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{Some songs are best learned on the front porch}

In which Flannery O'Connor tells a story, Ms. Sheila Kay Adams insists that songs are best learned on the front porch, HBO signs on Mr. William Faulkner, and Mama writes her memoirs.

November 27, 2011

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
 Zero Day  Nightwoods  Rules of Civility  The Best of Me  Kill Alex Cross

 Lions of the West  No Higher Honor  A Secret Kept  Crooked Letter Crooked Letter  The Strangers on Montagu Street  The Great Gatsby  Water for Elephants  World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012 The Best of the Rejection Collection  Ender's Game  
Christmas Mourning
 U is for Undertow 
Elf on the Shelf
 The Night Before Christmas Llama Llama Holiday Drama
 Grandpa Green

Llama Llama red Pajama 

Author Readings

Calvin Ramsey, author of Belle, the Last Mule at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (December 8 2011)

starsSusan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking For Salvation at the Dairy Queen at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (December 8 2011)

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

David Shea, author of When Soldiers Cried at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (December 8 2011)

Lisa Unger, author of DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (December 8 2011)

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

Christopher Schaberg, author of Checking In / Checking Out at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (December 8 2011)

Josephine Sacabo, author of Las Estrellas at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (December 9 2011)

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

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

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

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

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

Mona Ketner, author of My Journey to Bethlehem at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (12/10/11)

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

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

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

Chef John Besh, author of MY FAMILY TABLE at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (December 10 2011)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

starsRiver Jordan, author of Praying For Strangers at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (December 10 2011)

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

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

Matthew White, author of The Great Big Book of Horrible Things at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (December 12 2011)

Thomas Mann, author of METAL ARTIST'S WORKBENCH: De-Mystifying the Jewele at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (December 13 2011)

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

Charles Shields, author of And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life at Horton's Books & Gifts in Carrollton, GA  (12/14/2011)

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

Jean Cassels, author of THE CAJUN NUTCRACKER at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (December 14 2011)

Linda Greene Dean, author of Wally Rooster's Calling at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 17 2011)

Laura S Wharton, author of Leaving Lukens at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 17 2011)

Errol Barron, author of NEW ORLEANS OBSERVED: Drawings and Observations of at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (December 17 2011)

Layton Green, author of The Summoner at The Book Worm Bookstore in Powder Springs, GA  (December 17 2011)

Elizabeth Engelhardt, author of A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Foo at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (12/17/2011)

starsShirley Twiss, author of Joy in the Morning at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (December 17 2011)

Kathleen Delaney, author of Murder Half Baked at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (December 17 2011)

starsShirley Twiss, author of Joy in the Morning at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (December 17 2011)

Wally White, author of Christmas Travelers at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (December 20 2011)

Scott Nicholson, author of Monster Ink at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (December 21 2011)

Ben Campbell, author of Richmond's Unhealed History at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (December 21 2011)

Allyson Lewis, author of 7 Minute Solution at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (December 28 2011)

Authors Round the South

Dearest readers,

No doubt, by this time you have finished all your holiday shopping, wrapped your gifts and sent them off to various and sundry nieces, nephews and grandchildren so that they might sit under the family tree looking both beautiful and tempting for the next two weeks.

Holiday CatalogNo? Well, neither has her ladyship, who once again and despite her very best intentions and efforts, is still buying last minute presents for her family. And it does not matter in the least that she will send all of her young nephews books, as she does every year. Her ladyship still must needs to wander the stores, browse through the shelves, and look for that perfect title just written with one of her boys in mind.

But she always finds one.

And if she finds herself in need of assistance or inspiration, then she consults one of the gift catalogs put out by her favorite local indie bookshop. Because where it is picture books or history, biography or cooking, fiction or funny stuff, there is always the perfect book for each and every person on her list.

Ho, ho, ho and happy, happy reading! 

her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending Sunday, November 27, 2011

Columbia, SC -December 7, 2011 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, November 27, 2011. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and

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

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
2. Explosive Eighteen
Janet Evanovich, Bantam, $28, 9780345527714
3. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
4. V Is for Vengeance
Sue Grafton, Marian Wood Books/Putnam, $27.95, 9780399157868
5. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
6. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
7. 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307593313
8. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
9. Micro
Michael Crichton, Richard Preston, Harper, $28.99, 9780060873028
10. Zero Day
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446573016
11. Nightwoods
Charles Frazier, Random House, $26, 9781400067091
12. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
13. The Best of Me
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446547659
14. Kill Alex Cross
James Patterson, Little Brown, $28.99, 9780316198738
15. Out of Oz
Gregory Maguire, Morrow, $26.99, 9780060548940

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
2. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
3. Back to Work
Bill Clinton, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307959751
4. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
5. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
6. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $25.95, 9780393081817
7. The Time of Our Lives
Tom Brokaw, Random House, $26, 9781400064588
8. Jack Kennedy
Chris Matthews, S&S, $27.50, 9781451635089
9. Blue Nights
Joan Didion, Knopf, $25, 9780307267672
10. Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd, Blue Rider, $14.95, 9780399158568
okra11. Lions of the West
Robert Morgan, Shannon Ravenel, $29.95, 9781565126268

12. Then Again
Diane Keaton, Random House, $26, 9781400068784
13. No Higher Honor
Condoleezza Rice, Crown, $35, 9780307587862
14. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
15. The Swerve
Stephen Greenblatt, Norton, $26.95, 9780393064476

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
2. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
3. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307949493
5. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
6. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
8. A Secret Kept
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312553494
9. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
David Sedaris, Ian Falconer (Illus.), Back Bay, $13.99, 9780316038409
10. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671

11. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
12. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
stars13. The Strangers on Montagu Street
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451235268

14. The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $14, 9780743273565
15. Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616200701

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
2. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
3. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
4. At Home
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767919395
5. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
6. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $12.99, 9781600571480
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
8. Awkward Family Pet Photos
Mike Bender, Doug Chernack, Three Rivers, $15, 9780307888129
9. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
10. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
11. I Remember Nothing
Nora Ephron, Vintage, $14, 9780307742803
12. The Best of the Rejection Collection
Matthew Diffee, Workman, $13.95, 9780761165781
13. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
14. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
15. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012
Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 9781571985446

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
3. The Reversal
Michael Connelly, Vision, $9.99, 9780446556750
4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
6. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
8. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
stars9. Christmas Mourning
Margaret Maron, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446555791

10. U Is for Undertow
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425238110

Children's Illustrated

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. If You Give a Dog a Donut
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $16.99, 9780060266837
3. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Eric Carle, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399257131
4. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book
Rufus Butler Seder (Illus.), Workman, $14.95, 9780761163732
5. The Elf on the Shelf
Carol Abersoldt, Coe Steinwart (Illus.), CCA and B, $20, 9780976990703
6. The Night Before Christmas
Clement C. Moore, Corinne Malvern (Illus.), Golden, $3.99, 9780375863592
7. I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655983
8. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670011612
9. Grandpa Green
Lane Smith, Roaring Brook, $16.99, 9781596436077
10. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670059836

Children's Interest

1. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
2. Every Thing On It
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $19.99, 9780061998164
3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
4. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
5. Darth Paper Strikes Back
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419700279
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
7. Wildwood
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $17.99, 9780062024688
8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
9. The Future of Us
Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler, Razorbill, $18.99, 9781595144911
10. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810984257

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
2. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $27.99, 9780375856112
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
5. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
6. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
8. Eragon (Inheritance Cycle, Book 1)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $10.99, 9780375826696
9. The Forgotten Warrior (Warriors: Omen of the Stars #5)
Erin Hunter, Harper, $16.99, 9780061555220
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810970687


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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).

A Good Man is Hard to Find"This is a recording from 1959 of Flannery O’Connor herself reading A Good Man is Hard to Find at Vanderbilt University. Probably one of the coolest things in the world right now."
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

""When you learned them the way that I did, you had to spend the time with them," Adams says. "There was no other way around it, and that meant more to me — and means more to me now — than the song itself. Anybody can learn a song, but to sit with Inez Chandler for three hours on her front porch, buddy, was an experience.""My Old True Love
From Knee-To-Knee To CD: The Evolution Of Oral Tradition In Mountain Ballads

"In 1976, The Education of Little Tree was published as the autobiography of a little known southern author, Forest Carter. Carter's earlier novel, Josey Wales, had been turned into a successful film by actor Clint Eastwood. Little Tree was the story of Carter's childhood as an Indian boy who grew up on a reservation. He was orphaned, then taken away from his grandparents and raised by missionary types. He got through it, though, and got through it well. But the Education of Little Tree wasn’t what it seemed. It wasn’t even an autobiography, but a work of fiction. And Forest Carter wasn’t the author’s real name. The book was, in fact, the work of a notorious Alabama Klan leader."The Education of Little Tree
Reconstructing Asa Carter

"“To a large extent, a writer cannot help the material of his fiction. That is, he cannot help where and when he happened to be born. That is, … he has to live somewhere and somehow and with others, and survive through some history or other if he is here to write at all. But it is not to escape his life but more to pin it down that he writes fiction.”
Southern Writers Onstage 2012

"These letters are so beautiful, so smart, so funny, and so full of love. They’ll make you wish that email had never been invented."
Ann Patchett's favorite books

"I am motivated in everything I write by the glimmer somewhere in my mind of a good story that wants to be told. I will never live long enough to write all that petition for a hearing – which is strange because until I was about 40 I had not a single idea for a good novel, and no idea how to write it if I did."
Interview: Robert Lamb

"Bookstores beckon to me like irresistible magnets. I can’t help but browse through the stacks of indies like Malaprop’s downtown or Accent on Books, but I’m not a snob."
Asheville independent bookstore weathers the worst

"Before he published his newest fantasy, Charlotte's A.J. Hartley sought the opinion of one critic in particular: His son. As 9-year-old Sebastian read "Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact" (Razorbill; $16.99), his dad watched his reactions closely to see what passages made him laugh, which parts he found scary. Hartley, a UNC Charlotte Shakespeare professor, is the successful author of several adult thrillers and fantasies. This new novel is his first for middle-grade readers, so Sebastian provided a valuable target audience. He gave his dad's novel two thumbs up"
Charlotte author goes through the looking glass

"I was at the clock-repair shop when a friend called with the news that Marion had slipped away—Marion Montgomery, the great Southern critic and teacher. I was dropping off my grandfather’s broken watch when the call came. I was standing at the counter, holding a run-down timepiece, when my friend told me. And the clocks on the wall ticked, and ticked, and tocked."
Marion Montgomery, 1925-2011

"“Occupy” protesters who arrived at a Fairhope bookstore to protest an appearance by Glenn Beck ended their demonstration early after one of them had an apparent seizure."
Seizure ends Beck signing protest

"The Southern writer Eudora Welty captured the myth of the bottle tree in a short story entitled “Livvie”: “She knew that there could be a spell put in trees, and she was familiar from the time she was born with the way bottle trees kept evil spirits from coming into the house — by luring them inside the colored bottles, where they cannot get out again.”"
Bottle trees

"Olympia Little Theatre’s Christmas production is based on the childhood memories of Truman Capote, but don’t expect to see a lead actor with Capote’s signature white suit, Panama hat and distinctive high voice. “What is called for in the play is not to impersonate Truman Capote,” said Terence Artz, who’s playing the role of the adult Capote in “Holiday Memories,” a play focused on young Capote’s relationship with his beloved and eccentric Aunt Sook."
Olympia Little Theatre adapts two Capote tales

"Milch’s quasi-Shakespearean speeches from Deadwood are not unlike Faulkner’s use of dialogue in novels like The Sound and the Fury."
HBO signs David Milch and his new partner, William Faulkner

"Cy King, perhaps Raleigh's most famous liberal activist and anti-war demonstrator, was there, not to speak against war, exactly. What many of Cy's conservative critics don't know is that he was in one of the most grim fights of the war, the Battle of the Bulge. It was that experience, he said, "that made me a peacenik."
Our president and our heroes

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

Mama Makes Up Her MindMama's Memoirs

For years we've been trying to get Mama to write her memoirs. She actually started once. She was writing them on old envelopes with a blue ballpoint pen. But she would make her grocery list on the other side of the envelope, and she kept leaving her memoirs at the checkout counter of Piggly Wiggly.

We bought Mama an electric typewriter, but the persistent hum made her nervous. "I can't stop and think with that humming." she said, glaring at the machine. "I feel like it's saying, 'Type, you old fool!'" Then my sister tried to train Mama to use a word processor. But she kept mashing the wrong buttons, and she ended up with three pages of dollar marks in her early childhood and a nine everywhere there should have been a space. And her account of the birth of her younger sister, Eleanor, turned out with every letter that should have been a capital, small, and every letter that should have been small, capital--which, she said. gave a false sense of importance to the event.

"What I really need," she said, "is that old Underwood upright typewriter that used to sit under the sink." But my niece, Lucy, had taken that typewriter to college in Atlanta and had abandoned it when she got her first computer. So Mama had a good excuse not to write her memoirs.
--Bailey White, Mama Makes Up Her Mind (Da Capo Press, 2009)

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Okra Picks

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

You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat GirlYou Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl: Observations on Life from the Shallow End of the Pool by Celia Rivenbark

St. Martins Press, August 2011

" A: I'm 5-3 and I weigh 142 pounds. I have an enormous (rear end). People look at my photo and think, "She's not a big girl," but I am. I have the original pear shape. " --Celia Rivenbark

From the bestselling, award-winning author of "You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning" comes another collection of hilarious observations that are sure to resonate with women, mothers, and girlfriends everywhere.

Celia Rivenbark is the author of the award-winning bestsellers Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank; Bless Your Heart, Tramp; Belle Weather; and You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning. We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier won a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor. Born and raised in Duplin County, North Carolina, Rivenbark grew up in a small house “with a red barn out back that was populated by a couple of dozen lanky and unvaccinated cats.” She started out writing for her hometown paper. She writes a weekly, nationally syndicated humor column for the Myrtle Beach Sun News. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.



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Great Bookstores

An Indie Bookstore you should know

Flyleaf BooksFlyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
(Historic Airport Rd) Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to Foster's Market, Kitchen & Flying Burrito
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am-9 pm, Sun. 10-5
Phone: (919) 942-7373
Email: info (at)

Flyleaf Books is a full-service, community-oriented independent bookstore. We are locally-owned by three long-time Chapel Hillians (Jamie Fiocco, Land Arnold & Sarah Carr) and aim to play to our strengths: our love and knowledge of books, our commitment to providing stellar customer service, and our experience in the book trade.

Flyleaf Books is mostly new books, but we do feature select used books and a few rare titles. We also carry a selection of cards, jewelry, gifts and book-related products, mostly created by local artisans. We have a large childrens' and young adult section as well.

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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.

Margaret MaronFeatured: Margaret Maron
from Raleigh, NC

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Margaret Maron is the author of twenty-six novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity), her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America.
A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family's century farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, the setting for Bootlegger's Daughter, which is numbered among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2004, she received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year. In 2008, she was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature. (The North Carolina Award is the state’s highest civilian honor.)

Christmas MourningBook: Christmas Mourning

It's Christmas in rural North Carolina's Colleton County and Judge Deborah Knott is looking forward to a family celebration when a tragedy clouds the holiday season. A beautiful young cheerleader dies in a car crash and the community is devastated by her death. Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant soon learns that her death was not a simple accident, and more lives may be lost unless he and Deborah can discover why she died.

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More STARS Authors:
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Mark Hainds
Appalachicola, FL 12/17/2011-12/19/2011

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

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

Signe Pike
Columbia, SC 12/8/2011-12/9/2011

Dana Smith
Asheville, NC 12/10/2011
Seaside, AL 12/17/2011