Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
3. In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume, Knopf, $27.95, 9781101875049
4. All the Single Ladies
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132567
5. Our Souls at Night
Kent Haruf, Knopf, $24, 9781101875896

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
2. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
4. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
5. A Lucky Life Interrupted
Tom Brokaw, Random House, $27, 9781400069699

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The Bright Forever by Lee Martin has all the makings of a good beach read—suspense, compelling characters, and fast-paced action.

All of this and it contains gorgeous writing! Nine-year-old Katie Mackie disappears when she rides her bike to the library to return some books.  Katie's math tutor, Mr. Dees, and a drug-addled newcomer, Raymond R., become the focus of the investigation.

Each of them has a motive. The final chapter of the book was stunning in what it revealed about one of the characters. I would say that I couldn’t put it down, but several times I had to take a break from the tension! The book was a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist and would make a good book club discussion book. The paperback includes a discussion guide.

 

The Bright Forever by Lee Martin (Three Rivers Press) Recommended by Mamie at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC

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The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to PlatoJust because we're all prisoners in the cave doesn't mean we can't have fun. The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato is based on Plato's Allegory of the Cave from The Republic. In this novel, the Cave is a dank basement bar in the small Southern town of Waterville, overflowing with cheap beer, good blues, and local oddballs. There's Vera, the tough but tender owner; Pancho, the philosophical piano tuner; Billy Joe, the former rising star back home after a stop in Memphis; and Commie Tom, the exceedingly generous proprietor of the Hammer and Sickle Bookstore.

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In praise of the typewriter.

In which Mr. Brad Meltzer's goal in life is to make everyone understand how cool librarians are, Mr. Michael Hurley loses his boat but renews his marriage, and Ms. Stefani Beddingfield remembers the days before auto-correct..

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Parapalooza!

Parapalooza

paragraphs worth spreading

Laura Lane McNeal & Patti Callahan Henry

Laura Lane McNealPatti Callahan Henry

"Each story asks a question"

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SIBA Book Award

SIBA Book Award


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Free BookWe understand that you can buy books anywhere.  You understand that while loving independent bookstores is a wonderful thing, loving them with your shopping dollars is even more wonderful! 
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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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