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On selling books from the trunk of your car: Southern Indie Bestsellers, August 14

In which Charleston braces itself for people with pink hair, a cherished myth is shattered, a man believes that there is nothing more beautiful than a writer selling books from the trunk of his car, someone discovers the South is different from the rest of country.

August 18, 2011

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!

Iron House

Burnt Mountain

Summer Rental

Night Train

Before I Go to Sleep

The Help

My Reading Life

Through My Eyes

Love Wins

The Distant Hours

Safe Haven

Crooked Letter

The Girl Who Played with Fire

How to Read Literature Like a Professor


Off the Eaten Path


The Wave


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Animal Farm

Slaughterhouse Five

Pete the Cat

Goodnight Moon

Kissing Hand

Night Before Preschool



The Giver

Because of the Winn Dixie

Author Readings

Philip R. Ratcliffe, author of MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: His Life, His Times, His Bl at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (August 18 2011)

Shohaku Okumura, author of Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen?s Shobogenzo at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (August 18 2011)

Ryan Blair, author of NOTHING TO LOSE, EVERYTHING TO GAIN: HOW I WENT FR at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (August 18 2011)

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up For Air at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (August 18 2011)

Bob Saar, author of In Memory of David's Buick at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (August 18 2011)

Kim Wright, author of Love in Mid Air at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (08/19/2011)

Clyde Edgerton , author of The Night Train at Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC  (August 19 2011)

Miles Gardner, author of Murder and Mayhem in Old Kershaw at Burry Bookstore in Hartsville, SC  (08/19/2011)

John Woestendiek, author of Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (8/19/2011)

Maurita Corcoran, author of A House Interrupted: A Wife's Story of Recovering at Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, SC  (August 19 2011)

Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (August 19 2011)

Bobbie Ann Mason, author of The Girl in the Blue Beret at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (August 19 2011)

Alexandria Jones, author of Rico & Pencil Boy's Adventures at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (August 20 2011)

Marjorie Hudson, author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (August 20 2011)

Stephanie Van Horn, author of Math Rapmatics at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (August 20 2011)

Janet McCanless, author of Back to Beryl's Cove Trainride to Homicide at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (August 20 2011)

Amy Lewis Faircloth, author of Wicked Good at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC  (August 20 2011)

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up For Air at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (August 20 2011)

Chris McMillan, author of Backwards Off the Curb: Notes of a Mad Woman Gone at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (August 21 2011)

Carol Henderson, author of WIDE OPEN SPACES: WOMEN EXPLORING CALL THROUGH STO at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (August 22 2011)

Dot Moore, author of Oracle of the Ages at Horton's Books & Gifts in Carrollton, GA  (August 22 2011)

Celia Rivenbark, author of You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl: Observations at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (August 22 2011)

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up for Air at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (08/22/2011)

Patti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up for Air at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (August 23 2011)

Wayne Flynt, author of Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (08/24/2011)

Glenda Corwin, author of Sexual Intimacy for Women: A Guide for Same-Sex Co at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (August 25 2011)

Kevin Wilson, author of THE FAMILY FANG: A NOVEL at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (August 25 2011)

Kim Severson, author of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (August 25 2011)


Authors Round the South

Club Read!Dearest readers,

There are two new additions to our weekly newsletter this week. Okra Picks, featuring "the best southern literature, fresh off the vine" (and here let me forestall any complaints--her ladyship is quite well aware that okra does not actually grow on vines). Okra Picks are new releases of a southern bent chosen by booksellers as some of their favorites of the upcoming season. You can see the full list of each season's okra picks here.

Also new this week is the Great Bookstores, featuring a Southern Indie Bookstore that you should know about. If you are looking for something good to read (and of course you are), these are the people that can help.

It is still late summer, but already thousands of parents are counting the days when they can send their children back to school. Here is a back-to-school reading list from the children's department at Quail Ridge Book in Raleigh, NC

Happy, happy reading!

her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending Sunday, August 14, 2011

Columbia, SC - August 19, 2011 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, August 14, 2011. 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. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
2. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
3. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
4. The Magician King
Lev Grossman, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022311
5. Portrait of a Spy
Daniel Silva, Harper, $26.99, 9780062072184
6. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $35, 9780553801477
7. Iron House
John Hart, Thomas Dunne, $25.99, 9780312380342

8. The Night Train
Clyde Edgerton, Little Brown, $23.99, 9780316117593
9. The Family Fang
Kevin Wilson, Ecco Press, $23.99, 9780061579035
10. Burnt Mountain
Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446527897
11. Summer Rental
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312642693
12. Before I Go to Sleep
S.J. Watson, Harper, $25.99, 9780062060556
13. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307269997
14. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $24.95, 9780399155345
15. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Viking, $26.95, 9780670021048

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
2. A Stolen Life
Jaycee Dugard, S&S, $24.99, 9781451629187
3. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
4. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
5. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $37.50, 9781416571766
6. 1493
Charles C. Mann, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307265722
7. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $26.99, 9780316056861
8. Prime Time
Jane Fonda, Random House, $27, 9781400066971
9. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525952244
10. SEAL Team Six
Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9780312699451
11. Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow, Harper, $26.99, 9780062007285
12. Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper, $26.99, 9780061988349
13. My Reading Life
Pat Conroy, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385533577
14. Reckless Endangerment
Gretchen Morgenson, Joshua Rosner, Times Books, $30, 9780805091205
15. Love Wins
Rob Bell, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062049643

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
2. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
3. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
4. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
5. One Day
David Nicholls, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307946713
6. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
7. Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $14.99, 9780446547604
8. Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616200701
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
10. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
11. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671

12. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
13. The Postmistress
Sarah Blake, Berkley, $15, 9780425238691
14. The Distant Hours
Kate Morton, Washington Square Press, $15, 9781439152799
15. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
2. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
4. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
5. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
6. Southern Living Off the Eaten Path
Morgan Murphy, Editors Of Southern Living Magazine, Oxmoor House, $21.95, 9780848734459
7. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
8. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
9. Blink
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $15.99, 9780316010665
10. Zeitoun
Dave Eggers, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307387943
11. The Wave
Susan Casey, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767928854
12. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
13. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
14. The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, $18, 9781439170915
15. Just Kids
Patti Smith, Ecco, $16, 9780060936228

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
3. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
4. The Confession
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780440245117
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $7.99, 9780307473479
7. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780345342966
8. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
9. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789

Children's Illustrated

1. Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
Judy Schachner, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525422280
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Rocking in My School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241
4. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

6. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
7. The Night Before Kindergarten
Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell (Illus.), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99, 9780448425009
8. The Kissing Hand
Audrey Penn, Ruth E.Harper & Nancy M.Leak (Illus.), Tanglewood, $17.95, 9781933718002
9. Blueberries for Sal
Rober McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140501698
10. The Night Before Preschool
Natasha Wing, Amy Wummer (Illus.), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99, 9780448454511

Children's Interest

1. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880
2. Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Laura Park (Illus.), Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316101875
3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
5. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024022
6. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763644321
7. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
8. Scat
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $8.99, 9780375834875
9. Savvy
Ingrid Law, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142414330
10. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686

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. Dogs in the Dead of Night (Magic Tree House #46)
Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868245
5. Theodore Boone: The Abduction
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425571
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
7. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Megan McDonald, Candlewick, $5.99, 9780763653514
8. Twisted (Pretty Little Liars, #9)
Sara Shepard, Harper Teen, $16.99, 9780062081018
9. The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $18.99, 9781423140566
10. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)
Michael Scott, Delacorte, $8.99, 9780385736008



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).

Verless Doran thinks that there is nothing more beautiful than a writer selling his books out of the trunk of his car. (Her ladyship thinks this depends on what kind of car it is.)

The seedy world of quilting: apparently, there is a slight problem with Jacqueline L. Tobin's Hidden in Plain View, a history of how slaves used quilting patterns as guides to the Underground Railroad. It's not true.

A new Southern Bookfestival is coming to to Charleston, SC! Yall Fest--The Charleston Young Adult Book Festival. Featuring hair in many different colors. Because when you think Charleston, of course you think "pink hair." The festival is sponsored by Blue Bicycle Books

And apparently, the South is different from the rest of the country. Her ladyship is sure this is news to you. Also, Bobbie Ann Mason's new novel does not involve coal mining or horses, even though she is from Kentucky.

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

Ah, American Politics

"Madison's frustrations took shape in the political arean, more specifically in the Virginia state legislature and Confederation Congress, where he watched a bewildering collection of interest groups and politcial factions conspire to block essential legistlation and conceal their narrowly partisan agendas behind a veil of popular rhetoric. In Virginia, these insidious efforts took the form of fearmongering the Anglican clergy clergy in order to block Jefferson's bill for religious freedom, paper money schemes designed to swindle creditors by permitting debts to be paid off in wildly inflated currency, or candidates for office irresponsibly promising to eliminate all taxes upon election."

--Joseph J. Ellis, from American Creation (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)

Well. Isn't it a comfort to know that politics have always been like this?

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Okra Picks

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

Groove InterruptedGroove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans
by Keith Spera
(St. Martin's Press, August 2011)

The recent history of New Orleans is fraught with tragedy and triumph. Both are reflected in the city's vibrant, idiosyncratic music community. In Keith Spera's intimately reported "Groove Interrupted," Aaron Neville returns to New Orleans for the first time after Hurricane Katrina to bury his wife. Fats Domino improbably rambles around Manhattan to promote a post-Katrina tribute CD. Alex Chilton lives anonymously in a battered cottage in the Treme neighborhood. Platinum-selling rapper Mystikal rekindles his career after six years in prison. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard struggles to translate Katrina into music. The spotlight also shines on Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Gatemouth Brown, the Rebirth Brass Band, Phil Anselmo, Juvenile, Jeremy Davenport and the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. With heartache, hope, humor and resolve, each of these contemporary narratives stands on its own. Together, they convey that the funky, syncopated spirit of New Orleans music is unbreakable, in spite of Katrina's interruption.


Great Bookstores

An Indie Bookstore you should know

Nightbird BooksNightbird Books is located in downtown Fayetteville, at 205 W Dickson St. We are a locally owned, independent bookstore, featuring a wide variety of hand-selected new books for adults and children. We also offer a small selection of cards, stationery, and toys.

Shop at Nightbird Books

Nightbird Books Events


LisaLisa Sharp is the owner of Nightbird Books. She usually reads 3 to 5 books each week and thinks she has the best job in the world. A few of her favorite books are Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead, Possession by A S Byatt, and Deep Economy by Bill McKibbon and her favorite author is probably Kevin Brockmeier.

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.

Featured: Marjorie Hudson

Marjorie Hudson Marjorie Hudson’s writing has won many honors, including a Fiction Syndicate Prize, two Pushcart Special Mentions, and a Blumenthal Award. The stories in her new collection Accidental Birds of the Carolinas (Press 53, 2011) (“like novels in nutshells, Alice Munro style ”— Doris Betts) explore the themes of love, loss, and connection among natives and newcomers in the South. Born in rural Illinois, Hudson grew up in Washington, D.C., and now lives in North Carolina. Her previous book, Searching for Virginia Dare (Press 53, 2007) (“fascinating as a detective story, beautifully written ” — Lee Smith) is an intertwined tale of obsession, loss, and hope that explores the fate of America’s first English child, born on an island wilderness off the coast of North Carolina.

Majorie travels from Pittsboro, NC. To request her for your book club or group, click on the link below:

Marjorie Hudson
Manteo, NC 8/17/2011
Duck, NC 8/19/2011
Elizabeth City, NC 8/20/2011

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

Kala Ambrose
Charleston, SC 9/17/2011
Raleigh, NC 9/15/2011
Raleigh, NC 9/30/2011
Winston-Salem, NC 10/1/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/8/2011
Asheville, NC 10/15/2011

Ben Baker
Ashburn, GA 10/6/2011

Tracy Barrett
Mufreesbro, TN 9/30/2011

Maggie Bishop
John C. Campbell Folk School. GA10/30/2011

Nancy B. Brewer
Saltville, VA 8/19/2011
Troy, NC 9/6/2011
Concord, NC 9/10/2011
Salisbury, NC 9/13/2011
Stateville, NC 9/16/2011
Gold Hill, NC 9/24/2011
Arart, VA 10/1/2011
Mooresville, NC 10/4/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/5/2011
Concord, NC 10/6/2011
Durham, NC 10/7/2011
Mooresville, NC 10/18/2011

Nancy Cohen
Orlando, FL 10/1/2011

James Cole
Decatur, GA 9/4/2011

Mark Hainds
Pensacola, FL 9/3/2011

Marjorie Hudson
Manteo, NC 8/17/2011
Duck, NC 8/19/2011
Elizabeth City, N 8/20/2011

Alma Katsu
Decatur, GA 9/3/2011
Charleston, SC 9/17/2011

Peggy Millin
Durham, NC 8/27/2011
Lake Logan, NC 9/25/2011

Debra Moffitt
Nashville, TN 9/9/2011

Nancy Naigle
Nashville, TN 8/25/2011
Emporia 9/10/2011
Charleston, SC 9/16/2011
Charlottesville, VA 10/15/2011

Valerie Nieman
Yadkinville, NC 8/27/2011
Winston-Salem, NC 9/10/2011
Chapel Hill, NC 9/23/2011
Greensboro, NC 9/24/2011
Fairmont WV 10/13/2011
Morgantown WV 10/14/2011
Weirton WV 10/15/2011
Philippi WV 10/17/2011
Charleston WV 10/18/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/22/2011
Charlottesville, VA 10/29/2011

Melissa Peagler
Damascus, VA 9/2/2011
Abingdon, VA 9/2/2011
Kingsport, TN 9/23/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/5/2011

Norma Watkins
Miami, FL 9/1/2011
Jackson, MS 9/19/2011
Highlands, NC 10/10/2011