Southern Indie Bestsellers


1. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Avenue of Mysteries
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664164
4. The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende, Atria, $28, 9781501116971
5. Slade House
David Mitchell, Random House, $26, 9780812998689


1. Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067657
2. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
3. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
5. The Witches
Stacy Schiff, Little Brown, $32, 9780316200608

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Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, this collection moves from contemporary L.A. to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, re-imagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions.

Existential food critics. Awkward romances. These and more await in the debut novel by actor Jesse Eisenberg, who manages to create a brilliant snapshot of life in the digital age in this collection of short stories.

Witty and amusingly gloomy, Eisenberg introduces the reader to an eclectic variety of characters and situations you won’t soon forget, especially the chapter on postmodern dating.

Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg (Grove Press) Recommended by Andrew at Square Books Oxford MS


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My Sweet VidaliaOn July 4, 1955, in rural Georgia, an act of violence threatens the life of Vidalia Lee Kandal's pre-born daughter. Despite the direst of circumstances, the spirit of the lost child refuses to leave her ill-equipped young mother's side.

For as long as she is needed through troubled pregnancies, through poverty, through spousal abuse and agonizing betrayals Cieli Mae, the determined spirit child, narrates their journey. Serving as a safe place and sounding board for Vidalia's innermost thoughts and confusions, lending a strength to her momma's emerging voice, Cieli Mae provides her own special brand of comfort and encouragement, all the while honoring the restrictions imposed by her otherworldly status.

Vidalia finds further support in such unlikely townsfolk and relations as Doc Feldman, Gamma Gert and her Wild Women of God, and, most particularly, in Ruby Pearl Banks, the kind, courageous church lady, who has suffered her own share of heartache in their small Southern town of yesteryear's prejudices and presumptions.

"My Sweet Vidalia" is wise and witty, outstanding for its use of vibrant, poetic language and understated Southern dialect, as well as Mantella's clear-eyed observations of "race relations" as "human relations," a cast of unforgettable characters, an in-depth exploration of the ties that bind, and its creative perspective. My Sweet Vidalia is a rare, wonderful, and complex look at hope, strength, the unparalleled power of unconditional love, and a young mother's refusal to give up.


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In praise of a Southern sense of humor.

In which her ladyship, the editor suggests an alternative to the shopping mall, Mr. Laurence Avery feeds the birds, and Ms. Margaret Eby enjoys the deep-fried grotesque.
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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Jamie Kornegay and Tiffany Quay Tyson

Jamie KornegayTiffany Quay Tyson

I learned to “shut up and listen.”

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Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

The Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

How well do you know your Southern lit? We dare you to use a pen on these crossword puzzles, each inspired by one of the winning titles of the SIBA Book Award, honoring ten years of the very best in Southern literature as chosen by the people who would know...Southern Independent Booksellers! A great gift for your book club, for puzzle-lovers, and anyone who loves Southern literature. $9.95 paperback. Available at Southern Indie Bookstores.

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