Lady Banks

Stirring up trouble and cinnamon-spiced chocolate


{Stirring up trouble and cinnamon-spiced chocolate.}

In which Ms. Carolyn Haines would rather be a cowgirl, Ms. Ruta Sepetys would rather be an opera singer, and Mr. Ron Rash has no idea where his ideas come from.

March 10, 2013



Dearest readers,

North Carolina Craft Beer & BreweriesLast year Paula Deen, the Dixie Queen of rich southern fare whose mac and cheese recipe comes with a warning from the American Heart Association, announced that she had been diagnosed with diabetes. She has since turned her evil powers to good, and has been focusing on healthier fare.  Southerners are not, as a rule, known for thinking “low fat” -- they believe in butter, and they believe in bacon. But they also believe in fruits and vegetables and fresh off the farm food. All of the books nominated for the Cooking Category of the SIBA Book Award pay homage to this heritage of home cooking where much of the food on the table came from the garden. Well, with the exception of the book about craft beers and breweries, which is home cooking of another sort.


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 10, 2013

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. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
2. A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273574
3. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $24, 9780770437855
4. Tenth of December
George Saunders, Random House, $26, 9780812993806
5. Benediction
Kent Haruf, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959881
6. The Storyteller
Jodi Picoult, Atria, $28.99, 9781439102763
7. Night Moves
Randy Wayne White, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399158124
okra8. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $24.99, 9780062202710

9. The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $26, 9780345528674
10. The Accursed
Joyce Carol Oates, Ecco Press, $27.99, 9780062231703
11. Ghana Must Go
Taiye Selasi, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594204494
12. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535144
13. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99, 9780062124265
14. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Mohsin Hamid, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594487293
15. Suspect
Robert Crais, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399161483

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307594884
2. Sum It Up
Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins, Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385346870
3. Help, Thanks, Wow
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290
4. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
5. The Future
Al Gore, Random House, $30, 9780812992946
6. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668
7. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
8. Salt Sugar Fat
Michael Moss, Random House, $28, 9781400069804
9. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067664
10. Life Code
Phillip C. McGraw, Bird Street Books, $26, 9780985462734
11. The World Until Yesterday
Jared M. Diamond, Viking, $36, 9780670024810
okra12. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
Matt Lee, Ted Lee, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307889737

13. Out of Order
Sandra Day O'Connor, Random House, $26, 9780812993929
14. Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State
T.D. Allman, Atlantic Monthly Press, $27.5, 9780802120762
15. Activate Your Goodness
Shari Arison, Hay House, $14.95, 9781401937973

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION


1. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
2. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
3. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
4. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
5. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
6. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
7. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Vintage, $15, 9780307950659
okra8. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239

9. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196
11. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
okra12. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $14.99, 9780061804205

13. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
14. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco Press, $15.99, 9780061692031
15. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION


1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
3. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Broadway, $15, 9780307460998
4. America the Beautiful
Ben Carson, Zondervan, $14.99, 9780310330912
5. Prague Winter
Madeleine Albright, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062030344
6. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Matthew Inman, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781449410247
7. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
8. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019
9. Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $21, 9781451688092
10. When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice
Terry Tempest Williams, Picador USA, $15, 9781250024114
11. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
12. Revelations
Elaine Pagels, Penguin, $16, 9780143121633
13. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $13.95, 9780399533464
14. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
15. 1491
Charles C. Mann, Vintage, $16.95, 9781400032051

MASS MARKET


1. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Dell, $7.99, 9780440246138
2. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Harper, $9.99, 9780062238863
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
4. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
5. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553573428
8. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
9. Killing Floor
Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515153651
10. Stay Close
Harlan Coben, Signet, $9.99, 9780451233967

CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED


1. This Is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655990
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
4. God Gave Us Easter
Lisa Tawn Bergren, Laura J. Bryant (Illus.), Waterbrook Press, $10.99, 9780307730725
5. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
6. Ollie's Easter Eggs
Olivier Dunrea, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547859187
7. The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800011
8. Hop on Pop
Dr.Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800295
9. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Dr.Suess, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800134
10. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553

CHILDREN’S INTEREST


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254
3. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
okra4. Out of the Easy
Ruta Sepetys, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399256929

5. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763660505
6. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
7. The Apothecary
Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142422069
8. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
9. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
10. Meet the Marvel Super Heroes
Scott Peterson, Marvel Press, $12.99, 9781423161424

CHILDREN’S FICTION SERIES TITLES


1. Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316077033
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810994737
3. The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, #1)
Erin Hunter, Wayne McLoughlin, Harper, $16.99, 9780062063465
4. Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures, #2)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316077040
5. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1)
Marissa Meyer, Square Fish, $9.99, 9781250007209
6. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
7. Big Nate Flips Out
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $13.99, 9780061996634
8. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140603
9. Across the Universe
Beth Revis, Razorbill, $9.99, 9781595144676
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810970687

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


Thrall: PoemsNoteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.

Artifact

As long as I can remember you kept the rifle--
your grandfather’s, an antique you called it--

in your study, propped against the tall shelves
that held your many books. Upright,

beside those hard-worn spines, it was another
backbone of your past, a remnant I studied

as if it might unlock--like the skeleton key
its long body resembled--some door I had yet

to find. Peering into the dark muzzle, I imagined a bullet,
as you described: spiraling through the bore

and spinning straight for its target. It did not hit me
then: the rifle I’d inherit showing me

how one life is bound to another, that hardship
endures. For wars I admired its slender profile,

until--late one night, somber with drink--you told me
it still worked, that you kept it loaded just in case,

and I saw the rifle for what it is: a relic
sharp as sorrow, the barrel hollow as regret.

--Natasha Trethewey, thrall: poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) 9780547571607

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Book 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).

The Southern Lit Alliance will host the Celebration of Southern Literature for its 17th year from April 18-20, featuring the works of world-renowned Southern writers. Once known as the Conference on Southern Literature, this event has now evolved into a community event that champions more than 40 southern writers and draws nearly 1,000 readers from across the country. Celebration of Southern Literature

The theme of this year is food.

The 2013 Alabama Book Festival has announced its kickoff date.  Celebrating its eighth year, the festival will be held Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., in Kiwanis Park at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. The grounds open at 9 a.m. A special reader's theater will be held 4-4:45 p.m. The theme of this year is food. Alabama Book Festival

In one of the first of what could be a long string of cost-saving measures, the Kanawha County Public Library has canceled this year's West Virginia Book Festival. The library system has been scrambling to come up with millions of dollars in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision that stripped about 40 percent of its operating budget. West Virginia Book Festival
The West Virginia Book Festival can be saved

You might see poetry in the sky, on banners flying behind planes, on lampposts or even on a human body. It is about "poetry in motion"

You might see poetry in the sky, on banners flying behind planes, on lampposts or even on a human body. It is about "poetry in motion" said a spokesperson. Look for poetry tables in Broward County this year where poets will be on hand to help you with your poem about Miami. You may have positive feelings or negative about the city, but the festival planners want to hear from you in your poetry. O Miami Celebrates Poetry Month

It’s been nearly two weeks since volunteers from the Savannah Book Festival set up its tents, unpacked its boxes and unfolded its tables on Telfair Square, only to stand by and watch everything nearly fly away in the mercurial winds and chilly rains that pass for weather in Savannah. But here’s the deal: People are still talking about the festival. People are still talking about authors they heard and didn’t hear. SBF proves Savannah still loves to read

House GirlYou’d been searching for days for that one thing you needed — a fact, a document, a recipe, a key — and it was nowhere to be found. You tore the house up and … nothing. And then you found it. Actually, you’d found it several days before: it was right in front of you all along, but you never really saw it. Sometimes things get buried and it takes tenacity to sort them out. That’s what happens in the new novel, The House Girl by Tara Conklin, where truth lies covered for over a century. Novel weaves a compelling tale with two stories  9780062207395

The day of my daddy’s funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets.

The Wisdom of Hair“The day of my daddy’s funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old,” an excerpt from the book reads. “People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was changing my hair, because I wanted to change my life.”  Author pulls characters from her mother’s New Ellenton salon 9780425261057

The Next Time You See MeMs. Jones has a talent for making even scenes apart from the central mystery feel suspenseful. She also has a precise eye and empathy to burn, bringing each of her many characters to well-rounded life. Wyatt’s “good shirt” was “bought at Dillard’s for $25, marked down from $40.” The book is, like Ronnie’s favorite bar, “loose, low-key, intimate.”  The Next Time You See Me 9781451683363

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Author Gossip

When I answer that "I have no idea," my questioner assumes my answer is a feeble attempt at wit, which it is, but I'm also telling the truth.

Nothing Gold Can StayLike almost every fiction writer, I'm sometimes asked where I get my ideas. It's a reasonable-enough question, one asked by nonwriters who are curious about the creative process. When I answer that "I have no idea," my questioner assumes my answer is a feeble attempt at wit, which it is, but I'm also telling the truth. Ron Rash, in the beginning 9780062202710

Paula Deen's Southern Cooking BibleFood Network star and Southern cookbook author Paula Deen shared her tips on cooking to live to a "Healthy 100" with an auditorium filled with Central Floridians Monday.  Deen, who a year ago announced that she has type 2 diabetes, came to town to kick off Florida Hospital's Cooking to a Healthy 100 program and anoint menu items at 16 local restaurants that made the grade. Though better known for indulgent recipes such as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Deen has changed her recipe repertoire to feature lighter, healthier fare. Deen, 66, was diagnosed with diabetes three years before she made the news public. Paula Deen’s Healthy 100 9781416564072

At first, Ruta set out to become an opera singer. But after going on tour, she realized that she wasn’t very good at it.

Out of the EasyRuta is living proof that some people don’t actually become authors until later in life. At first, Ruta set out to become an opera singer. But after going on tour, she realized that she wasn’t very good at it. Then she worked in the music industry, as a manager in Hollywood, where she spent the next 22 years of her life. A Visit from Ruta Sepetys 9780399256929

Why Georgia and why not South Carolina? Why not Tennessee?

Glow“The cultures and traditions of the South were somewhat a mystery to me,” explained Tuccelli in a recent phone interview. “Why Georgia and why not South Carolina? Why not Tennessee? The reason is straightforward. I had written the first chapter. What I didn’t have was a specific place. I began to wonder where this place would be. I looked on my shelf and I realized that I was attracted to Southern writers.” Writing Glow 9780143122920

Lee Bros. Charleston KitchIt’s impossible to live in the Lowcountry and not become enamored with the local food traditions. For the Lee Brothers, this love developed as young boys living on Rainbow Row. They roamed the streets and alleys of downtown and discovered culinary treasures around every corner, whether that meant a backyard oyster roast or a tree heavy with ripe mulberries. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen tells a big story 9780307889737

The legacy of Southern writer Flannery O'Connor survives not only in her fiction but also in some of the buildings that featured prominently in the last years of her life. O'Connor enthusiasts this week celebrated the restoration of the latest structure - a two-story cottage that housed farmers on her family's Andalusia estate. Farmhouse preserves memory of southern writer

 

Carolyn HainesCarolyn Haines
"If I could have had a chance to be a cowgirl, I might never have written a word."

Request Carolyn for an event or book club

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What 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.

Authors traveling right now:

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

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Author 2 Author: Carolyn Haines talks to Debra Moffitt

Carolyn Haines, author (as R.B. Chesterton) of The Darkling Interviewed by Debra Moffitt, author of Garden of Bliss

Carolyn Haines

The DarklingDM: You've written in several genres including mystery and crime fiction. The Darkling, is in the genre of horror story. I found that even the first few pages of The Darkling reveal ominous events that foreshadow the deaths of the family members and it gave me the creeps. What appeals to you about this genre? Do you like making readers' skins' crawl?

CH: I enjoy a really creepy story, and yes, I do like to give folks that sensation that maybe something, just in the corner of the room, is out of place. I grew up on ghost stories from my grandmother and parents. It's a family thing. I don't like dread, and I don't like anxiety, and I don't like gore, but a little chill can be fun. I think many of us are aware that what we term "reality" isn't all there is.

DM: You said that the story came to you when you were out jogging and you saw a strange blond child. Was that child a ghost? Do you believe in ghosts and the supernatural?

CH: A ghost, a vision, a premonition. Certainly there was no real child there. Maybe just an over-active imagination. Or maybe a gift from my muse. It certainly started me thinking about who and what that child was. And yes, I do believe in ghosts. I have encountered a few and they really scared me. I'm not cool when "I see dead people."

DM: What does The Darkling hope to reflect about human nature?

CH: In the strangest way, the novel is a story about love. In this instance, love can be destructive. But the desire to be loved can be very powerful. Perhaps powerful enough to change reality. I always have a hard time with Frankenstein. My sympathies are with the monster, who only wants to be loved. Yes, he is horrible, but he is also very human.

DM: Is there a message that you hope readers will take away?

CH: To my way of thinking, most people read fiction for emotion. So I hope, first of all, that the story engages the reader on an emotional level, and yes, gives him/her a few of those moments when a chill races along the spine. I also want to showcase the natural beauty of Coden, Alabama, a place few people know about. I think each reader will take something unique away from the story. I constructed it (I hope) in a way that keeps the reader guessing about what is really happening to the Henderson family. What is Annie up to? And what is Mimi's role? The answer depends a lot on what the reader brings to the story.

DM: The Darkling is Stephen King-like. What do you feel makes this genre of books so popular?

CH: The appeal of horror and dark fantasy is to submerge in a "what if" universe. Part of the joy of writing both is the world building aspect. And both allow the reader to view reality through an altered lens. In high fantasy, elves and fairies, often a beautiful world (or it can be very dark). In horror, sometimes even darker. But the best horror, ala Shirley Jackson, Ira Levin, Peter Straub, Sarah Waters, (and yes, Mr. King) examines the human condition. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. The best horror is always character driven, and the "monsters" or "demons" are more than one-dimensional, and there is a reason for them to be in the story. (I really hate it when the "monster" just appears to scare people and there is no explanation.) I'm not a "shock for the sake of shock" horror writer or reader. The scariest story is one that is just a shade removed from the norm.

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Bookstore Gossip

A home foreclosure in Little Rock, Ark., has led to a most unlikely discovery of part of Charleston’s lost architectural heritage.  What at first appeared to be a dozen gravestones in the home’s backyard turned out to be memorial tablets that once lined the lobby of the Charleston Orphan House on Calhoun Street. Evan Thompson, executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, announced the find and said the society plans to bring the tablets back to the Holy City, restore them and find them a suitable permanent home. Charleston plaques discovered in Arkansas

"Mississippi is blessed to be home to many talented and published authors. With the Mary C Reads program, we hope to introduce these authors to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with community reads programs, book clubs, author signings and special events to be held at The Mary C," Winn said. Her wish list of visiting authors include novelists Tom Franklin, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, journalist/writer Rick Bragg, and Mississippi publishers/writers Neil White and Joe Lee. Winn added, "Ocean Springs does not currently have an independent bookstore, so part of the goal is to create a place for area independent booksellers to promote regional titles. New Director of the Mary C.

Miss Julia Stirs Up TroubleTo celebrate the upcoming release of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble on April 9, The Fountainhead Bookstore in downtown Hendersonville is hosting a Taste of Hendersonville Recipe Contest. In the novel, Hazel Marie desperately needs help in the kitchen and fast. And, of course, Miss Julia is going to take things in hand, enlisting the help of friends and gathering local recipes for Hazel Marie. Miss Julia Recipe Contest

Old Salem just began selling American Heritage Chocolate, which is based on Colonial recipes. This chocolate is a far cry from what Americans eat nowadays, most notably because of the addition of such spices as cinnamon and chili. Old Salem Heritage Chocolate

Brother, I'm DyingBooks & Books bookstore owner Mitchell Kaplan speaks with award-winning author Edwidge Danticat about her experience as an Haitian immigrant living in Brooklyn, what it’s like to live in Miami now, and about writing the memoir Brother, I’m Dying.  Danticat wrote Brother, I’m Dying after the intense and emotional year her daughter was born, her father passed away, and her uncle died in immigration detention in Miami.  Mitch Kaplan talks to Edwidge Dandicat

Are you ready for "thirty days and nights of literary abandon?"

Calling all writers!  Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, and we are gearing up for the challenge ahead!  Are you ready for "thirty days and nights of literary abandon?" CampNaNoWriMo

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
Why people really cut their hair


The Wisdom of Hair

The Wisdom of HairCharlotte author Kim Boykin hasn’t changed her hairstyle for going on two years now. This is significant, I believe, and if you read Boykin’s debut novel, you’ll see why. A Winning Way with Hair


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Read This! Okra Picks and picks from the Indie Next List


The Wisdom of HairWisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin

Life can be beautiful, but it takes a little work...

""The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy's funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was changing my hair because I wanted to change my life."

"In 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams finally says goodbye to her alcoholic mother and their tiny town in the mountains of South Carolina. Living with a woman who dresses like Judy Garland and brings home a different man each night is not a pretty existence, andZora is ready for life to be beautiful. With the help of a beloved The Wisdom of Hairteacher, she moves to a coastal town and enrolls in the Davenport School of Beauty. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Cathcart, she learns the art of fixing hair, and becomes fast friends with the lively Sara Jane Farquhar, a natural hair stylist. She also falls hard for handsome young widower Winston Sawyer, who is drowning his grief in bourbon. She couldn't save Mama, but maybe she can save him.

As Zora practices finger waves, updos, and spit curls, she also comes to learn that few things are permanent in this life--except real love, lasting friendship, and, ultimately... forgiveness.

Full set of Okra Picks here


Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

IndiscretionIndiscretion: A Novel, by Charles Dubow  (William Morrow, $25.99, 9780062201058) “Beautiful Maddy and her successful author husband, Harry, have an idyllic marriage. Living in the Hamptons, perfectly suited to one another, and always surrounded by a close circle of friends, they draw admirers like moths to a flame. Enter Claire, a young New Yorker, who quickly becomes enamored of the couple and inserts herself within their circle. While young and innocent, Claire’s presence will ultimately destroy everything Maddy and Harry hold dear. Narrated by Maddy’s childhood best friend, Walter, who is also secretly in love with her, this tale is mesmerizing in its telling.” —Meaghan Beasley, Island Bookstore, Duck, NC

The Fate of Mercy AlbanThe Fate of Mercy Alban: A Novel, by Wendy Webb (Hyperion, $15.99, 9781401341930)
“Ghost story? Murder mystery? Gothic novel? The Fate of Mercy Alban is a little of each genre making for an excellent read. At the death of her mother, Grace Alban returns to the childhood home she has avoided for two decades. Upon her return, she learns that her mother’s death occurred under some unnerving circumstances. The Alban family is notorious for using their immense wealth to cover up history, and Grace is determined to learn the truth, be it paranormal, criminal, or sinister. This is a compelling read that will have you guessing until the very last sentence!” — Kerri Childs, Kerri’s Korner Bookstore, Fairmont, WV

The Hour of PerilThe Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower  (Minotaur, $26.99, 9780312600228)
“This engaging book by Edgar Award-winning author Stashower is filled with anecdotes, quotes from contemporary sources, and excellent backstories that interweave four strands of little-known American history: the rise of Allan Pinkerton, America’s original ‘private eye’; the critical period between Lincoln’s election and his inauguration, when the country teetered on the precipice; how Lincoln dealt with the crisis before he had the power of office; and the plot to assassinate him before he took office on March 4, 1861. Highly recommended for anyone fascinated by American history.” — Jim McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

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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!

Night Moves
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ghana Must Go
The Racketeer
Suspect
Killing Kennedy
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State
A Land More Kind Than Home
Fifty Shades of Grey
Team of Rivals
Unlikely Friendships
Revelations
Wreck This Journal
1491
1984
Killing Floor
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
God Gave Us Easter
Hop on Pop
On the Night You Were Born
Out of the Easy
An Abundance of Katherines
The Outsiders
Meet the Marvel Super Heroes



Author Readings

STARSWalter Bennett author of Leaving Tuscaloosa  (author appearance)
Walter Bennett
03/20/2013, 06:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Randy Susan Meyers - The Comfort of Lies  (author appearance)
Randy Susan Meyers
03/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Okra Pick!Tara Conklin signs, The House Girl  (author appearance)
Tara Conklin
03/20/2013, 07:15 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

I Want To Show You More By Jamie Quatro  (author appearance)
Jamie Quatro
03/20/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Robert M. Ferris - FLOOD OF CONFLICT: The New Orleans Free School Story  (author appearance)
Robert M. Ferris
03/20/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Dina Hampton -- Little Red   (author appearance)
Dina Hampton
03/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Okra Pick!Ron Rash -- Nothing Gold Can Stay  (author appearance)
Ron Rash
03/20/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Okra Pick!Book Your Lunch with The Lee Brothers   (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
03/20/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Elizabeth Stevens Prioleau Presents Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Stevens Prioleau
03/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

DRINKING WATER: A HISTORY WITH AUTHOR & DUKE PROFESSOR JAMES SALZMAN  (author appearance)
James Salzman
03/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Ayana Mathis Reads at First Baptist Church of Decatur  (author appearance)
Ayana Mathis
03/21/2013, 07:15 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Brady Author's Symposium with Sena Jeter Naslund  (author appearance)
Sena Jeter Naslund
03/21/2013, 11:00 am
Literary BookPost
Salisbury, NC

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Brenda Kay Ledford  (author appearance)
Brenda Kay Ledford
03/21/2013, 10:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier  (author appearance)
Bob Thompson
03/21/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Michael Hearst - UNUSUAL CREATURES  (author appearance)
Michael Hearst
03/21/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Dina Hampton -- Little Red  (author appearance)
Dina Hampton
03/21/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

AUTHOR OF Jetty Man and Sissy Boy- Bill Reynolds  (author appearance)
Bill Reynolds
03/21/2013, 10:00 am
Books Plus
Amelia Island, FL

Ginny Umlauf Banister Presents The Story of a Star  (author appearance)
Ginny Umlauf Banister
03/21/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Manatee Library Foundation Luncheon with Adriana Trigiani  (author appearance)
Adriana Trigiani
03/22/2013, 11:00 am
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Okra Pick!THE LEE BROS. CHARLESTON KITCHEN Book Signing  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
03/22/2013, 05:30 pm
Preservation Society of Charleston Book & Gift Sho
Charleston, SC

James Salzman shares Drinking Water: A History  (author appearance)
James Salzman
03/22/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Cathy Elliot- Too Tough to Tame  (author appearance)
Cathy Elliott
03/22/2013, 04:00 pm
Burry Bookstore
Hartsville, SC

STARSDANNY BERNSTEIN PRESENTS  (author appearance)
Danny Bernstein
03/22/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Robert Forbes reads from his humorous kids poetry book Beast Friends Forever!  (author appearance)
Robert Forbes
03/23/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Harlan Coben- Six Years   (author appearance)
Harlan Coben
03/23/2013, 07:00 pm
BookMark
Charlotte, NC

Tameka Fryer Brown - My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood  (author appearance)
Tameka Fryer Brown
03/23/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Dianne de Las Cassas & Holly Stone-Barker - THE LITTLE "READ" HEN  (author appearance)
Dianne de Las Casas
03/23/2013, 01:30 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Patricia Baloyra -- Goodnight Miami  (author appearance)
Patricia Baloyra
03/23/2013, 11:00 am
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Harlan Coben -Six Years   (author appearance)
Harlan Coben
03/23/2013, 07:00 pm
The Book Mark

March With Me By Rosalie Turner  (author appearance)
Rosalie Turner
03/23/2013, 01:00 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL

JAMES SHEA BOOKSIGNING: PLUCKING WOLF FUR  (author appearance)
James Michael Shea
03/23/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

DR. EBEN ALEXANDER PRESENTS PROOF OF HEAVEN *ticketed  (author appearance)
Dr. Eben Alexander
03/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Janaka Lewis - Brown All Over  (author appearance)
Janaka Lewis
03/24/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

William McPherson discusses his work as a journalist, editor and literary critic  (author appearance)
William McPherson
03/24/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

STARSKaren Pullen with Cold Feet: A Stella Lavender Mystery   (author appearance)
Karen Pullen
03/24/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Rachel Maddow- The Drift  (author appearance)
Rachel Maddow
03/24/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Supernatural Sunday Spectacular with Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, Pamela Palmer  (author appearance)
Kim Harrison
03/24/2013, 02:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Vincent Sheheen Booksigning  (author appearance)
Vincent Sheheen
03/24/2013, 03:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

PRESS 53 FICTION WRITERS: AMY WILLOUGHBY-BURLE, STEVE MITCHELL & RAY MORRISON  (author appearance)
Amy Willoughby-Burle
03/24/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

An Evening with Garrison Keillor  (other event)
03/25/2013, 7pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Owen Laukkanen-Criminal Enterprise talk and signing  (author appearance)
Owen Laukkanen
03/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Okra Pick!Life After Life By Jill McCorkle  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
03/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Linda Greenlaw- Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother  (author appearance)
Linda Greenlaw
03/25/2013, 07:00 pm
The Book Mark

Robin Cook  (author appearance)
Robin Cook
03/26/2013, 04:00 pm
Sunshine Booksellers
Marco Island, FL

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle reads from her new novel Life After Life  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
03/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Theron Humphrey & Maddie the coonhound - MADDIE ON THINGS: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics  (author appearance)
Theron Humphrey
03/26/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Eduardo González Viaña -- Cruce de Fronteras  (author appearance)
Eduardo González Viaña
03/26/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Hugh Howey -- Wool  (author appearance)
Hugh Howey
03/26/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Kevin Smokler Presents Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School  (author appearance)
Kevin Smokler
03/26/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

JEANIENE FROST!  (author appearance)
Jeaniene Frost
03/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Tim Hollis - See Alabama First: The Story of Alabama Tourism  (author appearance)
Tim Hollis
03/27/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Okra Pick!Matt and Ted Lee - The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
03/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Magnificent Chicken Event with Photographer Tamara Staples  (author appearance)
Tamara Staples
03/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Abbi Glines & Leigh Talbert Moore  (author appearance)
Abbi Glines
03/28/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Jon Buchan signs Code of the Forest  (author appearance)
Jon Buchan
03/28/2013, 06:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Kathy Bertone  (author appearance)
Kathy Bertone
03/28/2013, 04:00 pm
Sunshine Booksellers
Marco Island, FL

John Gosslee - 12 Sonnets for the Zodiac  (author appearance)
John Gosslee
03/28/2013, 07:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Deborah Hicks, memoir: The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America  (author appearance)
Deborah Hicks
03/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

STARSKaren Pullen author of Cold Feet  (author appearance)
Karen Pullen
03/28/2013, 04:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Laurie Nienhaus Discussing and Signing Steeped: The Wonderings and delights of a Tea Adventurer  (author appearance)
Laurie Nienhaus
03/28/2013, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

Gwen Cooper -- Love Saves the Day  (author appearance)
Gwen Cooper
03/28/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Jay Bilas  (author appearance)
Jay Bilas
03/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Laura Black -- Big Butts, Fat Thighs and Other Secrets of Success  (author appearance)
Laura Black
03/29/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

BRUCE JOHNSON PRESENTS TALES OF THE GROVE PARK INN  (author appearance)
Bruce Johnson
03/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Birke Baehr Offers a Discussion on Sustainable Farming  (author appearance)
Birke Baehr
03/30/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

MADDIE ON THINGS by Theron Humphrey  (author appearance)
Theron Humphrey
03/30/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY – Wendy Wax  (author appearance)
Wendy Wax
03/30/2013, 05:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Jay Bilas - Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court  (author appearance)
Jay Bilas
04/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Kevin Anderson signs, Hellhole: Awakening  (author appearance)
Kevin Anderson
04/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Okra Pick!THE LEE BROS. PRESENT THEIR CHARLESTON KITCHEN COOKBOOK  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
04/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Okra Pick!Author event with the Lee Brothers  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
04/02/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Salon@615 with Anne Lamott  (author appearance)
Anne Lamott
04/03/2013, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Okra Pick!Matt Lee and Ted Lee authors of Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
04/03/2013, 05:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Jamie Quatro - I Want to Show You More  (author appearance)
Jamie Quatro
04/03/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Okra Pick!Book Your Lunch with Kim Boykin (Tickets required)  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin
04/03/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Author in the shop! - Mac Barnett   (author appearance)
Mac Barnett
04/03/2013, 04:00 pm
bbgb
Richmond, VA

Author event with Charles Holt  (author appearance)
Charles Holt
04/04/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble! with Ann B. Ross  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/04/2013, 05:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Maddie On Things!!!  (author appearance)
Theron Humphrey
04/04/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Nora Raskin - Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts  (author appearance)
Nora Raskin
04/06/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Lachlan Smith- Bear is Broken  (author appearance)
Lachlan Smith
04/06/2013, 12:00 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL

Reading Rainbow Presents Keturah Israel with Cricket Promises  (author appearance)
Keturah Israel
04/07/2013, 06:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Salon@615 with Elizabeth Strout - Author of Olive Kitteridge  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Strout
04/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle - Life after Life  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/08/2013, 4pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble!  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/09/2013, 5pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble! with Ann B. Ross  (author appearance)
Ann B Ross
04/09/2013, 05:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Theron Humphrey & Maddie the coonhound - MADDIE ON THINGS: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics  (author appearance)
Theron Humphrey
04/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Read It & Eat with William Kent Krueger  (author appearance)
William Kent Krueger
04/11/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Local Author Night  (author appearance)
Lucien O'Kelley
04/11/2013, 06:00 pm
The Bookstore in the Grove
Coconut Grove, FL

Okra Pick!Kim Boykin signs The Wisdom of Hair  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin
04/11/2013, 05:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Monica Wesolowska  (author appearance)
Monica Wesolowska
04/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Book Your Lunch With William Kent Krueger  (author appearance)
William Kent Krueger
04/13/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle Book Signing  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/15/2013, 05:00 pm
That Bookstore in Blytheville
Blytheville, AR

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle Book Signing!  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/15/2013, 5pm
That Bookstore in Blytheville
Blytheville, AR

Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff-Gray  (author appearance)
Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff-Gray
04/17/2013, 05:00 pm
Undercover Books & Gifts
Christiansted, VI

Elaine Neil Orr  (author appearance)
Elaine Neil Orr
04/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Book Your Lunch With Denise Kiernan  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/10/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Sallie Bissell author of Music of Ghosts  (author appearance)
Sallie Bissell
05/13/2013, 06:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Book Your Lunch with Ann B. Ross (Tickets required)  (author appearance)
Ann B Ross
05/16/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

David Sedaris  (author appearance)
David Sedaris
06/07/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


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