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{On remembering good friends}

Mr. George Singleton remembers Mr. Robert Watson's horn rimmed glasses, Mr. Sonny Brewer remembers that Mr. William Gay made him miss his exit on the I-10, Mr. Coleman Bark signs a book, twice, and Ms. Mary Gay Shipley inexplicably decides to stop being a bookseller and become a politician.

February 19, 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!
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

The House I Loved

The Litigators

Rules of Civility

A Good American

Elizabeth the Queen

Coming Apart

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Catherine the Great

That Woman

The Peach Keeper

Room

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

The Kitchen House

The Story of Beautiful Girl

Duke Sucks

Wreck This Journal

World Almanac 2012

5 Love Languages

Citizens of London

Lord of the Flies

1984

The Jefferson Key

Love, Splat

Oh the Places You'll Go

One Cool Friend

Inside Out & Back Again

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire!

And Then It's Spring


Author Readings


Lily Ledbetter, author of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairnes at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/02/2012)

Bob Plott, author of Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (March 2 2012)

James Neugass, author of War Is Beautiful at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 2 2012)

Brannon Sirmon, author of That’s War at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 2 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)

Gordon Ball, author of East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 2 2012)

Les Standiford, author of Bringing Adam Home at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 2 2012)

Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 2 2012)

Cindy Valenti-Scioto, author of A Heart Like Mine & A Heart Like Yours at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 2 2012)

True Alisandre, author of Pictures of Health to Breathe and Move With at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (March 3 2012)

Suzzy Roche, author of Wayward Saints at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 3 2012)

RITA GOLDEN GELMAN, author of TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 3 2012)

R.K. Hardy, author of The Cheetah Diaries at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (March 3 2012)

Trey Carland, author of A Seeker’s Guide to Inner Peace at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (March 3 2012)

Okra Pick!Tim Owens, author of The Search Committee at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 3 2012)

Catherine Carter, author of The Swamp Monster at Home at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (March 3 2012)

Lois Wilson, author of ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 3 2012)

Lemon Andersen, author of County of Kings at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 3 2012)

Shana Corey, author of Here Come the Girl Scouts! at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 3 2012)

Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 4 2012)

STARSMargaret Maron, author of Bootlegger's Daughter, at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (March 4 2012)

Lou Lipsitz, author of If This World Falls Apart at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 4 2012)

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 5 2012)

Jane O'Connor, author of Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (March 6 2012)

Alexandra Styron, author of William Styron: Reading My Father at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (March 6 2012)

Winston Groom , author of Shiloh, 1862 at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 6 2012)

Jen Lancaster, author of If You Were Here at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 6 2012)

Hanne Blank, author of Straight: The Suprisingly Short History of Heteros at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 6 2012)

Carolyn Morrow Long, author of MADAME LALAURIE: Mistress of the Haunted House at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (March 7 2012)

Lucy Ferriss, author of The Lost Daughter at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 7 2012)

Alexandra Styron, author of Reading My Father at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (March 7 2012)

Denise Duhamel, author of Ka-Ching! at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (March 7 2012)

Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 7 2012)

Bill Press, author of The Obama Hate Machine at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 7 2012)

Tony Daniel, author of Guardian of Night at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 8 2012)

Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 8 2012)

Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (March 8 2012)

Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt, author of Finding Thalhimers at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 8 2012)

April Moon, author of Breakfast and Beyond: Comfort Food from Dawn to Da at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 8 2012)

Bill Lavender, author of Memory Wing at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (March 8 2012)

Randy Wayne White, author of Chasing Midnight at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 8 2012)

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 8 2012)

Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (March 8 2012)

Jody Rathgeb, author of Fish Eye Lens at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 9 2012)

Rick Bragg, author of Out of the Dirt at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 9 2012)

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

Dan Wells, author of Partials at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 9 2012)

Kim Green, author of Hallucination at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 9 2012)

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 9 2012)

Linda Star Wolf, author of VISIONARY SHAMANISM at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 9 2012)

Kathy Kaemmerlen, author of The Buzz On Honeybees at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 10 2012)

Mandy Goff, author of Engaging the Earl at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 10 2012)

Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (March 10 2012)

Stephanie Powell Watts, author of We Are Taking Only What We Need at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 10 2012)

Dennys Matos, author of Paisajes: metaforas de nuestro tiempo at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 10 2012)

Audra Martin D'Aroma, author of The Glaveston Chronicles at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 11 2012)

Barbara Hemphill, author of Organizing Paper at Home: What to Toss and How to at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 11 2012)

Dr. PETER O. KNIGHT KNIGHT, author of The Heart at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 11 2012)

Randy Wayne White, author of Chasing Midnight at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 12 2012)

Okra Pick!Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 12 2012)

M.J. Rose, author of The Book of Lost Fragrances at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 12 2012)

Phil Boyle, author of Preserving the Public in Public Schools at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 12 2012)

Diane Ott Whealy, author of Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (03/13/2012)

Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 13 2012)

Michael McFee, author of That Was Oasis at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 13 2012)

Kath Bartlett, author of Chinese Medicine for Spring at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 13 2012)

Chip Cooper, author of Old Havana: Spirit of the Living City at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (03/13/2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STARSErika Marks, author of Little Gale Gumbo at Park Road Books in Charlotte, 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Daughan, author of 1812: THE NAVY'S WAR at Inkwood Books in Tampa, 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

Tennant McWilliams, author of Chaplain's Conflict: Good and Evil in a War Hospit 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)

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

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


Authors Round the South
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Dearest readers,

This week the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance announced its "Long List" of books that have been nominated for the SIBA Book Award. These are southern books from last year that indie booksellers and their customers absolutely adored.  So just in case you were wondering what you should read next? Read these.

It is quite a long Long List, featuring over 120 books, at least forty of which are fiction. And frankly, just the nominations to the cooking category are likely to keep her ladyship happily slaving over a hot stove for the rest of the year. Why, there is a book devoted entirely to the art of Southern Biscuits.

Happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor

 


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 19, 2012

Columbia, SC -March 1, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, February 19, 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. Kill Shot
Vince Flynn, Atria, $27.99, 9781416595205
3. The Wolf Gift
Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307595119
okra4. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Joshilyn Jackson, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446582353

5. The House I Loved
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312593308
6. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
7. Believing the Lie
Elizabeth George, Dutton, $28.95, 9780525952589
8. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
9. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
10. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
11. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Delacorte, $26, 9780385344227
12. Raylan
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062119469
13. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $26, 9780812992793
14. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
15. A Good American
Alex George, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399157592

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
2. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
3. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
4. Once Upon a Secret
Mimi Alford, Random House, $25, 9781400069101
5. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
6. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
7. Elizabeth the Queen
Sally Bedell Smith, Random House, $30, 9781400067893
8. Bringing Up Bébé
Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594203336
9. Coming Apart
Charles Murray, Crown Forum, $27, 9780307453426
10. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
11. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
12. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
13. Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd, Blue Rider, $14.95, 9780399158568
14. That Woman
Anne Sebba, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250002969
15. The End of Illness
David B. Agus, M.D., Free Press, $26, 9781451610178

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
3. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
4. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
5. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
6. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
7. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
9. The Peach Keeper
Sarah Addison Allen, Bantam, $15, 9780553385601
10. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
11. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
12. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671

13. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
14. The Kitchen House
Kathleen Grissom, Touchstone, $16, 9781439153666
15. The Story of Beautiful Girl
Rachel Simon, Grand Central, $12, 9780446574457

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
2. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
3. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
4. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
6. Duke Sucks
Reed Tucker, Andy Bagwell, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250004635
7. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
8. Blood, Bones & Butter
Gabrielle Hamilton, Random House, $16, 9780812980882
9. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
10. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $13.95, 9780399533464
11. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
12. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $12.99, 9781600571480
13. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
14. The 5 Love Languages
Gary Chapman, Northfield, $14.99, 9780802473158
15. Citizens of London
Lynne Olson, Random House, $17, 9780812979350

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition
Merriam-Webster, $7.50, 9780877799290
3. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
4. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
6. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. The Jefferson Key
Steve Berry, Ballantine, $9.99, 9780345505521
9. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
10. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901

Children's Illustrated

1. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
2. Llama Llama Nighty-Night
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $5.99, 9780670013272
3. Bad Kitty for President
Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook, $13.99, 9781596436695
4. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
6. Love, Splat
Rob Scotton, Harper, $9.99, 9780062077769
7. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
8. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
9. I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655983
10. One Cool Friend
Toni Buzzeo, David Small (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803734135

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. Dead End in Norvelt
Jack Gantos, FSG, $15.99, 9780374379933
4. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
5. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
6. Listen to My Trumpet!
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423154044
7. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
8. Inside Out & Back Again
Thanhha Lai, Harper, $15.99, 9780061962783
9. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire!
Polly Horvath, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Schwartz & Wade, $16.99, 9780375867552
10. And Then It's Spring
Julie Fogliano, Erin Stead (Illus.), Roaring Brook, $16.99, 9781596436244

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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).

Can’t we take a photograph of a female Southern author in a black turtleneck and dorky spectacles? Belle du jour: The Literature of Southern Babes

Pat Conroy's Full Keynote Address at the Savannah Book Festival

She grew up on the Florida Gulf Coast, which she describes as “white, sugary and pristine.” She later moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which she describes as a deep, rich green. Joshylin Jackson, eavesdropping

"He asked me where the local shelf was so that he could sign any copies of his books we had in stock," Janet recalled. "He reached over for a used copy of The Drowned Book and, when he opened it to sign, saw that he had already signed it years ago to a friend named Charlie." Where have all the signed books gone?

"Mary Gay Shipley, the owner of the That Bookstore in Blytheville, announced Monday that she will run for the District 55 seat in the Arkansas House." I'd rather be in politics 

The Moviegoer"As the real-life version of an orphan boy from some kind of dark fairy tale, Percy must have loved the promise held by the narrative arc of the movies. You entered the dark theater and two hours later all would be revealed, all would be redeemed, and the lights would go up." Walker Percy, the original Moviegoer

McCord feels his primary responsibility is to contribute to the cultural landscape – to bring people into the store and make new writers and new ideas available to them. The Last Indies

"Bouncing back from the $60-million chase like a spirited redheaded scribe, part-Lucille Ball and part-Bozo the Clown Bop Bag punching toy, Fisher is still fighting." Flamboyant Palm Beach author releases videos

"When I warn the American poet, short-story writer and novelist Ron Rash that I'll be taking down our interview in my rusty shorthand, he is reassuring. 'A Southern writer doesn't speak too fast,' he says in a soft drawl that is as good as his word." Ron Rash, Down Under

[Stephen] Miss's love of literature comes from his days in high school in New Jersey. A friend of his father's -- a Jesuit priest and Faulknerian scholar - sparked an especially keen interest in southern literature. Miss met famed literary critic Cleanth Brooks and novelist and Chapel Hill-resident Elizabeth Spencer. He spent hours in the Princeton library reading authors such as Percy and Flannery O'Connor. Belmont Abbey's Basketball Coach

TwilightWilliam Gay (October 27, 1941 – February 23, 2012)

"Gay is, along with Barry Hannah, Cormac McCarthy, and Harry Crews, one of the four living horsemen of the Southern apocalypse." Attention must be paid

"I met William through North Carolina writer Shari Smith. She loved his face, believed that every line of it was a story, and encouraged me to photograph him." Remembering William Gay

"On our road trips, we talk for hours and hours and hours. We miss our turns because the world inside the car forgets the world of streets and roads outside the car. On our way to Miami one time, driving east along the top of Florida on I-10, we looked up and saw the Atlantic Ocean outside the windshield.
What the hell have we done? I asked.
William said, We must have missed our turn.
But it was I-75 we needed to make a right on. That’s not some side street down a back road. It’s like ten acres of cloverleaf and signs and cars and lights on poles and nice landscaping.
I reckon we were talking, William said." Celebrating William Gay (also, the New York Times obituary)

Robert Watson (1925 - February 29, 2012)

"Bob cared for his MFA students in UNCG's graduate writing program much as a close relative might. He had what I called so many years ago in a tribute to him, "a caring focus."" --Kathryn Stripling Byer
also: In memoriam
Origins, a poem by Fred Chappell

So I handed in twenty pages of said bad novel, and Bob read it aloud to the class. Back in those days class members had to check out our comrades’ works at the library, sit in chairs up there, take notes, and so on. So I assume that everyone had read my supposed masterpiece. As I remember it, Bob quit reading about halfway through. He looked at me through those cool hornrim glasses and what I read in his facial expression wasn’t, “Why are you wasting my time?” like he should’ve asked. No, it was a kinder expression, but one that any face reader might interpret as, “Do you need some psychological help, son? We have a nice, free, clinic here on campus with certified counselors and psychologists there to help you out.”
Bob Watson Driving; Bob Watson Flying; Bob Watson Pulling Over by George Singleton

"He said, ‘I want you to make a strong box that will hold at least two gallons of coins, and make a lid that I can nail on when I’m ready’. When the box was ready, the stranger put a few coins in it and carried it on his horse down the Carolina side of the mountain – apparently planning to find a good hiding place and then come back for the rest of the coins. He was about forty five minutes. He came back without the box." The stranger who minted money at Indian Grave Gap

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

A Book of MinutesTo the Oldest Live Oak in the South

Even in the winter, green. It's why
we call  you live.
That or the way
gray mosses stay,
amidst your leaves, their own demise.
What human cries,
old man, have you
been witness to?
You're not talking, though. Just silence
and through your dense
knotted limbs, a
revenant wind.

-Cathy Smith Bowers, from A Book of Minutes (Iris Press, 2004)

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Read This!: Bookseller Staff Picks


The Hills Remember"A straight front-to-back read of the book gives a good view of [James] Still's evolution as a storyteller (something along the lines of “incredible” to “amazing and magnificent”) but it perhaps unfairly emphasizes the occasional repeat phrase and re-used scene, especially since Still’s writing is of the page-turning kind that will keep a reader up late into the night. Not because of the action or the fast-paced plots in his stories, but because the language is so achingly beautiful one can hardly bear to stop reading" The Hills Remember

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Birds of a Lesser ParadiseBirds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories, by Megan Mayhew Bergman

“Birds of a Lesser Paradise is a poignant collection of stories, each filled with vivid imagery, surprising wit, and elegant prose. My copy is filled with dog-eared pages of Bergman’s brilliantly written observations on who we are and who we hope to be. She masterfully captures the fragility of human life by placing it within and against the natural world. Read these stories. You will be so thankful you did, and then you will read them again!” — Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

The InquisitorThe Inquisitor: A Novel, by Mark Allen Smith

“This story will keep you up and give you nightmares, but you will be hooked from page one. Smith has added a surprising new element to the thriller genre with the introduction of his protagonist, a professional torturer, who is himself a tortured individual. Geiger has three rules, one of which is, he doesn’t interrogate children. So when he ends up with a 12-year-old boy he is supposed to extract information from, Geiger changes all of the rules. Geiger is an extremely fascinating character whom you want to hate, but can’t. A compelling and unique thriller.” — Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The DressmakerThe Dressmaker: A Novel, by Kate Alcott

“A young housemaid quits her job and is chosen at the last minute to accompany a great fashion designer on the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic. They both survive the sinking, but the designer and her husband make questionable choices in their lifeboat, which are not well received in the public eye. The reader can’t help but think, ‘What would I have done in that situation?’“ — Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

A Good AmericanA Good American: A Novel, by Alex George

“In these crazy, sad times, when fear and greed seem to be defining our responses, it was wonderful to be reminded of the irreplaceable role immigration has played in making our country great and of the various ways of being ‘a good American.’ Frederick and Jette flee Prussia in 1904 and make their new home in Missouri. Their story is told by their grandson, James, and like the best family stories, is filled with the coincidences, missed connections, and both the tragedy and magic of ordinary life. George breaks your heart with the quiet sacrifices and secrets of his characters but never forgets the wonder and humor of living. Carrying the reader across the generations with music and food, religion and prohibition, racism and patriotism, A Good American makes this unique family’s story seem familiar in the best of ways.” — Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

The Chalk GirlThe Chalk Girl: A Mallory Novel, by Carol O’Connell

“Mallory has been one of my favorite series characters since I first encountered her in Mallory’s Oracle many years ago. It is hard to feel sympathy for her because she doesn’t need any, but this story of a damaged woman trying to help a damaged child is very moving. The crimes are solved in Mallory’s unique outside-the-box method, and, as always, justice is all that matters to her. I look forward to handselling this book and introducing more readers to Mallory.” — Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC

Running the RiftRunning the Rift: A Novel, by Naomi Benaron

“Named for the Rwandan god of thunder, Jean Patrick Nkuba is destined for Olympic glory. Pushing his body up the misty hills of his village, he dreams not only of fame, but also of bringing peace to his country and equality to his Tutsi compatriots. When the floodwaters of hatred and war with the Hutu burst out over his homeland, Jean Patrick must run a different kind of race in order to survive. Both beautiful and heart-rending, horrific and hopeful, this novel carries a message that deserves to be widely read.” — Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

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Okra Picks


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

The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
Hub City Press, March 2012

The Iguana TreeMichel Stone writes with exceptional bravery and grace. She’s an incredible writer. I’m a fan for life.
—Judy Goldman, author of Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back

Set amid the perils of illegal border crossings, The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia and Hector, who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas and a home for their infant daughter.

Michel Stone’s harrowing novel meticulously examines the obstacles each faces in pursuing a new life: manipulation, rape, and murder in the perilous commerce of border crossings; betrayal by family and friends; exploitation by corrupt officials and rapacious landowners on the U.S. side; and, finally, the inexorable workings of the U.S. justice system.

Hector and Lilia meet Americans willing to help them with legal assistance and offers of responsible employment, but their illegal entry seems certain to prove their undoing. The consequences of their decisions are devastating. In the end, The Iguana Tree is a universal story of loss, grief, and human dignity.

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Great Bookstores


An Indie Bookstore you should know

Union Ave Book Shop Staff!

Union Avenue Books
in Knoxville, TN
The Daylight Building
517 Union Ave
Knoxville TN 37902
(865) 951-2180
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Raised in a bookstore--it's a family tradition.

Meet 4 people united by their love of books. Flossie has been in the book business for 25 years and never met a stranger. Her daughter Bunnie was raised in a bookstore and now, in turn, is raising her baby girl Allie Dell the same way. Melinda and her son Jake don't know beans about the book business -- but they do know books and they are having a lot of fun learning the business from Flossie and Bunnie. Together, this crew and their families and staff work hard to make Union Ave Books the kind of place where fellow book lovers can browse if they want some time to themselves, or hang out with local characters and attend book signings with well-known authors.

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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.

Sarah Franics HardyFeatured Author: Sarah Francis Hardy from Oxford, MS

Retired lawyer, painter, author, illustrator and mom of three girls.

Puzzled By Pink
Not every girl loves pink! 
Izzie hates pink as much as her sister, Rose, loves it. So when Rose plans an all-pink birthday party with the guests dressed in fairy costumes, Izzie decides to give her own alternative party in the attic, where the guests will be monsters, spiders, ghosts, and the pet cat. But some powerful magic triggers the appearance of yet another guest - an unexpected one. This will be a party nobody forgets!Puzzled by Pink

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Sarah Frances Hardy on tour
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

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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

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

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

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

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

Tracy A. Spaine
Wilmington, NC 2/10/2012-3/2/2012
Holly Springs, NC 4/10/2012-4/10/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 5/5/2012-5/7/2012

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

Tamra Wilson
Topsail Beach, NC 3/1/2012-3/1/2012
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

 


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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