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{On beer, breweries, and spiked sweet tea}

In which her ladyship takes a literary vacation, Ms. Eudora Welty likes fried catfish and butter beans, Ms. Ann Patchett warns that people who don't shop local may turn into the Unabomber, Ms. Joshilyn Jackson's sweet tea is most likely spiked, Mr. Donald Davis is no longer called "Baby," and Mr. Jonathan Odell attempts not to re-write To Kill a Mockingbird (successfully).

February 12, 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

Catch Me

Defending Jacob

Catherine the Great


Through My Eyes

Coming Apart

The Great Gatsby


Georgia Bottoms

Duke Sucks

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

F in Exams

Lord of the Flies

The Hobbit

Animal Farm

Minding Frankie


Love You Forever

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

Through My Eyes Young Readers Edition

Just Being Audrey


Author Readings

Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 23 2012)

Deborah J Ledford, author of Staccato at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (February 23 2012)

SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, author of GREEN CARD STORIES at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (February 23 2012)

Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/23/2012)

Tom Spector, author of Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 23 2012)

Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 23 2012)

Sandra Beasley, author of Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allerg at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (February 23 2012)

Gerry Sloan, author of Paper Lanterns at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (February 23 2012)

Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 23 2012)

okraTaylor M. Polites, author of The Rebel Wife at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (February 23 2012)

Bernice L. McFadden, author of Gathering of Waters at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (February 23 2012)

Bonnie Schneider, author of Extreme Weather at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (February 23 2012)

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

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

C. B. Cole, author of Winter at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (February 24 2012)

Chris Paynter, author of Survived by Her Longtime Companion at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (February 24 2012)

Lisa See, author of Dreams of Joy at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 24 2012)

Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker's Daughter at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 24 2012)

William Gonzalez, author of Recuerdos intimos de Cuba at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 24 2012)

Lisa Alther, author of Washed in the Blood at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/24/2012)

Rosalyn Marhatta, author of Fire and Chcolate at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (February 25 2012)

Kim Harrison, author of A Perfect Blood at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (February 25 2012)

Christopher Arbor, author of Static to Signal at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/25/2012)

Clay Howard, author of Gospel of Business at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (February 25 2012)

Alex Flinn, author of Bewitching at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 25 2012)

Nathalie Dupree, author of Southern Biscuits at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (February 25 2012)

Samuel Totten, author of We Cannot Forget at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (February 25 2012)

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House To Our House - Great for Owners at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 25 2012)

Robert Savage, author of Rendering Unto Caesar at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 25 2012)

Lauren Winner, author of Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 25 2012)

Kim Harrison, author of A Perfect Blood at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 26 2012)

Kyle Harper, author of Moving Beyond Mind at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 26 2012)

Kathy Hester, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 26 2012)

Karen Kemper, author of If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Access at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/26/2012)

Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous: Dispatches From My Bedroom at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 27 2012)

Rabbi Solomon Schiff, author of Under the Yarmulke at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 27 2012)

Constance Adler, author of MY BAYOU: New Orleans through the Eyes of a Lover at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (February 28 2012)

Dr. Cristina Bulacio, author of Letra Urbana at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 28 2012)

Peggielene Bartels, author of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Desti at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (February 28 2012)

Lisa See, author of Dreams of Joy at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (February 28 2012)

Beth Holmgren, author of Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and Am at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 28 2012)

Claudette Hawit, author of Exclusive Recipes from Claudette’s Kitchen at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 28 2012)

Patrick DeWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (February 29 2012)

Dr. Pamela Thompson, author of "Surviving Mama:" How to Honorably Navigate a Diff at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (February 29 2012)

Leila Cobo, author of The Second Time We Met at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 29 2012)

Orin Starn, author of The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Repo at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 29 2012)

Rebecca J. Scott, author of Freedom Papers at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (March 1 2012)

Vickie Torrey, author of Joy Bringers at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 1 2012)

Tommy Mann, author of Asleep in Heaven's Nursery at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 1 2012)

Bob Plott, author of Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 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)

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)

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)

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

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

okraTim 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)

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

James Neugass, author of War Is Beautiful at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 3 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

okraSTARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 9 2012)

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

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

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

okraTim Owens, author of The Search Committee at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 15 2012)

okraJonathan Odell, author of The Healing at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 15 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authors Round the South

Dearest readers,

There was a point this winter when her ladyship, the editor, feeling rather lowly, wondered if she had lost her ability to be thrilled by literature. Gray days matched a gray spirit, and her ladyship would look at the piles of books by the side of her chair and feel not so much over-awed, as sadly under-whelmed. She hastens to assure her readers that the fault was not--at least, mostly not--to be found in the books themselves (there were many fine tomes in the pile), but rather was a product of her own winter malaise. 

Moby-Dick, or The WhaleSome people cure winter blues by fleeing to warmer climes. Her ladyship decided to take the literary equivalent of a tropical vacation. She decided to read the longest, most florid, most grandiose and ambitious book on her shelves. Oppressed by the mundane, she searched for the grandiloquent. She looked for the Amazon river of literature travel. She decided to read...Moby-Dick.

For the space of a few breathless weeks her ladyship ignored all other obligations and devoured a book that she had only the haziest memories of reading in high school. And it turned out to be a most effective cure for winter doldrums. Something like the effect of sticking one's finger into an electrical socket. The story! The voice! The sheer poetry of the language!

There is nothing like a change of venue (externally or internally) to change one's perspective. Her ladyship surfaced, (not unlike Ishmael) to view a world--or at least her book pile--with new hopeful eyes. And now, still buoyed by the pleasure of Melville's exuberant language, her ladyship is suddenly of a voracious appetite for literature. And far from being reluctant to pick up another book, she is most reluctant to put one down.

Happy reading! 

her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 12, 2012

Columbia, SC -February 22, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, February 12, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and

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. Kill Shot
Vince Flynn, Atria, $27.99, 9781416595205
2. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
3. Raylan
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062119469
okra4. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Joshilyn Jackson, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446582353

5. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
6. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Little Brown, $25.99, 9780316126694
7. Believing the Lie
Elizabeth George, Dutton, $28.95, 9780525952589
8. The Fear Index
Robert Harris, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307957931
9. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
10. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307269997
11. Catch Me
Lisa Gardner, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525952763
12. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
13. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
14. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Delacorte, $26, 9780385344227
15. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Once Upon a Secret
Mimi Alford, Random House, $25, 9781400069101
2. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
3. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
4. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
6. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
7. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
8. Ameritopia
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $26.99, 9781439173244
9. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
10. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
11. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $30, 9780374275631
12. Elizabeth the Queen
Sally Bedell Smith, Random House, $30, 9781400067893
13. Bringing Up Bébé
Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594203336
14. Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow, Harper, $26.99, 9780062007285
15. Coming Apart
Charles Murray, Crown Forum, $27, 9780307453426

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. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
6. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
7. The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
8. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
9. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John le Carré, Penguin, $16, 9780143120933
11. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
12. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
13. Snowdrops
A.D. Miller, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307739476
14. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
15. Georgia Bottoms
Mark Childress, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316033039

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
2. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
3. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
4. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
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. Blood, Bones & Butter
Gabrielle Hamilton, Random House, $16, 9780812980882
8. Just Kids
Patti Smith, Ecco, $16, 9780060936228
9. The Social Animal
David Brooks, Random House, $16, 9780812979374
10. The Call of Sedona
Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media, $16.95, 9781935127482
11. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
12. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
Karen Armstrong, Anchor, $14, 9780307742889
13. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
14. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
15. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345339683
8. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
9. Minding Frankie
Maeve Binchy, Anchor, $7.99, 9780307475497
10. Damage
John Lescroart, Signet, $9.99, 9780451235428

Children's Illustrated

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Hug Time
Patrick McDonnell, LB Kids, $6.99, 9780316182959
3. Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), HarperFestival, $4.99, 9780061235962
4. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts
Victoria Kann, Victoria Kann (Illus.), HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780061989230
5. Love, Splat
Rob Scotton, Harper, $9.99, 9780062077769
6. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
7. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375
8. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
9. Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!
H.A. Rey, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $8.99, 9780547131078
10. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

Children's Interest

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
4. War Horse
Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545403351
5. Through My Eyes: Young Readers Edition
Tim Tebow, Zonderkidz, $16.99, 9780310723455
6. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
7. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
8. Just Being Audrey
Margaret Cardillo, Julia Denos (Illus.), Balzer & Bray, $16.99, 9780061852831
9. Listen to My Trumpet!
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423154044
10. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. 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. Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House #47)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868252
6. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810970687
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810983915
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
10. Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine
Barbara Park, Random House, $4.99, 9780375800399


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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).

"Miss Eudora, as native Jacksonites affectionately call her, was a fixture in the capital city of Mississippi from her childhood until her death in 2001. Her presence is still inescapable. Visit the Mayflower Café, off Capitol Street, and you’ll hear about Miss Eudora’s fondness for plate lunches of fried catfish and butter beans." In Miss Eudora's garden

" I bring home books like a cat lady brings home strays." The (southern) bookshelf project

The Robber Bridegroom" This is not a musical about higher themes,” said Paige McGhee, who plays Rosamund. “It’s really homage to a culture, to a time, to a feeling and to the tradition of American storytelling." The Robber Bridegroom: the musical

" Stepping into the worlds created by Joshilyn Jackson is a lot like enjoying a sumptuous summer day in the South, nestled on the front porch swing drinking a glass of sweet tea with your best friends. Except in Jackson’s world, the tea is spiked" A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

New Music" One year into their troubled marriage, Taw Avery gives her husband, Neal, an ultimatum—he must put his past behind him or she will leave him forever." Reynolds Price's New Music Trilogy on stage

" The last couple of days felt like spring and that pushed me to reorganize my office and chase the winter dust-bunnies out of my way. Looking at my stacks of books is also part of that activity (like it is always!)—finding old friends and getting reminders from others to “read me first, me, me!”" Emoke B'racz, The Poet's Corner

" The late Donald Harington, whose characters include a clairvoyant moonshiner and a society of cockroaches facing philosophical catastrophe, is probably one of the best American novelists whom only a few people have read." An appreciation of the Ozark's Donald Harrington

" This year’s theme focuses on Southern rebels from the Civil War to the present with screenings of a new Margaret Mitchell documentary, Jimmy Stewart in “Shenandoah,” a “blaxploitation” flick and more."  VCU Southern Film Festival

"I believe the next few years will be exciting for independent booksellers who embrace the multiple reading formats and who are located in areas with a strong “buy local” economy. It would be a fun challenge, if only I were a decade younger." Change is coming to TBIB

Pulphead" I don’t mean to diminish the seriousness of Pulphead when I confess that I as I read it, I couldn’t stop thinking about television." I had doubts about my doubts

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State of WonderPatchett: If you don't shop at an indie bookstore, you could turn into the Unabomber.
Colbert: That's a powerful argument.

Ann Patchett on The Colbert Report

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

Diary of a Mad, Fat Girl

North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries

North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries

Green Eggs and Ham

Tim Tebow awkwardly reads Green Eggs and Ham

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

When your name changes unexpectedly

Tales from a Free-Range ChildhoodBeing the firstborn child in our household and the first grandson in Mama's entire extended family, I experienced early confusion about exactly what my name was supposed to be. When you are a child, you do not learn your name by reading it on your birth certificate. No, you infer your intended label by the repeated observation of what you happen to be called by those adults (or available children) whom you happen to trust.

According to this process, I soon determined that my given name was Baby! After all, that was the constant oral label placed upon me by Mama, Daddy, and even my trustworthy grandmother. After all, I was the first (in our family) baby.

In case anyone without this experience wonders, it is important to know that Baby is not a bad name. No, it is in fact a very good name. When your name is Baby, you get to do exactly whatever you want to do! It was spoiling and wonderful!

I got along very well being the singular family Baby for nearly three years. But when the unanticipated arrival of my little brother interfered with the established order of things, even my name changed. Suddenly, everyone started calling me Donald. And my old, dear name, Baby, went to my uninvited (by me) little brother.

People came to see him in droves. Their assessment was always the same: "Look at that beautiful baby! He is so gorgeous!" My disgust was profound.

--Donald Davis, Tales from a Free-Range Childhood (John F. Blair, 2011)

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Author 2 Author: Jonathan Odell

Jonathan OdellIn Jonathan Odell’s newest release, The Healing, Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera. Distraught, Amanda steals a newborn from one of her slaves and renames the baby Granada. Troubled by his wife’s declining mental state, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer. But Polly’s sharp tongue and troubling predictions cause unrest across the plantation. Complicating matters further, Polly recognizes “the gift” in Granada, the mistress’s pet, and a domestic battle of wills ensues.  Join author Karen Spears Zacharias as she discusses The Healing with novelist Jonathan Odell.

Karen: How did the story of The Healing first present itself to you?

The HealingJonathan: While doing research for my first novel, which included interviewing hundreds of older black Mississippians, I kept hearing stories about the old-timey midwife and how crucial she was to the community. People held her memory in great reverence. When I delved into the history of the black Southern midwife, I found a thread that led all the way back to Africa, before the slave trade. And later, the traditions of midwifery sustained the community during the grim days of slavery and Jim Crow. It was also a source of pride and identity through generations of African Americans, before being supplanted by the white medical establishment.

Secondly, while doing research on black midwives, I discovered that my great-grand mother was a midwife, and was responsible for the death of her stepdaughter, my father’s mother, through a botched abortion. My dad did not learn about this until he was in his 70’s. He had been raised by his grandmother midwife, but never knew about the hand she played in his mother’s death. This intrigued me. What was it like for that woman to raise the child of the woman she was responsible for killing? 

Karen:  What intimidated you about the telling of this story?

Jonathan: A black friend, upon finding out that I was writing a book with black characters, admonished me, “Don’t you dare write another To Kill a Mockingbird!” I was shocked. I told him I loved that book. He said, “Most white-folks do.” He said it gave white folks the chance to feel good about some white savior rescuing a poor, pitiful black man. It didn’t threaten white superiority. He told me he did not want his children to read one more book about the downtrodden, helpless black victim who needed saving by the white man. He encouraged me to come up with a black hero who didn’t need saving.

That was the challenge I took on with writing The Healing. Of all the kind reviews I’ve had on this book so far, I think the comment I’m most proud of came from a Goodreads’ reviewer. She said, “‎I loved that this was a story about the black person's experience that did not have a good-hearted white person come to the rescue and resolve all the problems."

I wish I could put that on the dust jacket!

I’m also thrilled that several colleges have already decided to use The Healing in their African American classes. One nursing university will be using it with all their students.

Karen: Did you have any misconceptions that you had to overcome in order to write The Healing?

Jonathan: I was raised on the myth that “granny” midwives were dirty, ignorant and superstitious. I was shocked, and then later angered, to find out that I was the victim of a campaign orchestrated by state legislatures and the medical establishment beginning in the 1930’s to discredit the midwife. With the advent of public health services, these midwives stood in the way of centralizing control within white institutions. I was dumbfounded when I read in the American Journal of Public Health that the infant mortality rates among the midwives were half that of the white doctors who replaced them. Of course that makes sense! These women were culturally, psychologically and spiritually in tune with the patient and the community, in a way an outsider could never be. Their practices are being resurrected by birthing professionals today.  Many of the herbs are now packaged and sold by pharmaceutical companies. When I discovered this, I knew I needed to investigate this story before it was forgotten. I had hit upon a narrative of heroism that was not dependent upon white initiative, pity or benevolence. It stood on its own.

Karen: How did you go about conducting the research for The Healing?

Jonathan: There’s an old joke that goes, “I love writing. It’s the paperwork I hate.” That’s true for me. I would rather research than write, to track down the truth through the annals of history. I interviewed surviving midwives, many in their 80’s and 90’s along with their families and community members, the children they had birthed and mothers they had treated.  I spent hours in college oral history departments. Scoured the records in the basements of county courthouses. Studied the WPA slave narratives. And subjected my own family to merciless inquisitions! I found and interviewed white Mississippi families who still lived on plantations that their ancestors used to drive slaves on. I stumbled upon one surprise after another.

I remember interviewing one very old, ailing partially paralyzed white man who still lived in the antebellum plantation house, long after his family had lost the land. While we visited he was being spoon-fed by a black woman who must have been as ancient as he. Between sips, he told me that his great-great-great grandfather had cleared the Delta swamps with his own hands. And the great-great-great grandmother of the black woman who sat next to him was his ancestor’s slave, and the first of many generations of plantation cooks. Some things in the South you just can’t explain.

Karen: Why do you think so many white southern writers are compelled to tell the stories of blacks?

Jonathan: I’m probably in the minority of white Southerners who believe this, but I think that black history fashions the white world as much, if not more, than the other way around. Robert Farris Thompson, who was a Yale art historian, said, “To be white in America is to be very black. If you don’t know how black you are, you don’t know how American you are.”

I’m fascinated with the ways in which I have been shaped, unconsciously, by a black America, even though their story has been mostly silenced, or made subservient to the white story. That’s what I told African Americans when I asked to interview them. I told them the history that I was given as a white man was bogus, embellished to make me feel good about myself. That I had a strong suspicion that their stories helped make me who I am. I believed that by discovering the texture of their lives and history, I would better understand the gaps in mine. I believe that’s what white Southern writers are attempting to do. We know there is a tear in the fabric of our narrative and it has to do with the physical closeness yet psychological distance we had with black folks. Most of us are very clumsy when we go about trying to knit-up that tear, but we are called to heal that wound nevertheless.

Karen: That scene where Mistress Amanda demands that Ella give over her infant child is so disturbing, I felt such grief for Ella. Later I realized I had felt no sympathy for Miss Amanda, even though it was grief over losing her own daughter that propelled her to take Ella’s daughter from her. What did you fear most in writing that scene?

Jonathan: There was so much happening in that scene. The mistress’s tragedy, the slave mother’s tragedy, the tragedy of the cook who is forced to look on, the ultimate tragedy of the child, the vital but fragile nature of motherhood, of belonging, of not having a say in the world that you are forced to inhabit. Everyone in that scene was a victim, each tugging at what sense of power and choice they could muster in their white, male dominated world. I wanted to keep the complexity, without it overwhelming the reader. More than anything, I didn’t want it to be a simple villain-victim scene, where good and bad are clearly delineated. Like Simon Legree beating the good-hearted slave. Life is messy, and to some degree we are all making what we think are the best choices with the amount of power that we have. And those choices have an adverse impact, sometimes devastatingly so, on others. I did not want this scene, or the book, to be a simplistic morality play, with clear-cut, two-dimensional characters. Unalloyed saints, victims and villains make for boring reading.

Karen: Issues of race have long been a point of advocacy for you. Who was that person, or what was that moment when you were first able to see others the way Polly talks to Granada about – the magic is in the seeing.

Jonathan: I used to sell books door-to-door in college. I did it as a way of overcoming my shyness and a tendency to stutter. The sales company would send students to live on the other side of the country to make money or to starve. One of the publications they gave me to sell was the Ebony Pictorial History of Black America. This was in 1971 and it was the first complete history of African Americans to be mass marketed. That summer, in the face of threats from the local Klan, I asked over 1000 black families to allow me into their homes to give my sales pitch. I want to be clear.  I did this for money, not from a sense of social justice. But something I had not bargained for happened to me.

So there I was, a Mississippi white boy, gathering up the whole family into the living room, showing them this amazing set of books, with stories not just of black athletes and musicians, but of generals and war heroes, scientists and doctors and politicians, inventors and business tycoons. What happened in those moments not only changed their lives, but it changed mine. The kids’ reactions, as well as the parents, was pure awe and wonderment. They had never heard of these people before. At first, I thought, “Well how illiterate! They don’t even know their own history!”

But then it hit me. Their history had been a victim to my history. Both couldn’t stand. These stories of heroism couldn’t exist in the same book as my stories of white superiority. I understood that they as well as I had been wounded by a one-sided, white-washed story. I understood to some degree, that the story I believe about myself determines not only the way I see myself, but the way I see others, the way I see the world. Those kids were deprived of their story to keep them invisible, to keep my story safe. In those moments of wonder, I actually “saw” them and I remember feeling what now I can only describe as a kind of grief, grieving the cost to our souls for having been sold a false narrative, a false sense of self. I learned that the repression of story can scar the soul. I learned that if you want to destroy a people, destroy their story. If you want to empower a people, give them the undisguised truth of their common story.

Karen: Polly pares God down to one primary characteristic – God as Creator. “In the beginning, God created,” Polly says. “That’s all anybody ever needs to know about God.” There seems to be a lot of Native American theology packed into Polly’s view of God, including, as Gran Gran states later, that people need to be properly grieved into heaven. What informed you as you wrote this theology into Polly and Gran Gran?

Jonathan: I tried to base as much of the spiritual aspect of Polly’s philosophy on the theology of a tribe in what today is Sierra Leon called the Temne. Many of Polly’s sayings come directly from them. The “feminine” is highly respected among the Temne, as well as the spirits of ancestors and the importance of memory. These aspects, as well as their prayerful relationship to nature, find many parallels among Native American theology. It was through these lenses that Polly understood and interpreted Christianity, and made it a source of empowerment for her people, rather than a tool of subjugation by the whites.

Karen: Do you know the ending before you begin a book?

Jonathan: I don’t know much of anything before I begin a book. Only a sense of mystery, something I am motivated to discover. They say to write what you know. I find that poor advice. What I know for sure is boring because there is no mystery left. Dry as dust. The only way I can keep energized, to spend 10 years writing a novel, is to find something I’m drawn to know, that keeps pulling me deeper and deeper into the mystery. When I’m surprised, then I can be sure the reader will be surprised too. If I know what’s coming, then the fun is over, for me and the reader.

Karen: What are the most common misconceptions people make about you as a writer?

Jonathan: I think the word “writer” itself is misleading. In the process of creating a novel, the time devoted to the actual motor skill of writing is minimal. Researching, daydreaming, tossing and turning in bed, running away to a different state, driving endless miles to get a feel for geography, interviewing hundreds of people, listening to recordings to catch dialect, these are what consume most of my time as a writer. Also, I don’t write because I have something to say. I write because there is something I want to know.

Karen: Book clubs will love The Healing because of the complexities of the relationships that cross racial and age divides.  Which of these women will you miss most?

Jonathan: Polly Shine of course. Once she entered the book, she took over. She is the most powerful, mesmerizing, captivating, terrifying person I’ve ever come across. As you notice, I tell the story through Granada’s viewpoint. We learn about Polly by the impact she has on others. I could never enter her head. She would never allow me to write directly from her thoughts. She insisted, even with me as the author, on keeping a certain psychological distance. To know someone completely is in some degree, to control them through expectation. Polly insisted on being set free from that “wheel of predetermination.” She was always surprising me. I miss her because she is still a wonderful mystery, refusing to be solved, and yet bestowing on the reader a rock-solid certainty and confidence like none other.

Karen: What are you working on next?

Jonathan: I’m about 100 pages into my next “mystery”. I’m spending time with a couple of fascinating characters, two boys this go-round, one a black kid with albinism and the other a white gay kid. They are thrown together through circumstance. It’s the story again of belonging, which, come to think of it, seems to be a prevalent theme in all my writing. In my case I guess it’s true what they say about writers, no matter how many books they write, they tell the same story. I suppose that’s the overarching mystery that keeps me going, where does one truly belong? I do know the name of the book. The Last Safe Place. Which again, I suppose, testifies to this search for belonging.

Karen Spears Zacharias is author of the forthcoming A SILENCE OF MOCKINGBIRDS: The Memoir of a Murder (MacAdam/Cage, April, 2012). 


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

The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites
Simon & Schuster, February 2012

The Rebel WifeBrimming with atmosphere and edgy suspense, "The Rebel Wife "presents a young widow trying to survive in the violent world of Reconstruction Alabama, where the old gentility masks a continuing war fueled by hatred, treachery, and still-powerful secrets.

Augusta Branson was born into antebellum Southern nobility during a time of wealth and prosperity, but now all that is gone, and she is left standing in the ashes of a broken civilization. When her scalawag husband dies suddenly of a mysterious blood plague, she must fend for herself and her young son. Slowly she begins to wake to the reality of her new life: her social standing is stained by her marriage; she is alone and unprotected in a community that is being destroyed by racial prejudice and violence; the fortune she thought she would inherit does not exist; and the deadly blood fever is spreading fast. Nothing is as she believed, everyone she knows is hiding something, and Augusta needs someone to trust. Somehow she must find the truth amid her own illusions about the past and the courage to cross the boundaries of hate, so strong, dangerous, and very close to home. Using the Southern Gothic tradition to explode literary archetypes like the chivalrous Southern gentleman, the good mammy, and the defenseless Southern belle, "The Rebel Wife "shatters the myths that still cling to the antebellum South and creates an unforgettable heroine for our time.

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An Indie Bookstore you should know

Phillips & Lloyd Book Shop

Phillips & Lloyd Book Shop in Hayesville, NC
66 Church St.
Hayesville, NC 28904

Since June 1999, Phillips & Lloyd Book Shop has been bringing the latest in new books to the far Western North Carolina Mountains. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children, Local Interests, Local Authors & Poets, Greeting Cards, Gifts-- the shop brings the latest in new books to the far Western North Carolina Mountains. Especially large selections in fiction, gardening, kids and regional.

Take a mini-break in the Crumpets Dessertery Window seating with Coffee, English Teas, Cookies, and of course our famous handmade Chocolates.

Phillips & Lloyd showcases local artists, artisans, authors and poets. For several years owner Elizabeth had a weekly radio show, Cover to Cover, which was a five minute show of her book recommendations for area listeners.  She now continues that service on the Phillips & Lloyd Book Shop website in print form.  Elizabeth selects all the books, writes the recommendations with local readers in mind. 

Shakespeare-the-Cat joined the staff as the official shop kitten in June of 2009. He was found in the flowers out front when he was just a handful of tiny kitten. He quickly stole the hearts of store customers.  Although he retired when the yarn shop, A Good Yarn, moved in with us he still helps with selections for Cover to Cover book recommendations.  Customers can follow Shakespeare's adventures in the woods surrounding his home on the store website.  

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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.

Millie WestFeatured Author: Millie West [543]

Loves to play pool, loves kitties.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Millie West has a background in aviation, as well as in real estate, and has owned and been the broker of her own company. A licensed pilot, Millie was one of the first pilots hired by United Parcel Service when they started their flight crew department.
An artist in her own right and a collector of regional art—especially from Charleston—Millie is a supporter of charitable organizations, higher education, and the preservation of South Carolina’s historical treasures. A South Carolina history buff, Millie has spent countless hours exploring the rich historical vestiges of her home state. Her love of the fascinating, complex, and compelling history of the South is expressed in her writing.

Millie resides with her family near Columbia, South Carolina, and is an active participant in her local writer’s group, the Chapin Chapter of the South Carolina Writers Workshop.

The Cast NetBook: The Cast Net.

When Mills Taylor, a talented New York advertising agent and artist, accepts a job as the director of an educational scholarship foundation in Alston Station, a town near Charleston, South Carolina, she never imagines that her new position will launch a year of living dangerously.

Her boss, Cooper Heath, is as socially conscious as he is handsome, but not only does he have a missing wife, some people think he made her disappear. The Cast Net chronicles the year when Mills plunges into a socially unfamiliar world of Southern money and power in the late 1980s.

As she helps Heath to cope and seek the truth behind his wife’s disappearance, she learns the deeper meaning of “the cast net” and why it has been embraced by generations of Low Country residents. The Cast Net is a compelling and engaging novel about roots, a sense of community, trust, betrayal, redemption, and especially–about love.

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see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Kala Ambrose
Raleigh, NC 2/25/2012-2/26/2012
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

Daleen Berry
Winter Haven, FL 2/17/2012-2/24/2012

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

Nancy Naigle
Suffolk, VA 2/28/2012-2/28/2012
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

Renea Winchester
Roswell, GA 2/23/2012-2/23/2012
Marietta, GA 2/26/2012-2/26/2012
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,

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

" 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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