Lady Banks Bookshelf

Lady Banks Pick of the Week


2018

FICTION

Women & Family
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin)
Literary

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company)
Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense -

Gradle Bird by J. C. Sasser (Koehler Books)
Southern Fiction

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine Books)
Juvenile Fiction

Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books)
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

NONFICTION
Biography & History
Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King (Picador USA)
Nonfiction
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin's Press)

2017

FICTION
Coming of Age

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062491794)
Family Life
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125539)
Historical
Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, 9781565126275)
Literary
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks (Hub City Press, 9781938235214)
Mystery & Detective
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow & Company, 9780062430212)
Southern Stories & Stories by Southerners
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 9781400065950)
Thriller
Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312380366)
JUVENILE
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press, 9780553536744)
NONFICTION
Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J Drew Lanham (Milkweed, 9781571313157)
Cooking
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard (Little Brown and Company, 9780316381109)
Creative Nonfiction
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (Harper, 9780062300546)

2016

LITERARY PRIZE:
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash
 (Ecco Press)
FICTION PRIZE:
My Sunshine Away 
by M.O. Walsh
 (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

MYSTERY PRIZE:
Bull Mountain
 by Brian Panowich
 (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
THRILLER PRIZE:
The Bone Tree 
by Greg Iles
 (William Morrow & Company)

NONFICTION PRIZE:
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
by Richard Grant
 (Simon & Schuster)

HISTORY & LIFE STORIES PRIZE:
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
by Steve Inskeep
(Penguin Press)
COOKBOOK PRIZE:
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
by Alice Randall; Carolina Randall Williams
 (Clarkson Potter Publishers)
YOUNGSTERS' PRIZE:
Serafina and the Black Cloak 
by Robert Beatty
 (Disney-Hyperion)

YOUNG ADULT PRIZE:
Mosquitoland
 by David Arnold
 (Viking Books for Young Readers)

The Southern Book Prize: 2016 Finalists

1999-2015

2015
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Factory Man by Beth Macy
Heritage by Sean Brock
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Brett Helquist (illustrator)

2014
The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson 
Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some by John Currence
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers by Cathy Smith Bowers
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

2013
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Erskine Leutze
Descent by Kathryn Stripling Byer
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

2012
Iron House by John Hart
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan
Abandoned Quarry by John Lane
The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum

2011
Burning Bright by Ron Rash
The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick
A House of Branches by Janisse Ray
Southern My Way by Gena Knox
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine

2010
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Most They Every Had by Rick Bragg
Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern by Ted and Matt Lee
The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass

2009
Serena by Ron Rash

Dear Darkness by Kevin Young
Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose
The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery

2008
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The House On Boulevard Street by David Kirby
A Love Affair with Southern Cooking by Jean Anderson
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Deep in the Swamp by Donna Bateman, illustrated by Brian Lies

2007:

Alabama Moon by Watt Key
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris
Keep and Give Away by Susan Meyers
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields

2006:

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
What Travels with Us by Darnell Arnoult
Being Dead is No Excuse by Gayden Metcalfe & Charlotte Hays
Marley & Me by John Grogan
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

2005: 
Saints at the River, Ron Rash
We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier, Celia Rivenbark
Frank Stitt’s Southern Table, Frank Stitt
A Companion for Owls, Maurice Manning
Peter & the Starcatcher, Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

2004:
Lunch at the Piccadilly, Clyde Edgerton
The GRITS Guide to Life, Deborah Ford
The Taste of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis
Locales, Fred Chappell (Editor)
How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long

2003:
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
My Losing Season, Pat Conroy
The Foster’s Market Cookbook, Sara Foster
Catching Light, Kathryn Stripling Byer
Hoot!, Carl Hiaasen

2002:

The Bridge, Doug Marlette
Ava’s Man, Rick Bragg
How Animals Saved the People, J.J. Reneaux

2001:

Jim the Boy, Tony Earley
Somebody Told Me, Rick Bragg
Zinc Fingers, Peter Meinke
Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo

2000:

Look Back All the Green Valley, Fred Chappell
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Janisse Ray
elegy for the southern drawl, Rodney Jones
Bugs & Critters I Have Known, Ann Heiskell Rickey

1999:

The Next Step in the Dance, Tim Gautreaux
Confederates in the Attic, Tony Horwitz
Someone Will Go On Owing, Andrew Glaze
Out of the Ocean, Debra Frasier