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Southern Indie Bestseller List

For the week ending Sunday, May 31, 2009
Columbia, SC -June 3, 2009 -

The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, May 31, 2009. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and

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1. The Scarecrow
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316166300
2. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $24.95, 9780399155345
3. Gone Tomorrow
Lee Child, Delacorte, $27, 9780385340571
4. Shanghai Girls
Lisa See, Random House, $25, 9781400067114
5. First Family
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446539753
6. The Last Child
John Hart, Minotaur, $24.95, 9780312359324
7. Road Dogs
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061733147
8. Wicked Prey
John Sandford, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399155673
9. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $23.95, 9780375424496
10. The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
Reif Larsen, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594202179
11. Serena -- a SIBA Book Award FInalist!
Ron Rash, Ecco, $24.99, 9780061470851
12. Cemetery Dance
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Grand Central, $26.99, 9780446580298
13. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Alan Bradley, Delacorte, $23, 9780385342308
14. Pygmy
Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385526340
15. The 8th Confession
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316018760




1. Resilience
Elizabeth Edwards, Broadway, $22.95, 9780767931366
2. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316017923
3. Horse Soldiers
Doug Stanton, Scribner, $28, 9781416580515
4. The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch, Hyperion, $21.95, 9781401323257
5. Liberty and Tyranny
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $25, 9781416562856
6. Losing Mum and Pup
Christopher Buckley, Twelve, $24.99, 9780446540940
7. The Girls From Ames
Jeffrey Zaslow, Gotham, $26, 9781592404452
8. Not Becoming My Mother
Ruth Reichl, Penguin Press, $19.95, 9781594202162
9. Ardent Spirits
Reynolds Price, Scribner, $35, 9780743291897
10. Always Looking Up
Michael J. Fox, Hyperion, $25.99, 9781401303389
11. My Remarkable Journey
Larry King, Weinstein, $27.95, 9781602860865
12. Dewey
Vicki Myron, Grand Central, $19.99, 9780446407410
13. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
Steve Harvey, Amistad, $23.99, 9780061728976
14. Outcasts United
Warren St. John, Spiegel & Grau, $24.95, 9780385522038
15. A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $26, 9780767928823 


1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, Dial, $14, 9780385341004
2. Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $14, 9780812971835
3. The Shack
William P. Young, Windblown, $14.99, 9780964729230
4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen, Quirk, $12.95, 9781594743344
5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery, Europa Editions, $15, 9781933372600
6. Testimony
Anita Shreve, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316067348
7. The Likeness
Tana French, Penguin, $15, 9780143115625
8. Netherland
Joseph O'Neill, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307388773
9. Unaccustomed Earth
Jhumpa Lahiri, Vintage, $15, 9780307278258
10. People of the Book
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $15, 9780143115007
11. The Beach House
Jane Green, Plume, $15, 9780452295384
12. City of Thieves
David Benioff, Plume, $15, 9780452295292
13. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.95, 9780312370848
14. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
Joshilyn Jackson, Grand Central, $13.99, 9780446697828
15. The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga, Free Press, $14, 9781416562603



1. Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Penguin, $15, 9780143038252
2. American Lion
Jon Meacham, Random House, $18, 9780812973464
3. Same Kind of Different as Me
Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Thomas Nelson, $14.99, 9780849919107
4. My Stroke of Insight
Jill Bolte Taylor, Plume, $15, 9780452295544
5. In Defense of Food
Michael Pollan, Penguin, $15, 9780143114963
6. Cook Yourself Thin
Lifetime Television (Eds.), Hyperion, $19.99, 9781401341138
7. The Middle Place
Kelly Corrigan, Voice, $14.95, 9781401340933
STARS8. Pig Candy -- a STARS Author!
Lise Funderburg, Free Press, $15, 9781416547679

9. The Post-American World
Fareed Zakaria, Norton, $15.95, 9780393334807
10. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara and Camille Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, Harper Perennial, $14.95, 9780060852566
11. Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $15, 9780143038412
12. A Voyage Long and Strange
Tony Horwitz, Picador, $18, 9780312428327
13. Lone Survivor
Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson, Back Bay, $15.99, 9780316067607
14. Naturally Thin
Bethenny Frankel, Fireside, $16, 9781416597988
15. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $13.95, 9780307387172


1. Angels & Demons
Dan Brown, Pocket, $9.99, 9781416578741
2. Down River
John Hart, Minotaur, $7.99, 9780312945664
3. Dead Until Dark
Charlaine Harris, Ace, $7.99, 9780441016990
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
5. Swan Peak
James Lee Burke, Pocket, $9.99, 9781416548546
6. The King of Lies
John Hart, St. Martin's, $6.99, 9780312363758
7. Hot Mahogany
Stuart Woods, Signet, $9.99, 9780451226716
8. Living Dead in Dallas
Charlaine Harris, Ace, $7.99, 9780441009237
9. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780345342966
10. My Sister's Keeper
Jodi Picoult, Pocket, $7.99, 9781439157268


1. New Moon (Twilight, Book 2)
Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown, $10.99, 9780316024969
2. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $17.99, 9781423101475
3. Twilight
Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown, $10.99, 9780316038386
4. Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)
Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown, $22.99, 9780316067928
5. Eclipse (Twilight, Book 3)
Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown, $19.99, 9780316160209
6. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
7. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810993136
9. The Sorceress (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3)
Michael Scott, Delacorte, $17.99, 9780385735292
10. The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316003957
11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810994737
12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810970687
13. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Miramax, $7.99, 9780786838653
14. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey -- a SIBA Book Award Finalist!
Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illus.), Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316036733

15. Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues, #1)
Rick Riordan, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545060394
16. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $11.99, 9780375842207
17. Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire!
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $12.99, 9780061684869
18. Llama Llama Misses Mama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $16.99, 9780670061983
19. Chosen (House of Night #3)
P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast, St. Martin's Griffin, $8.95, 9780312360306
20. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time
Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Puffin, $8.99, 9780142414125
21. Scat
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375834868
22. The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780060530921
23. Life of Pi (Student Edition)
Yann Martel, Harvest, $8.99, 9780156030205
24. Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2)
P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast, St. Martin's, $8.95, 9780312360283
25. Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House #39)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375837326


Meet Your Favorite Writers At Your Favorite Bookstores! 
The following authors are appearing at independent bookstores around the South this week!
See the full calendar at Authors 'Round the South
Christopher Headen, author of The Vision to Serve at Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC  (6/04/2009)

Stephen March, author of Strangers in the Land of Egypt at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (06/04/2009)

Catherine McCall , author of When the Piano Stops at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (06/04/2009)

Aaron Gwyn, author of THE WORLD BENEATH at Country Bookshop Inc in Southern Pines, NC  (06/04/09)

Robin Hemley, author of Do-Over! at Rock Point Books in Chattanooga, TN  (06/04/2009)

Paul Butler, author of Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (06/04/2009)

starsMindy Friddle, author of Secret Keepers at Fireside Books and Gifts in Forest City, NC  (06/04/2009) -- a “Shoestring” touring author!

Christopher Headen, author of The Vision to Serve at Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC  (06/04/2009)

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Driftwood Summer at Bay Street Trading Co in Beaufort, SC  (06/04/2009)-- a “Shoestring” touring author!

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Driftwood Summer at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/05/2009)-- a “Shoestring” touring author!

Elizabeth Cunningham, author of Bright Dark Madonna at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (06/05/2009)

George McGovern, author of Abraham Lincoln: The 16th President, 1861-1865 at Capitol Book & News Co in Montgomery, AL  (06/05/2009)

Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (06/05/2009)

Elizabeth Wiegand, author of Outer Banks Cookbook: Recipes and Traditions of th at McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro, NC  (6/05/2009)

Ned Cline, author of Walter Davis Story at McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro, NC  (06/06/2009)

Frances Mallmann, author of Seven Fires at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (6/06/2009)

starsMindy Friddle, author of The Secret Keepers at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (06/06/2009)-- a “Shoestring” touring author!

John Hart, author of The Last Child at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (06/06/2009)

Shirley Mays, author of Outer Banks Piracy II at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (06/06/2009)

Stephen March, author of Strangers in the Land of Egypt at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (06/06/2009)

Doug Williams, author of Sharecroppers at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (06/06/2009)

Dorianne Laux, author of The Poet's Companion at McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro, NC  (6/07/2009)

Pauline Reage, author of The Story of O at Bound to be Read in Atlanta, GA  (06/07/2009)

Alex Grant, author of Chains & Mirrors at McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro, NC  (6/07/2009)

Joseph Millar, author of Overtime at McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro, NC  (06/07/2009)

Todd Shimoda, author of Oh!: a mystery of mono no aware at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (06/08/2009)

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Driftwood summer at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (06/08/2009)-- a “Shoestring” touring author!

David Ebershoff, author of The 19th Wife at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (06/10/2009)

Todd Shimoda, author of Oh!: a mystery of mono no aware at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (06/10/2009)

starsCathy Holton, author of BEACH TRIP at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (06/11/2009)

Wendy Wax, author of The Accidental Bestseller at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (06/11/2009)

starsEd Southern, author of Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas at Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC  (6/11/2009)

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Driftwood Summer at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (06/11/2009)-- a “Shoestring” touring author!