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{The things men do to feel needed about the house}

In which Ms. River Jordan takes Sundays off to watch football (among other things), a man resolves to tighten all the jars in the house so his wife will still need him, the offices of the News and Courier are shook up a bit, Mr. Jake Reiss looks at a deserted office building and sees a beautiful bookstore, and Ms. Emoke B'Racz admits that she was allowed to skip her chores as a girl as long as she was reading a book--a strategy that, if it becomes widely adopted, may well cause the demise of the vacuum cleaner industry and put the people who make laundry detergent entirely out of business.

December 25, 2011

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 Drop  Red Mist  Micro  Locked On  Nearing Home

 Food Rules  Through My Eyes  A Dog's Purpose  The Warmth of Other Suns  Life  Awkward Famiily Photos  The Best of the Rejection Collections  To Kill a Mockingbird The Confession  Elf on the Shelf  
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
 

Llama Llama Holiday Drama 
Darth Paper Strikes Back
 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Author Readings


Sara Paretsky Paretsky, author of Breakdown at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 4 2012)

Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory be at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 5 2012)

James Grippando, author of Need You Now at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 6 2012)

Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder, Book One of the Lunar Chronicles at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 6 2012)

Dianne de Las Casas, author of DINOSAUR MARDI GRAS at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 7 2012)

CHARLES DODD WHITE, author of SINNERS OF SANCTION COUNTY at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 7 2012)

Kevin Anderson, author of Sisterhood of Dune at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 8 2012)

Doc Hendly, author of BRINGING CLEAN WATER TO THE WORLD at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 8 2012)

Jeannie Whayne, author of Delta Empire at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (January 8 2012)

Dr. Gary Small, author of The Alzeheimer's Prevention Program at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 9 2012)

Ellis Avery, author of The Last Nude at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 9 2012)

Kris Radish, author of Tuesday Night Miracles at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 10 2012)

James Grippando, author of Need You Now at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 10 2012)

Robert Barclay, author of More Than Words Can Say at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 10 2012)

Thomas Frank, author of Pity the Billionaire: The Unlikely Resurgence of t at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 10 2012)

Dr Cynthia Bulik, author of The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing Wha at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 11 2012)

Edie Meidav, author of Lola, California at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 11 2012)

Carl Ernst, author of How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide with Select T at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 12 2012)

Dr Gary Small, author of THE ALZHEIMER'S PREVENTION PROGRAM at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 12 2012)

Ellis Avery, author of The Last Nude at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (January 12 2012)

Randy Pierce, author of Pain Unforgiven at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (January 12 2012)

Warren H. Phillips, author of Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at the Wall at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 12 2012)

Suzanne Raether, author of Judaculla at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 13 2012)

JOHN SNYDER, author of HILL OF BEANS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 13 2012)

Jim Newton, author of brings us Eisenhower: The White House Years at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 13 2012)

Sean Keefer, author of "The Trust" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (01/13/2012)

Emery Lee, author of Fortune's Son at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 14 2012)

Dave Barry, author of Lunatics at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 14 2012)

David Joy, author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 14 2012)

James Stevens, author of Listening to Van Gogh at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 14 2012)

John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 14 2012)

Jan Bozarth, author of The Fairy Godmother Academy #5: Sumi's Book at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 14 2012)

Art Ramsay, author of The Tibetan Wisdom Code at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 14 2012)

Dave Barry, author of Lunatics at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 15 2012)

Julian Sher, author of Somebody's Daughter at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 15 2012)

starsKelly Starling Lyons, author of Ellen's Broom at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 15 2012)

John M. Barry, author of ROGER WILLIAMS AND THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN SO at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 16 2012)

Gin Phillips, author of Come In and Cover me at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (January 17 2012)

Avrum Weiss, author of Change Happens: When to Try Harder and When to Sto at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (January 17 2012)

Mari Sampedro-Iglesia Sampedro-Iglesia, author of The Heroes Among Us at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 18 2012)

Christine Najac, author of Food Lovers' Guide to Miami & Fort Lauderdale at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 18 2012)

Gaston Levy, author of Beyond the Soul at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 18 2012)

Stephen Hren, author of Tales from the Sustainable Underground: A Wild Jou at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 18 2012)

Steve Heine, author of Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Relig at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 19 2012)

Brad Taylor, author of All Necessary Force at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 19 2012)

Michael Revere, author of War, Madness and Love at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 19 2012)

Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 19 2012)

Jeffrey Brantley, author of True Belonging: Mindful Practices to Help You Over at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 19 2012)

Kim Edwards, author of "Lake of Dreams" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (01/20/2012)

Layli Phillips Maparyan, author of The Womanist Idea at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (January 20 2012)

Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 20 2012)

Kami Kinard, author of The Boy Project at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 20 2012)

Beth Webb Hart, author of Sunrise on the Battery at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 20 2012)

JAY RUBENSTEIN, author of ARMIES OF HEAVEN at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 21 2012)

Patricka Daley-Pledger, author of Everyday Focus at Wild Iris Books, Inc. in Gainesville, FL  (January 21 2012)

Jay Asher, author of The Future of Us at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 21 2012)

Miranda Kinneally, author of Catching Jordan at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (January 21 2012)

Kim Edwards, author of The Lake of Dreams at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 21 2012)

Robin Whitley, author of In a Southern Closet at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 21 2012)

starsSheila Ingle, author of Courageous Kate, Daughter of the American Revoluti at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 21 2012)

Jubal Tiner, author of Press 53 Spotlight Anthology at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 22 2012)

Helen Davis, author of Our Mark On This Land at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 22 2012)

Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 23 2012)

Andy Andrews, author of How Do You Kill 11 MILLION PEOPLE? at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (January 23 2012)

Carl T. Bogus, author of Buckley at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 24 2012)

Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds: A Love Story at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (01/24/2012)

Nick Lake, author of In Darkness at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 24 2012)

Alan Shapiro, author of Broadway Baby at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 24 2012)

Renée Stephens, author of Full Filled at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 25 2012)

Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education o at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 25 2012)

Alex Beard, author of Crocodile Tears at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (January 25 2012)

Carolyn McKinstry, author of While The World Watched at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 26 2012)

JESSICA SPEART, author of "Winged Obsession" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (01/27/2012)

Nancy Wengel Wengel, author of The Right Triangle at Yawn's Books & More in Canton, GA  (January 28 2012)

Stephen Hren, author of Tales from the Sustainable Underground: A Wild Jou at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 2 2012)

Mary Foster, author of Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/03/2012)

starsRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (February 3 2012)

Patricia Schultz, author of 1000 Places To See Before You Die at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (February 4 2012)

Beth Holmgren, author of Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and Am at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 8 2012)

starsRose Senehi, author of "Render Unto the Valley" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/10/2012)

Alex George, author of A Good American at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (02/10/2012)

starsMindy Friddle, author of Secret Keepers at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (February 16 2012)

starsNicole Seitz, author of "Beyond Molasses Creek" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/17/2012)

Lisa See, author of Dreams of Joy at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 24 2012)

Margaret Baroody, author of "The Unexpected Visitor" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/24/2012)

Sara Arnold and Steve Hoffius, author of "The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Ch at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/02/2012)

John Lane, author of "My Paddle to the Sea" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/09/2012)

Stephanie McAfee, author of "Diary of a Mad Fat Girl" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/16/2012)

Jodi Picoult, author of Lone Wolf at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 17 2012)

Bill Noel, author of "Ghost:: A Folly Beach Mystery" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/23/2012)

starsKirk Neely, author of "Banjos, Barbecue and Boiled Peanuts" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/30/2012)

Brad Crowther, author of "The Ninth Man" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (04/06/2012)

Karla Telega, author of Box of Rocks at Swift Books in Orangeburg, SC  (December 24 2012)


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Dearest readers,

There is a fascinating article on Salon.com this week discussing how many small bookstores are becoming publishers for their communities. It is a strategy designed to help them compete with online booksellers, but it is also in many cases simply borne as an expression of their involvement and commitment to the literary wealth and talent in their own communities. The same technology that makes it so quick and easy for authors to produce a book on demand at  places like Lulu.com and Createspace, also make it possible for booksellers to do the same. With the difference that the booksellers are as invested in the book as the author. And, they are already extremely good at selling books!

Her ladyship knows of at least four independent booksellers in the South who run their own publishing programs: Hub City Bookshop & Press in Spartanburg, SC, Malaprop's in Asheville, NC, Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL, and City Lights in Sylvia, NC. She is willing to bet that there are others. So the next time you are at your local bookstore, ask if they have any fresh baked books of their own.

happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending Sunday, December 25, 2011

Columbia, SC -January 2, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, December 25, 2011. 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. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
2. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
3. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
4. The Drop
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316069410
5. 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307593313
6. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
7. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
8. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
9. Red Mist
Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399158025
10. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Little Brown, $25.99, 9780316126694
11. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
12. Micro
Michael Crichton, Richard Preston, Harper, $28.99, 9780060873028
13. Locked On
Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney, Putnam, $28.95, 9780399157318
14. V Is for Vengeance
Sue Grafton, Marian Wood Books/Putnam, $27.95, 9780399157868
15. The Cat's Table
Michael Ondaatje, Knopf, $26, 9780307700117

Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
2. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
3. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
4. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
5. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
6. Jack Kennedy
Chris Matthews, S&S, $27.50, 9781451635089
7. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $25.95, 9780393081817
8. The Time of Our Lives
Tom Brokaw, Random House, $26, 9781400064588
9. Nearing Home
Billy Graham, Thomas Nelson, $19.99, 9780849948329
10. The Swerve
Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $26.95, 9780393064476
11. Then Again
Diane Keaton, Random House, $26, 9781400068784
12. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $30, 9780374275631
13. Food Rules
Michael Pollan, Maira Kalman (Illus.), Penguin Press, $23.95, 9781594203084
14. A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor, Viking, $45, 9780670022700
15. Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow, Harper, $26.99, 9780062007285

Trade Paperback Fiction


1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307949493
4. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
5. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
6. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
David Sedaris, Ian Falconer (Illus.), Back Bay, $13.99, 9780316038409
7. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
8. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
9. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
10. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
11. The Best American Short Stories 2011
Geraldine Brooks, Heidi Pitlor (Eds.), Mariner, $14.95, 9780547242163
12. A Dog's Purpose
W. Bruce Cameron, Forge, $12.99, 9780765330345
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
14. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553
15. An Object of Beauty
Steve Martin, Grand Central, $14.99, 9780446573658

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
2. Awkward Family Pet Photos
Mike Bender, Doug Chernack, Three Rivers, $15, 9780307888129
3. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
4. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012
Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 9781571985446
5. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $12.99, 9781600571480
6. At Home
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767919395
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
8. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
9. Holidays on Ice
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $10, 9780316078917
10. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
11. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
12. Life
Keith Richards, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316034418
13. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
14. Awkward Family Photos
Mike Bender, Doug Chernack, Three Rivers, $15, 9780307592293
15. The Best of the Rejection Collection
Matthew Diffee, Workman, $13.95, 9780761165781

Mass Market


1. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
5. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
6. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition
Merriam-Webster, $7.50, 9780877799290
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
8. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
9. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
10. The Confession
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780440245117

Children's Illustrated


1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780394800790
2. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book
Rufus Butler Seder (Illus.), Workman, $14.95, 9780761163732
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. The Elf on the Shelf
Carol Abersoldt, Coe Steinwart (Illus.), CCA and B, $20, 9780976990703
5. The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95, 9780395389492
6. I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655983
7. Bad Kitty Christmas
Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook, $15.99, 9781596436688
8. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

9. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670011612
10. The Night Before Christmas
Jan Brett, Putnam, $20, 9780399256707

Children's Interest


1. Every Thing On It
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $19.99, 9780061998164
2. War Horse
Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545403351
3. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810984257
5. Secrets at Sea
Richard Peck, Kelly Murphy (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803734555
6. Darth Paper Strikes Back
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419700279
7. The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling, $6.99, 9780394820378
8. Wildwood
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $17.99, 9780062024688
9. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Barbara Robinson, HarperTrophy, $5.99, 9780064402750

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
5. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $27.99, 9780375856112
6. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947

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Good 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).

“I’ve never gotten tired of taking people through the house and showing them the history of the house”
Thomas Wolfe House site manager retires

" I started to take Sunday's off just to NOT be so aware of the world but to go to church and renew, to watch football with my husband, to read the Sunday paper." The best of resolutions: Praying for Strangers

"At just five years old, the Savannah Book Festival, in the genteel coastal city of Savannah, Ga., is carving a space for itself among the book festival big leagues, boasting not one but two of the nation’s current #1 bestselling authors: Stephen King (for 11/22/63) and Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs). Despite the city’s modest size (just over 130,000 residents), relative proximity to Atlanta (which has its own book festival in the fall), and the festival’s lack of major corporate sponsors or full-time staff, the SBF has made Savannah a President’s Day weekend destination." Savannah Book Festival comes of age

" I slid forward in my seat and said eagerly to the guide, "Do we go by where Julia Reed grew up?" She shook her head. "No, her parents asked that we not do that."  Dixie Divas River Trip

"I think I'll start out by going around the house tightening jars. That way my wife will need me all year." God rest ye merry gentlemen

""This year's been really big about people saying they wanted to shop local. Small Business Saturday was really big," she said, referring to the Thanksgiving weekend event aimed at boosting small shops, vendors and restaurants"  Small retailers feeling optimistic

"We don’t compete. This is not a football game. This is a culture. We complement, and to me, that is more satisfying. I don’t have to have another bookstore go down the drain because I’m selling books." Malaprops 30th Anniversary

"Three years ago our nonfiction was almost as popular as our fiction," he said. "The Internet has made nonfiction book lending drop tremendously. People were coming to nonfiction for specific information, and now that is information they can get on the Internet." The Baldwin County, AL Library Top Requested Books for 2011

"The leap into publishing by indies can be seen as the literary equivalent of the locavore movement. It not only emphasizes local writers, and local subjects, but also asks residents to support a local business with their dollars." The indie bookseller as publisher

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

Upheaval in CharlestonThe News and Courier office shivered, though no more at first than it normally did when a streetcar passd along Broad Street. Pencils skittered across desks. The window sashes and gas fixtures rattled. Reporter Carlyle McKinley, absorbed in his work, did not even look up. Then the floors heaved and the walls swayed as if the building were being struck by an "angry hand." Enormous blocks of stone crashed down outside the windows.

--Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius, Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow (University of Georgia Press, 2011) 9780820337159

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Okra Picks


Okra PicksGreat southern books, fresh off the vine! Picked for you with care by Southern Indie Booksellers

Render Unto the Valley by Rose Senehi

“Render Unto the Valley is a many-stranded tale of three generations of a star-crossed family struggling to mend itself and preserve something of its rightful heritage. In the midst of this tempestuous story stands Travis Whitfield, as stony-hearted a bad hat as you are ever likely to meet. But the female forces arrayed against him are formidable. Are they strong enough to prevail? Read and you’ll find out. But be warned: It’s a breathless ride.”
- Fred Chappell, North Carolina poet laureate emeritus and author of Ancestors and Others

Render Unto the ValleyKaren Godwell isn’t as much ashamed of her mountain heritage as of what she once had to do to preserve it.

Karen reinvents herself at college and doesn’t look back until her clan’s historic farm is threatened. The gutsy curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art returns to the mountains only to come face to face with who she was and what she did.

Descendants of the early settlers still have a grip on the farmlands deep in the folds of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, but the ground is shifting beneath their feet. Cousin Bruce, the town historian, sees life through the family’s colorful 200-year past; Tom Gibbons, a local conservationist, keeps one eye on the mountains and the other on Karen; Karen’s nine-year-old daughter, Hali, is in the throes of the mission her dying father sent her on; and Karen is hiding the ugly secret that drove her away.

As she wrestles her dangerously cunning brother for the farm, Karen straddles the divide between the staunchly independent mountain culture she comes from and the sophisticated world she has become a part of.

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KIM Publications | January 2012 | 9780615499956

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An Indie Bookstore you should know

Alabama Booksmith logoAlabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL
2626 19th Place South Birmingham, AL 35209
Tel:  (205)870-4242      
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The Alabama Booksmith opened October 21, 1999. The genesis can arguably go back somewhere between a decade and a century, depending on how technical the historian. Here's the story. On September 22, 1990, Jake Reiss opened the Highland Booksmith, removing the stigma of being the only male member of his family for two generations not to serve some time as a bookseller.

Jake Reiss

This store opened with only used copies, and did not start carrying new books for a couple of years. With a great staff and manager in place at the Booksmith, Jake spent much of his time in the family tailoring business that has served Alabamians since the end of the nineteenth century. While he still works with a few clients in the tailoring business that his son now runs, Jake spends most of his time at the Booksmith.

If there is a defining moment in what was to become The Alabama Booksmith, it happened on August 21, 1995 at exactly six o'clock sharp, when the store hosted Don Keith, author of THE FOREVER SEASON for its first reading and signing. Since that evening, several hundred writers have signed and read in the store and at events around the state. The Booksmith brings books and authors to reading groups, libraries and schools as well as huge conferences like READ ALABAMA Jasper, THE OTHER COVERED BRIDGE in Oneonta and ON THE BRINK in Jacksonville.

With so much of the business depending on special events, it was obvious the Highland Avenue location had major problems: traffic congestion, lack of parking, no book storage and staging for large events, inadequate outdoor signage and not enough room for authors. We won't even mention the general aging of the building.

Then, what to our wondrous eyes should appear, but the answer to every bookseller's dream - the perfect store in the perfect location. At first sight, family, friends and customers saw a dilapidated, deserted office building hidden from sight by wild trees, vines and weeds. We saw a cozy bookstore with a fireplace, complimentary refreshment stand, custom made shelves and counters, immaculate rest rooms, office and storage space to squander, 125 parking spaces, and, facing Alabama's busiest highway, a huge marquee sign on which we can put our authors' names up in lights.

We bought that ugly duckling on July 19, 1999, and after bulldozing, replacing the floor and ceilings, hiring a master woodcraftsman, replacing the plumbing and doubling the existing square footage with a new building for office and storage, the beautiful swan was ready to spread its wings in ninety days. WELL, there was this minor problem of transporting 100,000 books. Forty customers volunteered and the all-new and improved Alabama Booksmith opened as our dream store.

So, whether The Alabama Booksmith began when it opened in 1999, or actually became a bookstore in 1990,  or when bookselling first hit the family in the sixties or possibly evolved from the 1899 family business, that's just history. We are more interested in the future, and sure hope The Alabama Booksmith is in yours.

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Lady Banks' Bookshelf


Holy Ghost GirlHoly Ghost Girl by Donna M. Johnson

"What a life! "Holy Ghost Girl" takes you inside a world where God and sin and miracles and deceit and love are so jumbled together you can't tell them apart. Donna Johnson sorts through her story with great insight, compassion and humor, giving us an indelible portrait of a charismatic preacher and the faithful who so desperately believed in him." -Jeannette Walls, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Glass Castle"

A compassionate, humorous story of faith, betrayal, and coming of age on the evangelical sawdust trail.

She was just three years old when her mother signed on as the organist of tent revivalist David Terrell, and before long, Donna Johnson was part of the hugely popular evangelical preacher's inner circle. At seventeen, she left the ministry for good, with a trove of stranger-than-fiction memories. A homecoming like no other, "Holy Ghost Girl" brings to life miracles, exorcisms, and faceoffs with the Ku Klux Klan. And that's just what went on under the tent.

As Terrell became known worldwide during the 1960s and '70s, the caravan of broken-down cars and trucks that made up his ministry evolved into fleets of Mercedes and airplanes. The glories of the Word mixed with betrayals of the flesh and Donna's mother bore Terrell's children in one of the several secret households he maintained. Thousands of followers, dubbed "Terrellites" by the press, left their homes to await the end of the world in cultlike communities. Jesus didn't show, but the IRS did, and the prophet/healer went to prison.
Recounted with deadpan observations and surreal detail, "Holy Ghost Girl" bypasses easy judgment to articulate a rich world in which the mystery of faith and human frailty share a surprising and humorous coexistence.

Gotham Books | 9781592406302 | October 2011 |$26


Moonlight on LinoleumMoonlight on Linoleum: A Daughter's Memoir by Terry Helwig

""I invited the child I was once to have her say in these pages. I am the one who came out on the other side of childhood; she is the one who searched for the door."

"In the tradition of "The Glass Castle" comes a debut memoir about a woman's hopeful life despite the sad results of her mother's choices. "Moonlight on Linoleum" is an affecting story of a girl who rose above her circumstances to become an early and faithful caretaker to her five siblings. It is about the power one finds in sisterhood to thrive in a difficult and ever-changing landscape as the girls bond in unconditional love despite constant upheaval and uncertainty. In these pages, Teresa Helwig crafts a moving portrait of a mother she loved completely even as she struggled to understand her.

Howard Books | 9781451628470 | October 2011 | $25


Yankee Doodle DixieYankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton

"A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter "became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa's poised to go to the next level--because whether in Vermont snow or in Memphis heat, Dixie heroine Leelee Satterfield is never too far from misadventure, calamity...and ultimately, love.

Having watched her life turn into a nor'easter, 34-year-old Leelee Satterfield is back home in the South, ready to pick back up where she left off. But that's a task easier said then done...Leelee's a single mom, still dreaming of the Vermonter who stole her heart, and accompanied by her three best friends who pepper her with advice, nudging and peach daiquiris, Leelee opens another restaurant and learns she has to prove herself yet again. Filled with heart and humor, women's fiction fans will delight in this novel.

Thomas Dunne Books | 9780312556938 | September 2011 | $24.99


Little Black DressLittle Black Dress by Susan McBride


"I'll read anything by Susan McBride."--Charlaine Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author

Two sisters whose lives seemed forever intertwined are torn apart when a magical little black dress gives each one a glimpse of an unavoidable future.

Antonia Ashton has worked hard to build a thriving career and a committed relationship, but she realizes her life has gone off track. Forced to return home to Blue Hills when her mother, Evie, suffers a massive stroke, Toni finds the old Victorian where she grew up as crammed full of secrets as it is with clutter. Now she must put her mother's house in order--and uncover long-buried truths about Evie and her aunt, Anna, who vanished fifty years earlier on the eve of her wedding. By shedding light on the past, Toni illuminates her own mistakes and learns the most unexpected things about love, magic, and a little black dress with the power to break hearts . . . and mend them.

William Morrow & Company | 9780062027191 | August 2011 | $14.99


Jersalem MaidenJerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner

"Talia Carner uses beautiful language, exquisite storytelling, and detailed research to transport the reader into the world of old Jerusalem . . . This is a book to savor and discuss."--Jewish Book World

In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris--and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient "Jerusalem maiden."

But when a surprising opportunity forces itself on to her preordained path, Esther finds her beliefs clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her entire life--forcing her to confront the most difficult and damning question of all: To whom must she be true, God or herself?

Harper | 9780062004376 | May 2011 | $14.99

 

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