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In which Ms. Tamra Wilson is hunted by stories, Mr. Tim Owens invents a golf ball, Mr. Randy Wayne White loves caviar, and Ms. Jan DeBleiu bakes a pecan upside down cake with the power out.

March 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 Dressmaker

Believing the Lie

The Litigators

The Healing

Coming Apart

Jesus Calling

Catherine the Great

Unorthodox

The Great Gatsby

Sarah's Key

The Story of a Beautiful Girl

Georgia Bottoms

The Grand Design

The Devil in the White City

Duke Sucks

Outliers

Official Scrabble Players Dictionary

The Darkest Seduction

The Giving Tree

The Giver

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Same Sun Here


Author Readings


Melissa Conroy, author of [Grandma is an Author] Grandma is an Author at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (March 14 2012)

Ginny Calloway, author of A FRIEND IN GRIEF: SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 14 2012)

Robert Kanigel, author of On An Irish Island at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (March 14 2012)

Okra Pick!Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/14/2012)

Alex George, author of The Good American at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (March 14 2012)

Cynthia Barnett, author of Blue Revolution at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 14 2012)

Kevin Henkes, author of Penny and Her Song at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 14 2012)

Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 14 2012)

Allan Topol, author of China Gambit at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 14 2012)

Juliet Caruana Eaves, author of Malta Meets America at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (March 15 2012)

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 15 2012)

Les Standiford, author of Bringing Adam Home at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 15 2012)

Erik Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 15 2012)

Okra Pick!Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 15 2012)

Joe Liles, author of Trail Magic at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 15 2012)

Theda Skocpol, author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conse at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 15 2012)

Kyle Ross, author of Taserized: A Neighborhood Walk Ends in Police Brut at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 15 2012)

STARSErika Marks, author of Little Gale Gumbo at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 15 2012)

Okra Pick!Tim Owens, author of The Search Committee at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 15 2012)

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

Barbara Wright, author of Crow at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (March 16 2012)

Augustus Napier, author of The Fragile Bond at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 16 2012)

Hicks Stone, author of Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Leg at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 16 2012)

Jim Ducibella, author of King of Clubs at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 16 2012)

Sheri Ridley Smith, author of Princess Priscilla at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (March 16 2012)

Jojo Capece, author of All Roads Lead to Rome at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 16 2012)

Melodie Rakes, author of Woman of Fairville at Givens Books in Lynchburg, VA  (March 17 2012)

Ally Carter, author of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 17 2012)

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

Cheris Hodges, author of Recipe for Desire at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 17 2012)

Katy Ridnouer, author of Hillwalking at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 17 2012)

Vicky Kaseorg, author of God Drives a Tow Truck at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 18 2012)

Julie Williams, author of A Rare Titanic Family at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 18 2012)

Michael Downs, author of The Greatest Show: Stories at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (March 19 2012)

STARSJohn Malik, author of Doughnuts for Amy at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 19 2012)

Joshus Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 20 2012)

Pam Fitzpatrick, author of NICARAGUA: SURVIVING THE LEGACY OF U.S. POLICY at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 20 2012)

Lyndall Gordon, author of Lives Like Loaded Guns at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 20 2012)

Stacia Brown, author of Accidents of Providence at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 20 2012)

Hillary Jordan, author of When She Woke at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 21 2012)

Richard Jaffe, author of Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/21/2012)

David Klein, author of If 6 Was 9 at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 22 2012)

George Daughan, author of 1812: THE NAVY'S WAR at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 22 2012)

Chef Jacques Van Staden Van Staden, author of Excite the Senses at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 22 2012)

Danny Dreyer, author of Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortles at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 22 2012)

Michael Hopping, author of Mactiernan's Bottle at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (03/23/12)

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

Anne Lamott, author of Some Assembly Required at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 23 2012)

Frances Mayes, author of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 23 2012)

Crescent Dragonwagon, author of Bean by Bean: A Cookbook at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (March 23 2012)

Pamela Redmond, author of The Possibility of You at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 23 2012)

Paul Winick, author of Cancer Dreams at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 24 2012)

Bill C. Malone, author of Music From the True Vine: Mike Seeger’s Life & Mus at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 24 2012)

Toshiba Austin Smith, author of I'm Not Your Friend Mommy at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/24/2012)

Jan McCanless, author of Wyatt Earp, GAP Pickles & Thoughts on Home at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 24 2012)

Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 24 2012)

Sharon Foster Jones, author of Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (March 24 2012)

Howard Loring, author of Piercing the Elastic Limit at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 24 2012)

C. A. Robbins, author of Harriet and the Cottage Kids at Muse Book Shop in Deland, FL  (03/24/2012)

Judith Toy, author of Murder as a Call to Love at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 25 2012)

Stephen Dau, author of The Book of Jonas at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 26 2012)

J.A. Jance, author of Left for Dead at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 26 2012)

Okra Pick!Jessica Maria Tuccelli, author of Glow at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 26 2012)

Okra Pick!Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 26 2012)

Lisa McCourt, author of Juicy Joy at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 27 2012)

Pamela Redmond, author of The Possibility of You at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (March 27 2012)

Yangzom Brauen, author of Across Many Mountains at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (March 27 2012)

Bart Ehrman, author of Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesu at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 27 2012)

Terry Cline, author of Return of Edgar Cayce at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 27 2012)

Jen Marlowe, author of The Hour of Sunlight at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 28 2012)

Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks Into a Bar at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 28 2012)

Joyce Allen, author of Those Who Hold the Threads at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 28 2012)

Okra Pick!Jessica Maria Tuccelli, author of Glow at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 28 2012)

Sam Dixon & Anne Edwards, author of Stayin Put at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/29/2012)

Milenko Milanovic, author of Slow Dying: The Bosnian War Prison Camp at Visoko at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 29 2012)

Johah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 29 2012)

Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 29 2012)

STARSMelinda Rainey Thompson, author of I've Had It Up To Here With Teenagers at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/29/2012)

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

Delilah Dawson, author of Wicked As They Come at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 30 2012)

Anne-Marie O'Connor, author of The Lady in Gold at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 30 2012)

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 30 2012)

Chaplain Steve Butler, author of We Do Remember You at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 31 2012)

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, author of The Acid Reflux Solution at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 31 2012)

Terry Jones-Brady & Peggy Sijswerda, author of A Mosaic Heart & Still Life with Sierra at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/31/2012)

Arthur Brooks, author of Adventures of Caterwaul the Cat: Feline Pie at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 31 2012)

Amber Dermont, author of The Starboard Sea at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (March 31 2012)

Winston Groom, author of Shiloh, 1862 at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/02/2012)

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (04/03/2012)

Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 3 2012)

Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (April 4 2012)

Peter Golden, author of Comeback Love at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (April 4 2012)

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at Literary Book Post in Salisbury, NC  (April 5 2012)

Cheryl & Griffith Day, author of Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/05/2012)

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

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Literary Book Post in Salisbury, NC  (April 7 2012)

Ron Rash, author of The Cove at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/10/2012)

Winston Groom, author of Shiloh, 1862 at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 11 2012)

Paul & Angela Knipple, author of The World in a Skillet at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/12/2012)

Robert A. Pastor, author of The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 12 2012)

Charles Martin, author of Thunder and Rain at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 13 2012)

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (April 13 2012)

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (April 13 2012)

Mark K. Updegrove, author of Indomitable Will at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 17 2012)

Wendy Reed, author of Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/18/2012)

Okra Pick!Taylor M. Polites, author of The Rebel Wife at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 20 2012)

James Higdon, author of The Cornbread Mafia at Lincolns Loft Bookstore in Hodgenville, KY  (04/20/2012)

Homer Hickam, author of Crater (Helium - 3) Novel at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/20/2012)

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/27/2012)

Jo Humphries, author of Palmetto Portrait Project at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 27 2012)

Tennant McWilliams, author of Chaplain's Conflict: Good and Evil in a War Hospit at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (04/27/2012)

Imran Ahmad, author of The Perfect Gentleman at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (May 2 2012)

Biran Latell, author of Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (May 4 2012)

Jim Harrison, author of The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (May 4 2012)

Ron Rash, author of The Cove at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/11/2012)

STARSMary Alice Monroe, author of Beach House Memories at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/14/2012)

Oneal Smalls, author of Blessed Be the Ties that Bind at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/18/2012)

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/25/2012)

Okra Pick!Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/01/2012)

Jeff Shaara, author of A Blaze of Glory at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/08/2012)

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/12/2012)

STARSMary Ann McFadden, author of The Book Lover at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/15/2012)

STARSKaren White, author of Sea Change at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/22/2012)

Angie LeClercq, author of A Grand Tour of Gardens at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/29/2012)




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Dearest readers,

The is the time when many small seedlings appear in her ladyship's garden--coming suddenly to life under the warm spring sun. They are all second generation. Her ladyship purposefully lets the flowers in her garden go to seed each winter in order to see what will return on its own.

Of course at this stage, it is hard to tell what these small brave sprouts are. Too early yet to have any true leaves, and showing up in the most unexpected places, she can only guess that this one over hear might be cosmos, while that one further down the bed may be a marigold. Neither, mind you, are growing anywhere near where her ladyship had planted cosmos and marigolds last year. But mother nature works in mysterious ways. There are even a few things that look like love-in-mist (nigella), which really is a wonder, since last year her ladyship didn't plant any.

Looking at collections small green shoots coming up everywhere feels to her ladyship a little like looking at her "tbr" stack--that collection of as yet unread books she has been piling by her favorite chair. It's all about expectations and potential, of looking forward to wonderful things in the future, if one can only be a little patient and find the time--to open a new book, and to read, perhaps, in a chair in the garden, next to all the new-growing plants, whatever they might turn out to be.

Happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 4, 2012

Columbia, SC -March 13, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, March 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. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
2. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
3. Kill Shot
Vince Flynn, Atria, $27.99, 9781416595205
4. Lone Wolf
Jodi Picoult, Atria, $28, 9781439102749
5. The Dressmaker
Kate Alcott, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385535588
6. The House I Loved
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312593308
7. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
8. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
Nathan Englander, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307958709
9. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Little Brown, $25.99, 9780316126694
10. The Wolf Gift
Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307595119
11. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
12. Believing the Lie
Elizabeth George, Dutton, $28.95, 9780525952589
13. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
14. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
okra15. The Healing
Jonathan Odell, Nan A. Talese, $26, 9780385534673

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $28, 9781400069286
2. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
3. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
5. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
6. Coming Apart
Charles Murray, Crown Forum, $27, 9780307453426
7. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
8. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $30, 9780374275631
9. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
10. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
11. Once Upon a Secret
Mimi Alford, Random House, $25, 9781400069101
12. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
13. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
14. Bringing Up Bébé
Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594203336
15. Unorthodox
Deborah Feldman, S&S, $23, 9781439187005

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454560
2. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
3. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
4. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
5. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
6. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
7. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
9. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
10. Dreams of Joy
Lisa See, Random House, $15, 9780812980547
11. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
12. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $13.99, 9781250004345
13. The Story of Beautiful Girl
Rachel Simon, Grand Central, $12, 9780446574457
14. Georgia Bottoms
Mark Childress, Back Bay Books, $14.99, 9780316033039
15. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John le Carré, Penguin, $16, 9780143120933

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
2. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
3. Moonwalking with Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
4. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
5. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
7. The Social Animal
David Brooks, Random House, $16, 9780812979374
8. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
9. The Grand Design
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow, Bantam, $18, 9780553384666
10. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
12. Duke Sucks
Reed Tucker, Andy Bagwell, St. Martin's, $12.99, 9781250004635
13. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
14. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
15. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372

MASS MARKET

1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307742537
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
4. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. Timeless
Gail Carriger, Orbit, $7.99, 9780316127189
8. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition
Merriam-Webster, $7.5, 9780877799290
9. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
10. The Darkest Seduction
Gena Showalter, Harlequin Books, $7.99, 9780373776573

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. The Lorax
Dr.Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
4. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800165
5. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
6. The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800011
7. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
8. I Am a Bunny
Ole Risom, Richard Scarry (Illus.), Golden, $5.99, 9780375827785
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
10. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
3. War Horse
Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545403351
4. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
5. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Christopher Paul Curtis, Yearling, $6.99, 9780440414124
6. And Then It's Spring
Julie Fogliano, Erin Stead (Illus.), Roaring Brook, $16.99, 9781596436244
7. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
9. Dead End in Norvelt
Jack Gantos, FSG, $15.99, 9780374379933
okra10. Same Sun Here
Silas House, Neela Vaswani, Candlewick Press, $15.99, 9780763656843

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
5. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
6. Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Slumber Party (Pinkalicious I Can Read!)
Victoria Kann, Harper, $3.99, 9780061989629
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810994737
8. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810970687
10. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $17.99, 9780385738774

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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).

The Watsons Go to Birmingham"And the fact that Scout is surprised by people’s racism is what’s so, what was revolutionary about the book. Because most little kids in little towns like that, they weren’t surprised, because racism was all around them, it was the fabric of life. I mean, when I was three years old, my grandmother and I would walk down the main street of Greeneville, which was the little town where she lived, and black men would get off the sidewalk as a sign of respect. And if I walked down the sidewalk, at five years old, by myself, they would get off the sidewalk as a sign of respect to me. And this was in the mid-60s." Hey, Boo

"A distinguished group of Mississippi independent booksellers will gather later this month to discuss the current state of bookselling and how they have survived multiple and ongoing retail challenges." Indie Booksellers Panel at Ole Miss

The Search Committee"He invented a hollow golf ball that's easier for amateurs to hit straight... About six or seven years ago, he got the idea for a book. It's not about machines and gadgets, but people and faith. It's called The Search Committee." Inventor adds "author" to varied resume

Chasing Midnight“I love research, and I love caviar,” and the roe of the Gulf sturgeon, as contraband, features prominently in Chasing Midnight, so the two passions happily intertwined. Research is important, he said, but can be invidious. “It’s the best excuse to keep you from writing.” Marco Island loves Doc Ford

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

Hattaras JournalMaking pecan cake on a stormy night

As I sat in my darkened house and listened to the wind, it was difficult not to think of those dire predictions. Yet realistically I could conjure up no cause for great alarm. Despite the draftiness of my house, it has withstood enough storms to acquire an atmosphere of assorted personal histories; it is the kind of old, musty dwelling that would serve as a good home for ghosts. Its very longevity was testimony to its sturdiness, I decided, as the squeak of the damper again sent prickles up my spine. I briefly considered walking out to the beach to peek over the dunes at the surf, but settled instead on passing the hours before bedtime by baking a cake.

In the amber light thrown off by two kerosene lamps, I leaded through a dog-eared cooked to a pecan upside-down cake that could easily be mixed by hand. Grabbing some unshelled pecans from a plastic bag under the sink, I began cracking them open, feeling cozy and snug. A particularly strong gust shook the house, and I thought of the shorebirds I had seen feeding on the beach a few days before, the earliest of the flocks that would soon come migrating through. In this kind of weather they would be huddled back in the marsh. The ghost crabs that had only begun to dig out of their winter burrows would have ducked back underground. Some animals were bound to die tonight, and if the ocean jumped the primary dune, most of the shrubs to the east of the highway would no doubt be choked by salk. I turned on the gas oven--for warmth as much as for the cake--an poured a yellow batter into a pan on top of a frothing mixture of butter, brown sugar, and nuts.

--Jan DeBlieu, Hattaras Journal (John F. Blair, Publisher, 1998)

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Read This!: Bookseller Staff Picks


Colony of Unrequited DreamsFrom Cherry Books, some of "Woody's Great 28" :

"We all cherish the stories that grab us.  I'd like to share with you the ones that gripped me in the last 12 years.  In 2000, I began writing down the books I read start-to-finish.  If a reader voluntarily finishes an entire book, that, in and of itself, means the author has accomplished something.  And when the pages are actually memorable, it is a story worth spreading."

Number 1  The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston.  Year read: 2000.  Historical Fiction. Beautifully written, Colony pulsates with strange politics, exotic setting (sea-swept Newfoundland), a history hardly known south of the Canadian border and one of the most unusual romances in fiction.  Can I read it again?Autobiography of Joseph Stalin

Number 15  Catherine Carmier by Ernest Gaines. 
Year Read:  2001.  Fiction.  Louisiana's Gaines' voice  rings true for its strength, distinctiveness, readability and implicit power.   If I aim my ear toward Pointe Coupee Parish, I can hear his storytelling.

Number 17 The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin by Richard Lourie.  Year Read: 2002.  Historical Fiction.  Told in first person, it is as if Uncle Joe himself is talking to you -  subtly, then bluntly justifying his existence as a mass-murdering dictator.  Perhaps Stalin's hammer-and-sickle spirit possessed Lourie long enough to write this narrative.Dancing on the Stones
       
Number 14 Dancing on the Stones: Selected Essays by John Nichols.  Year Read: 2006.  Nonfiction.  When I visited Nichols' hometown of Taos, New Mexico in 2006, a bookseller recommended this novelist's (The Milagro Beanfield War) nonfiction.  Nichols poetically pounds out energetic prose from an interesting perspective: part-post-hippie-socialist, part-ex-college hockey player, all nature-loving fly fisherman and a writer who has always lived on the fringe of the mesa, of solvency and of life in general.   

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Okra Picks


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

Same Sun HereSame Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
Viking, March 2012

A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.

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Great Bookstores


An Indie Bookstore you should know

wild Iris Books
Wild Iris Books
in Gainesville, FL

802 West University Ave
352-375-7477

Wild Iris Books Store Front

Established in 1992, Wild Iris is currently the only feminist bookstore still open in the State of Florida. Susan Keel and Kerry Godwin opened Iris Books in 1992. The inventory expanded to around 10,000 titles, ranging from feminist classics to books on women’s spirituality and recovery, feminist science fiction, and gender and queer theory. Despite the increased size, the store continued to serve as a kind of community center and organizing space. In 1996, new owners Dotty Faibisy and Bev White changed the store’s name to Wild Iris, and increased the non-book inventory offered. Pride paraphernalia, cards and bumper stickers, and woman-made crafts all became important parts of the store’s offerings. Faibisy also developed the store’s connection to the University of Florida’s Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and feminist and progressive faculty from around the university began to use Wild Iris as a resource for their course books.

In 2004, current owners Cheryl Krauth and Lylly Rodriguez ushered in the newest chapter of feminist bookselling in Gainesville’s long and dignified history. They have expanded the store’s range of merchandise, and Wild Iris now offers videos alongside its selection of new and used books, hand-beaded jewelry, artisanal soaps, and Fair Trade coffees. In the spring of 2004, more than twenty graphic design students at Santa Fe Community College competed to produce a new logo for Wild Iris, one that would convey the still-vibrant presence of what is not only a Gainesville institution, but also the only feminist bookstore remaining in Florida. Lynn Stuart’s organic, energetic, and colorful emblem captures vividly what Krauth and Rodriguez see as the mission for this feminist bookstore of the 21st century: “celebrating life and diversity.”

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STARS Authors on Tour

STARSWhat 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.

Tamra WilsonFeatured Author:
Tamra Wilson

travels from Newton, NC

Request Tamra for your book club or group!
Tamra Wilson has published widely in such journals as North Carolina Literary Review, Our State, Pedestal, Southern Women's Review and elsewhere. Her work has been honored by Asheville Writers Workshop, Charlotte Writers Club, the Robert Ruark Foundation and others. She is a fellow the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She received the 2009 Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is also a Road Scholar with the N.C. Humanities Council. She holds an MFA degree from the University of Southern Maine.

Dining with Robert Redford and Other StoriesDining with Robert Redford & Other Stories

Tucked in these 230 pages are 21 slices of small-town Southern life. Lena the textile worker and Doris the traveling mannequin are just two of the characters you’ll dine with in Tamra Wilson’s first story collection. A long-time member of CWC, she is a two-time winner of the Children’s Story Contest. “Good stories have a way of hunting me down,” Wilson says. Family anecdotes, phone conversations, emails can spark a story and that’s what this North Carolina writer has done 50-times over in such journals as the North Carolina Literary Review, Pedestal and The MacGuffin, Wilson—a newly-minted MFA grad— has taken the leap to publish her first collection.
Little Creek Books,  $12.95

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More STARS Authors:
see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Kala Ambrose
Cary, NC 3/17/2012-3/17/2012

Lynne Barrett
Tallahassee, FL 3/20/2012-3/21/2012
Greensboro, NC 3/29/2012-3/30/2012
Sarasota, FL 4/7/2012-4/7/2012
Tampa, FL 4/16/2012-4/16/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller
Jekyll Island, GA 3/16/2012-3/16/2012
Walterboro, SC 4/27/2012-4/28/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012-6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012-11/11/2012

Nancy Cohen
Bonita Springs, FL 3/22/2012-3/22/2012
Estero, FL 3/24/2012-3/24/2012

Emily Cooper
Spartanburg, SC 4/13/2012-4/14/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore
Charlottesville, VA 3/21/2012-3/24/2012
Little Rock, AR 4/12/2012-4/14/2012
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012-6/17/2012
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012-8/22/2012

Mark Hainds
Hattiesburg, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Montgomery, AL 4/20/2012-4/21/2012
Starkeville, MS 5/15/2012-5/17/2012
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy
Oxford, MS 3/22/2012-3/22/2012
Hattiesburg, MS 4/11/2012-4/13/2012
Oxford, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Natchez, MS 4/19/2012-4/19/2012
Tupelo, MS 4/21/2012-4/21/2012
Grenada, MS 4/28/2012-4/28/2012
Greenwood, MS 5/5/2012-5/5/2012
Jackson, MS 5/11/2012-5/12/2012
Birmingham, AL 5/18/2012-5/18/2012
Athens, GA 5/19/2012-5/19/2012
Waynesville, NC 6/5/2012-6/5/2012
Hendersonville, NC 6/6/2012-6/6/2012
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012-6/24/2012

Alma Katsu
Nashville, TN 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Asheville, NC 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Raleigh, NC 4/22/2012-4/23/2012
Virginia Beach, VA 5/4/2012-5/5/2012

George Leibowitz
The Villages, FL 4/2/2012-4/7/2012

John Malik
Chapel Hill, NC 5/4/2012-5/7/2012

Nancy Naigle
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012-8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012-9/9/2012

Robin OBryant
Nashville, TN 3/21/2012-3/22/2012

Tracy A. Spaine
Holly Springs, NC 4/10/2012-4/10/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 5/5/2012-5/7/2012

Lori Verni-Fogarsi
Bracey, VA 5/1/2012-9/1/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 7/21/2012-7/22/2012

Millie West
Charleston, SC 3/11/2012-3/11/2012

Tamra Wilson
Asheville, NC 5/17/2012-5/17/2012

Renea Winchester
Sandy Plains, GA 3/14/2012-3/14/2012
Alpharetta, GA 3/21/2012-3/21/2012
Lawrenceville, GA 3/15/2012-3/15/2012
Sylva, NC 3/27/2012-3/27/2012

Lisa Wingate
Duck, NC 5/8/2012-5/17/2012


Lady Banks' Bookshelf


 

Monsters in America Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting by W. Scott Poole

"Poole's connection of the monster to American history is a kind of Creature Features meets American cultural history. Here we not only meet such monsters but also discover America's cultural monstrosity."--John W. Morehead, editor, www.TheoFantastique.com

Salem witches, frontier wilderness beasts, freak show oddities, alien invasions, Freddie Krueger. From our colonial past to the present, the monster in all its various forms has been a staple of American culture. A masterful survey of our grim and often disturbing past, Monsters in America uniquely brings together history and culture studies to expose the dark obsessions that have helped create our national identity.Monsters are not just fears of the individual psyche, historian Scott Poole explains, but are concoctions of the public imagination, reactions to cultural influences, social change, and historical events. Conflicting anxieties about race, class, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs, science, and politics manifest as haunting beings among the populace. From Victorian-era mad scientists to modern-day serial killers, new monsters appear as American society evolves, paralleling fluctuating challenges to the cultural status quo. Consulting newspaper accounts, archival materials, personal papers, comic books, films, and oral histories, Poole adroitly illustrates how the creation of the monstrous "other" not only reflects society's fears but shapes actual historical behavior and becomes a cultural reminder of inhuman acts.

Baylor University Press | 9781602583146 | October 2011 |$29.95


Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with God Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with God by Steven Haymon

Stress is a condition most people know little about until its dramatic effects take charge of their lives. It can manifest itself in simple inappropriate behaviors towards ourselves or one another or reach the more intense impact through mood disorders, addictions and physical illnesses. Using sound Biblical teachings, this valuable resource examines stress, its impact on you and your relationships and then delivers answers to understanding, coping and living the healthy life God intends. The well organized chapters allow the reader to learn: How people react to stress and the many faces it wears How addictions intensify our reaction to stress How spirituality can combat the effects of stress How anger, unforgiveness and sin can contribute to stress How God?'s love helps reduce stress How to use God?'s gifts on the journey to overcoming the multiple levels of stressWith scriptural index, additional resources, and life changing directions for individuals, pastors, counselors, therapists and others who work in the helping professions, this reference book is a valuable source of answers to the daily struggles that create stress and the coping skills to live a healthier life. Strong endorsements from Christian counselors and pastors.

Greater Insight Publishing | 9780979933110 | September 2011 | $16.99


1000 Places to See Before You Die 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

"...it tells you what's beautiful, what's fun, and what's just unforgettable--everywhere on earth." --Newsweek

The world's bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 New York Times bestseller, 1,000 Places reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. And now the best is better. There are 600 full-color photographs. Over 200 entirely new entries, including visits to 28 countries like Lebanon, Croatia, Estonia, and Nicaragua, that were not in the original edition. There is an emphasis on experiences: an entry covers not just Positano or Ravello, but the full 30-mile stretch along the Amalfi Coast.

Every entry from the original edition has been readdressed, rewritten, and made fuller, with more suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. And throughout, the book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz, but also moderately priced gems that don't compromise on atmosphere or charm.

The world is calling. Time to answer.

Workman Publishing | 9780761156864 | November 2011 | $19.95


Mile Marker Zero Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West by William McKeen 

"Mile Marker Zero is a wonderful zinger of a book. Never before have the literary traditions of the Conch Republic been mined for such gold nugget anecdotes. McKeen has once again proven why he is perhaps the most lucid and imaginative professor of journalism history in modern-day America. Every page sings a story worth a  Jimmy Buffett song." --Douglas Brinkley

True tales of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in America's southernmost city. 

For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the twenties. For others, later, there was Greenwich Village, Big Sur, and Woodstock. But for an even later generation--one defined by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Tom McGuane, and Hunter S. Thompson--there was another moveable feast: KeyWest, Florida. 

The small town on the two-by-four-mile island has long been an artistic haven, a wild refuge for people of all persuasions, and the inspirational home for a league of great American writers. Some of the artists went there to be literary he-men. Some went to re-create themselves. Others just went to disappear--and succeeded. No matter what inspired the trip, Key West in the seventies was the right place at the right time, where and when an astonishing collection of artists wove a web of creative inspiration. 
Mile Marker Zero tells the story of how these writers and artists found their identities in Key West and maintained their friendships over the decades, despite oceans of booze and boatloads of pot, through serial marriages and sexual escapades, in that dangerous paradise. 

Unlike the "Lost Generation" of Paris in the twenties, we have a generation that invented, reinvented, and found itself at the unending cocktail party at the end--and the beginning--of America's highway.

Crown Publishing Group | 9780307592002 | October 2011 | $25.00


A New Turn in the South A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson

When Hugh Acheson, a chef from Ottawa, settled in Georgia, who knew that he would woo his adopted home state and they would embrace him as one of their own? 

In 2000, following French culinary training on both coasts, Hugh opened Five and Ten in Athens, a college town known for R.E.M., and the restaurant became a spotlight for his exciting interpretation of traditional Southern fare. Five and Ten became a favorite local haunt as well as a destination--Food & Wine named Hugh a "Best New Chef" and at seventy miles away, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution named Five and Ten the best restaurant in Atlanta. Then came the five consecutive James Beard nominations. 

Now, after opening two more restaurants and a wine shop, Hugh is ready to share 120 recipes of his eclectic, bold, and sophisticated flavors, inspired by fresh ingredients. In A New Turn in the South, you'll find libations, seasonal vegetables that take a prominent role, salads and soups, his prized sides, and fish and meats--all of which turn Southern food on its head every step of the way. Hugh's recipes include: Oysters on the Half Shell with Cane Vinegar and Chopped Mint Sauce, shucked and left in their bottom shells; Chanterelles on Toast with Mushrooms that soak up the flavor of rosemary, thyme, and lemon; Braised and Crisped Pork Belly with Citrus Salad--succulent and inexpensive, but lavish; Yellow Grits with Sauteed Shiitakes, Fried Eggs, and Salsa Rossa--a stunning versatile condiment; Fried Chicken with Stewed Pickled Green Tomatoes--his daughters' favorite dish; and Lemon Chess Pies with Blackberry Compote--his go-to classic Southern pie with seasonal accompaniment. 

With surprising photography full of Hugh's personality, and pages layered with his own quirky writing and sketches, he invites you into his community and his innovative world of food--to add new favorites to your repertoire.

Clarkson N. Potter Publishers | 9780307719553 | October 2011 | $35.00

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