The 2018 Winter Okra Picks have been selected by Southern Indie Booksellers–a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor. This season's harvest is a bumper crop of eighteen delicious reads. All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers–who have chosen these dozen and a half–books as those they are most excited to hand sell. And all will make readers push them into the hands of friends and family, saying, "You've got to read this!"

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington, 9781496709493
Publication date: December 26, 2017

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson, 9780718084448
Publication date: January 2, 2018

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster, 9781501176845
Publication date: January 2, 2018

Daily Writing Resilience by Bryan Robinson Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce

Daily Writing Resilience by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications, 9780738753430
Publication date: January 8, 2018

Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 9781496428289
Publication date: January 9, 2018

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books, 9781594632532
Publication date: January 9, 2018

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press, 9780802127044
Publication date: January 9, 2018

The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062428202
Publication date: January 30, 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316433990
Publication date: February 6, 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Promise by Minrose Gwin

Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin’s Griffin, 9781250089076
Publication date: February 6, 2018

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books, 9781616201340
Publication date: February 6, 2018

Promise by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow, 9780062471710
Publication date: February 27, 2018

The Hush by John Hart Daisy Cakes Bakes by Kim Nelson Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

The Hush by John Hart
St. Martin’s Press, 9781250012302
Publication date: February 27, 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter, 9780451499417
Publication date: February 27, 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press, 9781938235382
Publication date: March 6, 2018

The Past is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

The Past is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing, 9781510726826
Publication date: March 13, 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press, 9781250111777
Publication date: March 20, 2018

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday, 9780385541695
Publication date: March 27, 2018

The harvest is in! The 2017 Fall Okra Picks have been selected by Southern Indie Booksellers--a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between October and December, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers--who have chosen these dozen books as those they are most excited to hand sell. They all have that magical quality that makes readers want push them into the hands of friends and family: the quality of "You've got to read this!"

The Fonville Winans CookbookThe Last Ballad by Wiley CashThe Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist by Cynthia LeJeune Nobles and Melinda Risch Winans 
Louisiana State University Press, Hardcover, 9780807167687
Publication Date: October 2, 2017

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780062313119
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd
Blackstone, Hardcover 9781455137114
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills by Sheila IngleHeating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann FennellyHotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami by Roben Farzad

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly
W.W. Norton, Hardcover, 9780393609479
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills by Sheila Ingle
Ambassador International, Trade Paperback, 9781620206126 
Publication Date: October 14, 2017

Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami by Roben Farzad
Berkley Books, Hardcover, 9781592409280
Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Dear Martin by Nic StoneThe Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings by Wendell BerryHeaven's Crooked Finger by Hank Early

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Crown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781101939499
Publication Date: October 17, 2017

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings by Wendell Berry
Counterpoint LLC, Hardcover, 9781619020382
Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Heaven's Crooked Finger by Hank Early
Crooked Lane Books, Hardcover, 9781683313915
Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Perennials by Julie CantrellThe Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele RichardsonThe Ice House by Laura Lee SmithA Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

Perennials by Julie Cantrell
Thomas Nelson, Trade Paperback, 9780718037642
Publication Date: November 14, 2017

The Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson
Kensington Publishing, Trade Paperback, 9781496709554
Publication Date: November 28, 2017

The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith
Grove Press, Hardcover, 9780802127082
Publication Date: December 5, 2017

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
Crooked Lane Books, Hardcover, 9781683314394
Publication Date: December 12, 2017

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra


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