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{Joshilyn Jackson has imaginary friends}

In which Mr. William Faulkner can't spell, a girl demonstrates the high art of climbing a barbed wire fence, Fountain Bookstore admits they do not sell choir robes, unripe peaches make excellent projectile weapons, and Ms. Joshilyn Jackson has imaginary friends.

January 29, 2012

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!
 A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

The Litigators

The Rope

The Odds

Roger Williams and the Creation of  the American Soul

The Psychology of the Wealthy

Through My Eyes

The Peach Keeper

The Lake of Dreams

A Reliable Wife

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012

4 Essentials

Tiny Houses

Zeitoun


Zagat Miami


Slaughterhouse Five

The Enders Game

Minding Frankie

The Sentry

A Ball for Daisy

Fancy Nancy

Llama Llama Red Pajama

If You Give a Dog a Donut

Monkey See Moneky Draw

Looking at Lincoln

Divergent


Author Readings


James Maxey, author of Greatshadow: Book One of the Dragon at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 10 2012)

Sharon Ewell Foster, author of The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part Two: The Test at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 10 2012)

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of "Render Unto the Valley" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/10/2012)

Alex George, author of A Good American at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (02/10/2012)

Scott Poole, author of Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/10/2012)

Lelund Ferguson, author of God's Fields: Landscape, Religion and Race in Mora at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (02/11/2012)

Judith Toy, author of Murder as a Call to Love at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (February 11 2012)

Don Van Natta, author of Wonder Girl at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 11 2012)

Okra Pick!Taylor Polites, author of The Rebel Wife at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (February 11 2012)

Maurie McInnis, author of Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (02/11/2012)

Kerby & Mary Neill, author of Binding Their Wounds: America's Assault on its Vet at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/11/2012)

Garret Freymann-Weyr, author of French Ducks in Venice at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/11/2012)

Beth Revis, author of A Million Suns, and Fracture at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/11/2012)

Sonya Jones, author of Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's Little Bakery tha at Horton's Books & Gifts in Carrollton, GA  (2/11/2012)

Susan Surman, author of Dancing at all the Weddings at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (February 11 2012)

Sharon Ewell Foster, author of The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part Two: The Test at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 12 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/12/2012)

Patricia Schultz, author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 13 2012)

Stephanie McAfee, author of Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (February 13 2012)

Jacqueline Ogburn, author of Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the Worl at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 13 2012)

Annie Baker, author of Circle Mirror Transformation at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/13/2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 13 2012)

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (February 13 2012)

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (February 14 2012)

L.A. Weatherly, author of Angel Fire at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (February 14 2012)

Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 14 2012)

Stephanie McAfee, author of Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (February 14 2012)

Naomi Benaron, author of Running The Rift at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 15 2012)

Dan Furst, author of Surfing Aquarius: How to Ace the Wave of Change at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/15/2012)

Kristin Hannah, author of Home Front at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 15 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 15 2012)

Sydney Nathans, author of To Free a Family at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 15 2012)

Deborah Kalb, author of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presiden at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 16 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 16 2012)

Naomi Benaron, author of Running the Rift at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 16 2012)

STARSMindy Friddle, author of Secret Keepers at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (February 16 2012)

Danny Kofke, author of A Simple Book or Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/16/2012)

STARSNicole Seitz, author of "Beyond Molasses Creek" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/17/2012)

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sister at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 17 2012)

STARSMarjory Wentworth, author of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/17/2012)

STARSValerie Nieman, author of Blood Clay at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (February 17 2012)

Daniel Ladinsky , author of A Year with Hafiz, and I Have Fallen in Love with at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/18/2012)

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (February 18 2012)

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 18 2012)

Sydney Nathans, author of To Free A Family: The Journey of Mary Walker at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (02/18/2012)

Oscar Nash, author of Next Time at Muse Book Shop in Deland, FL  (02/18/2012)

Jack Gardner, author of Uptown at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 19 2012)

Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 20 2012)

Ruth Vander Zee, author of Woman Meets Jesus at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 21 2012)

Alan Huffman, author of We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Si at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (February 21 2012)

Wayne Pacelle, author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to De at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 22 2012)

Jean-Vincent Blanchard, author of Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of Franc at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 22 2012)

Paula Broadwell, author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 22 2012)

Okra Pick!Taylor M. Polites, author of The Rebel Wife at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (February 23 2012)

Tom Spector, author of Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 23 2012)

Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/23/2012)

Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 23 2012)

Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 23 2012)

Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 23 2012)

SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, author of GREEN CARD STORIES at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (February 23 2012)

C.B. Cole, author of Winter at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (February 24 2012)

Lisa See, author of Dreams of Joy at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 24 2012)

Lisa See, author of Dreams of Joy at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 24 2012)

LIsa Alther, author of Washed in the Blood at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/24/2012)

William Gonzalez, author of Recuerdos intimos de Cuba at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 24 2012)

Margaret Baroody, author of "The Unexpected Visitor" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/24/2012)

Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker's Daughter at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 24 2012)

Alex Flinn, author of Bewitching at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 25 2012)

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House To Our House - Great for Owners at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 25 2012)

Robert Savage, author of Rendering Unto Caesar at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 25 2012)

Christopher Arbor, author of Static to Signal at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/25/2012)

Nathalie Dupree, author of Southern Biscuits at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (February 25 2012)

Kyle Harper, author of Moving Beyond Mind at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 26 2012)

Karen Kemper, author of If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Access at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/26/2012)

Kim Harrison, author of A Perfect Blood at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 26 2012)

Kathy Hester, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 26 2012)

Rabbi Solomon Schiff Schiff, author of Under the Yarmulke at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 27 2012)

Claudette Hawit, author of Exclusive Recipes from Claudette’s Kitchen at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 28 2012)

Peggielene Bartels, author of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Desti at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (February 28 2012)

Dr. Cristina Bulacio, author of Letra Urbana at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 28 2012)

Leila Cobo, author of The Second Time We Met at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 29 2012)

Vickie Torrey, author of Joy Bringers at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 1 2012)

Sara Arnold and Steve Hoffius, author of "The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Ch at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/02/2012)

Gordon Ball, author of East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 2 2012)

Les Standiford, author of Bringing Adam Home at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 2 2012)

Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 2 2012)

Alexandra Styron, author of Reading My Father at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (March 7 2012)

John Lane, author of "My Paddle to the Sea" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/09/2012)

Okra Pick!Rose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 9 2012)

Diane Ott Whealy, author of Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (03/13/2012)

Stephanie McAfee, author of "Diary of a Mad Fat Girl" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/16/2012)

Jodi Picoult, author of Lone Wolf at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 17 2012)

Crescent Dragonwagon, author of Bean by Bean: A Cookbook at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (March 23 2012)

Bill Noel, author of "Ghost:: A Folly Beach Mystery" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/23/2012)

STARSKirk Neely, author of "Banjos, Barbecue and Boiled Peanuts" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/30/2012)

Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 3 2012)

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at Literary Book Post in Salisbury, NC  (April 5 2012)

Brad Crowther, author of "The Ninth Man" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (04/06/2012)

Okra Pick!Rose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Literary Book Post in Salisbury, NC  (April 7 2012)

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (April 13 2012)

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (April 13 2012)


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Dearest readers,

What was your favorite southern book of last year? Is it on this list? There is still time to nominate books for the SIBA Book Award. Nominations close on Valentine's Day, so don't you want to show your love now? 

Nominated books must have been published in 2011, and must be by a southern author, or have a southern setting (preferably both) and you must also say which southern indie bookstore you shop at. So be forewarned--if you list a chain store, or an online store like Amazon, then your nomination is disqualified. Besides, the odds are one of these great bookstores is near enough to you to visit. When was the last time you did?

Click here to nominate your favorite southern book of last year, and...

Happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 29, 2012

Columbia, SC -February 9, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, January 29, 2012. 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. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
2. Believing the Lie
Elizabeth George, Dutton, $28.95, 9780525952589
3. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
4. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
5. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
okra6. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Joshilyn Jackson, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446582353

7. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $26, 9780812992793
8. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
9. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
10. Taken
Robert Crais, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158278
11. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
12. The Rope
Nevada Barr, Minotaur, $25.99, 9780312614577
13. The Odds
Stewart O'Nan, Viking, $25.95, 9780670023165
14. Raylan
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062119469
15. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
2. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
3. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
4. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
5. Elizabeth the Queen
Sally Bedell Smith, Random House, $30, 9781400067893
6. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
7. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
8. Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul
John M. Barry, Viking, $35, 9780670023059
9. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
10. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
11. Ameritopia
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $26.99, 9781439173244
12. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $30, 9780374275631
13. The Psychology of Wealthy
Charles Richards, McGraw-Hill, $26, 9780071789295
14. Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow, Harper, $26.99, 9780062007285
15. Arguably
Christopher Hitchens, Twelve, $30, 9781455502776

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
3. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
4. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
5. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
6. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307949493
8. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
9. The Peach Keeper
Sarah Addison Allen, Bantam, $15, 9780553385601
10. The Lake of Dreams
Kim Edwards, Penguin, $16, 9780143120360
11. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
12. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John le Carré, Penguin, $16, 9780143120933
13. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
14. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
15. A Reliable Wife
Robert Goolrick, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781565129771

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
2. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
4. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
5. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $12.99, 9781600571480
6. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
7. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, et al., Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
10. Blood, Bones & Butter
Gabrielle Hamilton, Random House, $16, 9780812980882
11. The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking
Cliff Michaels, Greenleaf, $19.95, 9780615450551
12. Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter
Lloyd Kahn, Shelter, $24.95, 9780936070520
13. Zeitoun
Dave Eggers, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307387943
14. Zagat Miami/So. Florida Restaurants 2012
Zagat, $15.95, 9781604784114
15. Just Kids
Patti Smith, Ecco, $16, 9780060936228

Mass Market

1. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
6. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
7. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition
Merriam-Webster, $7.50, 9780877799290
8. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
9. Minding Frankie
Maeve Binchy, Anchor, $7.99, 9780307475497
10. The Sentry
Robert Crais, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425245729

Children's Illustrated

1. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka, Schwartz & Wade, $16.99, 9780375858611
4. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts
Victoria Kann, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780061989230
5. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
6. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
7. Llama Llama Nighty-Night
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $5.99, 9780670013272
8. Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), HarperFestival, $4.99, 9780061235962
9. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670059836
10. If You Give a Dog a Donut
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $16.99, 9780060266837

Children's Interest


1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. War Horse
Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545403351
4. Monkey See, Monkey Draw
Alex Beard, Abrams, $16.95, 9780810989702
5. Looking at Lincoln
Maira Kalman, Nancy Paulsen Books, $17.99, 9780399240393
6. The Future of Us
Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler, Razorbill, $18.99, 9781595144911
7. Dead End in Norvelt
Jack Gantos, FSG, $15.99, 9780374379933
8. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
9. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024022
10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
5. Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House #47)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868252
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439136365
7. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
8. The Name of This Book Is Secret (The Secret Series)
Pseudonymous Bosch, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316113694
9. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
10. Ivy and Bean
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098

 

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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).

The Stand" Unless you’ve been sleeping under a copy of “The Stand” lately, you’ve heard the news: Stephen King is coming to town as part of the 5th annual Savannah Book Festival. But you may not have heard about the host of other outstanding authors festival organizers are bringing to the Hostess City starting Feb. 15." Free events at the Savannah Book Festival

"Faulkner wasn’t a truly terrible speller, but if you take a look at his original manuscripts there are some definite errors the iconic Southern author wouldn’t have wanted to see in print." William Faulkner couldn't spell

" “Murph, your backpack weighs a ton!” Sarge said as he hoisted my pack over the trunk of a large fallen tree. “What have you got in here? Books?” He was joking — but he was right."  Losing ourselves in books

" Enter Gregory Peck, one of the most popular leading men of his day. When he said he was ready to sign on as Atticus Finch, the movie got made." On To Kill a Mockingbird, the 50th anniversary edition

" Climbing a barbed wire fence in your church dress is high art.  At least that’s what my Momma says as I perform my latest feat of barefoot daring." Peacocking on Barbed Wire

The Jefferson Key" Four United States presidents have been assassinated-in 1865, 1881, 1901 and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans?" Authors at the Amelia Island Book Festival

" The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has signed on for a three-year contract as title sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival" AJC renews support for DBF

" I feel like “salvaging the bones” is what people do here, not only after big catastrophes but constantly and with the smaller tragedies in their lives." Interview with Jesmyn Ward

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty"It's really cool to meet people who have met my imaginary friends" Tall tales from three southern authors

" I did not like the ending" One opinion of the sequels to Gone With the Wind
" I get asked at least 5 times a year if we sell choir robes. What’s up with that?!?" Fountain Bookstore Rocks

" [The plays are] so much about family and community in the way that I know from growing up in the south” One City, One Author, One Reynolds Price

" Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who recently played leading roles in the to-be-released David O. Russell movie, “The Silver Linings Playbook,” will team together again in “Serena,” which is set for release in 2014. The location of the filming has not been announced." Serena on the Silver Screen

" In our four years, we have taken great pleasure in our relationships with old friends and new and hope to continue that in other ways. We appreciate the support so many have given us." Blue Elephant Book Shop to close

" Of course, being a preacher’s granddaughter and the daughter of a Sunday-school superintendent has trained me well. I grew up going to visitations and funerals. And I listened to my dad read the obituary page every evening with such flair you would have thought he was reading from a novel."  The Comfort of Chicken

Their Eyes Were Watching God"'Their Eyes' beautifully captures the essence, language, life and stories of Black people and celebrates them. Creating a radio drama of this poetic and powerful text is a huge undertaking and I believe that we are in the process of creating an experience not soon to be forgotten." Their Eyes Were Watching God adapted for the stage

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Bastard Out of CarolinaIn August the revival tent went up about half a mile from Aunt Ruth's house on the other side of White Horse Road. Some evenings while Travis and Ruth sat and talked quietly, I would walk up there on my own to site outside and listen. The preacher was a shouter. He'd rave and threaten, and it didn't seem he was ever going to get to the invocation. I sat in the dark, trying not to think about anything, especially not about Daddy Glen or Mama or how much of an exile I was beginning to feel. I kept thinking I saw my uncle Earle in the men who stood near the highway sharing a bottle in a paper sack, black-headed men with blasted, rough-hewn faces. Was it hatred or sorrow that made them look like that? their necks so stiff and their eyes so cold?

Did I look like that?

Would I look like that when I grew up?

I remembered Aunt Alma putting her big hands over my ears and turning my face to catch the light, saying, "Just as well you smart; you ain't never gonna be a beauty."

--Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina, 20th Anniversary Edition (Plume, 2012)

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Okra Picks


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

The Healing by Jonathan Odell
Doubleday, February 2012

The HealingThe pre-Civil War South comes brilliantly to life in this masterfully written novel about a mysterious and charismatic healer readers won't soon forget
Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a "slave disease." Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife's disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer. But Polly's sharp tongue and troubling predictions cause unrest across the plantation. Complicating matters further, Polly recognizes "the gift" in Granada, the mistress's pet, and a domestic battle of wills ensues.

Seventy-five years later, Granada, now known as Gran Gran, is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care. Together they learn the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul.

Rich in mood and atmosphere, "The Healing" is the kind of novel readers can't put down--and can't wait to recommend once they've finished.

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Great Bookstores


An Indie Bookstore you should know

The Muse Bookshop in Deland, FL

Muse Book Shop The Muse Book Shop was founded in 1980, in Historic Downtown DeLand. In 1985, Downtown DeLand became the first MainStreet City in Florida.
The Muse today is a new and antiquarian book shop, featuring bestsellers, new releases, new paperbacks, along with antiquarian books dating back to the 1700′s. They also offer area topographical maps. The Muse showcases local, regional and national authors.

Gone With a Handsomer ManReading: Gone with a Handsomer Man

Gone With a Handsomer Man is filled with fun, food, some “not to be tried at home recipes”, and a number of quirky Southern characters.

Tiny Templeton is engaged to Real Estate Tycoon Bing Jackson and it seems she has finally got her life on track.  But, the cancellation of her Thursday cake decoration class changes all that.  She arrives back at the house to find her fiance playing badminton in the back yard with a couple of tall gorgeous girls.  That wouldn’t have been a problem, but they were all in their birthday suits.  When she is discovered she scrambles up the peach tree.  Not quite ripe peaches, it appears, are great projectiles, and her fiance has her arrested and charged with assault.  She calls the only attorney she knows in town, her childhood sweetheart Coop O’Malley.  She is released from jail and told not to leave town, but when her fiance turns up dead all fingers point toward her.

Fans of Janet Evanovich, Lee Smith and Patti Callahan Henry will enjoy Michael Lee West’s new novel.  Her previous works include “Crazy Ladies”, “Mad Girls in Love”,  “American Pie”, and “She Flew the Coop”, as well as a food memoir.  Put your feet up, grab a piece of cake, and get ready for a fun read.
--Janet Bollum

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Author 2 Author: River Jordan talks to Dr. Steven Haymon


River Jordan talks to Dr. Steven Haymon, Ed. D.
Stress: Climbing out of the Pits with God

Dr. Steven HaymonA few weeks ago I was invited by SIBA to interview Dr. Haymon. It was necessarily the kind of thing I do. To be honest, Dr. Haymon’s book isn't the kind of book I read frequently. After all it’s about stress and I’m too stressed out to take time read something like that. And it’s about God and while I may delve into the history of the Christian Mystics and St. Francis, the prayer writings of E.M. Bounds, or the wonderful spiritual writings of yes, Flannery O’Conner that doesn’t mean I read every book that comes along that has God in the title. Get it? Ok, this is me – being real. But if Wanda and Nicki have a reason that they feel an interview of someone is worthy of time, then I know it is. Somehow. So I set out to discover a little bit about this Dr. Haymon.

Dr. Haymon is an extremely, busy man with a very packed schedule. In addition to having a full client load he is busy writing, traveling and speaking. So my people (that would be me) had to get with his people (who would be staff) to get hooked up for a conversation. Then we did and the rest as they say is history.

Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with GodWe spoke for over an hour. He is infectious and I mean that in the highest way possible. Even a short conversation with Dr. Haymon makes a person believe again – in themselves, in lost dreams, in possibilities. That there is a special place for hope and that healing from even the deepest, darkest issues is a Godsend. Dr. Haymon has a wondrous listening ear, an infectious laugh, and an electrifying joy of life that is tangible even through the distance of hundreds of miles over a phone line.

I invite you to get to know Dr. Steven Haymon a little better from the following questions and answers regarding his book. If you are indeed in need of counseling and are seeking someone who is inspired yet non-judgmental, I would recommend you find a way to connect with Dr. Haymon on a personal level. And if you get the opportunity to meet him in person in your city circle the date and time on your calendar and make it happen. Because we all need to warm a little in the light of those who are walking through life full of fire and God’s blessing.

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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.

Gigi AmateauFeatured Author:
Gigi Amateau from Richmond, VA

igi Amateau was born October 20, 1964 in northeastern Mississippi and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, just outside of Richmond. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Urban Studies and Planning, she has worked for nearly 20 years in Richmond's non-profit community.

A Certain Strain of PeculiarShe is the author of the young adult novel, A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a 2010 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year. She also wrote Chancey of the Maury River, a William Allen White Masters List title for grades 3-5. Her debut novel, Claiming Georgia Tate, was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Come August, Come Freedom, a work of historical fiction for young adults, will be released from Candlewick Press in September 2012.

Gigi lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and daughter. She loves reading about John Adams, riding horses in the mountains, gardening with native plants, and watching birds.
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More STARS Authors:
see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Kala Ambrose
Raleigh, NC 2/25/2012-2/26/2012
Cary, NC 3/17/2012-3/17/2012

Daleen Berry
Savannah, GA 2/14/2012-2/16/2012
Charlotte, NC 2/13/2012-2/14/2012
Charlottesville, VA 2/10/2012-2/12/2012
Winter Haven, FL 2/17/2012-2/24/2012

Nancy Cohen
Bonita Springs, FL 3/22/2012-3/22/2012
Estero, FL 3/24/2012-3/24/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore
Dickson, TN 2/11/2012-2/11/2012
Charlottesville, VA 3/21/2012-3/24/2012
Little Rock, AR 4/12/2012-4/14/2012
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012-6/17/2012
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012-8/22/2012

Mark Hainds
Jacksonville, FL 2/17/2012-2/19/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 2/19/2012-2/21/2012
St. Simons Island, GA 2/18/2012-2/18/2012

Jessica James
Amelia Island, FL 2/16/2012-2/21/2012

Alma Katsu
Nashville, TN 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Asheville, NC 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Raleigh, NC 4/22/2012-4/23/2012
Virginia Beach, VA 5/4/2012-5/5/2012

Nancy Naigle
Newport News, VA 2/5/2012-2/5/2012
Suffolk, VA 2/28/2012-2/28/2012
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012-8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012-9/9/2012

Tracy A. Spaine
Wilmington, NC 2/10/2012-3/2/2012
Raleigh, NC 2/18/2012-2/18/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 5/5/2012-5/7/2012

Renea Winchester
Roswell, GA 2/23/2012-2/23/2012
Marietta, GA 2/26/2012-2/26/2012
Sandy Plains, GA 3/14/2012-3/14/2012
Alpharetta, GA 3/21/2012-3/21/2012
Lawrenceville, GA 3/15/2012-3/15/2012
Sylva, NC 3/27/2012-3/27/2012


Lady Banks' Bookshelf


 

Monsters in America Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting by W. Scott Poole

"Poole's connection of the monster to American history is a kind of Creature Features meets American cultural history. Here we not only meet such monsters but also discover America's cultural monstrosity."--John W. Morehead, editor, www.TheoFantastique.com

Salem witches, frontier wilderness beasts, freak show oddities, alien invasions, Freddie Krueger. From our colonial past to the present, the monster in all its various forms has been a staple of American culture. A masterful survey of our grim and often disturbing past, Monsters in America uniquely brings together history and culture studies to expose the dark obsessions that have helped create our national identity.Monsters are not just fears of the individual psyche, historian Scott Poole explains, but are concoctions of the public imagination, reactions to cultural influences, social change, and historical events. Conflicting anxieties about race, class, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs, science, and politics manifest as haunting beings among the populace. From Victorian-era mad scientists to modern-day serial killers, new monsters appear as American society evolves, paralleling fluctuating challenges to the cultural status quo. Consulting newspaper accounts, archival materials, personal papers, comic books, films, and oral histories, Poole adroitly illustrates how the creation of the monstrous "other" not only reflects society's fears but shapes actual historical behavior and becomes a cultural reminder of inhuman acts.

Baylor University Press | 9781602583146 | October 2011 |$29.95


Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with God Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with God by Steven Haymon

Stress is a condition most people know little about until its dramatic effects take charge of their lives. It can manifest itself in simple inappropriate behaviors towards ourselves or one another or reach the more intense impact through mood disorders, addictions and physical illnesses. Using sound Biblical teachings, this valuable resource examines stress, its impact on you and your relationships and then delivers answers to understanding, coping and living the healthy life God intends. The well organized chapters allow the reader to learn: How people react to stress and the many faces it wears How addictions intensify our reaction to stress How spirituality can combat the effects of stress How anger, unforgiveness and sin can contribute to stress How God?'s love helps reduce stress How to use God?'s gifts on the journey to overcoming the multiple levels of stressWith scriptural index, additional resources, and life changing directions for individuals, pastors, counselors, therapists and others who work in the helping professions, this reference book is a valuable source of answers to the daily struggles that create stress and the coping skills to live a healthier life. Strong endorsements from Christian counselors and pastors.

Greater Insight Publishing | 9780979933110 | September 2011 | $16.99


1000 Places to See Before You Die 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

"...it tells you what's beautiful, what's fun, and what's just unforgettable--everywhere on earth." --Newsweek

The world's bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 New York Times bestseller, 1,000 Places reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. And now the best is better. There are 600 full-color photographs. Over 200 entirely new entries, including visits to 28 countries like Lebanon, Croatia, Estonia, and Nicaragua, that were not in the original edition. There is an emphasis on experiences: an entry covers not just Positano or Ravello, but the full 30-mile stretch along the Amalfi Coast.

Every entry from the original edition has been readdressed, rewritten, and made fuller, with more suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. And throughout, the book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz, but also moderately priced gems that don't compromise on atmosphere or charm.

The world is calling. Time to answer.

Workman Publishing | 9780761156864 | November 2011 | $19.95


Mile Marker Zero Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West by William McKeen 

"Mile Marker Zero is a wonderful zinger of a book. Never before have the literary traditions of the Conch Republic been mined for such gold nugget anecdotes. McKeen has once again proven why he is perhaps the most lucid and imaginative professor of journalism history in modern-day America. Every page sings a story worth a  Jimmy Buffett song." --Douglas Brinkley

True tales of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in America's southernmost city. 

For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the twenties. For others, later, there was Greenwich Village, Big Sur, and Woodstock. But for an even later generation--one defined by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Tom McGuane, and Hunter S. Thompson--there was another moveable feast: KeyWest, Florida. 

The small town on the two-by-four-mile island has long been an artistic haven, a wild refuge for people of all persuasions, and the inspirational home for a league of great American writers. Some of the artists went there to be literary he-men. Some went to re-create themselves. Others just went to disappear--and succeeded. No matter what inspired the trip, Key West in the seventies was the right place at the right time, where and when an astonishing collection of artists wove a web of creative inspiration. 
Mile Marker Zero tells the story of how these writers and artists found their identities in Key West and maintained their friendships over the decades, despite oceans of booze and boatloads of pot, through serial marriages and sexual escapades, in that dangerous paradise. 

Unlike the "Lost Generation" of Paris in the twenties, we have a generation that invented, reinvented, and found itself at the unending cocktail party at the end--and the beginning--of America's highway.

Crown Publishing Group | 9780307592002 | October 2011 | $25.00


A New Turn in the South A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson

When Hugh Acheson, a chef from Ottawa, settled in Georgia, who knew that he would woo his adopted home state and they would embrace him as one of their own? 

In 2000, following French culinary training on both coasts, Hugh opened Five and Ten in Athens, a college town known for R.E.M., and the restaurant became a spotlight for his exciting interpretation of traditional Southern fare. Five and Ten became a favorite local haunt as well as a destination--Food & Wine named Hugh a "Best New Chef" and at seventy miles away, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution named Five and Ten the best restaurant in Atlanta. Then came the five consecutive James Beard nominations. 

Now, after opening two more restaurants and a wine shop, Hugh is ready to share 120 recipes of his eclectic, bold, and sophisticated flavors, inspired by fresh ingredients. In A New Turn in the South, you'll find libations, seasonal vegetables that take a prominent role, salads and soups, his prized sides, and fish and meats--all of which turn Southern food on its head every step of the way. Hugh's recipes include: Oysters on the Half Shell with Cane Vinegar and Chopped Mint Sauce, shucked and left in their bottom shells; Chanterelles on Toast with Mushrooms that soak up the flavor of rosemary, thyme, and lemon; Braised and Crisped Pork Belly with Citrus Salad--succulent and inexpensive, but lavish; Yellow Grits with Sauteed Shiitakes, Fried Eggs, and Salsa Rossa--a stunning versatile condiment; Fried Chicken with Stewed Pickled Green Tomatoes--his daughters' favorite dish; and Lemon Chess Pies with Blackberry Compote--his go-to classic Southern pie with seasonal accompaniment. 

With surprising photography full of Hugh's personality, and pages layered with his own quirky writing and sketches, he invites you into his community and his innovative world of food--to add new favorites to your repertoire.

Clarkson N. Potter Publishers | 9780307719553 | October 2011 | $35.00

 

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