Southern Indie Bestsellers


1. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
2. After You
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95, 9780525426592
3. Purity
Jonathan Franzen, FSG, $28, 9780374239213
4. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
5. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586


1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
3. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
4. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
5. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron Books, $26.99, 9781250077004

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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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The Wailing WallApproaching middle age, Deedra Climer experienced an unimaginable tragedy the death of her only son, Joshua, in a motorcycle accident. The spiral of grief that followed reopened ugly wounds that had never fully healed: being raised by a mentally ill and drug-addicted mother, the struggles she faced as a young single mother, and the guilt from exposing her children to one toxic boyfriend after another. Stripped bare emotionally, Deedra is forced to face who she is and where she came from. In sifting through the stark pain of the past, she is finally able to piece together her own sense of self and begin to imagine an unburdened future.

Told with crushing honesty and an unflinching eye, "Wailing Wall" shares one woman's struggle to make sense of her shattered life in the year following her son's death. Framed by the devastation of loss, Deedra's story reaches beyond heartbreak to show the strength of her spirit, illuminated by the persevering hope of redemption.

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A thing for Buick Skylarks and the natural world.

In which Ms. Jill Hendrix explains how to start a book club (she is in a position to know), Matthew Wolfson and Stacy Kranitz challenge the hillbilly stereotype and the romance of rural poverty, and Ms. Ellen Malphrus has a thing for Buick Skylarks (who can fault her?).
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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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