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Of Oprah and happy things: Southern Indie Bestsellers

In which Tom Dooley is (possibly) exonerated Thomas Muller contemplates "the whole Southern novel thing" and man worries that Oprahs are taking over the world.

August 15, 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!

Iron House

Burnt Mountain

Summer Rental

Night Train

One  Summer

A Good Hard Look


Through My Eyes

Jesus Calling

The Triple Agent

Safe Haven

Crooked Letter

The Beach Trees

How to Read Literature Like a Professor


Eating Animals

Into the Wild

Fahrenheit 451

Pete the Cat

Oh the Places You'll Go

Dog Heaven

First Day Jitters

Shark Wars

Along for the Ride


Because of the Winn Dixie


Author Readings

STARSPatti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up For Air at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL (August 16 2011)

J.M. Redman, author of Water Mark at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA (August 16 2011)

Celia Rivenbark, author of You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start In The at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (August 16 2011)

Jehanne Gheith, author of Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarcerati at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC (August 17 2011)

Tom Piazza, author of Devil Sent the Rain at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA (August 17 2011)

STARSPatti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up for Air at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL (08/17/2011)

Philip R. Ratcliffe, author of MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: His Life, His Times, His Bl at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA (August 18 2011)

Bob Saar, author of In Memory of David's Buick at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR (August 18 2011)

STARSPatti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up For Air at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA (August 18 2011)

Ryan Blair, author of NOTHING TO LOSE, EVERYTHING TO GAIN: HOW I WENT FR at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (August 18 2011)

Shohaku Okumura, author of Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen?s Shobogenzo at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC (August 18 2011)

Kim Wright, author of Love in Mid Air at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC (08/19/2011)

Miles Gardner, author of Murder and Mayhem in Old Kershaw at Burry Bookstore in Hartsville, SC (08/19/2011)

John Woestendiek, author of Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC (8/19/2011)

Clyde Edgerton , author of The Night Train at Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC (August 19 2011)

Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC (August 19 2011)

Bobbie Ann Mason, author of The Girl in the Blue Beret at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC (August 19 2011)

Maurita Corcoran, author of A House Interrupted: A Wife's Story of Recovering at Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, SC (August 19 2011)

STARSMarjorie Hudson, author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC (August 20 2011)

Amy Lewis Faircloth, author of Wicked Good at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC (August 20 2011)

Janet McCanless, author of Back to Beryl's Cove Trainride to Homicide at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC (August 20 2011)

Alexandria Jones, author of Rico & Pencil Boy's Adventures at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL (August 20 2011)

Stephanie Van Horn, author of Math Rapmatics at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC (August 20 2011)

STARSPatti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up For Air at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA (August 20 2011)

Chris McMillan, author of Backwards Off the Curb: Notes of a Mad Woman Gone at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC (August 21 2011)

Carol Henderson, author of WIDE OPEN SPACES: WOMEN EXPLORING CALL THROUGH STO at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (August 22 2011)

Celia Rivenbark, author of You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl: Observations at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC (August 22 2011)

Dot Moore, author of Oracle of the Ages at Horton's Books & Gifts in Carrollton, GA (August 22 2011)

STARSPatti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up for Air at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC (08/22/2011)

STARSPatti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up for Air at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC (August 23 2011)


Authors Round the South

Club Read!Dearest readers,

Welcome to the new edition of the Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by her ladyship, the editor. Of particular note in the list below is Ms. Gretchen Rubin, whose book The Happiness Project has been happily rising on the list for several weeks now. And it is not just a happy coincidence that Ms. Rubin will be one of the authors at Club Read, a get away for people who love to read books? You can find out more here.

Her ladyship also suggests that those of you in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina (or even remotely within spitting distance, if you are inclined to measure such things) mark your calendars for September 10, 2011, which is the date of the BOOKMARKS festival. Dozens of authors, a day full of workshops and panel, and all completely, totally, free of charge.

And just in case that doesn't convince you, here is why book festivals matter.

Happy, happy reading!


her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending Sunday, August 7, 2011

Columbia, SC - August 15, 2011 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, August 7, 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. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
Okra Pick!2. Iron House
John Hart, Thomas Dunne, $25.99, 9780312380342

3. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
4. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $35, 9780553801477
5. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307269997
7. Burnt Mountain
Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446527897
8. Portrait of a Spy
Daniel Silva, Harper, $26.99, 9780062072184
9. Summer Rental
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312642693
10. The Night Train
Clyde Edgerton, Little Brown, $23.99, 9780316117593
11. Cold Vengeance
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Grand Central, $26.99, 9780446554985
12. One Summer
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446583145
13. Turn of Mind
Alice LaPlante, Atlantic Monthly, $24, 9780802119773
14. The Last Werewolf
Glen Duncan, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307595089
Okra Pick!15. A Good Hard Look
Ann Napolitano, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594202926

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
2. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
3. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
4. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $37.50, 9781416571766
5. A Stolen Life
Jaycee Dugard, S&S, $24.99, 9781451629187
6. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $26.99, 9780316056861
7. Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper, $26.99, 9780061988349
8. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Little Brown, $29.99, 9780316001922
9. SEAL Team Six
Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9780312699451
10. Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow, Harper, $26.99, 9780062007285
11. Absolute Monarchs
John Julius Norwich, Random House, $30, 9781400067152
12. Nothing Daunted
Dorothy Wickenden, Scribner, $26, 9781439176580
13. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $14.99, 9781591451884
14. Incognito
David M. Eagleman, Pantheon, $26.95, 9780307377333
15. The Triple Agent
Joby Warrick, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534185

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
2. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
3. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
4. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
5. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
6. One Day
David Nicholls, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307946713
7. Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $14.99, 9780446547604
8. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
9. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
10. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
11. Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616200701
12. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671

13. Faithful Place
Tana French, Penguin, $16, 9780143119494
STARS14. The Beach Trees
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451233073

15. The Postmistress
Sarah Blake, Berkley, $15, 9780425238691

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
3. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
4. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
5. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
6. Zeitoun
Dave Eggers, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307387943
7. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
8. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
9. The Wave
Susan Casey, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767928854
10. Inside of a Dog
Alexandra Horowitz, Scribner, $16, 9781416583431
11. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
12. Life
Keith Richards, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316034418
13. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin, Harper, $14.99, 9780061583261
14. Eating Animals
Jonathan Safran Foer, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316069885
15. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172

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. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
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. The Confession
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780440245117
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. The Rembrandt Affair
Daniel Silva, Signet, $9.99, 9780451233998
9. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780345342966
10. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702

Children's Illustrated

1. Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
Judy Schachner, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525422280
2. Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), HarperCollins, $16.99, 9780061910241
3. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

4. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
5. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
6. Dog Heaven
Cynthia Rylant, Scholastic, $16.99, 9780590417013
7. First Day Jitters
Julie Danneberg, Judy Love (Illus.), Charlesbridge, $6.95, 9781580890618
8. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
10. The Night Before Kindergarten
Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell (Illus.), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99, 9780448425009

Children's Interest

1. Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Laura Park (Illus.), Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316101875
2. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880
3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
4. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
5. The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $18.99, 9781423113393
6. Shark Wars
Ernie Altbacker, Razorbill, $12.99, 9781595143761
7. Along for the Ride
Sarah Dessen, Speak, $8.99, 9780142415566
8. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
9. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
10. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763644321

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
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. Theodore Boone: The Abduction
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425571
5. Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries 3)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $12.99, 9781442411906
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
9. The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1)
Jacqueline West, Puffin, $6.99, 9780142418727
10. Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)
Maggie Stiefvater, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780545259088




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).

Sharyn McCrumb thinks Tom Dooley may be innocent.

You too can look like Emma Stone, who plays “Skeeter” Phelan in the movie version of The Help. At least, you can have the same cat-eye glasses.

Thomas Muller reviews Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and contemplates ". . .that whole Southern novel thing."

Tennessee author Ace Atkins has "always been fascinated with 70s Southern action pictures" -- a trait that has apparently helped to make him the natural choice to continue Robert Parker's "Spencer" series. Which is set in Boston.

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

"The Oprahs of this world are going to take over if men don't take their place at the head of the family," Hank said, slapping the arms of is chair with his fat palms. "Only thing worse than a strong woman who doesn't know her place is a weak man."

"Go stick your fat head in the toilet, Grady," Mr. Peake said.

--Matt Matthews, from Mercy Creek (Hub City Press, 2011)

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Author 2 Author: Karen and John

John HartKaren Zacharias talks to John Hart

Critics are raving about author John Hart’s latest release – IRON HOUSE. Noting that Hart is already a two-time Edgar winner, Booklist says, Hart is” not the kind of writer who needs a breakthrough book. And, yet, IRON HOUSE lifts Hart to an altogether new level of excellence.”

Orphaned brothers Michael and Julian have secrets that alienate them from a world they’ve never felt part of anyway. Theirs is an unconventional family but the love they share as brothers is universal. As the eldest brother by a year, Michael has long been his brother’s protector – and it’s that need to fix things for Julian that propels Michael into a life of crime he never imagined and now, because of the love of a woman, has decided he no longer wants. IRON HOUSE is a riveting tale of good people making hard choices.

Iron HouseJoin us as author Karen Spears Zacharias interviews author John Hart.

KAREN: How did the story of IRON HOUSE first present itself to you?

JOHN: My previous novel, THE LAST CHILD, dealt with a remarkable young boy caught in terrible circumstances. By the end of the story, though, he'd found his way to more wholesome circumstances, something of a soft landing. It got me thinking about the set-up for IRON HOUSE: a tough, smart kid who never got that soft landing. What kind of man might he become? Just how far would that inner strength take him? IRON HOUSE was built around that character, a tough-as-nails, good-souled boy forced by circumstance to grow into a dangerous man.


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.

Kala Ambrose
Charleston, SC 9/17/2011
Raleigh, NC 9/15/2011
Raleigh, NC 9/30/2011
Winston-Salem, NC 10/1/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/8/2011
Asheville, NC 10/15/2011

Ben Baker

Ashburn, GA 10/6/2011

Tracy Barrett
Mufreesbro, TN 9/30/2011

Maggie Bishop
John C. Campbell Folk School. GA 10/30/2011

Nancy B. Brewer
Saltville, VA 8/19/2011
Troy, NC 9/6/2011
Concord, NC 9/10/2011
Salisbury, NC 9/13/2011
Stateville, NC 9/16/2011
Gold Hill, NC 9/24/2011
Arart, VA 10/1/2011
Mooresville, NC 10/4/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/5/2011
Concord, NC 10/6/2011
Durham, NC 10/7/2011
Mooresville, NC 10/18/2011

Nancy Cohen
Orlando, FL 10/1/2011

James Cole
Decatur, GA 9/4/2011

Mark Hainds
Pensacola, FL 9/3/2011

Marjorie Hudson
Manteo, NC 8/17/2011
Duck, NC 8/19/2011
Elizabeth City, NC 8/20/2011

Alma Katsu
Decatur, GA 9/3/2011
Charleston, SC 9/17/2011

Peggy Millin
Durham, NC 8/27/2011
Lake Logan, NC 9/25/2011

Debra Moffitt
Nashville, TN 9/9/2011

Nancy Naigle

Nashville, TN 8/25/2011
Emporia 9/10/2011
Charleston, SC 9/16/2011
Charlottesville, VA 10/15/2011

Valerie Nieman
Yadkinville, NC 8/27/2011
Winston-Salem, NC 9/10/2011
Chapel Hill, NC 9/23/2011
Greensboro, NC 9/24/2011
Fairmont WV 10/13/2011
Morgantown WV 10/14/2011
Weirton WV 10/15/2011
Philippi WV 10/17/2011
Charleston WV 10/18/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/22/2011
Charlottesville, VA 10/29/2011

Melissa Peagler
Damascus, VA 9/2/2011
Abingdon, VA 9/2/2011
Kingsport, TN 9/23/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/5/2011

Norma Watkins
Miami, FL 9/1/2011
Jackson, MS 9/19/2011
Highlands, NC 10/10/2011