zombies and the art of drinking bourbon


{zombies and the art of drinking bourbon}

In which Mr John Lawson receives the recognition due him (somewhat belatedly), Ms Robin Bridges is prepared for the zombie apocalypse,Ms. Rachel Held Evans dares to say the v-word, and Mr. Walker Percy takes his bourbon neat.

October 7, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!

The Light Between Oceans The Yellow Birds Total Recall My Beautiful Broken Shell Wild God Loves YouI Declare The Shoemaker's Wife The Great Gatsby
Dark Places
Caleb's CrossingThe Devil in the White City Southern Living the Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook F in Exams
Call the Midwife

The Litigators

Hamlet
Good Night, GorillaThe Outsiders

Lincoln's Last Days
The Graveyard Book
Tuck Everlasting


Author Readings

Pam Durban, author of The Tree of Forgetfulness, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 10/16/2012 (13064)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Live Streaming of Ann Patchett's Interview with J. K. Rowling on 10/16/2012 (13071)

George Singleton, author of Stray Decorum , will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 10/16/2012 (13094)

The Country Bookshop is hosting the event Sherry Virtz presents fall books from Random House on 10/16/2012 (13100)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event ALL ROMANCE ALL THE TIME BOOKCLUB on 10/16/2012 (13106)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event COMIX CLUB on 10/16/2012 (13107)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT SERIES ON EATING DISORDERS: COMPULSIVE OVEREATING on 10/16/2012 (13108)

John Batchelor, author of Chefs of the Mountains, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 10/16/2012 (12867)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event NOW Debate Party - Mutch Law Office on 10/16/2012 (13125)

Sherry Virtz, author of Random House Fall Books, will be appearing at The Country Bookshop, 10/16/2012 (12931)

Betty G. Birney, author of Mysteries According to Humphrey, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/16/2012 (12960)

Emily Colin , author of The Memory Thief, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/16/2012 (12997)

John Perry, author of The Art of Procrastination, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 10/16/2012 (13008)

Jean Rahier will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/16/2012 (13033)

Page & Palette is hosting the event J.K. Rowling Live Webcast on 10/16/2012 (12779)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Parnassus Book Club with Ayad Akhtar on 10/17/2012 (13072)

Judy Goldman, author of Losing My Sister, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/17/2012 (13109)

Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/17/2012 (12961)

Stella Suberman, author of The GI Bill Boys: A Memoir, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/17/2012 (12962)

John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 10/17/2012 (12976)

John Batchelor, author of Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/17/2012 (12998)

Patrick Farrell, author of Dispatches from the Swing State, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/17/2012 (13034)

Ian Frazier will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/17/2012 (13035)

Octavia Books is hosting the event Brain Quest Challenge! on 10/17/2012 (12785)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Cliterati Open No-Mic Featuring Red Summer on 10/18/2012 (13057)

Nan Watkins, author of Dreamweed, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 10/18/2012 (13067)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event After School Story Time on 10/18/2012 (13074)

Sherman Alexie will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/18/2012 (13075)

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event October Book Club on 10/18/2012 (13098)

John Perry, author of The Art of Procrastination, will be appearing at The Country Bookshop, 10/18/2012 (13101)

Meg Hirshberg, author of For Better or for Work, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/18/2012 (13110)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 10/18/2012 (12894)

John Perry, author of THE ART OF PROCRASTINATION, will be appearing at The Country Bookshop, 10/18/2012 (12932)

Bill Evans, author of It's Raining Fish and Spiders, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/18/2012 (12963)

Mark Helprin, author of In Sunlight and in Shadow, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/18/2012 (12964)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 10/18/2012 (12977)

Joseph Wheelan, author of Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 10/18/2012 (12979)

Charlotte Pierce-Baker, author of This Fragile Life, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 10/18/2012 (12990)

Jilly and Jessie Lagasse, author of The Gluten-Free Table: The Lagasse Girls ShareTheir Favorite Meals, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 10/18/2012 (12995)

Walter Bennett, author of Leaving Tuscaloosa, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/18/2012 (12999)

Cynthia LeJeune Nobles, author of THE DELTA QUEEN COOKBOOK: The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/18/2012 (13012)

Lauren Conrad will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/18/2012 (13036)

Fabiola Santiago, author of Count on Me , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/18/2012 (13037)

Inkwood Books is hosting the event BOOK GROUP NIGHT on 10/18/2012 (12782)

Okra Pick!Robert Olen Butler will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/18/2012 (13038)

bbgb is hosting the event Make Your Map! on 10/19/2012 (13103)

Janet Conner will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/19/2012 (13111)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event More Than a Statistic: A Night for Reproductive Justice and Gender Equality on 10/19/2012 (12947)

Lisa Alther will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/19/2012 (12965)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Brain Quest Challenge for kids! on 10/19/2012 (12978)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event West End Poetry Fest Reception & Readings on 10/19/2012 (12980)

John Perry, author of The Art of Procrastination, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/19/2012 (13000)

John Stephens, author of The Fire Chronicles, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/19/2012 (13039)

Ernest Bazan, author of Talk and Slideshow, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/19/2012 (13040)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Let Me Clear My Throat: An Evening of Sonic Essays by Eleana Passarello on 10/20/2012 (13058)

Judy Goldman, author of Losing My Sister, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 10/20/2012 (13068)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Saturday Storytime on 10/20/2012 (13076)

Patricia Cornwell, author of The Bone Bed, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/20/2012 (13077)

Pam Cable, author of Televenge, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 10/20/2012 (13092)

Rich Cohen, author of The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/20/2012 (13112)

Robert Benson, author of Wedding the Wild Particular, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 10/20/2012 (12942)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Live music : Shawn James & William Blackart & Willi Goehring on 10/20/2012 (12948)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Saturday Morning Story Time on 10/20/2012 (12981)

Joe Ingle, author of The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 10/20/2012 (12982)

Mary Jane O'Loughlin, author of Ruby and Baby...An Unlikely Friendship, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/20/2012 (13001)

Carole Isom Barnes, author of Layoff: American Dream Interrupted, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/20/2012 (13002)

Fountain Bookstore is hosting the event James River Writers Annual Conference 2012 on 10/20/2012 (13009)

Octavia Books is hosting the event Octavia Books Book Club - October 2012 on 10/20/2012 (13013)

Rebecca and Ed Emberly, author of The Ant and the Grasshopper, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/20/2012 (13014)

Mary Elizabeth Hall, author of Amberly, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 10/20/2012 (13022)

Jay Mims will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 10/20/2012 (13023)

Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/20/2012 (13041)

Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/20/2012 (13042)

J. R. Shine, author of The Stockbroker, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/20/2012 (13043)

Antonia Philips Rabb, author of One Last Child, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/20/2012 (13044)

Stephanie Deutsch, author of You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/21/2012 (13078)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event WRITERS AT HOME on 10/21/2012 (13113)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Paperback Fiction Book Club: When She Woke on 10/21/2012 (12956)

Walter Bennett will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/21/2012 (12966)

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Jay O'Berski, Tony Perucci & Elena Passarello on 10/21/2012 (12991)

Nathan Kotecki, author of The Suburban Strange, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/21/2012 (13003)

Malinda Lo, author of Adaptation, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 10/21/2012 (13010)

Kim O' Donnel, author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 10/21/2012 (12247)

Thomas Glick, author of Creative Mediation, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/21/2012 (13045)

Jorge Goyanes, author of Miami Beat, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/21/2012 (13046)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 10/22/2012 (13059)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Science Fiction Book Club - October Meeting on 10/22/2012 (12949)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Live music: BRAINSTORM and Sw/mm/ng on 10/22/2012 (12950)

Michael Koryta will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 10/22/2012 (12953)

Jasper Fforde will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/22/2012 (12967)

Rabbi Harold S Kushner will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/22/2012 (13047)

Gina Gershon, author of In Search of Cleo, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/22/2012 (13048)

Dennis Lehane will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/23/2012 (13079)

That Bookstore in Blytheville is hosting the event John Grisham's Racketeer releases! on 10/23/2012 (13095)

Katy Kelly, author of Melonhead and Lucy Rose, will be appearing at bbgb, 10/23/2012 (13104)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event IT'S ALL ABOUT ENERGY SERIES WITH DEBORAH LLOYD on 10/23/2012 (13114)

Michelle Hodkin, author of The Evolution of Mara Dyer, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 10/23/2012 (12954)

William Chafe will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/23/2012 (12968)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities: Spotlight on Scholars (ticketed): The Crusades and the Modern Craze for the Medieval on 10/23/2012 (12983)

Debra Dean, author of The Mirrored World, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/23/2012 (13004)

Tonja Koob, author of Louisiana's Oil Heritage, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/23/2012 (13015)

Okra Pick!Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 10/23/2012 (13024)

Diego Fonseca, author of Sam no es mi t, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/23/2012 (13049)

Tasha Alexander, author of Death in the Floating City, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/24/2012 (13080)

Mary Stewart Atwell, author of Wild Girls, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/24/2012 (13115)

Okra Pick!Robert Olen Butler will be appearing at Page & Palette, 10/24/2012 (12943)

David Abrams, author of Fobbit, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/24/2012 (12969)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities in Action (ticketed): The End of the Death Penalty? on 10/24/2012 (12984)

Julia Scatliff O'Grady, author of Good Busy, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 10/24/2012 (12992)

Barney Saltzberg will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/24/2012 (13050)

Bunny Yeager, author of Bunny Yeager's Darkroom, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/24/2012 (13051)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Hollaback with War on Women- A Feminist Punk Show Benefit on 10/25/2012 (13060)

David Bell, author of The Hiding Place, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/25/2012 (13081)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event LENOIR-RHYNE WRITING PROGRAM DIRECTOR DISCUSSES THE WRITING on 10/25/2012 (13116)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 10/25/2012 (12895)

Kathleen Flinn, author of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 10/25/2012 (12955)

Bland Simpson will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/25/2012 (12970)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 10/25/2012 (12985)

Michele Gillespie, author of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 10/25/2012 (12986)

Arthe Anthony, author of Picturing Black New Orleans: A Creole Photographer's View of the Early Twentieth Century, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 10/25/2012 (12996)

Okra Pick!Robert Olen Butler will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/25/2012 (13016)

Fred Chappell, author of Ancestors and Others, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 10/25/2012 (13021)

Bunny Yeager, author of Bunny Yeager's Darkroom, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/25/2012 (13052)

Michelle Hodkin, author of The Evolution of Mara Dyer, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 10/25/2012 (13053)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Demographics of Diversity panel discussion on 10/25/2012 (13054)

Jennifer Skiff will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 10/26/2012 (13065)

Elizabeth Flock, author of What Happened to My Sister, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/26/2012 (13082)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event PAM DURBAN READS FROM THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS on 10/26/2012 (13117)

Barry Bernson, author of Bernson's Corner: A Reporter's Notebook, will be appearing at A Reader's Corner Bookstore, 10/26/2012 (13124)

Sharon Lovejoy, author of My First Bird Book & Bird Feeder, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/26/2012 (12971)

Tim Crothers will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 10/26/2012 (12987)

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event David Sedaris at the DPAC on 10/26/2012 (12993)

Kim O'Donnel, author of Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 10/26/2012 (13011)

George Singleton, author of Stray Decorum , will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/26/2012 (13017)

Pamela King Cable, author of Televenge, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 10/26/2012 (13025)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Celebration of the life of Dr. Aaronette M. White on 10/27/2012 (13061)

Katherine Scott Crawford, author of Keowee Valley, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 10/27/2012 (13069)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Story Time with Rana DiOrio on 10/27/2012 (13083)

Anne Byrn, author of Unbelievably Gluten-Free!, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/27/2012 (13084)

Kristen Iversen will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 10/27/2012 (13089)

Donna Earnhardt, author of Being Frank, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 10/27/2012 (13093)

Margaret and Katherine King, author of Y'all Twins?, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 10/27/2012 (13096)

Suzanne Kline, author of Cosmo For President, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/27/2012 (13118)

Nick Bruel, author of Bad Kitty for President, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/27/2012 (13119)

Alex Sanchez, author of Boyfriends With Girlfriends, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/27/2012 (13120)

Calvin White, author of The Rise to Respectability, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 10/27/2012 (12951)

Elizabeth O. Dulemba  will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 10/27/2012 (12957)

Annette Laing will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/27/2012 (13005)

Joe Epley will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 10/27/2012 (13026)

Daryl Nash, author of Lived , will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 10/27/2012 (13027)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event The Magic of Fairy Dust- Halloween Children's Story Hour on 10/28/2012 (13062)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Special Event: Tricks and Treats from Six Young Adult Authors on 10/28/2012 (13085)

Dorothy Foltz-Gray, author of With and Without Her: A Memoir of Losing and Being a Twin, will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 10/28/2012 (13090)

Wendy Welch, author of The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/28/2012 (13121)

Robert N. Macomber  will be appearing at Book Mark, 10/28/2012 (13126)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Early, All Ages Music : Shannon Wurst on 10/28/2012 (12952)

Marjorie Galen, author of The Fashion Designer's Handbook: Learn to Sew and Become a Designer in 33 Fabulous Projects, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 10/28/2012 (12972)

Terry Roberts, author of A Short Time to Stay Here, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 10/28/2012 (12988)

Park Road Books is hosting the event Coffee, Chocolate & Confidence - Kaliana on 10/28/2012 (13006)

Arthe Anthony, author of Picturing Black New Orleans: A Creole Photographer's View of the Early Twentieth Century, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/28/2012 (13018)

Carson Morton, author of Stealing Mona Lisa, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/29/2012 (13086)

Karen Berg, author of To Be Continued: Reincarnation and the Purpose of Our Lives, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 10/29/2012 (13122)

Alexander McCall Smith will be appearing at Page & Palette, 10/29/2012 (12945)

Susan Griffith will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 10/29/2012 (12989)

Karen Marie Moning will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/29/2012 (13019)

Tim Westover, author of Auraria: A Georgia Ghost Novel, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 10/30/2012 (13063)

Jon Klassen, author of This Is Not My Hat, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 10/30/2012 (13087)

Okra Pick!Janis Owens  will be appearing at Book Mark, 10/30/2012 (13127)

Sharon Lovejoy, author of My First Bird Book & Bird Feeder, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 10/30/2012 (12946)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event William Henry Curry with Forbidden, Banned and Silenced: A History of Censorship in Music on 10/30/2012 (12973)

Karen Stark, author of World On A String, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 10/30/2012 (12994)

Poppy Tooker, author of MME. BEGUE'S RECIPES OF OLD NEW ORLEANS CREOLE COOKERY, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 10/30/2012 (13020)

Union Avenue Books is hosting the event Bookaholics Anonymous at Union Ave Books on 10/31/2012 (13091)

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Halloween in Gallows Bay on 10/31/2012 (13102)

Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 10/31/2012 (13007)

Melissa West, author of Gravity, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 11/02/2012 (13066)

Carol Dabney, author of Dance Me Home, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 11/03/2012 (13097)

Kevin Gillespie, author of Fire in My Belly, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 11/06/2012 (11562)

Sheila Ingle , author of COURAGEOUS KATE, A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION and FEARLESS MARTHA, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 11/10/2012 (12201)

Bayou Book Company is hosting the event Bayou Book Club on 11/12/2012 (13123)

Lenore DePree, author of 90 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, will be appearing at The Country Bookshop, 11/12/2012 (12933)

Rhett Johnson, author of LONGLEAF, FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, will be appearing at The Country Bookshop, 11/14/2012 (12934)

Juliette Faye, author of THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, will be appearing at The Country Bookshop, 11/15/2012 (12935)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures! Amy Ray, T Cooper, & Scott Turner Schofield on 12/15/2012 (13055)


Authors Round the South
www.authorsroundthesouth.com



Dearest readers,

Still I RiseThis last weekend her ladyship attended the 2012 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Southern Pines, North Carolina.  It was a lovely day to be in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by cotton fields, horse farms, tobacco fields and writers.

This year’s inductees were Maya Angelou, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and John Lawson. Maya Angelou could not be present, alas, but the occasion was marked by one of the most memorable readings of her poem “Still I Rise” by the poet Jaki Shelton Green. John Lawson also was unable to attend, as he A New Voyage to Carolinadied in the year 1711. But his book A New Voyage to the Carolinas was, along with a book about the proper kinds of bait and tackle for fishing on the coast, one of the first her ladyship purchased when she moved to eastern North Carolina. (She wanted something entertaining to read while she was not catching any fish).  And Kathryn Stripling Byer will always hold a special place in her ladyship’s heart, as she once said something very kind about a poem her ladyship sent her on being stuck at an intersection when the traffic light was out.

DescentThe author Lee Smith (who was also in attendance on that fine day) once called North Carolina “the writingest state.” I’m sure other states would beg to differ, but her ladyship is inclined to concur with Ms. Smith’s assessment. Perhaps we can all agree, though, that the South is “the writingest region” on God’s green earth.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending October 7, 2012

Columbia, SC -October 15, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, October 7, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

STARS - A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

 

Hardcover Fiction


1. The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $35, 9780316228534
2. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
3. Winter of the World
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525952923
4. This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Díaz, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594487361
5. Live By Night
Dennis Lehane, Morrow, $27.99, 9780060004873
6. A Wanted Man
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780385344333
7. Telegraph Avenue
Michael Chabon, Harper, $27.99, 9780061493348
8. Phantom
Jo Nesbø, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307960474
9. The Time Keeper
Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $24.99, 9781401322786
10. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $25, 9781451681734
11. In Sunlight and in Shadow
Mark Helprin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9780547819235
12. Mad River
John Sandford, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399157707
13. The Round House
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062065247
14. The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers, Little Brown, $24.99, 9780316219365
15. NW
Zadie Smith, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594203978

Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668
2. No Easy Day
Mark Owen, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525953722
3. Waging Heavy Peace
Neil Young, Blue Rider, $30, 9780399159466
4. America Again
Stephen Colbert, Grand Central, $28.99, 9780446583978
5. Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Salman Rushdie, Random House, $30, 9780812992786
6. The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe, Knopf, $25, 9780307594037
7. The Price of Politics
Bob Woodward, S&S, $30, 9781451651102
8. The Oath
Jeffrey Toobin, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385527200
9. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
10. Total Recall
Arnold Schwarzenegger, S&S, $35, 9781451662436
11. My Beautiful Broken Shell
Carol Hamblet Adams, D. Morgan (Illus.), Harvest House, $12.99, 9780736908702
12. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
13. God Loves You
David Jeremiah, Faithwords, $23.99, 9780446565974
14. I Declare
Joel Osteen, Faithwords, $21.99, 9781455516780
15. Mortality
Christopher Hitchens, Twelve, $22.99, 9781455502752

Trade Paperback Fiction


1. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
2. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
3. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $16, 9781250014764
4. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
5. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
6. Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell, Random House, $15, 9780375507250
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196
8. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $15.99, 9780061257100
9. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
10. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
11. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
12. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432
13. Dark Places
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341570
14. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
15. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $20, 9780345408778
3. Hold
Steve Chader, et al., McGraw-Hill, $25, 9780071797047
4. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
5. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
6. Southern Living the Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook
Oxmoor House, $19.95, 9780848738259
7. How to Be a Woman
Caitlin Moran, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062124296
8. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307886279
9. The Swerve
Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $16.95, 9780393343403
10. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
11. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $16.95, 9780393343441
12. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
13. F for Effort!
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9781452113227
14. Tiny Beautiful Things
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307949332
15. Call the Midwife
Jennifer Worth, Penguin, $16, 9780143123255

Mass Market


1. Fall of Giants
Ken Follett, Signet, $9.99, 9780451232854
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
3. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
4. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
8. The Litigators
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530561
9. Hamlet
William Shakespeare, Washington Square Press, $5.99, 9780743477123
10. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835

Children's Illustrated


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Mossy
Jan Brett, Putnam, $17.99, 9780399257827
3. Room on the Broom Board Book
Julia Donaldson, Axel Sheffler (Illus.), Dial, $6.99, 9780803738416
4. Creepy Carrots!
Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illus.), S&S, $16.99, 9781442402973
5. Frankenstein
Ludworst Bemonster, Feiwel & Friends, $14.99, 9780312553661
6. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
Ian Falconer, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781442450271
7. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
8. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
9. Llama Llama Time to Share
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670012336
10. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007

Children's Interest


1. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
4. Lincoln's Last Days
Bill O'Reilly, Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Holt, $19.99, 9780805096750
5. The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illus.), Harper, $7.99, 9780060530945
6. Star Wars Origami
Chris Alexander, Workman, $16.95, 9780761169437
7. Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt, Square Fish, $6.99, 9780312369811
8. The Empty City
Erin Hunter, Harper, $16.99, 9780062102560
9. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Puffin, $9.99, 9780142402511
10. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140603
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
5. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
6. A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House, #48)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868269
7. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
8. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545175340
9. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
10. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.

Permanent CampThe Pea-Green Light

Elizabeth and I sat on the screened porch.
Just another weekday late afternoon.
Nothing much going on.

having traversed 93 million miles in eight minutes
universal white light shattered into a billion radiant
fragments in our yard.

The copper-colored sun drifted below ridgeline.
Two flat-bottomed fleecy clouds were anchored securely
above our tree-lined meadow.

Upward-angled rays from the unseen sun caromed
downwardly off both clouds casting refracted color
into the heart of the cove.

Wind-swirled mist flowed through the over arching
lead canopy applying a lingering distillation
that magnetized each leaf.

Thus excited the canopy and meadow
and all space in between began to emanate
a pea-green luminescence.

For many minutes we sat watching
as this strange light once again transposed
our everyday world into a dreamscape.

I asked a local fellow if had ever seen the pea-green light.
“Oh yes,” he said. “We used to see it all the time back when
mother was alive…she said it was a sign that anything might
happen if you’re willing to sit quiet and watch.”

—George Ellison, Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Smokes (The Natural History Press, 2012)

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Book Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Signposts in a Strange LandI can hardly tell one bourbon from another, unless the other is very bad. Some bad bourbons are more memorable than good ones. For example, I can recall being broke with some friends in Tennessee and deciding to have a party and being able to afford only two-fifths of a $1.75 bourbon called Two Natural, whose label showed dice coming up 5 and 2. Its taste was memorable. The psychological effect was also notable. After knocking back two or three shots over a period of half an hour, the three male drinkers looked at each other and said in a single voice: "Where are the women?" Walker Percy, “Bourbon, neat”

The 2012 edition of the Southern Festival of Books, held October 12 -14 in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza, drew over 200 authors, multitudes of fans, and more than 50 book related exhibitors. The free book festivities, in operation since 1989, are a time-honored celebration of southern literature. The long-standing festival braved poor weather and high winds this past weekend to bring book lending technology and the latest bestsellers to a crowd of over 20,000. Southern Festival of Books

The first-ever Smoky Mountain Book Festival will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Heritage Center in Townsend. The event is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The festival is sponsored by media sponsor The Daily Times, and by the Mary Tippitt Memorial Library Book Club of Townsend, Tennessee. There is no charge for the one-day festival or for admission to the Heritage Center on that day. Smoky Mountain Book Festival

The Things They CarriedA Confederacy of DuncesThe Louisiana Book Festival will host two events encouraging festival goers to read the same book for a festival discussion. One Book, One Festival will feature a reader discussion of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces led by Southern literature scholar Gary Richards. The second festival-wide discussion will be a Louisiana Big Read event, part of the statewide Big Read project, featuring Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Both discussions will take place at the Louisiana Book Festival on Oct. 27 in downtown Baton Rouge. Louisiana Book Festival

Before During AfterLoyola University New Orleans English professor John Biguenet will receive the top literary award in the state—the Louisiana Writer Award. The award recognizes his many contributions to the state’s literary landscape as a novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, columnist, translator and essayist. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton will present the award to Biguenet in a ceremony at the Louisiana Book Festival Oct. 27 in Baton Rouge. The event is free and open to the public. Louisiana Writer Award

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Author Gossip

Robin BridgesFeatured: Robin Bridges
Author of The Gathering Storm

By day, she is a mild-mannered writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults. By night, she is a pediatric nurse. Bridges lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, one teenager, and two slobbery Mastiffs. She likes playing video games, watching Jane Austen movies, and preparing for the zombie apocalypse. The Gathering Storm is her first novel.

The Gathering StormThe Gathering Storm:  St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue. An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn. The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose? And to whom will she give her heart?

Upcoming trips:

·  Oxford, MS, 10/18/2012 - 10/19/2012
·  Memphis, TN, 10/20/2012 - 10/20/2012
·  Jackson, MS, 10/31/2012 - 10/31/2012

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More gossip:

TwangOn Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Julie L. Cannon, fiction author, passed away at age 50. Cannon, who grew up immersed in the culture of Southern storytellers and spent a lot of her youth writing short stories and poems, was best known for many fiction titles, with her most recent novel Twang released earlier this year. Twang provided a different look at the Nashville music industry. Julie L. Cannon

She had dreams of being a writer ever since she penned “Mrs. Duck’s Vacation” in elementary school, and like all passions should, it tested her, and twisted her and made her regularly leap out of her comfort zones, like a shaky-kneed swimmer taking a plunge from the high dive. Eulogy for Julie L. Cannon

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame recently brought Kay Byer onto its hallowed roster. Byer was North Carolina's first female poet laureate, serving from 2005 to 2009. She spent her adult life in the mountains of western North Carolina, channeling the landscape and voices into her work. Her new book of poetry is called Descent (Louisiana State University Press/ 2012). Byer Interview

Wreaths for All SeasonsI think about my childhood when I sat on the back porch in rocking chairs with my parents and grandparents. If we were going to sit down and talk, it was either at the kitchen table or on the back porch. It’s the opportunity to be in this hybrid space of inside and outside, and that’s what the porch is. My grandparents raised my parents like that, and my parents raised my two sisters and me like that. I think folks who don’t understand or have never truly experienced that lifestyle don’t know what they’re missing. I hope my books, photos, and writing will help inspire that living, that lifestyle. The Gentleman Farmer

A Year of Biblical womanhoodThe word vagina has caused trouble for a lot of women this year, from Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown to Naomi Wolf. And now, perhaps, for a prominent evangelical writer who refused to remove the word from her new book about women and the Bible. Rachel Held Evans’ upcoming book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, tracks her yearlong attempt to follow all of the Bible’s instructions for women, from making her own clothes to “submitting” to her husband. (I wrote about the project last year for Slate.) Now one of the biggest Christian bookstore chains in the country, LifeWay, has opted not to carry the book, and Evans is speaking out about the “chokehold” that the Southern Baptist-owned business wields over Christian writers. A Year of Living Biblically

When Sarah Dooley first heard Newbery Award-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor speak at an awards ceremony at the University of Charleston in the mid-1990s, she had no idea their paths would cross again. Little did the Huntington woman dream she would one day be the recipient of a writing award created by that same distinguished author. Dooley was 15 at the time and had won a county writing contest, thereby earning an invitation to the Young Writer's Day ceremony in Charleston. Huntington writer receives fellowship

William Friday, who became one of the country’s most respected educators during his 30 years as president of the University of North Carolina system, and who led a commission that sought to bring reforms to college sports, died Oct. 12 at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 92. William Friday

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Hester Bass  
Oxford, MS 10/18/2012 - 10/19/2012
Birmingham, AL 10/19/2012 - 10/21/2012
Brandon, MS 01/16/2013 - 01/19/2013
Tuscaloosa, AL 10/31/2012 - 11/03/2012

Carole Bellacera 
Russell Springs, KY 10/16/2012 - 10/19/2012
Destin , FL 12/24/2012 - 12/26/2012

Robin Bridges  
Memphis, TN 10/20/2012 - 10/20/2012
Jackson, MS 10/31/2012 - 10/31/2012

Kimberly Brock  
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

M.M. LeBlanc  
Pensacola, FL 10/19/2012 - 10/19/2012
Baton Rouge, LA 10/26/2012 - 10/27/2012
Key West, FL 11/14/2012 - 11/15/2012
Miami, FL 11/16/2012 - 11/18/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012

Nancy Naigle  
Richmond, VA 10/19/2012 - 10/21/2012

Elena Passarello  
Atlanta, GA 10/18/2012 - 10/19/2012
Durham, NC 10/20/2012 - 10/20/2012
Charlotte, NC 10/22/2012 - 10/22/2012

David Taylor  
Baton Rouge, LA 10/26/2012 - 10/27/2012

 

 

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Bookstore Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Cavalier House Books

Cavalier House Books
Denham Springs, LA

Cavalier House Books began in August of 2005 as a way to help local schools acquire the books they needed after the loss of Book Warehouse of Baton Rouge, which had been a local institution for over twenty years. Business was conducted through  phones and homes as John and Michelle Cavalier scouted a location for their first brick and mortar store. In June of 2009 the perfect venue became available in the form of a shop located in the historic downtown area of Denham Springs, LA. Cavalier House Books opened its doors on September 5, 2009. Since then, CHB has integrated itself into the community through events and social gatherings and hopes to continue to grow with this great community.

Cavalier House wants to treat books as less of a commodity and more as the purveyor of ideas that they are. They hope to be more than a cookie cutter bookstore and to become a hub of free expression and discussion. They hope to embody the spirit of independent commerce and independent thinking and to help mold and participate in the community which surrounds them
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The Hot countryRobert Olen Butler will read from and sign his new book, The Hot Country, at Octavia Books on Thursday (Oct. 25) at 6. The Hot Country is a historical crime novel about an American war correspondent who travels to Mexico in the tumultuous spring of 1914 and falls in love, witnesses a shooting, and must unravel a mystery. Butler is the author of twelve novels, six short-story collections, and a book on writing. He won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his short-story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. A Banner Week for Books

 

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Read This! Okra Picks and Recommended Reading from Cavalier House Books


American GhostOkra Picks: American Ghost by Janis Owens

"Owens's voice is as pure as a stream and as real as a plowed furrow. The South has rarely produced a writer this authentic and original. She is the real thing, at last."--Pat Conroy

JOLIE HOYT IS A GOOD SOUTHERN GIRL living in Hendrix, a small Florida Panhandle town. The daughter of a Pentecostal preacher who sells insurance on the side, and the best friend of a lively beauty who moves to the big city to pursue a career in interior design, Jolie is all too aware of her family's closet full of secrets and long-held distrust of outsiders. Nevertheless, she throws caution to the wind when she meets Sam Lense, a Jewish anthropology student from Miami, who is in town to study the ethnic makeup of the region.

American GhostJolie and Sam fall recklessly in love and dream of beginning a life together, far away from Jolie's buried past. But their affair ends abruptly when Sam is discovered to have pried too deeply into Hendrix's dark racial history and he becomes the latest victim in a long tradition of small-town violence.
Twelve years later, when a black businessman from Memphis returns to Hendrix to do right by his father's memory, Jolie and Sam are brought together again. They are forced to revisit the unresolved issues of their young love and finally shed light on the ugly history of Jolie's hometown.
A complex and compulsively readable Southern saga, continuing in the tradition established by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and brought into the new millennium by writers like Karen Russell and Kathryn Stockett, American Ghost was inspired by Janis Owens's extensive research on a real lynching that occurred in 1934 in Marianna, Florida.

American Ghost is a richly woven exploration of how the events of our past haunt our present.

Full set of Okra Picks here

Recommended reading from the Cavlier House Books Blog:

Keeping Safe the StarsSheila O'Connor's Keeping Safe the Stars feels destined to become a classic on par with Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia. It is the story of three orphan children who must fend for themselves when their grandfather (their only caretaker) is taken to a hospital far from their home. Pride, Nightingale, and Baby have been raised to be fiercely independent and loyal to each other above all else, so when things get tough, Pride, the oldest, starts coming up with ideas to keep her siblings safe. This is not the easiest thing to do, especially when neighbors, a traveling journalist, and a truly loathsome tourist begin asking questions.

Keeping Safe the Stars is really a perfect middle grade novel. It takes place in 1974, a time that will seem like ancient history to kids, but will be remembered by their parents and grandparents. The material is rife for family and classroom discussion. All of the actions in the story take place against the backdrop of that colorful era: long haired hippies, Nixon's resignation, and a fearful and angry political climate. Yet O'Connor handles these heady topics with aplomb. The children, even without iphones and a wifi connection, can be related to by modern kids. They are real people who are frightened and curious and sometimes a little desperate. Full review 

If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman's fantasies, I must impress upon you the importance of reading Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull. It is a perfect sort of fantasy filled with adventure, love, and danger.

Summer and BirdSummer and Bird is the story of two sisters whose parents have gone missing overnight. Summer, the older sister, is very like their father. She is practical both in life and the way she interacts with nature. The much younger Bird favors their mother. She lives with the spirit of nature, spending her time becoming a part of the natural world around her rather than observing and attempting to understand it. The relationship between the sisters is so wonderful; they are so different and so similar - they are real sisters.

As the girls travel through the forest looking for their parents, they begin to discover the magic that has been hidden from them their whole lives. Their mother is the queen of birds, but her mantle was stolen by an evil puppeteer who longed to be a bird herself. Now, their mother is trapped and Summer and Bird must work to free her before the false queen destroys all of the birds of the forest.

What sets this novel apart from any other middle grade fantasy is the writing. The author has a way of taking the norm and making it otherworldly, as in the description of falling asleep that has stayed with me: "sleep opened its dark mouth and swallowed her." Haven't you felt that same way when falling asleep into a nightmare? Catmull's voice is pitch perfect for the genre - it is a blend of magic, fairytale, and authentic young characters. Summer and Bird is a wonderful novel that has been beautifully illustrated, and I want to hand it out to every twelve year old I know - and their sister.  Full Review

All the King's MenAll the King's Men is definitely one of "those books." The books you always find on best of lists and must read lists, especially if you are from Louisiana (the state that brought you both Robert Penn Warren and Huey Long). I've heard about this book practically my entire reading life and while I never fully dismissed it, I often judged it as being too Southern or too political for my tastes. I will admit to you now - I was way off base.

The story centers around Willie Stark (sometimes Talos) and his right hand man, narrator, Jack Burden. Everyone knows that Stark is a depiction of Louisiana governor Huey Long, but that fact becomes irrelevant once you enter the story. Personally, I know little about Long's career, but I think this served to enhance my appreciation of the novel. I wasn't constantly questioning which actions were historical and which were fictional. I was absorbed in the world of the characters, which is exactly what a good novel should do for you. Full review

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