Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062330260

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
4. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
5. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341

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I like a certain amount of surprise in my life, but when it comes to getting older I've found I'd like to have fair warning about what to expect.

Donald Hall, a former Poet Laureate and National Medal of the Art winner, has written a beautiful collection of essays from the vantage point of 86 years old.

They are funnier than I imagined they would be, as well as inspiring and heartening, and the prose is pitch perfect.


Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin) Recommended by Amanda at Inkwood Books Tampa FL 
9780544287044

Okra Picks

Hall of Small Mammals: StoriesA wild, inventive ride of a short story collection from a distinctive new American storyteller.

The stories in Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals take place at the confluence of the commonplace and the cosmic, the intimate and the infinite. A fossil-hunter, a comedian, a hot- air balloon pilot, parents and children, believers and nonbelievers, the people in these stories are struggling to understand the absurdity and the magnitude of what it means to exist in a family, to exist in the world.

In “Shirley Temple Three,” a mother must shoulder her son’s burden—a cloned and resurrected wooly mammoth who wreaks havoc on her house, sanity, and faith. In “The Real Alan Gass,” a physicist in search of a mysterious particle called the “daisy” spends her days with her boyfriend, Walker, and her nights with the husband who only exists in the world of her dreams, Alan Gass.  Like the daisy particle itself—“forever locked in a curious state of existence and nonexistence, sliding back and forth between the two”—the stories in Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals are exquisite, mysterious, and inextricably connected.

From this enchanting primordial soup, Pierce’s voice emerges—a distinct and charming testament of the New South, melding contemporary concerns with their prehistoric roots to create a hilarious, deeply moving symphony of stories.

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On the not dumb questions we like to ask.

In which Mr. Thomas Pierce thinks that every teenager is looking for a bible, Mr. T. Geronimo Johnson thinks you can go home again, but you might not recognize it when you get there, and the Booksellers at Laurelwood cheerfully answer some not-dumb questions.

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Kathy & Becky Hepinstall

Kathy & Becky Hepinstall
“Women often fought in wars disguised as men. Many women died doing it – it’s a fascinating story of women that needs to be heard..”

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SIBA Book Award

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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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