GREAT READS HANDPICKED BY GREAT SOUTHERN BOOKSELLERS...

Augusten Burroughs ALWAYS delivers.

I love his madness, his romanticism, his hopeless inability to correct himself mid-stream and his hapless drive to overcompensate long after he's crossed the stream, and I love the way he writes about all of it.

This was an Augusten Burroughs memoir with a happy ending.

Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin's Press) Recommended by Clara at A Cappella Books Atlanta GA

Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick, Josh Greenhut, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)There was a real "Winnie" and a war and a soldier named Harry Colebourn. There was a zoo--the London zoo--where Winnie met Christopher Robin Milne, the boy who was the real Christopher Robin. Last but not least, there was A. A. Milne who observed and recorded the playful relationship his son had with a very tame and affectionate bear and who continues to challenge us to believe in sweetness and light in a world of loss and sorrow. This is an exciting combination of fact and fiction for older readers. 

Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick, Josh Greenhut, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) ($16.99*, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), recommended by Square Books, Oxford, MS.

The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King by Jerome CharynAn fun, interesting, and unexpected read! Teddy Roosevelt jumps to life in this historical tale.

The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King by Jerome Charyn ($25.95*, Liveright Publishing Corporation), recommended by Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC.

The Guilt We Carry by Samuel W. GaileyGreat for readers of Mary Kubica and Paula Hawkins! Alice O'Farrell lives a quiet, nomadic life after an accident killed her younger brother when she was left in charge. Unable to let go of the guilt she feels, she keeps to herself and works one-off jobs that don't require much from her. Waking up in a bad situation one morning, Alice finds herself in possession of a duffel bag full of cash and hits the road, hoping to outrun her guilt (and maybe a couple of bad guys too). Drama runs high as Alice and a runaway she encounters along the way work to outwit the owners of the duffel bag. You'll be breathless as you get to the fiery conclusion.

The Guilt We Carry by Samuel W. Gailey ($26.95*, Oceanview Publishing), recommended by Fountain Books, Richmond, VA.

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda WoodsSuch a beautiful book. War heroes, life in the summer-time South, family, and friendship. So well-written and highly recommend to all.

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods ($16.99*, Nancy Paulsen Books), recommended by The Story Shop, Monroe, GA.