuits" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (12/2/2011)

Jimmy Tomlin, author of Instant Replay: 365 Day of North Carolina Sports at Literary BookPost in Salisbury, NC  (December 2 2011)

Gil Ballance, author of Leah's Journey Home at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (December 2 2011)

Avrom Bendavid-Val, author of THE HEAVENS ARE EMPTY: DISCOVERING THE LOST TOWN O at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (December 3 2011)

Alfred Harrell, author of Open Your Eyes and Listen at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 3 2011)

Diana Rupp, author of Embroider Everything Workshop: The Beginner's Guid at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (December 3 2011)

Jasmine Boyd, author of Forsaken Women at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (December 3 2011)

starsTamra Wilson, author of Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (December 3 2011)

Piper Peters Aheron, author of Images of America: Greenville at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (December 3 2011)

Joe Epley, author of A Passel of Hate at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (December 3 2011)

Steve Almond, author of God Bless America at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (December 3 2011)

Jeff Cooper, author of Life, Adventures, and the Ogopogo Pond: A New Beg at Literary BookPost in Salisbury, NC  (December 3 2011)

John Lane, author of My Paddle to the Sea at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (December 3 2011)

Kathleen Flinn, author of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (12/03/2011)

Diana Rupp, author of Everything Workshop: The Beginner's Guide to Embro at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (December 4 2011)

Kristin Kaufman, author of Is This Seat Taken? at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (December 5 2011)

John Besh, author of My Family Table at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (December 6 2011)

Scott Wallace, author of The Unconquered at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (December 7 2011)

Hillary Jordan, author of When She Woke at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (12/07/2011)

L.C. Fiore, author of Green Gospel at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 8 2011)

Amanda Lamb, author of Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (December 8 2011)

Carolyn Sakowski, author of Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads at Literary BookPost in Salisbury, NC  (December 9 2011)

Celia Rivenbark, author of "You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (12/9/2011)

Julia Taylor Ebel, author of Mama's Wreaths at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (12/09/2011)

Cassandra Clare, author of Clockwork Prince at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (December 9 2011)

Charles Shields, author of And So It Goes at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (December 9 2011)

Bobbi Kornblit, author of Shelter from the Texas Heat at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (December 10 2011)

Betty Willis, author of The Best of Mayberry Cookbook 13th Edition at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/2011)

Laurie Bakke, author of Laurie Bakke's Cookbook at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (12/10/2011)

Polly Spainhour, author of The Color of Gray at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 10 2011)

Chef Sonya , author of Sweet Auburn Desserts at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (December 10 2011)

Jake Banks, author of The Ride Along at Turning Pages Books & More in Natchez, MS  (December 10 2011)

Allen Speer, author of Voices from Cemetery Hill: The Civil War Diary, Re at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/2011)

Cassandra Clare, author of Clockwork Prince at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (December 10 2011)

Allen Speer, author of From Banner Elk to Booneville: The Voices Trilogy at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/2011)

Allen Speer, author of Sisters of Providence: The Search for God in the F at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/2011)

Melinda Long, author of Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (December 10 2011)

Sandra Hordos, author of Marissa Plans a Princess Tea Party at Yawn's Books & More in Canton, GA  (December 10 2011)

Stacy Cusulos, author of American Family: Things Racial at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (December 10 2011)

J. Mark Boliek, author of The Mahogany Door w/CD at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/2011)

Daphne Simpkins, author of Cloverdale at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (December 10 2011)

David Bergstone, author of Images of Old Salem: Then and Now at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/2011)

Nancy Thomas, author of Moravian Christmas in the South at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/2011)

Ashley Cooksey, author of My Mom is a Superhero at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (December 10 2011)

Susan Surman, author of Dancing at All The Weddings at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 10 2011)

Jennifer Hudson, author of Witty Bit World at Literary BookPost in Salisbury, NC  (December 12 2011)

Beverly Hooks, author of COME WALK WITH ME: A POETIC JOURNAL at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (December 14 2011)

Christine Warren, author of Paddlefish at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (December 14 2011)


Authors Round the South
www.authorsroundthesouth.com




Dearest readers,

Strangely enough, when the temperature dropped this week from the seventies of an Indian summer to the wet and breezy mid-fifties that are the hallmark of a coastal Carolina winter, her ladyship suddenly felt like cooking. She is not sure what strange mix of memory and emotion suddenly percolates up as the thermometer drops, but something about the cool crisp air makes her think "homemade soup" and "roasted butternut squash" and "Texas-style chili" and various dishes topped with toasted walnuts and pecans.

So the cookbooks are once again coming off the shelf and laying propped open at various pages on her ladyship's kitchen counters, just behind her cherry red Kitchaid mixer. This was a wonderful year for southern cookbooks, was it not? Here are some of her ladyship's favorites:

Dinner with Tennessee WilliamsThe Happy Table of Eugene Walter (for the Family Renunion Cake and for Mr Turnip and Mr Nutmeg)
High on the Hog (for the Son of a Gun Stew)
The New Southern Garden Cookbook (for the Okra "Tempura" with Comeback Sauce)
A Southerly Course (for the Mexican Co-Cola drumsticks)
The New Southern Latino Table (for the Creole Black Bean soup)
A New Turn in the South (for the Roasted Carrot and Beet Salad)
Southern Biscuits (for the pimento cheese biscuits )
Well, Shut My MouthTupelo Honey Cafe (for the fried chicken )
Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen (for the Shrimp Jamabalaya)
Dinner with Tennessee Williams (for the Baton Aubergines )
Well Shut My Mouth (for the sweet potato, corn and country ham risotto, and of course for the pecan pie)

So the icebox is full of cookie dough, the pantry bins are filled with local apples, and baskets in the store room are full of sweet potatoes and sweet yellow onions. It may be cool out of doors, but it is warm and wonderful in the kitchen.

Happy, happy reading!


her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending Sunday, November 20, 2011

Columbia, SC -November 30, 2011 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, November 20, 2011. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

STARS - A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

Hardcover Fiction


1. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
2. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
3. V Is for Vengeance
Sue Grafton, Marian Wood Books/Putnam, $27.95, 9780399157868
4. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
5. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
6. The Best of Me
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446547659
7. 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307593313
8. Kill Alex Cross
James Patterson, Little Brown, $28.99, 9780316198738
9. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
10. Out of Oz
Gregory Maguire, Morrow, $26.99, 9780060548940
11. Zero Day
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446573016
12. The Prague Cemetery
Umberto Eco, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780547577531
13. The Cat's Table
Michael Ondaatje, Knopf, $26, 9780307700117
14. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
15. The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $27.99, 9781451617474

Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
2. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
3. Back to Work
Bill Clinton, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307959751
4. Then Again
Diane Keaton, Random House, $26, 9781400068784
5. Jack Kennedy
Chris Matthews, S&S, $27.50, 9781451635089
6. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
7. Blue Nights
Joan Didion, Knopf, $25, 9780307267672
8. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $25.95, 9780393081817
9. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
10. The Time of Our Lives
Tom Brokaw, Random House, $26, 9781400064588
11. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
12. How I Got This Way
Regis Philbin, It Books, $25.99, 9780062109750
13. Food Rules
Michael Pollan, Maira Kalman (Illus.), Penguin Press, $23.95, 9781594203084
14. No Higher Honor
Condoleezza Rice, Crown, $35, 9780307587862
okra15. Lions of the West
Robert Morgan, Shannon Ravenel, $29.95, 9781565126268


Trade Paperback Fiction


1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
3. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
4. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
5. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
6. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
8. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
David Sedaris, Ian Falconer (Illus.), Back Bay, $13.99, 9780316038409
9. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
stars10. The Strangers on Montagu Street
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451235268

11. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553
12. The Next Always
Nora Roberts, Berkley, $16, 9780425243213
13. The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $14, 9780743273565
14. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307949493
15. The Postmistress
Sarah Blake, Berkley, $15, 9780425238691

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
2. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
3. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
5. At Home
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767919395
6. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
7. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
stars8. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
Neil White, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780061351631

9. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012
Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 9781571985446
10. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
11. The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, $18, 9781439170915
12. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
13. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
14. The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle, New World, $14, 9781577314806
15. I Remember Nothing
Nora Ephron, Vintage, $14, 9780307742803

Mass Market


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
5. The Confession
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780440245117
6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $7.99, 9780307473479
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. The Reversal
Michael Connelly, Vision, $9.99, 9780446556750
9. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
10. The Rembrandt Affair
Daniel Silva, Signet, $9.99, 9780451233998

Children's Illustrated


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), HarperFestival, $4.99, 9780061235986
3. If You Give a Dog a Donut
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $16.99, 9780060266837
4. 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $6.99, 9780439669375
5. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Eric Carle, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399257131
6. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book
Rufus Butler Seder (Illus.), Workman, $14.95, 9780761163732
7. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

8. Bad Kitty Christmas
Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook, $15.99, 9781596436688
9. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670011612
10. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926

Children's Interest


1. Every Thing On It
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $19.99, 9780061998164
2. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
4. Wildwood
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $17.99, 9780062024688
5. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810984257
6. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780375864353
7. Darth Paper Strikes Back
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419700279
8. Secrets at Sea
Richard Peck, Kelly Murphy (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803734555
9. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
10. The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling, $6.99, 9780394820378

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
2. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $27.99, 9780375856112
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
5. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
6. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
7. Eragon (Inheritance Cycle, Book 1)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $10.99, 9780375826696
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
9. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)
Pittacus Lore, Harper, $9.99, 9780061969577
10. Crossed (Matched Trilogy, Book 2)
Ally Condie, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525423652

 

share this fb tw

 


Good Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Brer Rabbit" To be honest, Br’er Rabbit was something I’ve always known, like my name. It was never that impactful when I was little. Only as an adult, when I started work at the Wren’s Nest, did it hit me just how significant these stories are."
The Wren's Nest

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Controversy has seemed to follow the book since it was first published in 1885. Almost immediately, the Concord Library in Massachusetts banned it as “the veriest trash, suitable only for the slums.”
Banned in the USA

" News 14 Carolina's Rob Boisvert talks with Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, about a special Christmas Tree outside the store designed to promote reading for children."
A Special Christmas Tree

" Marion Montgomery Jr., a writer, poet, literary critic and former University professor, died in his home in Crawford Wednesday. Montgomery, an English professor at the University for 33 years, specialized in southern literature. He was well known for his literary criticism and close friendship of fellow southern writer, Flannery O’Connor."
Beloved professor, poet passes away

" We knew this list had to be a little different. Maybe a little darker, with a few more mysteries and thrillers. Instead of lounging in a deck chair, these books had to make you want to curl up by the fire and sip on hot cider or cocoa."
Curl up with a Great Southern Read

A Time to Die" The searing images of that day — the rifleman’s shots cracking across Dealey Plaza, the wounded president lurching forward in the open limousine, the blur of speed to Parkland Memorial Hospital and the nation’s anguish as the doctors gave way to the priests and a new era — were dictated by Mr. Wicker from a phone booth in stark, detailed prose drawn from notes scribbled on a White House itinerary sheet."
Tom Wicker, Times Journalist, Dies at 85

Nightwoods"We had a little radio station that went off at dark," Frazier recalls. "So all during the day, one radio station, country music. When school was out there was two hours of teenage music. And then the sun goes down and all the sudden there's this station from Nashville pouring in. And I liked that really raw rockabilly stuff that's so hard to classify."
Charles Frazier follows the sound of music

When you just need to have a bigger pie
Giant Fractal Pecan Pie

Recognize anyone?
Inkwood Books featured in Main Street Video

share this fb tw



Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.

Next Step in the DanceWhat was he thinking?

The first time she had really talked to Paul was when her father had hired him to cut the lawn. She had been practicing piano, hearing in the background the sputtering of their smoky lawn mower and then the cattle-munching sound of grand being pulled by hand along the piers of the house. She finished playing that day and walked to the window, where she looked down on the top of Paul's head. He was sitting with his jug of ice water between his legs, which were stretched out on the fresh grass clippings. She could tell he had been listing to the music rain down on him from her open window. That first day, when she had gone out to meet him and size him up, he had tried to explain why the lawn mower was burning oil. She pretended to listen, but, like every pretty girl of fifteen, she was interested only in the fact that Paul had muscles, thick dark hair, and wasn't half-bad-looking. He seemed nice, and clever, though even then there was a kind of denseness to him, a heavy earnestness she could see by watching his eyes. That first day he had explained how a lawn mower worked and she didn't hear a word. From that point, things had never changed.

She played another page of notes and thought about quitting the bank and moving to New Orleans, breaking loose from all those silver cords of relatives and friends, the gumbos of the aunts, the homemade sausage of the uncles. As long as she stayed in Tiger Island, she would be a little girl in their minds, and Paul would think of her as what? The good dancer? The prettiest girl in town? The hardest hitter when she was angry? She stopped playing and wondered what went on in his mind. What had he been thinking when he'd asked her to marry him?

She turned to another sheet of music and stared at the title: "Firefly Dancing with a Moonbeam>" he pressed the soft pedal and began to play.

--Tim Gautreaux, The Next Step in the Dance (Picador, 1999)

share this fb tw


ARTS on Facebook

Okra Picks


Great southern books, fresh off the vine! Picked for you with care by Southern Indie Booksellers

Coming Up for AirComing Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry
St. Martin's Press, August 2011

"On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives..."

Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband - between her reality and the woman she wants to be - she doesn't quite seem to fit into her own life.

But everything changes after her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie's world turns upside down when she sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at her mother's funeral and learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death. He wants answers to questions that Ellie's not sure she can face, until, in the painful midst of going through her mother's things, she discovers a hidden diary - and a window onto stories buried long ago.

As Ellie and Hutch start speaking for the first time in years, Ellie's closed heart slowly begins to open. Fighting their feelings, they set out together to dig into Lillian's history. Using both the diary and a trip to the Summer House, a mysterious and seductive bayside home, they gamble that they can work together and not fall in love again. But in piecing together a decades-old unrequited-love story, they just might uncover the secrets in their own hearts...

SEE MORE OKRA PICKS HERE

share this fb tw


Great Bookstores


An Indie Bookstore you should know

Turning PagesLitchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC

Litchfield Landing, Unit G, Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585

-just a few doors down from Bi-Lo Grocery!

Featuring an in-house calligrapher and the Litchfield Post Office, Litchfield is especially famous for its extensive author events schedule.

Our store offers a special selection of books on regional interests, new and noteworthy fiction, Children’s Books, Biographies & Memoirs, History and Politics, -something for everyone!

We also have a wide variety of greeting cards, wedding invitations, stationery, calendars, puzzles, games, and more!

Why shop at Litchfield?

To Support the Local Economy
– For every $10.00 you spend here, $4.50 stays in this community. When you spend $10.00 at a chain store, only $1.30 stays in this area. (Our owners and all of our employees live here, we bank locally and we buy many of our supplies from local businesses). When you spend $10.00 on-line, nothing stays local.

To Support the Environment
– Shipments that arrive at Litchfield Books including special orders–average 24 books per box. When you order one or two books at a time from amazon, your orders use 6 times more packaging than books purchased from us. And because all of that extra packaging takes up three times as much space, when you order from amazon you are tripling the number of trucks required to bring books to our area from warehouses hundreds of miles away, compared to buying books from us.

To Support Community
– Litchfield Books contributes to the cultural life of our community by creating a space for authors– from around the country and from around the world–to meet with their readers.
– We contribute to dozens of local schools and community organizations.
– The taxes our business pays support everything from parks to police to fixing potholes. On-line businesses do nothing to support our community.

To Support Diversity
– You wouldn’t want your house to look the same as everyone else’s. So why would you want your community to look that way, with nothing but the same chain stores you can find anywhere and everywhere? Independent, locally owned businesses add character to a community.

facebook | events | staff picks

share this fb tw



STARS Authors on Tour

STARSWhat are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

Elizabeth O. DulembaFeatured: Linda Lovely
from Seneca, SC

Website | Blog

Linda Lovely is president of the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime and a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the South Carolina Writers Workshop. Her manuscripts have made the finals in 15 contests, including RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier competitions and mystery contests such as Deadly Ink, Murder in the Grove and Malice Domestic. Her stories dish up a main course of suspense, action and adventure with a generous side of romance. Her debut novel, DEAR KILLER, is set on a fictional Sea Island in the amazing South Carolina Lowcountry, known for its Gullah roots, historic plantations and fabulous resorts. NO WAKE ZONE, the second book in the mystery series, will be released by the publisher in second quarter of 2012. A native of Iowa, Linda has called the South home for more than thirty years. She lives with her husband beside a peaceful South Carolina lake, where she regularly perturbs the geese and one honking big turtle by jumping off her dock for a swim or pedaling (yes, pedaling not paddling) her kayak.

Dear KillerBook: Dear Killer

Who is killing residents of a sea island community? Marley Clark, a retired military intelligence officer, works security for the Dear Island community simply to keep busy. A single night patrol transforms the feisty widow's yawner of a job into a deadly battle of wits when she finds an islander drowned and bobbing naked amid a potpourri of veggies in a Jacuzzi. Asked to serve as the lead investigator's liaison, the 52-year-old heroine is startled to discover she's become Deputy Braden Mann's target as well-for romance. Yet their steamy attraction doesn't deter the pair from sorting through a viper's nest of suspects as the body count grows and the pun-loving killer plans a grizzly epitaph for Marley.

share this fb tw

More STARS Authors:
see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Brasstown, NC 12/2/2011-12/4/2011

Mark Hainds
Birmingham, AL 12/3/2011-12/6/2011
Appalachicola, FL 12/17/2011-12/19/2011

Linda Lovely
Greenville, SC 12/17/2011-12/17/2011

Nancy Naigle
Emporia, VA 12/5/2011-12/8/2011

Signe Pike
Atlanta, GA 12/2/2011-12/5/2011
Columbia, SC 12/8/2011-12/9/2011