Southern Indie Bestsellers

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. All the Light We Cannot See 
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 
2. End of Watch 
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781501129742 
3. The Weekenders 
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250065940 
4. All Summer Long 
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062390752 
5. The After Party 
Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $26, 9781594633164 
6. Homegoing 
Yaa Gyasi, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947135 
7. A Hero of France 
Alan Furst, Random House, $27, 9780812996494 
8. The Nest 
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212 
9. After You 
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95, 9780525426592 
10. The Nightingale 
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223 
11. Everybody's Fool 
Richard Russo, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307270641 
12. The Girl on the Train 
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669 
13. Eligible 
Curtis Sittenfeld, Random House, $28, 9781400068326 
14. LaRose 
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062277022 
15. The Last Mile 
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $29, 9781455586455

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The View From the Cheap Seats 
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062262264 
2. When Breath Becomes Air 
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406 
3. The Gene 
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, $32, 9781476733500 
4. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War 
Mary Roach, Norton, $26.95, 9780393245448 
5. But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present as If It Were the Past 
Chuck Klosterman, Blue Rider, $26, 9780399184123 
6. Shoe Dog 
Phil Knight, Scribner, $29, 9781501135910 
7. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots 
David Fisher, Holt, $35, 9781627797894 
8. Hamilton: The Revolution 
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Grand Central, $40, 9781455539741 
9. The Rainbow Comes and Goes 
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Harper, $27.99, 9780062454942 
10. Lab Girl 
Hope Jahren, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101874936 
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Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027 
12. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics 
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead, $18, 9780399184413 
13. Tribe 
Sebastian Junger, Twelve, $22, 9781455566389 
siba book award finalist14. My Southern Journey 
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391 
15. Between the World and Me 
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547

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J.T. Ellison’s newest novel, which has been compared to Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Liane Moriarty, releases today. While the book is a departure from Ellison’s other books (this one is a stand-alone and, rather than having a protagonist who is either in law enforcement or is closely connected to someone who is, this lead character is distrustful of the police), regular readers will recognize her suspenseful pacing and quick dialogue.

Aubrey’s husband disappeared five years ago, when he failed to meet up with friends at the Opryland Hotel, and has now been declared legally dead. Aubrey has been through a hellacious five years. First, her husband went missing and then she had to endure a trial, as she was the prime suspect for his murder. Her mother-in-law testified against her and is now poised to start a legal battle over the life insurance money due to Aubrey. On this day of finality, the day she receives the official declaration of Josh’s death, Aubrey meets a man who reminds her of her husband. Chase’s mannerisms, his posture, and his intonation all match Josh’s…but Josh is dead, right?

What follows is a suspenseful, page-turning story as Aubrey searches for answers, sure to suck you in until you’ve finished. Adding to the book’s appeal, readers familiar with Nashville will recognize several locations, such as Dragon Park and the Tin Angel restaurant. If you loved The Husband’s Secret, Gone Girl, or The Girl on the Train, you owe it to yourself to read No One Knows.

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison (Gallery Books) Recommended by Laura at Reading Rock Books Dixon TN

A subtle, yet powerful portrait of an extraordinary character, Miss Jane thrills with some of the most gorgeous prose I have ever encountered. 

Jane Chisholm is born with a genital defect that, in rural Mississippi in the early 20th century, somewhat limits her prospects for a “normal” life. Populated with lovingly wrought characters, sly humor, and keen observations of the human heart, Watson's novel is a beautiful and rare bird indeed.

Miss Jane by Brad Watson (W. W. Norton & Company) Recommended by Tony at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC

If you’ve ever been interested in what your dog or your cat really thinks about your tuxedo t-shirt (or whether they think at all), then Frans de Waal’s new book is a must-read for you.

De Waal is the renowned primatologist and writer of The Bonobo and the Atheist, as well as other essays on morality and intelligence in the animal kingdom. And in this book de Waal argues that certain animal intelligence–though different—is not inferior or superior to others (including us human folk).

De Waal makes it clear that we should examine animals in relation to their own specific traits and capabilities in order to understand their true intelligence, rather than comparing them to the things that we humans excel it.

By trying to get us to embody a point of view outside of our own species', this book will forever change the way we look at animal intelligence and consciousness.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal, F. B. M. De Waal (W. W. Norton) Recommended by Donovan at Inkwood Books Tampa FL

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Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. After five years, John Hart is back.

Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times Bestseller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with DOWN RIVER and THE LAST CHILD. Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet. 

Imagine:

A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen…

This is a town on the brink.

This is Redemption Road.

Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, REDEMPTION ROAD proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller.

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Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

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The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize [Short List]

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by Steve Inskeep 
Penguin Press, Hardcover, 9781594205569, 448pps.

Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men - President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross - who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story. 

One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson - war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South - whose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Ross - a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat - who used the United States' own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson. Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers - cultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to school - Ross championed the tribes' cause all the way to the Supreme Court. He gained allies like Senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett. In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar, Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and set the pattern for modern-day politics. 

At stake in this struggle was the land of the Five Civilized Tribes. In shocking detail, Jacksonland reveals how Jackson, as a general, extracted immense wealth from his own armies' conquest of native lands. Later, as president, Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres - "Jacksonland" - in today's Deep South. 

Jacksonland is the work of renowned journalist Steve Inskeep, cohost of NPR's Morning Edition, who offers here a heart-stopping narrative masterpiece, a tragedy of American history that feels ripped from the headlines in its immediacy, drama, and relevance to our lives. Harrowing, inspiring, and deeply moving, Inskeep's Jacksonland is the story of America at a moment of transition, when the fate of states and nations was decided by the actions of two heroic yet tragically opposed men.

CANDICE MILLARD, author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt: "Inskeep tells this, one of the most tragic and transformative stories in American history, in swift, confident, colorful strokes. So well, and so intimately, does he know his subject that the reader comes away feeling as if Jackson and Ross's epic struggle for the future of their nations took place yesterday rather than nearly two hundred years ago."

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The Scribe
by Matthew Guinn 
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393239294, 304pp.

After leaving Atlanta in disgrace three years before, detective Thomas Canby is called back to the city on the eve of Atlanta's 1881 International Cotton Exposition to partner with Atlanta's first African American police officer, Cyrus Underwood. The case they're assigned is chilling: a serial murderer who seems to be violently targeting Atlanta's wealthiest black entrepreneurs. The killer's method is both strange and unusually gruesome. On each victim's mutilated body is inscribed a letter of the alphabet, beginning with "M." The oligarchy of Atlanta's most prominent white businessmen: the same men who ran Canby out of town, known more openly before Reconstruction as "the Ring" is anxious to solve the murders before they lose the money they've invested in both the exposition and the city's industrialization, even if resolution comes at the expense of justice.

After Canby's arrival the murders become increasingly disturbing and unpredictable, and his interference threatens to send the investigation spinning off in the wrong direction. As the toll of innocent victims rises, Canby must face down enduring racism, and his own prejudices, to see clearly the source of these bloody crimes. Meanwhile, if he can restore his reputation, he might win back the woman he loves.

With scrupulous attention to historical detail, Edgar Award finalist Matthew Guinn draws readers into a vortex of tense, atmospheric storytelling, confronting the sins and fears of both old South and new.

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