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In which we are happy Mr. George Givens decided to turn an old gas station into a bookstore, Mrs. E.C. Wagner is severely shocked, a man considers the literary tradition of a blood sport over breakfast at the Waffle House, a bookstore owner enjoys the seething chemical reactions in the brains of book lovers, and her ladyship insists that there is much more to the Girl Scouts than Thin Mint Cookies.

February 26, 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!
The Orphan Masters Son

Rules of Civility

Raylan

The Healing

Elizabeth the Queen

The World of Downton Abbey

Ameritopia

Jesus Calling

One Thousand Gifts

The House at Tynford

The Great Gatsby

Swamplandia!

Sarah's Key

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Story of Beautiful Girl

The Vow

At Home

The Devil in the White City

An Altar in the World

Citizens of London

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Duke Sucks

1984

Catcher in the Rye

Little Blue Truck

Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes

Bad Kitty for President

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Wonder


Author Readings


Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (March 8 2012)

Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt, author of Finding Thalhimers at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 8 2012)

April Moon, author of Breakfast and Beyond: Comfort Food from Dawn to Da at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 8 2012)

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 8 2012)

Bill Lavender, author of Memory Wing at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (March 8 2012)

Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (March 8 2012)

Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 8 2012)

Tony Daniel, author of Guardian of Night at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 8 2012)

Randy Wayne White, author of Chasing Midnight at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 8 2012)

Dan Wells, author of Partials at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 9 2012)

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

STARSokraRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 9 2012)

Jody Rathgeb, author of Fish Eye Lens at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 9 2012)

Stephanie Powell Watts, author of We Are Taking Only What We Need at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 9 2012)

Linda Star Wolf, author of VISIONARY SHAMANISM at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 9 2012)

Kim Green, author of Hallucination at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 9 2012)

Rick Bragg, author of Out of the Dirt at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 9 2012)

Toni Cameron, author of Travel Check at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/10/2012)

Dennys Matos, author of Paisajes: metaforas de nuestro tiempo at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 10 2012)

Stephanie Powell Watts, author of We Are Taking Only What We Need at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 10 2012)

Sheila Smart, author of Unbridled at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 10 2012)

Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (March 10 2012)

Toni Cameron, author of Travel Check at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/10/2012)

Mandy Goff, author of Engaging the Earl at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 10 2012)

Kathy Kaemmerlen, author of The Buzz On Honeybees at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 10 2012)

Dr. PETER O. KNIGHT KNIGHT, author of The Heart at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 11 2012)

Audra Martin D'Aroma, author of The Glaveston Chronicles at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 11 2012)

Barbara Hemphill, author of Organizing Paper at Home: What to Toss and How to at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 11 2012)

Randy Wayne White, author of Chasing Midnight at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 12 2012)

okraJonathan Odell, author of The Healing at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 12 2012)

M.J. Rose, author of The Book of Lost Fragrances at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 12 2012)

Phil Boyle, author of Preserving the Public in Public Schools at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 12 2012)

Kath Bartlett, author of Chinese Medicine for Spring at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 13 2012)

Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 13 2012)

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

Michael McFee, author of That Was Oasis at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 13 2012)

Chip Cooper, author of Old Havana: Spirit of the Living City at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/13/2012)

Allan Topol, author of China Gambit at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 14 2012)

Cynthia Barnett, author of Blue Revolution at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 14 2012)

okraJonathan Odell, author of The Healing at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/14/2012)

Kevin Henkes, author of Penny and Her Song at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 14 2012)

Alex George, author of The Good American at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (March 14 2012)

Robert Kanigel, author of On An Irish Island at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (March 14 2012)

Ginny Calloway, author of A FRIEND IN GRIEF: SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 14 2012)

Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 14 2012)

Melissa Conroy, author of [Grandma is an Author] Grandma is an Author at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (March 14 2012)

Joe Liles, author of Trail Magic at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 15 2012)

STARSErika Marks, author of Little Gale Gumbo at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 15 2012)

Theda Skocpol, author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conse at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 15 2012)

okraJonathan Odell, author of The Healing at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 15 2012)

Erik Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 15 2012)

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 15 2012)

Juliet Caruana Eaves, author of Malta Meets America at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (March 15 2012)

okraTim Owens, author of The Search Committee at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 15 2012)

Kyle Ross, author of Taserized: A Neighborhood Walk Ends in Police Brut at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 15 2012)

Les Standiford, author of Bringing Adam Home at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 15 2012)

Sheri Ridley Smith, author of Princess Priscilla at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (March 16 2012)

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

Augustus Napier, author of The Fragile Bond at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 16 2012)

Hicks Stone, author of Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Leg at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 16 2012)

Jojo Capece, author of All Roads Lead to Rome at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 16 2012)

Barbara Wright, author of Crow at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (March 16 2012)

Jim Ducibella, author of King of Clubs at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 16 2012)

Ally Carter, author of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 17 2012)

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

Katy Ridnouer, author of Hillwalking at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 17 2012)

Cheris Hodges, author of Recipe for Desire at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 17 2012)

Melodie Rakes, author of Woman of Fairville at Givens Books in Lynchburg, VA  (March 17 2012)

Julie Williams, author of A Rare Titanic Family at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 18 2012)

Vicky Kaseorg, author of God Drives a Tow Truck at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 18 2012)

STARSJohn Malik, author of Doughnuts for Amy at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 19 2012)

Michael Downs, author of The Greatest Show: Stories at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (March 19 2012)

Joshus Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 20 2012)

Stacia Brown, author of Accidents of Providence at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 20 2012)

Lyndall Gordon, author of Lives Like Loaded Guns at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 20 2012)

Pam Fitzpatrick, author of NICARAGUA: SURVIVING THE LEGACY OF U.S. POLICY at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 20 2012)

Richard Jaffe, author of Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/21/2012)

Hillary Jordan, author of When She Woke at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 21 2012)

Danny Dreyer, author of Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortles at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 22 2012)

Chef Jacques Van Staden Van Staden, author of Excite the Senses at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 22 2012)

David Klein, author of If 6 Was 9 at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 22 2012)

George Daughan, author of 1812: THE NAVY'S WAR at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 22 2012)

Michael Hopping, author of Mactiernan's Bottle at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (03/23/12)

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)

Anne Lamott, author of Some Assembly Required at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 23 2012)

Pamela Redmond, author of The Possibility of You at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 23 2012)

Frances Mayes, author of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 23 2012)

Sharon Foster Jones, author of Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (March 24 2012)

Howard Loring, author of Piercing the Elastic Limit at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 24 2012)

C. A. Robbins, author of Harriet and the Cottage Kids at Muse Book Shop in Deland, FL  (03/24/2012)

Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 24 2012)

Jan McCanless, author of Wyatt Earp, GAP Pickles & Thoughts on Home at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 24 2012)

Paul Winick, author of Cancer Dreams at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 24 2012)

Bill C. Malone, author of Music From the True Vine: Mike Seeger’s Life & Mus at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 24 2012)

Toshiba Austin Smith, author of I'm Not Your Friend Mommy at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/24/2012)

Judith Toy, author of Murder as a Call to Love at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 25 2012)

Stephen Dau, author of The Book of Jonas at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 26 2012)

okraJessica Maria Tuccelli, author of Glow at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 26 2012)

okraMichel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 26 2012)

J.A. Jance, author of Left for Dead at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 26 2012)

Yangzom Brauen, author of Across Many Mountains at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (March 27 2012)

Lisa McCourt, author of Juicy Joy at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 27 2012)

Bart Ehrman, author of Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesu at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 27 2012)

Pamela Redmond, author of The Possibility of You at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (March 27 2012)

Terry Cline, author of Return of Edgar Cayce at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 27 2012)

okraJessica Maria Tuccelli, author of Glow at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 28 2012)

Jen Marlowe, author of The Hour of Sunlight at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 28 2012)

Joyce Allen, author of Those Who Hold the Threads at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 28 2012)

Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks Into a Bar at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 28 2012)

Sam Dixon & Anne Edwards, author of Stayin Put at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/29/2012)

Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 29 2012)

Johah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 29 2012)

STARSMelinda Rainey Thompson, author of I've Had It Up To Here With Teenagers at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/29/2012)

Milenko Milanovic, author of Slow Dying: The Bosnian War Prison Camp at Visoko at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 29 2012)

Anne-Marie O'Connor, author of The Lady in Gold at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 30 2012)

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

STARSokraRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 30 2012)

Delilah Dawson, author of Wicked As They Come at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 30 2012)

Arthur Brooks, author of Adventures of Caterwaul the Cat: Feline Pie at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 31 2012)

Terry Jones-Brady & Peggy Sijswerda, author of A Mosaic Heart & Still Life with Sierra at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/31/2012)

Chaplain Steve Butler, author of We Do Remember You at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 31 2012)

Amber Dermont, author of The Starboard Sea at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (March 31 2012)

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, author of The Acid Reflux Solution at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 31 2012)

Winston Groom, author of Shiloh, 1862 at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/02/2012)

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (04/03/2012)

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

Peter Golden, author of Comeback Love at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (April 4 2012)

Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (April 4 2012)

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

Cheryl & Griffith Day, author of Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/05/2012)

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

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

Ron Rash, author of The Cove at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/10/2012)

Winston Groom, author of Shiloh, 1862 at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 11 2012)

Robert A. Pastor, author of The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 12 2012)

Paul & Angela Knipple, author of The World in a Skillet at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/12/2012)

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)

Charles Martin, author of Thunder and Rain at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 13 2012)

Mark K. Updegrove, author of Indomitable Will at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 17 2012)

Wendy Reed, author of Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/18/2012)

Homer Hickam, author of Crater (Helium - 3) Novel at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/20/2012)

James Higdon, author of The Cornbread Mafia at Lincolns Loft Bookstore in Hodgenville, KY  (04/20/2012)

okraTaylor M. Polites, author of The Rebel Wife at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 20 2012)

Jo Humphries, author of Palmetto Portrait Project at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 27 2012)

Tennant McWilliams, author of Chaplain's Conflict: Good and Evil in a War Hospit at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/27/2012)

Imran Ahmad, author of The Perfect Gentleman at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (May 2 2012)

Jim Harrison, author of The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (May 4 2012)

Biran Latell, author of Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (May 4 2012)


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Dearest readers,

If you live in the vicinity of Mobile, Alabama, her ladyship would like to bring to your attention a special exhibit opening on March 12th at the History Museum in Mobile: Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting. The date was chosen to coincide with the very first Girl Scout Troop meeting, led by founder Juliette "Daisy" Gordon, in her own hometown of Savannah, GA.

Juliette Gordon LoweAh, the Girl Scouts. No doubt to most the term is synonymous with Thin Mint cookies, but her ladyship has nothing but very fond memories of her own time in the green uniform and sash. The Girl Scouts ran the summer camp where her ladyship learned to ride a horse (both English and Western, but she far preferred the latter) and tie a multitude of knots which she then promptly forgot. She also learned how to cook a meal in a soup can over a campfire, a talent that has since proved useful now that her ladyship lives in hurricane country, where the power is inclined to go out for extended periods in the summer months.  

JuniorAnd while she was never very energetic in the pursuit of earning badges, her ladyship will also always be eternally grateful to her very energetic troop leader in her Blacksburg, Virginia troop, who decided--she must have been mad--that the troop's special badge would be for spelunking. And this young woman took it upon herself to outfit a dozen little girls with helmets, ropes and head lamps, and take them deep into the caves in the area, where her ladyship saw her first stalactites and stalagmites, glowing in the electric light of a battery lamp--a truly amazing sight for a little girl. It is a wonder that troop leader didn't get sued, but those were simpler times.

Her ladyship lost track of the fate of that wonderful troop leader, but has no doubt that wherever she is, she is doing very great and inspiring things. Her ladyship always buys extra boxes of cookies in her honor.

Happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 26, 2012

Columbia, SC -March 7, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, February 26, 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. Kill Shot
Vince Flynn, Atria, $27.99, 9781416595205
2. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
3. The House I Loved
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312593308
4. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
5. The Wolf Gift
Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307595119
6. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Little Brown, $25.99, 9780316126694
7. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
Nathan Englander, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307958709
8. 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307593313
9. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
10. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $26, 9780812992793
11. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
12. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
13. Raylan
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062119469
okra14. The Healing
Jonathan Odell, Nan A. Talese, $26, 9780385534673

15. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
2. Bringing Up Bébé
Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594203336
3. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
4. Coming Apart
Charles Murray, Crown Forum, $27, 9780307453426
5. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
6. Once Upon a Secret
Mimi Alford, Random House, $25, 9781400069101
7. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
8. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
10. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
11. Elizabeth the Queen
Sally Bedell Smith, Random House, $30, 9781400067893
12. The World of Downton Abbey
Jessica Fellowes, St. Martin's, $29.99, 9781250006349
13. Ameritopia
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $26.99, 9781439173244
14. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
15. One Thousand Gifts
Ann Voskamp, Zondervan, $16.99, 9780310321910

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454560
4. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
5. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
7. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
8. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
9. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
10. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
11. Dreams of Joy
Lisa See, Random House, $15, 9780812980547
12. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
13. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307949493
14. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553
15. The Story of Beautiful Girl
Rachel Simon, Grand Central, $12, 9780446574457

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
2. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
3. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
4. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
5. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
7. Blood, Bones & Butter
Gabrielle Hamilton, Random House, $16, 9780812980882
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. The Social Animal
David Brooks, Random House, $16, 9780812979374
10. The Vow
Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, B&H Publishing, $14.99, 9781433675799
11. At Home
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767919395
12. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
13. An Altar in the World
Barbara Brown Taylor, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780061370472
14. What to Expect When You're Expecting
Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel, Workman, $14.95, 9780761148579
15. Duke Sucks
Reed Tucker, Andy Bagwell, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250004635

Mass Market

1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307742537
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
3. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
6. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
9. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
10. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901

Children's Illustrated

1. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
4. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800165
5. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
6. Press Here
Herve Tullet, Chronicle, $15.99, 9780811879545
7. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288
8. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241
9. Bad Kitty for President
Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook, $13.99, 9781596436695
10. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670059836

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. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
4. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
5. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
7. Wildwood
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $17.99, 9780062024688
8. The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
Emily Seife, Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545457828
9. The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion
Kate Egan, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780545422901
10. Every Thing On It
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $19.99, 9780061998164

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
5. The Name of This Book Is Secret (The Secret Series)
Pseudonymous Bosch, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316113694
6. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $27.99, 9780375856112
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
8. Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House, #43)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375856518
9. Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth (Fancy Nancy I Can Read Series)
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $3.99, 9780062083029
10. Pinkalicious:The Princess of Pink Slumber Party (Pinkalicious I Can Read!)
Victoria Kann, Victoria Kann (Illus.), Harper, $3.99, 9780061989629

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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).

“A journey through time with restored Girl Scout photos, vintage sashes, patches and newspaper clippings as well as mannequins dressed in traditional Girl Scout uniforms” Girl Scouts

"'Get made and they’ll beat the shit out of you,' the retired FBI agent working with us told me over coffee and grits earlier at a nearby Waffle House earlier that morning." Cockfighting: Blood Sport or Literary History?

When the Finch Rises\When the Finch Rises tells the story of two 12-year-old boys Raybert Williams and Palmer Conroy coming in age in the late 1960s against the background of the civil rights movement. Riggs' hometown of Lexington, NC, inspired the North Carolina mill town of Ellenton that serves as the setting for the book. Duluth Reads When the Finch Rises

"You can almost see this chemical reaction going on in their brain," he said about the passionate bookstore browsers. Indie booksellers abound

"I really don't want someone to take it over with such a heavy debt load that they can't enjoy it," The Price of That Bookstore in Blytheville

All Over But the Shoutin'“Out of the Dirt,” a documentary on Bragg’s Alabama roots, takes you on the journey from his dirt-poor childhood in Calhoun County through his days as a New York Times reporter to becoming the best-selling author of All Over But the Shoutin’. Rick Bragg honored in Fairhope event

“I grew up, I think as many southerners do, I grew up at the knee of some of the best storytellers on the planet,” he said. “My people are from the foothills of the Appalachians, in north Alabama and north Georgia. Those people just know how to tell a story." Jambalaya conference inspires, unites writers

Jim Crow and MeThe Alabama Book Festival is coming up next month and for the first time it will feature the Student Readers Group, aimed at getting more teens and young adults to the festival. High school and college stu­dents are invited to read the same pre-selected book -- this year's title is Jim Crow and Me by Solomon Seay Jr. -- and discuss it at the festival with the book's author. Annual Alabama Book Festival starts student readers group

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

DixieThe government is a giant octopus

A.J. Leibling once said, "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one." In Summit, Mary Cain founded the local newspaper, the Summit Sun, and exercised her First Amendment rights energetically, championing every far-flung, right-wing screed from the evils of federal aid to education to the injustices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

She lived a block from our house, and her newspaper office was around th next corner, on Robb Street, in a building the Sun shared with a garage operated by her husband, John Cain, a mechanic. He was a meek man who seemed uninterested in worldly events, but his wife was a fiery personality, a stoning, shouting, ass-kicking woman whose editorials had the kick of a double-barrel shotgun.

"The Federal government," she wrote, "is like a giant octopus with its eight arms reaching into the private lives of the people and threatening their liberties and their welfare." Or: "Purge the present welfare department rolls, repudiate further Federal aid and make sure that only absolutely destitute people are aided by the Public Welfare Department."

"The rest of the Sun's pages were more subdues. Local news stories had a wry quality, such as the time Mrs. E.C. Wagner "was severely shocked but otherwise unhurt when her car's front end was clipped off as with giant shears by the onrushing City of New Orleans."

--Curtis Wilkie, Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through the Events That Shaped the Modern South (Scribner, 2001)

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Read This!: Bookseller Staff Picks


Praying for StrangersLori at Quarter Moon is calling River Jordan's Praying for Strangers "at the top of my favorites list!" on her facebook page.

From Inkwood Books "Unchained Choices for March" newsletter:

The African Safari PapersThe African Safari Papers by Robert Sedlack – “Richard Clark is a twenty-something, sex-crazed drug addict on safari in Kenya with his depressed and psychologically unstable parents. In this recipe for disaster, we apprehensively watch as the Clark family travels through the wilds of Africa, the dangers of which just barely outweigh those of the family’s own inner turmoil. Told with a wry, sardonic humor, this book is at once intensely disturbing and darkly funny. Here you find weirdness, humor, tragedy--and even a little bit of inspiration.“ Amanda.

Animal MasqueradeAnimal Masquerade written and illustrated by Maianne Dubuc - “When the animals decide to have a masquerade party we discover no limits to their imaginations: the lion goes as an elephant, the elephant dresses as a parrot and you will never guess what the armadillo choose for his disguise. Duduc has great fun and throws in a few surprises as well. Children will love guessing what each animal will be, and grown-ups will be smiling as well. A charmer for ages 3-6.” Leslie

Carry the OneCarry the One by Carol Anshaw – “Told over a span twenty-five years, Carry the One begins with the accidental killing of a young girl after an unconventional farmyard wedding. Carmen, the bride, her brother and sister and those in the car that hit the girl, are each changed forever by the death. The following decades, and the accompanying marriages, divorces, broken hearts, and lost souls, are described beautifully. Anshaw's characters (their flaws and their strengths) are utterly believable, and the writing doesn't have a single false note: effortlessly graceful, wise and assured.” Leslie

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth - "In the ravaged city of Chicago, far into our future, a perfect society has emerged. To keep peace and order, its inhabitants are divided into five factions according to their strengths, and each faction serves its purpose to the greater good. Coming up on her sixteenth birthday, Beatrice Prior must decide whether or not she will remain with the faction she was born into, or if she will choose her own path. As Beatrice learns the truth about herself, and the dangers she poses to her ‘perfect’ society, she must ultimately decide where her loyalties and strengths truly reside. Akin to the Hunger Games trilogy, Divergent is a fast-paced and captivating story." Amanda.

The Flame AlphabetThe Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus – “In Marcus’ darkly imagined tale, speech and language have mutated into a toxic weapon, wielded by children, who alone possess immunity to its debilitating power. An epidemic of disastrous proportions overcomes first the Jewish community then the rest of the world, and people are forced to choose between keeping their families intact or fleeing from their now-poisonous children. Fascinating and insanely well-written, this is a great commentary on society, communication, and the frighteningly tenuous bonds of family in a crisis.“ Amanda.

Green Card StoriesGreen Card Stories by Saundra Amrhein – “A team including immigration lawyers and scholars spent years bringing together numerous recent U.S. immigrants – all now permanent residents or citizens – to find the perfect 50 for the essays in this gorgeous and inspiring book. The result is a wide range of stories, each unique in terms of where they came from, where they settled, and what they have individually contributed, but all sharing the commonality of sacrifice, hope, spirit and rich addition to the American fabric. Everyone, in every family, can find something to relate to and much to be grateful for in this handsome and important book.“ Carla.

The Lost WifeThe Lost Wife by Alyson Richman – “This beautiful love story begins at the end, with two elderly people reconnecting by chance, and realizing that they were a part of each other’s past that they thought they lost long ago. The novel then segues to the beginning, when Lenka and Josef fall in love as young Jews in Prague. They are ripped apart at the violent outset to World War Two, Lenka sent to the Nazi ghetto Terezin, and Josef managing to escape persecution and emigrate to America. This story broke my heart but sent it soaring at the same time – touching on love, loss, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the strength and resilience these two survivors were able to cultivate.” Avery.

The Old RomanticThe Old Romantic by Louise Dean – “Nick, a self-made country gentleman living with Astrid, a spa owner and her adolescent daughter, has long tried to bury his very working class past. He proves enormously unsuccessful at the task when his father, Ken (who brings a whole new dimension to the phrase old coot), reappears in his life, insisting that the family reunite in what he is convinced is to be his last year. For some reason American families are rarely as hilarious in their dysfunction as the British (could it just be the accents?), and Dean has a seldom matched ability to populate her novel with fully drawn characters she both loves, and sees with painful clarity. Dean shows how we seek to create, and recreate, our lives, separate and distance ourselves from our embarrassing roots, yet ultimately draw both strength and comfort from them. Dark, startlingly funny, and true to the bone, The Old Romantic is a valentine of a story.” Leslie.

PandemoniumPandemonium by Lauren Oliver – “The second book in the Delirium trilogy, Oliver does not disappoint. Lena has escaped into the Wilds, but finds life there is not what she expected. Grieving the loss of her love, Alex, she is struggling to adjust and survive. This book is told in alternating chapters between 'now' and 'then'. The 'now' chapters are her struggles to adjust in the wild, and 'then' is the work that she is doing to help the Resistance. I raced through this book and am eagerly anticipating the final chapter in Lena’s story!” Avery

These Dreams of YouThese Dreams of You by Steve Erickson – “So imaginative it’s almost indescribable, this grabbed me from the first page as exactly what I want in a novel. It begins with a faded and broke white L.A. novelist whose wife’s obsession with finding the mother of their adopted Ethiopian daughter sends the whole family across three continents, but then branches too far to explain here. It’s a great story - with a diverse multicultural cast, travel to intriguing locales and moving back and forth in time, with suspense and even dreams. It’s also great writing - informed by cultural touchstones without snobbery, acknowledging current events and their impact realistically, presenting real modern dilemmas without pat answers - all in luminous but crisp prose. It sounds too complicated to work, but trust me, you won’t be able to put it down“ Carla.

Vaclav & LenaVaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner - “Vaclav and Lena meet as children in an ESL class, and the precocious and verbal Vaclav takes in the struggling Lena who finds comfort in both his adoration as well as the security of his family. When Lena disappears without explanation, Vaclav spends the next seven years thinking of her, wishing her a good night each night before he falls asleep. On the eve of her 17th birthday Vaclav discovers what has happened, and the romance and charm of this childhood immigrant story will move the reader ” Leslie

WonderWonder by R.J.Palacio - “This is an amazing debut novel for middle reader and young adult audiences. Auggie Pullman is about to enter 5th grade, but what makes this an unusual challenge is Auggie has been home-schooled his whole life because of severe facial deformations that have required frequent surgery. Now his parents feel Auggie is ready for the world, but is the world ready for Auggie? There isn’t a false note in this important book about love, friendship, integrity and hope. I made both my husband and my teenager read this book, and, yes, they laughed and they cried. Auggie is a wonder. I have been changed.” Leslie.

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Okra Picks


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

The Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
Viking, March 2012

GlowA breathtaking Georgia-mountain epic about the complex bond of mothers and daughters across a century.

In the autumn of 1941, Amelia J. McGee, a young woman of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish descent, and an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP, hastily sends her daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia in the middle of the night-a desperate action that is met with dire consequences when the child encounters two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road. Ella awakens to find herself in the homestead of Willie Mae Cotton, a wise hoodoo practitioner and former slave, and her partner, Mary-Mary Freeborn, tucked deep in the Takatoka forest. As Ella begins to heal, the legacies of her lineage are revealed.
Glow transports us from Washington, D.C., on the brink of World War II to 1836 and into the mountain coves of Hopewell County, Georgia, full of ghosts both real and imagined. Illuminating the tragedy of human frailty, the power of friendship and hope, and the fiercest of all human bonds-mother love-this stunning debut will appeal to readers of both Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees and Amy Greene's Bloodroot.

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Great Bookstores


An Indie Bookstore you should know

Givens Books
Givens Books & Little Dickens
in Lynchburg, VA

2236 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
434.385.5027

Givens Books Inside

Lynchburg's largest and oldest independent bookstore and the area's finest toy and teacher supply store. A family-run businesss, Givens has been owned and operated by the Givens family since 1976. The bookstore and toy store merged in 1999, when they moved to their present 16,000 square foot facility. Givens carries new and used books, toys, educational supplies, and has a full-service cafe.

Givens Books 1979

George Givens was a frustrated teacher, and his wide Sylvia was a game-for-anything wife and mother when they first opened the store as "Boonshire Books" in an old gas station. (After clearing away the cobwebs and covering up the old oil stains with remnant carpeting). Since those early days the store has grown along with the Givens family, and it remains a family operation to this day.

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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.

Julie CantrellFeatured Author:
Julie Cantrell

travels from Oxford, MS

Request Julie for your book club or group!

A speech-language pathologist and literacy advocate, Julie Cantrell was the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review Into the Freeand currently teachesEnglish as a second language to elementary students. She has been a freelance writer for ten years and has published two children’s books. Julie and her family live in Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm. Julie served as contributing editor to MOMSense magazine and wrote content for Mothers of Preschoolers, Intl. for nearly a decade. Additionally, she has contributed to more than a dozen books. Her first novel, Into the Free, hits shelves 02.01.2012.

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

Kala Ambrose
Cary, NC 3/17/2012-3/17/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller
Jekyll Island, GA 3/16/2012-3/16/2012
Walterboro, SC 4/27/2012-4/28/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012-6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012-11/11/2012

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

Emily Cooper
Spartanburg, SC 4/13/2012-4/14/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore
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
Pensacola, FL 3/10/2012-3/10/2012
Hattiesburg, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Montgomery, AL 4/20/2012-4/21/2012
Starkeville, MS 5/15/2012-5/17/2012
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy
Oxford, MS 3/22/2012-3/22/2012
Hattiesburg, MS 4/11/2012-4/13/2012
Oxford, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Natchez, MS 4/19/2012-4/19/2012
Tupelo, MS 4/21/2012-4/21/2012
Grenada, MS 4/28/2012-4/28/2012
Greenwood, MS 5/5/2012-5/5/2012
Jackson, MS 5/11/2012-5/12/2012
Birmingham, AL 5/18/2012-5/18/2012
Athens, GA 5/19/2012-5/19/2012
Waynesville, NC 6/5/2012-6/5/2012
Hendersonville, NC 6/6/2012-6/6/2012
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Hardy Sylva, NC 6/24/2012-6/24/2012

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

George Leibowitz
The Villages, FL 4/2/2012-4/7/2012

John Malik
Chapel Hill, NC 5/4/2012-5/7/2012

Nancy Naigle
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012-8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012-9/9/2012

Robin OBryant
Nashville, TN 3/21/2012-3/22/2012

Tracy A. Spaine
Holly Springs, NC 4/10/2012-4/10/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 5/5/2012-5/7/2012

Lori Verni-Fogarsi
Bracey, VA 5/1/2012-9/1/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 7/21/2012-7/22/2012

Millie West
Charleston, SC 3/11/2012-3/11/2012

Tamra Wilson
Asheville, NC 5/17/2012-5/17/2012

Renea Winchester
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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