{In praise of biscuits and stewed chicken}

In which Mr. Michael Morris remembers making moonshine, Ms. Kathryn Stripling Byer sasses her mama, Ms. Margaret Maron wonders “who me?” and Ms. Margaret Bigger knows a tall tale when she hears one.

January 6, 2012



Dearest readers,

Two weeks ago, her ladyship placed two orders designed to stave off the tedium of the cold rainy days that are the hallmark of a winter on the Carolina coast. One was to her favorite seed company--an early order of Russian Grey Stripe sunflowers (those are the really tall ones), old fashioned “State Fair” Zinnias, and “Cottage Red” marigolds. Her ladyship has been making plans for her flower garden.

The other order was to her local bookstore, which is located in a pretty yellow-painted cement block building on one of the barrier islands, three miles away by boat, but twenty-one miles away by car. The store always closes for the month of January--as does most of the rest of the island--so her ladyship is careful to stock up on enough books to last until Valentine’s Day, when they re-open and she can once again buy more books.

So what kind of reading material did her ladyship arm herself with for the…well, not-warm winter month?

The Unreal and the Real, volumes 1 & 2 by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Gardens of Democracy by Eric Lui (on the recommendation of Emoke B’racz of Malaprops Books)
Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Gardens of Democracy The Unreal and the Real Leonardo and the Last Supper

If the weather stays good, they will last her ladyship several weeks, since good weather means a good excuse to spend time clearing the paths between her ladyship’s garden beds.  If the weather turns bad, however, there might be a problem, as the only reasonable thing to do on a cold rainy winter day is curl up in a chair with a book.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 6, 2013

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. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
2. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99, 9780062124265
3. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535144
4. The Round House
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062065247
5. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $23.95, 9781616201326
6. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Ayana Mathis, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385350280
7. The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $35, 9780316228534
8. Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $26.95, 9780385536820
9. The Forgotten
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446573054
10. A Thousand Mornings
Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, $24.95, 9781594204777
11. Winter of the World
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525952923
12. This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Díaz, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594487361
13. Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, Holt, $28, 9780805090031
14. Dear Life
Alice Munro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307596888
15. The Black Box
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316069434

Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Help, Thanks, Wow
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290
2. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067664
3. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
4. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668
5. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464873
6. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
Ronald Rice (Ed.), Black Dog & Leventhal, $23.95, 9781579129101
7. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Jared M. Diamond, Viking, $36, 9780670024810
8. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
William Manchester, Paul Reid, Little Brown, $40, 9780316547703
9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
10. The Signal and the Noise
Nate Silver, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204111
11. No Easy Day
Mark Owen, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525953722
12. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
13. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
14. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Willie Nelson, Morrow, $22.99, 9780062193643
15. The Patriarch
David Nasaw, Penguin Press, $40, 9781594203763

Trade Paperback Fiction


1. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
2. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
3. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
4. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
5. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Vintage, $15, 9780307950659
6. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $16, 9781250014764
7. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
8. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
9. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196
11. After the Rain
Karen White, New American Library, $15, 9780451239686
12. Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell, Random House, $15, 9780812984415
13. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
14. The Dressmaker
Kate Alcott, Anchor, $15, 9780307948199
15. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $21, 9781451688092
3. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $12.99, 9781600571626
4. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
5. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
6. The Swerve
Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $16.95, 9780393343403
7. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin, $15, 9780143121343
8. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
9. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $13.95, 9780399533464
10. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
11. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
12. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
13. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2013
Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 9781571985736
14. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin, Harper, $14.99, 9780061583261
15. F for Effort!
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9781452113227

Mass Market


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. Les Miserables
Victor Hugo, Signet, $9.95, 9780451525260
5. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
6. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
7. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
8. Killing Floor
Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515153651
9. Fall of Giants
Ken Follett, Signet, $9.99, 9780451232854
10. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487

Children's Illustrated


1. Safari: A Photicular Book
Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $24.95, 9780761163800
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
4. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
5. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824
6. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589
7. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
8. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
9. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062110626
10. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274

Children's Interest


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Puffin, $9.99, 9780142402511
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
4. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
5. Who Could That Be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316123082
6. Lego Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia
Claire Sipi, DK Publishing, $18.99, 9780756698126
7. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
8. Wake
Amanda Hocking, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250008121
9. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, HarperTrophy, $7.99, 9780064400558
10. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
2. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140603
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
5. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
6. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
7. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
8. Reached (Matched Trilogy, Book 3)
Ally Condie, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525423669
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
10. I Funny: A Middle School Story
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316206938

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

DescentGlorified

Whenever I praise what she’s brought forth,
Whether biscuits or chicken stewed all day
with sweet corn and gumbo, she answers, To God
Be the Glory. I tell her I don’t mess around
with an old man who’s so far away he can’t hear me.
I’d rather be talking to petunias that bloom on her porch,
or the bathrobe she wears when she’s making
the coffee, her toes while she’s sleeping in front
of the t.v., her big mouth that’s snoring.
To you be the Glory, I say, feeling
so brazen this morning, I dare God
to give me the finger. “Go scrub out
your mouth,” she scolds, but I see her smiling.

-Kathryn Stripling Byer, Descent (LSU Press, 2012) 9780807147504

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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).

My Cross to BearSeveral local authors and celebrities have signed on to participate in the 2013 Savannah Book Festival, organizers announced. Legendary rocker Gregg Allman will autograph copies of his memoir, “My Cross to Bear,” from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the festival’s book tent at Telfair Square. Allman has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Gregg Allman at SBF

The Last LionWriting about a group of World War II veterans in the late 1990s, journalist Paul Reid met and established an affinity with William Manchester, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former journalist. Manchester, it later turned out, was not able to complete his trilogy of biographies on Winston Churchill, collectively titled “The Last Lion.” Volume One, subtitled “Visions of Glory, 1874-1932” had come out in 1983, and the second book, “Alone, 1932-1940,” in 1988. On Oct. 9, 2003, Manchester pulled out his suitcase of notes and told Reid, “I’d like you to finish the book.” Paul Reid takes on the Last Lion

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Author Gossip

The Buzzard TableUpon learning she was to be a 2013 Grand Master, Maron responded, "Me? It still hasn’t fully sunk in. I keep remembering my first MWA dinner when I was half-afraid that I would be asked to leave because I only had a few short stories and a half-published book to my name, so how could I possibly belong there with those luminaries? Grand Master? Wow!" Margaret Maron: Me? Wow!

Margaret Bigger knows a tale when she hears one. For 29 years, she has been recording either her own stories, her family’s or other people’s tales of war, prohibition, weddings, funerals and church-going, self-publishing and editing collections of stories, or writing books of her own.  Writing down the memories

Man in the Blue Moon“I started writing the novel when my Grandpa was 99. I recorded him telling what life was like in rural Apalachicola, Florida back then. It was like the Wild West. He saw a man get shot in the head for stealing cattle, and saw his brother get into a duel over moonshine,” said Morris.  Man in a Blue Moon

 

 

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 star , Jefferson , Texas 01/17/2013 - 01/20/2013

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Bookstore Gossip

I wanted to let you know about our store's efforts to help the Murphy High School Band recover from the Christmas Tornado. The band is scheduled to appear in the Condi Cavaliers Parade, the first Mardi Gras parade of the 2013 season, on Jan 25--exactly 1 month after the storm. They'll also play in the Inca Parade. As many of you already know, Murphy's band hall and the band's equipment truck were badly damaged in the tornado.

Apparently, the truck was not fully insured for wind damage. The band uses the truck to move all of their larger instruments (tubas, xylophones, large drums--anything students cannot carry onto a bus) for parades and other band performances. Sheet music and electronic equipment was also lost in the storm.

Bienville Books is asking customers to donate change from their purchases to help the band recover from the tornado. It's easy to donate, just drop your change in the big jar next to our cash register.

Bienville Books and the Murphy Band


Diane Capriola, co-owner of the Little Shop of Stories on the Decatur Square, has been was named the manager of Children and Teen Programming. This is a new position for the book festival. Little Shop of Stories at DBF

"I thought it was a shame that we were losing this oasis in the creative economy desert," Hill said. "But I kind of just tucked it away in the back of my mind after that." Young owner takes reigns of community icon

 

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


Anonymity

AnonymityAnonymity by Janna McMahan

Janna McMahan got the idea for her new novel years ago on a street in Austin, Texas, when she spotted a homeless girl with a tattooed face. The teenager wore cargo pants, scuffed boots and white-girl dreadlocks. What McMahan remembers most, though, were the tattoos. Who would do that to a child? she thought. And why would she do that to herself? Read more

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Read This!

Recommended Reading from The Indie Next List


Hope's GiftHope's Gift by Kelly Starling Lyonsl

A poignant story celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation It's 1862 and the Civil War has turned out to be a long, deadly conflict. Hope's father can't stand the waiting a minute longer and decides to join the Union army to fight for freedom. He slips away one tearful night, leaving Hope, who knows she may never see her father again, with only a conch shell for comfort. Its sound, Papa says, echoes the promised song of freedom. It's a long wait for freedom and on the nights when the cannons roar, Papa seems farther away than ever. But then Lincoln finally does it: on January 1, 1863, he issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and a joyful Hope finally spies the outline of a familiar man standing on the horizon. Affectingly written and gorgeously illustrated, "Hope's Gift "captures a significant moment in American history with deep emotion and a lot of charm.

Hope's Gift

 

Full set of Okra Picks here

 

 

 

Unchained Choices from Inkwood Books in Tampa, Florida:


Flame AlphabetTHE FLAME ALPHABET by BEN MARCUS – “In Marcus’ darkly imagined tale, speech and language have mutated into a toxic weapon wielded by children, who alone possess immunity to its debilitating power. An epidemic of disastrous proportions overcomes first the Jewish community then the rest of the world, and people are forced to choose between keeping their families intact or fleeing from their now-poisonous children. Fascinating and insanely well-written, this is a great commentary on society, communication, and the frighteningly tenuous bonds of family in a crisis.” Amanda.

Help Thanks WowHELP, THANKS, WOW: THE THREE ESSENTIAL PRAYERS by ANNE LAMOTT – “It may seem that the title is a complete New Year’s reminder, but her unique take on communicating with ‘the Real, the Truth…the Light’ or simply praying as ‘memo to self’ is delightful and thoughtful. The wonderfully quirky prose with memorable metaphors and universal spiritual truths we loved in Bird by Bird is back, without religiosity, thank Whatever. This ode to wonder, gratitude and ultimately love in a handsome little package is a great gift to yourself or any friend.” Carla.

How It All BeganHOW IT ALL BEGAN by PENELOPE LIVELY -- “Booker Prize winner Lively has written a wonderful novel of narrative chain-reactions. A petty thief’s unexpected mugging of Charlotte, an aging teacher, forces her to move in with her daughter and son-in-law, setting off a string of consequences in the lives of a colorful cast of characters. Lively is an excellent writer and never hits a false note in this charming (and slightly alarming) look at the way in which our lives are altered by others. A Valentine of a book.” Leslie.

The LifeboatTHE LIFEBOAT  by CHARLOTTE ROGAN - “This debut novel did not get enough publicity though it did make a few Best Books lists. A perfect book club choice, Lifeboat is the story of Grace Winter, a new bride aboard a ship sailing to America in 1914. When the ocean liner sinks, Grace and the surviving passengers must make horrifying decisions as supplies in the lifeboat dwindle. While the plot sounds sensationalist, it is really a beautifully written, haunting story of loss and survival.” Leslie.

Me Before YouME BEFORE YOU by JOJO MOYES - "Smart British ‘chick lit’ has found a new voice in Jojo Moyes. Plucky Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark has always had to prove herself to her family. As their sole means of financial support, she is at a loss when she loses her job. Being the caregiver for difficult patient Will Traynor is not her cup of tea, but she does what she has to. Will, who was a handsome, rich, playboy before an accident that paralyzed him from the chest down, has not accepted his new life. Predictably, when the two come together, they have much to learn from each other and about life. At times funny, sad, touching and entertaining, I've found an author to add to my list of favorites!" Avery.

The Miniature WifeTHE MINIATURE WIFE: AND OTHER STORIES by MANUEL GONZALES –“Easily one of the strangest collections of short stories I’ve ever read. The title story follows the misadventures of a scientist who specializes in shrinking objects. When one day the shrink ray goes awry and he accidentally shrinks his wife to the height of a few inches, a hilarious and slightly scary war of survival and revenge ensues between the spouses. And so goes the collection, each story containing a brush of hilarity and gothic horror, and each written with luminous, unsparing prose.” Amanda.

The Street SweeperTHE STREET SWEEPER by ELLIOT PERLMAN – “This fascinating novel weaves the events of three very different lives into one epic story, with all the remarkable coincidences and intersections that occur. Lamont, a black man on parole, living with his grandmother and working hard at his first job as a hospital orderly, meets Mr. Mandelbrot, a Holocaust survivor now dying of cancer. Two very different men begin a friendship based on respect, and Lamont becomes the sole recipient of Mandelbrot's lengthy account of his life. Adam, a history professor, struggling to keep his job and his relationship, stumbles on first interviews of survivors of war camps while he is researching the role of African Americans in WWII. Full of history and the people, large and small, who make it, The Street Sweeper is a beautiful story about the importance of remembering. Perlman has written a novel that is as hard to put down as it is to hold, coming in at over 600 pages.” Leslie.

A Tale of Two CastlesA TALE OF TWO CASTLES by GAIL CARSON LEVINE - “Levine, Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted, has created a charming heroine in her new novel. Elodie leaves her family and travels to the town of Two Castles to become a mansioner - an actor. Upon her arrival, she encounters a handsome cat trainer, a wise dragon, a foul ogre and a crafty thief. Unable to secure an apprenticeship as a mansioner, Elodie undertakes a dangerous mission and goes undercover as a kitchen maid inside the ogre's castle. With the help of her friends, Elodie must use her skills to discover which of these characters is the evil whited sepulcher. This tale is a great mystery for young(er) adults.” Lindsay.

Talking PicturesTALKING PICTURES: IMAGES AND MESSAGES RESCUED FROM THE PAST by RANSOM RIGGS - “Ransom tweaked his unusual hobby, collecting photos of people he doesn’t know, to include only those photos with writing on them. Rescued from flea markets and garage sales, these snapshots are transformed by the messages that are inscribed on them. Heart-breaking, hilarious, often mysterious, these pictures seem at once from a distant past and yet echo our own conditions today.  A perfect gift for so many occasions.” Leslie.

White Dog Fell from the SkyWHITE DOG FELL FROM THE SKY by ELEANOR MORSE – “In apartheid South Africa, young medical student Isaac Muthethe witnesses the murder of his friend by the South African Defense Force. No longer safe in his home country, he’s smuggled into Botswana, finding work as a gardener for Alice, an unhappy American who traveled to Africa for love, but lost herself in the process. Their friendship blossoms, and when Isaac goes missing, Alice will stop at nothing to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Morse’s lovely prose brings Africa to life on the page, and you won’t soon forget these amazing characters. If you loved Cutting for Stone or Little Bee, you will love this.” Amanda.

Winter TownWINTER TOWN by STEPHEN EMOND - “I like a little bit of teen angst every now and then, and Emond’s new novel has it in droves. Like watching Scott Pilgrim with The Smiths as a soundtrack, Winter Town follows the fraught relationship of Evan and Lucy, childhood friends separated by Lucy’s parents’ divorce but brought together each holiday vacation. It’s the middle of their senior year, and while Evan’s been busy applying to a myriad of Ivy League schools, Lucy’s hit a rebellious streak, has no college prospects and is no longer welcome in her mother’s home. The two begin to realize that they must reconcile the expectations of their parents and peers with their own desires, and in their own fumbling way Evan and Lucy help each other through the growing pains and find some time for romance as well.” Amanda.

YY by MARJORIE CELONA - "Left at birth on the steps of the YMCA, by a mother named Yula, the resilient Shannon narrates her search for an answer why. We follow this fearless and endearing girl child through loveless foster houses to a stable home with a struggling but loving single foster mom and sister. But adolescent Shannon pushes away those who care in her longing to learn her origins, running into scary territory, both physical and emotional, on her suspenseful path to Yula. Y explores hope and disappointment, forgiveness and redemption, and proves that, as one character says, 'There's room in a life for failure and loss...and then have things be okay.' You will not regret or forget this brilliant and compelling debut." Carla.

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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 Forgotten Winter of the World My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 Killing Lincoln Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die The Patriarch Fifty Shades Darker After the Rain The Great Gatsby Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness Outliers F for Effort! Les Miserables
Killing Floor

Lord of the Flies Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Oh, the Places You'll Go! Wake The Giver

 


Author Readings

Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 01/16/2013 (13843)

Bookstore1Sarasota is hosting the event Classics Book Club on 01/16/2013 (13867)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event NC Opera's Eric Mitchko on The Ring on 01/16/2013 (13661)

Michael Morris, author of , will be appearing at Page & Palette, 01/16/2013 (13664)

Audra Ang, author of To the People, Food Is Heaven: Stories of Food and Life in a Changing China, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 01/16/2013 (13672)

Nick Bruell, author of Bad Kitty School Daze, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 01/16/2013 (13683)

Adamari Lopez, author of Viviendo, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/16/2013 (13727)

Steve Vogel, author of The Life of a Leaf, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 01/17/2013 (13839)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Learning Groove Classes with Ms. April on 01/17/2013 (13847)

Chris Kuzneski will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 01/17/2013 (13868)

Bruce Coville, author of Always October, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/17/2013 (13888)

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event January Book Club discusses The Perks of Being a Wallflower on 01/17/2013 (13635)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Cliterati Open No-Mic Featuring Mariana McDonald on 01/17/2013 (13678)

James Sheehan will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 01/17/2013 (13680)

Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/17/2013 (13728)

georganne Spruce, author of With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing A Twin, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 01/17/2013 (13744)

Lorin Gaudin, author of NEW ORLEANS CHEF'S TABLE, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 01/17/2013 (13768)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 01/17/2013 (13783)

Kathryn Byer will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 01/17/2013 (13796)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Live music: Teenagers, Family History, Bradley Hathaway on 01/18/2013 (13876)

Nick Bruel, author of Bad Kitty School Daze, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 01/18/2013 (13753)

Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 01/18/2013 (13780)

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event CD Release Party for Eric Hendrix on 01/18/2013 (13797)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Live Music in the Courtyard: NICK TANNURA TRIO on 01/18/2013 (13809)

Brad Meltzer will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/18/2013 (13810)

T. Cooper, author of REAL MAN ADVENTURES, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 01/19/2013 (13830)

Ryan Jo Summers, author of Whispers in Her Heart, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 01/19/2013 (13853)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event A Conversation with theatre director Anne Bogart on 01/19/2013 (13673)

The Fountainhead Bookstore is hosting the event Reception for Fiction Contest Winner Tom Hooker on 01/19/2013 (13687)

Linda Star Wolf, author of Sacred Medicine of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm & Spider, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 01/19/2013 (13707)

Chuck Thurston, author of Senior Scribbles Unearthed, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 01/19/2013 (13711)

Octavia Books is hosting the event Octavia Books Book Club on 01/19/2013 (13732)

Bill Horn, author of Seasons on the Flats, will be appearing at Hooked On Books, 01/19/2013 (13734)

Janna McMahan , author of ANONYMITY, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 01/19/2013 (13747)

Melinda Long, author of Whispers in Her Heart, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 01/19/2013 (13803)

Hoda Kotb will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 01/19/2013 (13804)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event University of Miami Vona/Voices Workshop on 01/19/2013 (13811)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Live Music in the Courtyard: JAVIER NERO SEPTET on 01/19/2013 (13812)

Adam Mansbach, author of Rage is Back, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/19/2013 (13813)

Vievee Francis, author of Horse in the Dark, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 01/20/2013 (13831)

Elisabeth Stevens, author of Ride a Bright and Shining Pony, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 01/20/2013 (13869)

Sarah Pleydell, author of Cologne, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 01/20/2013 (13757)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event January Paperback Fiction Book Club: CLOUD ATLAS on 01/20/2013 (13764)

Alana White, author of The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 01/20/2013 (13773)

Nora Gaskin, author of Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 01/20/2013 (13784)

Adam Mansbach, author of Rage is Back, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/20/2013 (13814)

Ellen Hopkins will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/20/2013 (13815)

Hooked On Books is hosting the event Book Club on 01/21/2013 (13844)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Special French Storytime! on 01/21/2013 (13750)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Book Harvest?10KBK. 10,000 Books for MLK Day! on 01/21/2013 (13785)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event SEX & POWER: THE QUEST FOR WHOLENESS WITH SAJIT GREENE, M.A. & REBECCA CHAPLIN, MA, LS on 01/22/2013 (13832)

Kim Marie Vaz, author of THE BABY DOLLS - Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 01/22/2013 (13733)

Tom Collins, author of The Claret Murders, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 01/22/2013 (13774)

Allison Adato, author of Smart Chefs Stay Slim, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 01/22/2013 (13786)

FoxTale Book Shoppe is hosting the event CREATIVE WRITING WITH BETH HERMES on 01/22/2013 (13798)

Lorin Gaudin, author of NEW ORLEANS CHEF'S TABLE, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 01/22/2013 (13805)

Marci Alboher, author of The Encore Career Handbook, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/22/2013 (13816)

Melissa de la Cruz, author of Gates of Paradise, will be appearing at Little Shop of Stories, 01/23/2013 (13848)

Melissa de la Cruz, author of Gates of Paradise, will be appearing at Little Shop of Stories, 01/23/2013 (13748)

Stephen Simms, author of Geoshifting: Social Cause Games, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 01/23/2013 (13758)

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 01/23/2013 (13775)

Curtis Jobling, author of Nest of Serpents, Wereworld #4, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 01/23/2013 (13787)

James Farwell will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 01/23/2013 (13806)

Star Wolf, author of Spirit of the Wolf: Discovering the Power of Lupine Energy, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 01/24/2013 (13833)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Little Shop Awards Storytime on 01/24/2013 (13849)

Joan Wickersham, author of The News From Spain, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 01/24/2013 (13870)

Barbara Fredrickson will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 01/24/2013 (13666)

Tim Dorsey will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 01/24/2013 (13767)

Keith O'Brien, author of OUTSIDE SHOT, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 01/24/2013 (13770)

Marjorie Celona, author of Y, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 01/24/2013 (13776)

Barbara Frederickson will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 01/24/2013 (13788)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event MUSEUM LECTURE: Tom Gjelten -- Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba on 01/24/2013 (13817)

Barbara Vinick, author of Today I am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/24/2013 (13818)

Tommy Hays will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 01/25/2013 (13834)

Mary Jane Clark will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 01/25/2013 (13871)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Ann Teague reading from Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology on 01/25/2013 (13877)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event PANEL DISCUSSION IN SPANISH: El sincretismo cultural y la literatura on 01/25/2013 (13889)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Swift Creek with Winner Winner Chicken Dinner on 01/25/2013 (13751)

Joe Baroody, author of Chronicles of an Irreverent Reverend, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 01/25/2013 (13761)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Live Music in the Couryard: Saavedra on 01/25/2013 (13819)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event JANUARY AUTHORS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN! on 01/26/2013 (13835)

Frank Lentriccia, author of The Accidental Pallbearer, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 01/26/2013 (13836)

Joanna Brady, author of The Woman at the Light, will be appearing at Hooked On Books, 01/26/2013 (13845)

Rolanda Turner, author of The Call, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 01/26/2013 (13863)

Janna McMahan  will be appearing at Books on Broad, 01/26/2013 (13692)

Page & Palette is hosting the event Fairhope Writer's Forum - Public Reading of Original Works on 01/26/2013 (13754)

Emily Smith Pearce will be appearing at Park Road Books, 01/26/2013 (13759)

Susan Puckett, author of EAT DRINK DELTA: A Hungry Traveler?s Journey through the Soul of the South, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 01/26/2013 (13765)

Cornell Landry will be appearing at Octavia Books, 01/26/2013 (13771)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Jazz By The Book on 01/26/2013 (13777)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Saturday Story Time on 01/26/2013 (13778)

Ken Foster will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 01/26/2013 (13790)

River Jordan , author of Praying for Strangers, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 01/26/2013 (13799)

Achim Nowak, author of Infectious, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/26/2013 (13821)

Walter Bennett, author of Leaving Tuscaloosa, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 01/27/2013 (13837)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Caldecott Storytime on 01/27/2013 (13850)

Enid Shomer, author of The Twelve Rooms of the Nile, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 01/27/2013 (13872)

Mary Jane Clark, author of The Twelve Rooms of the Nile, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 01/27/2013 (13882)

Douglas Wa;;er, author of Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 01/27/2013 (13752)

James C. Howell, author of Struck from Behind: My Memories of God, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 01/27/2013 (13760)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event January New & Notable Book Club: BRAIN ON FIRE on 01/27/2013 (13766)

Kadir Nelson will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 01/27/2013 (13789)

David Madden will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 01/27/2013 (13791)

James Johnson, author of For Gods and for Men, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 01/27/2013 (13802)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Las Dos Brujas Workshop Participant Reading on 01/27/2013 (13822)

Sonia Behar, author of Isla Blanca, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/27/2013 (13823)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event LAW & ORDER SERIES PRODUCER: Dick Wolf -- The Intercept on 01/28/2013 (13824)

Mary Jane Clark, author of Footprints in the Sand, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 01/28/2013 (13873)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Panel Discussion on Representations of Violence in the Cinema on 01/29/2013 (13825)

James C. Cobb will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 01/29/2013 (13857)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Fiction Book Club: The Yellow Birds on 01/29/2013 (13878)

Park Road Books is hosting the event Park Road Books Foodie Book Club on 01/29/2013 (13657)

Milton Brasher-Cunningham, author of Keeping the Feast, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 01/29/2013 (13781)

Andrea Ford, author of Keeping the Feast, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 01/29/2013 (13795)

Jen Lancaster, author of Here I Go Again, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 01/29/2013 (13807)

Bernice Steinhardt, author of Memories of Survival, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/30/2013 (13826)

Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 01/30/2013 (13827)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Staff Favorites Book Club: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem on 01/30/2013 (13879)

Jen Lancaster will be appearing at Page & Palette, 01/30/2013 (13755)

Paul Reid, author of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965, will be appearing at The Country Bookshop, 01/30/2013 (13756)

Union Avenue Books is hosting the event Bookaholics Anonymous at Union Ave Books on 01/30/2013 (13792)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Free Artist's Way Introduction Class on 01/30/2013 (13800)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Temple Grandin -- University of Miami BankUnited Center on 01/31/2013 (13828)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI IBIS LITERARY & PERFORMANCE SERIES: Valerie Martinez on 01/31/2013 (13829)

Herman Parish will be appearing at Little Shop of Stories, 01/31/2013 (13851)

Paul Reid, author of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 01/31/2013 (13860)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Winter's Bone - Film screening and book discussion on 01/31/2013 (13880)

Jen Lancaster, author of Here I Go Again, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 01/31/2013 (13689)

Herman Parish will be appearing at Little Shop of Stories, 01/31/2013 (13749)

Edward J. Branley, author of Legendary Locals of New Orleans, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 01/31/2013 (13772)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event After School Story Time on 01/31/2013 (13779)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Exploring Feminist and Womanist Spirituality and Ethics: a New Book Club on 01/31/2013 (13794)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Exploring Feminist and Womanist Spirituality and Ethics: a New Book Club on 01/31/2013 (13801)

Eric Grizzle, author of Frederic: The Transforming Power of a Storm, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 02/01/2013 (13865)

Kim Harrison will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 02/02/2013 (13861)

Literary BookPost is hosting the event Pirate Party with Barnacle Bill on 02/02/2013 (13864)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event February Young Readers' Book Club: A WRINKLE IN TIME on 02/03/2013 (13858)

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event Book Fair on 02/04/2013 (13838)

Eagle Eye Book Shop is hosting the event Atlanta Writers Club-Decatur on 02/04/2013 (13886)

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event Book Club Meeting - Thinking Fast and Slow on 02/05/2013 (13629)

Eagle Eye Book Shop is hosting the event Village Writers Group on 02/05/2013 (13885)

Okra Pick!Margaret Wrinkle, author of Wash, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 02/05/2013 (13645)

John Parascandola, author of King of Poisons: A History of Arsenic, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 02/05/2013 (13694)

Reeve Lindbergh, author of Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Against Wind and Tide, will be appearing at Sanibel Island Bookshop, 02/06/2013 (13855)

Jonathan Katz, author of The Big Truck That Went By, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 02/07/2013 (13840)

Brian Hare, author of The Genius of Dogs, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 02/08/2013 (13841)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event New Town Revue - Poetry/ Reading Series on 02/08/2013 (13859)

Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 02/08/2013 (13862)

The Fountainhead Bookstore is hosting the event Brighten Your Writing on 02/09/2013 (13842)

Hooked On Books is hosting the event TIM DORSEY, RIPTIDE ULTRA-GLIDE on 02/09/2013 (13846)

A Reader's Corner Bookstore is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 02/09/2013 (13852)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event VOV Documentary Film screening on 02/09/2013 (13881)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Director of the NC Symphony William Henry Curry on 02/10/2013 (13874)

Peter Lerangis will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 02/11/2013 (13875)

Beth Revis will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 02/12/2013 (13854)

Robert Sherer, author of Blood Works, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 02/12/2013 (13887)

Tim Dorsey, author of Pineapple Grenade, will be appearing at Cape Coral Books, 02/13/2013 (13856)

Okra Pick!Ron Rash, author of Nothing Gold Can Stay, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 02/22/2013 (13701)

Mark Statman, author of BLACK TULIPS: The Selected Poems of Jos? Mar?a Hinojosa, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 02/25/2013 (13769)

Alabama Booksmith is hosting the event An Evening with Garrison Keillor on 03/25/2013 (13702)

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 04/08/2013 (13703)

Ann B. Ross will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 04/09/2013 (13688)

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 04/15/2013 (13762)

 


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