Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
2. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
3. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
4. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
5. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
6. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
7. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
okra8. Fallen Land
Taylor Brown, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250077974

9. Blue
Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $28.95, 9780345531056
10. Coconut Cowboy
Tim Dorsey, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062240040

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
2. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
4. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
5. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
6. Spark Joy
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607749721
7. On My Own
Diane Rehm, Knopf, $23.95, 9781101875285
8. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
9. The Name of God Is Mercy
Pope Francis, Random House, $26, 9780399588631
10. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860

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An incredible story of a 14-year-old boy whose African village is devastated by drought.

Reading in the little village library and scavenging for parts he accomplishes the impossible. I loved this book when it first came out in 2009, and now a young readers edition has just been released in paperback.

Truly inspirational, the author demonstrates that anything is possible with education and determination.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer, Elizabeth Zunon (Harper Perennial) Recommended by Andy Brennan at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

Simon Winchester takes on the Pacific Ocean in his latest popular history.

To tackle a topic that is too big to adequately cover in a one volume, Winchester instead tells 10 different stories that all have the Pacific as a common thread. From nuclear testing on Bikini Island to the transfer of Hong Kong from Britian to China, Winchester illustrates the wide and varied impact the Pacific has had and continues to have on our planet.

Whereas the Mediterranean was the focus of the ancient world and the Atlantic the center of current times, the author convincingly argues that the Pacific will be the most important ocean in our future.

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision by Simon Winchester (Harper) Recommended by Andy Brennan at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

Hedgehogs are all the rage in 2016. Even in picture books! 

In this adorable story, hedgehogs Horace and Hattie are BFFs. But they can’t hug because they’re too spiky.

Will they find a way to overcome their spikiness?


Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson, Lucy Tapper (Henry Holt & Company) Recommended by Rae Ann Parker at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

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The Feathered BoneFeathers no matter what size or shape or color are all the same, if you think about them. They're soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter's sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter's best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda's daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda's husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda's whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it's too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell's master portrait of love in a fallen world.

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Fat Tuesday, feathered masks, and Lowcountry bordellos.

In which her ladyship, the editor, celebrates Mardi Gras vicariously, Mr. Chris Offutt becomes a writer despite his father's best efforts, Ms. Paula Vauss practices slash and burn divorce law, and Mr. Wendell Berry honors the peace of wild things.
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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Parapalooza!

Parapalooza

paragraphs worth spreading

Jamie Kornegay and Tiffany Quay Tyson

Jamie KornegayTiffany Quay Tyson

I learned to “shut up and listen.”

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SIBA Book Award

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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