Southern Indie Bestsellers


1. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850
4. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.95, 9780399167454
5. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475


1. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
2. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Henry Holt & Company, $30, 9781627792417
3. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron Books, $26.99, 9781250077004
4. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547

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This stunning novel falls into the category of so tragically sad but so true and beautiful that everyone ought to read it, kind of like Little Bee or What is the What.

It's story of seven-year-old Elijah who, after being taken from his Nigerian immigrant mother, bounces around London from foster home to foster home. When he lands with Nikki and Obi, a couple deeply committed to being Elijah's forever family, things seem hopeful. But as they delve further into Elijah's troubled past, and into the deeply rooted beliefs his mother has left him with, the success of the match and the safety of the family falls into question.

Watson gracefully walks the line between storytelling and tackling the difficult issues, and while she never comes off as preachy you walk away from this book with a deeper understanding of culture, race, and their possible implications on adoption.

Where Women Are Kings by Christie Watson (Other Press)Recommended by Amanda at Inkwood Books Tampa FL

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Too Blessed to Be Stressed CookbookFeeling overwhelmed by life's daily demands? Could you use some encouragement and inspiration in the kitchen? The"Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook "to the rescue Each of the 100-plus recipes can be prepared in 20 minutes or less, plus you'll encounter some fabulous tips and suggestions as well as funny foodie quotes, scripture selections, humorous stories of cooking misadventures, and more, along the way. Recipes are arranged into 4 categories--Heart-Healthy, Soul-Fed, Time-Wise, and Company-Happy--and are accompanied by appealing full-color photographs. You'll cheer as you soak up the joy Debora M. Coty brings into your life and home

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In which Ms. Kelly Justice is mad that Harlan Ellison is not a household name, Ms. Julia Jackson stitches some not very lady-like things on her sampler, and her ladyship doesn't want people to kill kittens.
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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