{southern straight down to the marrow of my bones}

In which Mr. Frye Gaillard discusses the books that matter, Ms. Edit Pearlman likes fat men, and a man inquires for directions at a roadside fruit stand and receives an unexpectedly existential answer.

November 4, 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 Bone Bed The ARt Forger The Yellow Birds Leonardo and the Last Supper Rise to Greatness The Generals The Oath The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap The Tiger's Wife Call the Midwife Dancers Among Us Destiny of the Republic It All Turns on Affection F in Exams The Litigators All Quiet on the Western Front 1984 Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Each Kindness Pete the Cat: I Love MyWhite Shoes Lauren Conrad Beauty Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Author Readings

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Flyleaf Poetry Reading & Open Mic Series on 11/08/2012 (13134)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 11/08/2012 (13135)

Ronda Rich, author of There?s a Better Day A-Comin?, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 11/08/2012 (13152)

Kelly Barth will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 11/08/2012 (13162)

Tom Varisco, author of JACKSON SQUARED: The Heart of the Quarter, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 11/08/2012 (13168)

Judy Hogan, author of Killer Frost, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/08/2012 (13173)

Jennifer Chiaverini will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 11/08/2012 (13199)

Rebecca Lang will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 11/08/2012 (13211)

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 Parnassus Books, 11/08/2012 (13245)

Selma James, author of Sex, Race and Class, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/08/2012 (13273)

The Fountainhead Bookstore is hosting the event Robert Morgan at the Cedars on 11/08/2012 (13293)

David Ebenbach, author of Into the Wilderness, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 11/09/2012 (13136)

Tasia Malakasis will be appearing at Page & Palette, 11/09/2012 (13153)

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, author of Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 11/09/2012 (13154)

Helen Correll, author of Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration From Nature, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 11/09/2012 (13183)

Pamela King Cable, author of Televenge, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 11/09/2012 (13189)

Summer Wood, author of Raising Wrecker, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 11/09/2012 (13217)

Jenny Brock, author of By Morning's Light: The True Story of a Mother's Reconnection with Her Son in the Hereafter, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 11/09/2012 (13254)

Ron Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/09/2012 (13274)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock on 11/10/2012 (13137)

Jeffrey Clemmons, author of Rich's: A Southern Institution, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 11/10/2012 (13146)

Ronald Dickey, author of Mr. Dickey's Barbecue Cookbook, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 11/10/2012 (13147)

Kelly Barth, author of My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 11/10/2012 (13148)

Richard Ledbetter, author of Witness Tree 1910, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 11/10/2012 (13155)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing the Tough Stuff: Deborah Jiang Stein in Conversation with Jessica Handler on 11/10/2012 (13163)

Octavia Books is hosting the event Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club on 11/10/2012 (13169)

Rochelle Togo-Figa, author of Succeeding in Spite of Everything, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 11/10/2012 (13184)

Jennifer Niven will be appearing at Park Road Books, 11/10/2012 (13185)

Betty Cory, author of Crabbing Days of an Islander, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 11/10/2012 (13190)

Donna L. Jones, author of Different Directions: How a Moment in Time Can Change One's Life Forever, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 11/10/2012 (13206)

Eleni Gage, author of Other Waters, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 11/10/2012 (13218)

Stacy Wright, author of Cuda, will be appearing at Blue Ridge Books & News, 11/10/2012 (13224)

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)

Mindy Friddle  will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 11/10/2012 (13235)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Saturday Storytime on 11/10/2012 (13246)

David Ebenbach, author of Into the Wilderness, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 11/10/2012 (13255)

David Madden will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/10/2012 (13275)

Polly Craig, author of A Medal for Dr. Mary, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 11/10/2012 (13291)

Helen Correll, author of Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration From Nature, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 11/10/2012 (13294)

Barnhill's is hosting the event Jacinta Victoria White-Workshop on 11/10/2012 (13299)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Embodied Words--A Workshop with Jen Cross on 11/11/2012 (13164)

Jean Anderson will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/11/2012 (13174)

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 11/11/2012 (13200)

Matt Alexander, author of Southern Sailor, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 11/11/2012 (13212)

Veronica Kavass, author of Artists in Love: From Picasso & Gilot to Christo & Jeanne-Claude A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 11/11/2012 (13247)

Kathryn Byer will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/11/2012 (13276)

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

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 11/12/2012 (13165)

Nathan Kotecki will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/12/2012 (13175)

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

Literary BookPost is hosting the event LBP's Reading Betweens the Wines Book Club on 11/12/2012 (13207)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event The Joys of Nature Journaling with Helen Correll on 11/12/2012 (13213)

Eric Deggans, author of RACE-BAITER: HOW THE MEDIA WIELDS DANGEROUS WORDS TO DIVIDE A NATION, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 11/12/2012 (13229)

Christal Presley will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/12/2012 (13278)

The Bookstore in the Grove is hosting the event Book Club Discussion: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett on 11/12/2012 (13301)

Alex Granados, author of Cemetery Plot, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 11/13/2012 (13138)

Rhett Johnson will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/13/2012 (13176)

Ron Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 11/13/2012 (13191)

Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 11/13/2012 (13201)

Helen Correll will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 11/13/2012 (13214)

David Spielman, author of When Not Performing: New Orleans Musicians, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 11/13/2012 (13219)

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 11/13/2012 (13225)

Jay Asher will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 11/13/2012 (13230)

Emma Donoghue will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 11/13/2012 (13248)

Nancy L. Johnston, author of My Life as a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 11/13/2012 (13256)

Nancy Marie Brown, author of Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/13/2012 (13279)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Adult Writing Workshop on 11/14/2012 (13314)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities in Action (ticketed): Post-Election Supreme Court Analysis on 11/14/2012 (13139)

Fred Thompson, author of Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 11/14/2012 (13140)

Katy Munger will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/14/2012 (13177)

John Hartness will be appearing at Park Road Books, 11/14/2012 (13186)

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

Ronald Rice, author of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 11/14/2012 (13202)

Juliette Fay will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 11/14/2012 (13236)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Parnassus Book Club: Caleb's Crossing on 11/14/2012 (13249)

Marc Fitten , author of Elza's Kitchen, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/14/2012 (13280)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Poetry Book Club on 11/14/2012 (13286)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 11/15/2012 (13141)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Cliterati Open No-Mic Featuring Robin G. White on 11/15/2012 (13166)

Alex Granados, author of Cemetery Plot, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/15/2012 (13178)

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

Rose McLarney will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 11/15/2012 (13192)

Margaret Maron  will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 11/15/2012 (13203)

Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 11/15/2012 (13220)

B. A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 11/15/2012 (13231)

Deb Richardson-Moore, author of The Weight of Mercy, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 11/15/2012 (13237)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Parnassus Book Club: Caleb's Crossing on 11/15/2012 (13250)

John Jeter will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 11/15/2012 (13251)

Nassir Ghaemi, author of A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 11/15/2012 (13257)

Mark Powell, author of The Dark Corner, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/15/2012 (13281)

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event Book Club on 11/15/2012 (13292)

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event November Book Club on 11/15/2012 (13295)

Cindy Holby will be appearing at Barnhill's, 11/15/2012 (13300)

Burry Bookstore is hosting the event Christmas Open House on 11/15/2012 (13308)

Sundial Books is hosting the event Sundial Back Porch Music Jam on 11/16/2012 (13316)

David Loy, author of The World is Made of Stories, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/16/2012 (13282)

Robb Helfrick, author of Georgia Unforgettable, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 11/17/2012 (13264)

Stephen Clegg, author of Maria's Way, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 11/17/2012 (13302)

Timothy Brannan, author of Tears of Allah, will be appearing at Muse Book Shop, 11/18/2012 (13307)

Tom Young, author of The Renegades , will be appearing at Sundial Books, 11/24/2012 (13317)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Adult Writing Workshop on 11/28/2012 (13315)

Lon D. Outen, author of A History of Lynches Forks and Extended Areas on Big and Little Lynches Rivers, South Carolina, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 11/30/2012 (13309)

David M. Tavernier, author of Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken's Winter Colony in the Gilded Age, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/03/2012 (13310)

Bill Roorback, author of Life Among Giants, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/05/2012 (13262)

N.M. Kelly, author of White Truffles in Winter, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 12/12/2012 (13303)

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
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Dearest readers,

Last weekend her ladyship, the editor attended the Fall Conference of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, held—as these things are wont to be—in a couple of deliberately bland meeting rooms at a hotel off an Interstate exit in Cary, NC. Her ladyship was there, as per usual, to help sell books written by both the writers giving the workshops and the writers attending them. For if there is one thing that is as certain as death and taxes, it is that writers who come to writing conferences all have a book in them, if not actually with them—ready push into the hands of any editor or agent they might meet.

Binocular VisionAs often is the case, her ladyship found some of her favorite moments occurred outside of the workshops and critique sessions, in the hallways between rooms, waiting in lines for books to be signed, or watching and laughing through a series of open mic readings where it was manifestly clear that everyone had been reading far too much Fifty Shades of Gray.

Plus, her ladyship had the pleasure of eating lunch with the keynote speaker of the event, the very gracious Ms. Edith Pearlman, author of Binocular Vision. We bonded over our affection for the writing of Andrea Barrett. In her address, Ms. Pearlman dutifully answered all the questions that, as she said, “people have always wanted to ask me, but never quite dared to.” Questions such as “Why do you write about so many fat men?” To which Ms. Pearlman replies, “I love fat men. Especially doctors. Especially fat doctors that smoke cigars.”

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 4, 2012

Columbia, SC -November 7, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, November 4, 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 Racketeer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535144
2. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
3. Back to Blood
Tom Wolfe, Little Brown, $30, 9780316036313
4. Winter of the World
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525952923
5. The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $35, 9780316228534
6. The Panther
Nelson DeMille, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446580847
7. The Bone Bed
Patricia Cornwell, Putnam Adult, $28.95, 9780399157561
8. The Twelve
Justin Cronin, Ballantine, $28, 9780345504982
9. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $23.95, 9781616201326
10. This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Díaz, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594487361
11. The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers, Little Brown, $24.99, 9780316219365
12. Live By Night
Dennis Lehane, Morrow, $27.99, 9780060004873
13. The Round House
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062065247
14. Telegraph Avenue
Michael Chabon, Harper, $27.99, 9780061493348
15. The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton, Atria, $26.99, 9781439152805

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668
2. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust
Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464873
3. No Easy Day
Mark Owen, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525953722
4. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
William Manchester, Paul Reid, Little Brown, $40, 9780316547703
5. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
6. Leonardo and the Last Supper
Ross King, Walker & Company, $28, 9780802717054
7. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
8. Rise to Greatness
David Von Drehle, Holt, $30, 9780805079708
9. The Generals
Thomas E. Ricks, Penguin Press, $32.95, 9781594204043
10. Elsewhere: A Memoir
Richard Russo, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959539
11. How Music Works
David Byrne, McSweeney's, $32, 9781936365531
12. The Oath
Jeffrey Toobin, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385527200
13. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap
Wendy Welch, St. Martin's, $24.99, 9781250010636
14. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
15. The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe, Knopf, $25, 9780307594037

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell, Random House, $15, 9780812984415
2. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
3. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
4. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
5. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
6. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
7. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432
8. Reflected in You
Sylvia Day, Berkley, $15, 9780425263914
9. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
10. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $16, 9781250014764
11. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
12. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196
14. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
15. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. The Swerve
Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $16.95, 9780393343403
3. The Untethered Soul
Michael A. Singer, New Harbinger, $16.95, 9781572245372
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
5. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
6. Call the Midwife
Jennifer Worth, Penguin, $16, 9780143123255
7. To Heaven and Back
Mary C. Neal, Waterbrook, $14.99, 9780307731715
8. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $20, 9780345408778
9. Dancers Among Us
Jordan Matter, Workman, $17.95, 9780761171706
10. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
11. Destiny of the Republic
Candice Millard, Anchor, $16, 9780767929714
12. It All Turns on Affection
Wendell Berry, Counterpoint, $14.95, 9781619021143
13. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
14. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
15. Tiny Beautiful Things
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307949332

Mass Market

1. Fall of Giants
Ken Follett, Signet, $9.99, 9780451232854
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
3. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
4. The Litigators
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530561
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
6. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
7. All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780449213940
8. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
9. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
10. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935

Children's Illustrated

1. Safari: A Photicular Book
Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $24.95, 9780761163800
2. The Thankful Book
Todd Parr, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316181013
okra3. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062110626

4. Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Olé
Judy Schachner, Dial, $17.99, 9780803737822
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. Each Kindness
Jacqueline Woodson, E.B. Lewis (Illus.), Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399246524
7. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
Ian Falconer, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781442450271
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
9. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
10. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553

Children's Interest

1. Who Could That Be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316123082
2. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
3. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
Emma Thompson, Eleanor Taylor (Illus.), Frederick Warne and Company, $20, 9780723269106
4. Lego Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia
DK Publishing, $18.99, 9780756698126
5. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
6. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, Harper, $7.99, 9780061120268
7. Star Wars Origami
Chris Alexander, Workman, $16.95, 9780761169437
8. Lauren Conrad Beauty
Lauren Conrad, Elise Loehnen, Harper, $21.99, 9780062128454
9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
10. Son
Lois Lowry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, 9780547887203

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140603
2. Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries, #1)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781416980063
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
5. Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House, #27)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375806155
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
7. Tales From a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries, #5)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442449619
8. The Hunters (The Brotherband Chronicles, Book 3)
John Flanagan, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399256219
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
10. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545175340

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Revelations: PoemsFruit Stand
“I don’t suppose
your dirt road goes
from here to town?”
It was sundown
at a fruit stand
A calloused hand
took my money
for some honey
without a word,
then he answered:
“Ain’t gone nowhere
since you parked there.”

—Ted Olson, Revelations: Poems (Celtic Cat, 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).

After 34 years with the publishing house, editor-in-chief David Perry will retire in March 2013. Perry joined UNC Press as an editorial assistant in 1979 and was named editor-in-chief in 1995. He acquires books in history and Southern studies, with a special focus on Civil War and military history, as well as books for the press’s regional general-interest list. UNC Press editor in chief David Perry to retire

Even on warmer days it takes a little while for it to kind of get going, but everyone was already here first thing in the morning. I don't know if the cool weather didn't kind of give everyone a spring in their step. Louisiana Book Festival record attendance

The Shadow ManThe Savannah Book Festival directors have elected three new members to the organization's volunteer board. Among them is Dr. Mark Murphy, Savannah physician and author of the recently published The Shadow Man. Murphy will be one of the featured speakers during the free all-day festival Feb. 16. Savannah Book Festival names new board members

Reporter and author Frye Gaillard was one of the rare voices of reason in the South during the social upheaval that followed the outlawing of segregation, and he acknowledges that much of his attitude toward the racial question, and almost everything else, came through his love of books. In "The Books That Mattered," he lists and discusses the ones that shaped his thinking and The Books that Matteredchanged his life. The Books that Mattered

The Millions, an online magazine and literary site, featured an article with the words "the Death of Southern Literature" in its headline. The writer, Baynard Woods, declared it time to "bury the term." The best thing for the genre is to kill it off and sacrifice "the adjective 'Southern' for the sake of what really matters here, which is literature," he said.  Still, Southern literature isn't dead and won't be anytime soon. It remains too relevant, and too much is at stake. Southern literature is not dead

“[Southern Festival of Books] is flat-out fun and that's due in large part, I think, to where it's held. Everything's so centralized at Legislative Plaza that I find myself running into authors right and left." Southern Festival of Books draws crowd of 20,000

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Author Gossip

American Ghost“Man in the Blue Moon is southern literature at it’s finest” —Pat Conroy Interview with Michael Morris

I don't think too much about what it means to be (a Southern writer), though I am, straight down to the marrow of my bones. Southern ties unite Cassandra King, Janis Owens

Titled "Yachts and Things," the six-page tale was uncovered in the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library. It is thought to be a portion of his unfinished novel, Answered Prayers, which was published in 1987, three years after the author's death. Although a work of fiction, the characters were blatantly based on many of the socialites Capote befriended, such as Jackie O. and Peggy Guggenheim. Unpublished Truman Capote story discovered

“The use of the infringing quote and of William Faulkner’s name in the infringing film is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, and/or to deceive the infringing film's viewers as to a perceived affiliation, connection or association between William Faulkner and his works, on the one hand, and Sony, on the other hand.” The past is never dead

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  , Brandon, MS 01/16/2013 - 01/19/2013

Renea Winchester  , Roswell, GA 11/07/2012 - 11/07/2012

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

M.M. LeBlanc  , Key West, FL 11/14/2012 - 11/15/2012

Renea Winchester  , Acworth, GA 11/15/2012 - 11/15/2012

M.M. LeBlanc  , Miami, FL 11/16/2012 - 11/18/2012

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

Carole Bellacera  , destin , FL 12/24/2012 - 12/26/2012

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Bookstore Gossip

The RacketeerFrom the hills of north Mississippi to the dusty delta plains of Arkansas, we travelled two and a half hours or 150 miles up Interstate 55 to Blytheville, AR. As soon as we walked inside the quaint bookstore, we felt at home. To greet us at the door was John Grisham Y’all Twins?

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


In the Garden with Billy

In the Garden with BillyIn the Garden with Billy: Lessons about Life, Love, and Tomatoes by Renea Winchester

One woman: far from home and struggling to accept her mother's terminal illness.One man: recently widowed, and maintaining the old ways of farming; while beingsurrounded by urban sprawl.One story: about what happens when a harried suburban mom reaches out to help astranger.A chance encounter on a busy Atlanta summer day turns into an unexpected friendship for Renea Winchester. She's in a hurry, running to her daughter's tennis lesson and away from the reality of her mother's illness when her daughter notices a primitive sign on the side of the road which reads, "Baby Goats 4 Sale."Even though Renea has no interest in smelling goats, she pulls into the drive on that hot day and meets a man who would change her life. Wearing faded cotton overalls, and walking with a slight stoop, seventy-seven year old Billy Albertson shakes Renea's hand and captures her heart.Join these unusual friends in the garden as they lean on each other, push through obstacles, and face life's challenges with integrity and hope.

Little Creek Books, 2010 $14.95

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


Cruel HarvestOkra Picks: Cruel Harvest

One woman's gripping emotional, physical, and spiritual odyssey to find her shattered family--an amazing story of survival and reunion

Cruel Harvest.

Full set of Okra Picks here

Recommended reading from Inkwood Books:

Carry the OneCARRY THE ONE by CAROL ANSHAW – “Told over a span of twenty-five years, Carry the One begins with the accidental killing of a young girl after an unconventional farmyard wedding. Carmen, the bride, her brother and sister and those in the car that hit the girl, are each changed forever by the death. The following decades, and the accompanying marriages, divorces, broken hearts, and lost souls, are described beautifully. Anshaw's characters (their flaws and their strengths) are utterly believable, and the writing doesn't have a single false note: effortlessly graceful, wise and assured.” Leslie

The Dubious Salvation of Jack V.THE DUBIOUS SALVATION OF JACK V. by JACQUES STRAUSS –“Growing up in apartheid South Africa, eleven-year-old Jack wrestles with some big questions in this humorous coming-of-age novel. Is he English like his mother, or Afrikaans like his father? Which swear words are cool, and which are the ones that push too far? Does his nanny Susie love him as much as she loves her own son? As the politics of race and a nation’s identity swim beneath the periphery of Jack’s consciousness, he learns the weight of his own actions, the meaning of friendship and family, and the ultimate power of forgiveness." Amanda.

Flight BehaviorFLIGHT BEHAVIOR by BARBARA KINGSOLVER --"I don't want to say too much about the plot of this book, because the way that Kingsolver peels open a story is truly magical, but the crux of it is this: In the rural mountains of Tennessee, Dellarobia Turnbow has decided to move on from the life she's been handed and blaze her own trails, but is waylaid by a miracle of catastrophic proportions. A story of love, denial, disappointed expectations and unsought revelations ensues, and you'll be swept away by its subtle beauty." Amanda.

Heads or TailsHEADS OR TAILS by LILLI CARRE –“Short, graphic vignettes by the incomparable Lille Carre. Each story can be read in a few minutes, but they pack a real punch! From the single-minded flower arranger who loses his decisiveness in a freak accident to the man who’s driven from his home by an inexplicable flood, Carre pushes forth her narratives simply and beautifully. Intertwined throughout the collection is a meditation on the choices we make and the care we put into our lives and into those around us.” Amanda.

The heart Broke InHEART BROKE IN by JAMES MEEK-- "Called by one reviewer 'a moral thriller', James Meek's Heart Broke In is a beautifully written, intricate story of the inescapable consequences of our choices. Set in contemporary London, the story centers around two grown siblings: Ritchie, an aging pop star now producer; and his sister Bec, a scientist taking unnecessary risks to discover a vaccine for malaria. Their two very different worlds are both believable and fascinating, and Meek deftly explores modern culture and the obsession for fame, power, and love. This is a (401) page-turner, darkly funny, surprisingly moving and devastating in its exploration of social and personal responsibility. A great book group choice." Leslie

More Than HumanMORE THAN HUMAN  photographs by TIM FLACH , with texts collected, written and edited by LEWIS BLACKWELL--“Acclaimed photographer Flach presents an extraordinary collection of images from a stunning menagerie of species: tigers, pandas, gorillas and lions as well as jellyfish, beetles and snakes. Each photo helps Flach demonstrate the undeniable bond we have with animals, and the accompanying text challenges us all to examine our relationship with the natural world. This is a great gift for the holidays…or for yourself.” Leslie.

Mr. gMR g: A NOVEL ABOUT THE CREATION  by ALAN LIGHTMAN – “Mr g is the story of Creation as told by God. Living in the infinite Void with his highly opinionated Aunt Penelope and Uncle Deva, Mr g awakes from a nap and decides to create the universe. Combining science, religion and philosophy, Lightman presents a unique vision of how we came to be. Mr g begins by creating time, space and matter and the book reads like a creative physics text book (perhaps if my professor had explained ‘Big Bang’ in this manner, I might have paid more attention in class). Next come the stars, planets and eventually intelligent beings. With the creation of intelligent beings comes moral dilemmas, and Mr g, who is all powerful, discovers He is not all knowing. Mr g is a fantastically imaginative work, presenting both the joy and tragedy of life and the struggle between good and evil.” Lindsay.

The Smitten KitchenTHE SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK by DEB PERELMAN –“I love to cook, so I’m constantly flipping through cookbooks and searching for new recipes online. I discovered Deb Perelman’s blog, Smitten Kitchen, about three years ago and have continued checking it regularly ever since. Deb is a self-taught cook. She’s a mom who lives in a tiny Manhattan apartment and manages to create amazing dishes with limited space. Her recipes are unique, with a wide variety of tasty vegetarian options (don’t worry she’s got some with meat as well). When I found out Smitten Kitchen was going to be made into a cookbook, I was thrilled! Not a single recipe of Deb’s that I’ve tried has disappointed me. If you enjoy cooking or are new to cooking and are looking for simple, delicious meals, I suggest you buy this cookbook.” Lindsay.

SoupSOUP: WHOLESOME, SEASONAL, FRESH by DK PUBLISHING - "In cool weather I commit to making a big pot of soup each week, and this book might just make it really happen. Soup is a collection of recipes from renowned chefs, with those you order in ethnic restaurants, as well as homey favorites and fresh ideas. The photographs that DK is known for entice with gorgeous final results, and also clearly show techniques (Rescuing, Thickening, and more). The unique table of contents arranged by category (Hearty, Healthy, Quick, Spicy, etc.) will inspire you to go straight to the stove with delish results. And an added bonus: proceeds benefit the Soil Association, a nonprofit promoting healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use." Carla.

Sweet ToothSWEET TOOTH by IAN MCEWAN—“In the Cold War of ideas, England's MI5 think they have a solution to the dangerous spread of communism: operation Sweet Tooth. The main players carrying out their plan are a beautiful young MI5 secretary with high aspirations and a fledgling writer, whose right-leaning stories they hope to militarize against the red march across western Europe. Romance blossoms inevitably between them, and what ensues is an interesting exploration of love, art, and propaganda." Amanda.

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