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{On living where you can see the stars at night.}

In which a lady scolds her jailer, Mr. Charles Martin did not meant to write a football story, and Mr. Will Harlan moves to the mountains so he can see the stars at night.

September 21, 2014

Dear readers,

Here's the reason her ladyship, the editor, has been rather quiet on the Internet recently:

the TBR Stack

That's right, her ladyship is busy reading. These are some of the books she brought back with her from the SIBA Discovery Show held last weekend in Norkfolk, Virginia.  The Discovery Show is an industry book show--where publishers, booksellers, and lots and lots of authors get together to talk and try to convince each other to read their books. As you can tell, her ladyship is easily convinced. A push-over, really.

Show BurninThere is a short account of her feelings about the show here. . . but one thing she didn't describe in much detail was her favorite part of the show...the Shoe Burnin' part. 

It's really hard to describe...writers read from stories, which flowed into music, and then into more stories, and then more music. "Hootenany" was one word somebody used, and that seems as close as anything that includes stories about lying one-legged men, rising flood waters, and romantically inclined emus. Not to mention a song about the kind of roadhouse you might find in heaven (if heaven is located in one of the wet counties in Tennessee). 

Perhaps you should just read the book. And listen to the CD that comes with it.

What's at the top of your TBR stack?

Read Independently! And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

Liar Temptress Soldier SpyThe spy, arrested

During the next few months into the fall and winter, Pinkerton and his detectives tried to break Rose, employing the cruelest methods possible under the circumstances. They sought to isolate her by releasing all of her fellow prisoners. "I felt now that I was alone," Rose wrote. "The wall of separation from my friends was each hour growing more formidable."  They refused to allow her any fresh air or exercise They brought in another prisoner, a Chicago prostitute turned spy by the name of Mary E Onderdunk, and insulted Rose by placing Mary in Gertrude's bedroom They went away Catholic priests who tried to visit and debated nailing boards across her windows to deprive her of sunlight. They replaced catered meals with meager servings of cheese and crackers; many nights Little Rose cried herself to sleep from hunger. They refused to let the family physician treat Little Rose when she got sick offering instead to send an army doctor. Rose declined, preferring instead to "trust her life to the good Providence which had so often befriended me."

...Every day Pinkerton's team interrogated Rose for hours: Who were her sources? Who were her accomplices? Who in the rebel government was still plotting treasonous activity? The contacted her suspected informants and hinted that she had accepted a bribe to reveal their identities; the informants might as well confess to save themselves. When this ruse failed, the interrogators suggested to Rose that a "graceful concession" on her part would secure her release. "Your whole bankrupt treasury," she retorted, "could not tempt me to betray the meanest agent of our cause."

"Do you know your life is in danger?" one detective asked. "Probably, to save your neck, you might answer differently."

Rose replied, "The life of anyone is in danger when tin the power of lawless scoundrels." 

--Karen Abbott, Liar, Temptress Soldier Spy (Harper, 2014) 9780062092892

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Book & Author Gossip

Hillsborough, NC: America's little literary town

At Christmastime each year, Michael Malone, a longtime TV writer, and Allan Gurganus, a bestselling novelist, put on a production of "A Christmas Carol" at an Episcopal church in Hillsborough, N.C. Mr. Gurganus plays Scrooge, and Mr. Malone plays nearly all the other characters. Jill McCorkle, another bestselling novelist, holds the record for perfect attendance.Founding Mothers

Louisiana Book Festival

The 11th annual Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers and their books, returns Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and neighboring streets in downtown Baton Rouge. The festival will feature presentations by local and national bestselling writers, panel discussions, activities for children and teens, live music and food.This year’s festival will feature author presentations on Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg; Life after Life by Jill McCorkle; Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow; Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home by James Carville and Mary Matalin; and the children's book Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts.

After the Rain

After the RainAfter the Rain by Karen White is a wonderful story. I've not read a book by this author I didn't like. "After the Rain" is the sequel to "Falling Home" but it is not necessary to have read it before reading After the Rain.  The story is set in the small town of Walton, Georgia where everyone knows everyone. The community is there to help anyone. White is from a long line of southerners and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, so she understands the south well. Her characters all have that southern hospitality.

A Utopian Mississippi Bookstore

The walls in this Oxford, Mississippi, bookstore are covered with pictures of authors. One by one, Richard Howorth comments on them, as if this place were an open book narrating a multitude of unfinished stories. With his wife, this keen-eyed slender man with a dry humor has owned and managed Square Books, housed in a 19th century brick building, since 1979. In the era of Amazon and e-books, the store in a corner of Oxford's central square is like an oasis that refuses to yield to the drought of a creeping desert.


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STARS Authors

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.

Sheri Castle

Sheri CastleSheri Castle, a food writer and cooking instructor, melds culinary expertise, storytelling, and humor to inspire people to cook with confidence and enthusiasm. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband Doug Tidwell, daughter Lily, and beloved dog Domino.

Request Sheri for a book club or event

Sheri's Profile Page on STARS



Southern Living Community CookbookSouthern Living Community Cookbook

Southern food and food stories are bound together. This book will reflect people, regardless of where they come form, who claim Southern food as their own, whether for a lifetime or a mealtime. People feel deep affection for their local community cookbooks, especially those well-worn volumes that serve as a timestamp of a particular place and time. No other type of recipe collection is more generous, gracious, and welcoming. Before we give you a bite, we Southern cooks have to tell you about what we've made. Southern food is evocative, so our food and food stories are bound together in our communities. A memorable Southern cookbook holds good food and a good read, the equivalent of a brimming recipe box plus the scribbled notes and whispered secrets that cover the tips, advice, and stories that a generous cook shares with family members, friends, and neighbors. These recipes bring all sorts of cooks, recipes, and stories to a common table to bring readers a cookbook filled with good things to eat that have something to say.

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

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Life, Intercepted

A Life InterceptedTwelve years ago Matthew "the Rocket" Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost--his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life.

Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal--to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school. There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and--if discovered--reincarceration for life, he'll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey's love.

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig
by Chris Chamberlain

The Edible SouthIn "The Edible South," Marcie Cohen Ferris presents food as a new way to chronicle the American South's larger history. Ferris tells a richly illustrated story of southern food and the struggles of whites, blacks, Native Americans, and other people of the region to control the nourishment of their bodies and minds, livelihoods, lands, and citizenship. The experience of food serves as an evocative lens onto colonial settlements and antebellum plantations, New South cities and Civil Rights-era lunch counters, chronic hunger and agricultural reform, counterculture communes and iconic restaurants as Ferris reveals how food--as cuisine and as commodity--has expressed and shaped southern identity to the present day.

The region in which European settlers were greeted with unimaginable natural abundance was simultaneously the place where enslaved Africans vigilantly preserved cultural memory in cuisine and Native Americans held tight to kinship and food traditions despite mass expulsions. Southern food, Ferris argues, is intimately connected to the politics of power. The contradiction between the realities of fulsomeness and deprivation, privilege and poverty, in southern history resonates in the region's food traditions, both beloved and maligned.

The Edible South

More Okra Picks!

Staff Picks from A Novel Experience in Zebulon, GA

The Good Lord BirdKaren: THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride 

I've read and enjoyed James McBride's work before, but The Good Lord Bird had me bellylaughing by the end of chapter one. Oh, it's good! McBride uses the premise that we're reading recently discovered "Rare Negro Papers" left by the only Black survivor of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, one of the events that leads to the Civil War. That survivor, though born male, John Brown believed to be "a woman and his good luck charm." Though I'm not too far into the book, I recognize the mastery of the storytelling: Both he and I are having fun. This National Book Award winner is a rare literary hoot. A must-read!

Lucky UsChris: LUCKY US by Amy Bloom 

I picked this up at our annual bookseller's conference in Seattle last year and read it all the way back to Georgia--it's the story of two half sister who careen across the 1940s American landscape--Hollywood, accusations a friend being a German spy, Long Island, a fortunetelling gig at a local beauty parlor and a shared father who turns out not to be who they thought he was. It's a story of change, reinvention, and the emerging opportunities for women during this era. It's fast, funny, and smart--right now, it's only in hardback but, worth it for a respite from daily cares and tribulations!


More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Jon Mayes talks to Will Harlan

(reprinted with permission from Advance Reading Copy, but go here to see the amazing pictures!)

Jon Mayes and Will Harlan 

UntamedJM: Tell me about where you live and why you love it so much.

WH: I live on an off-grid organic farm in the mountains of western North Carolina. I love growing my own fruits and vegetables and literally feeding my family. It’s also gratifying to see my son picking berries and milking goats, flipping over rocks in the creek searching for salamanders, and exploring what’s left of the wild world.

JM: Where were you living when you were 7 years old?

WH: I lived in a small house in a lower-middle class neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. My mom ran a babysitting business out of our house; my dad was a police officer and coach of my baseball team, which won the league just a few months before the Cardinals won the World Series. It was the best summer of my childhood.

JM: Did you have a favorite teacher and are you still in touch with him or her?

WH: My fifth grade science teacher, Robert Fixman, ignited my love of science  and the natural world. His classroom contained several plastic swimming pools filled with crayfish that endured our experiments testing their claw strength. Best of all, though, was Mr. Fixman’s astronomy unit. I vividly remember him drawing the constellation Orion on the blackboard, one star at a time, beginning with Betelgeuse (still my favorite star). He showed us how Orion’s stars could be used as guideposts to find other constellations. One cold winter evening, he organized a Star Night on the elementary school playground, where parents and kids drank hot chocolate and huddled around a telescope. Thanks to Mr. Fixman, I was—and still am—utterly awestruck by the night sky. One of the big reasons I moved to the mountains was so I could see the stars at night.

JM: Is there a book that changed the way you look at life?

WH: Walden and the Tao Te Ching were life changers early on, but an anthropological work called Tarahumara by Bernard Fontana probably has shaped my adult life more than any other. It introduced me to a tribe of subsistence farmers in Mexico living in the deepest canyons on the continent who can run hundreds of miles virtually barefoot. I’ve spent the past decade visiting them and learning from them. I founded a nonprofit to help them keep a foothold on their ancestral lands. They are the toughest people I have ever met—and also the most joyful.

JM: Do you have a favorite children’s book?

WH: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It was the first book that ever made me cry. Now I read it to my sons. Inspired by the book, we have a beech tree in the forest with our initials carved in it.  

JM: What are the funniest or most embarrassing stories your family tells about you?

WH: For our elementary school musical Steamboating, our teacher asked us to come up with a word for each letter of the title that described something about the musical. For S, someone shouted “singing!” For T, someone said “tickets!” When we got to the letter M, my friend Bennie whispered a word into my ear. I didn’t know what it meant, but it was a big and impressive-sounding word, so I proudly shouted “masturbation!” 

JM: Is there any message you want to give to or anything you want to say to your great-great-great grandchildren when they read this?

WH: I still haven’t figured out all the rules of being a grown-up, but here are a few things I’ve learned so far: You will get your heart broken. You will lose. You will get hurt. You will be disappointed. You will make dumb mistakes. Learn from them, get back on your feet, and fight harder. The most important thing you can do in life is keep getting back up, over and over and over again.

Many people cheat and deceive—both themselves and others—to get what they want. Don’t do that to yourself. You’ll feel hollow and empty, even if you make a lot of money and can buy a lot of stuff. Measure your success with your own internal bearings. There is nothing more important than your integrity of your heart. It speaks without talking.  

No one will notice most of the good things you do. You won’t get a star by your name or extra credit. You’ll have to grade yourself. Hold yourself to high standards.

Grow wiser and more mature without losing your inner playfulness. Keep your youthful heart alive even as you get older. It’s really hard to do. There are a lot of forces trying to grind you down into a boring, monotonous, working machine following the same worn-out routines. Nourish your buoyant, joyful spirit by taking on new adventures, seeking out beautiful places, and surrounding yourself with inspiring people.

You are alive. You are breathing. That is always something to celebrate and never to take for granted. Let the light of the universe shine through you, whether you’re creating a masterpiece or washing dishes. Live for more than yourself. You are a part of something larger.

JM: How did you meet your wife? How did your first date go?

WH: During my senior year of college, I was working part-time, and my boss asked me to take her niece out to dinner since she was new to town. I was dreading it…until she opened the door. She was gorgeous, and I was wearing jean shorts. I stumbled and stammered through dinner, taking her to the nicest restaurant I could afford, but it didn’t seem to impress her all that much. Afterward, with absolutely nothing else to lose, I invited her to go backpacking the next weekend. She smiled for the first time all evening. We hiked and paddled and swam and camped together, and something clicked. We’ve been together for 18 years (married for the last 12) and we still return often to that riverside camping spot—now with our two boys.    

JM: Will your fans get to read another book from you any time soon? 

WH: Right now, I’m trying to wrap up the fall harvest in between travels for Untamed, but once the farm is tucked in for winter, I hope to hunker down and start working on my next project.

JM: And finally, the Time Travel question: IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME to any period from before recorded history to yesterday, be safe from harm, be rich, poor or in-between, if appropriate to your choice, actually experience what it was like to live in that time, anywhere at all, meet anyone, if you desire, speak with them, listen to them, be with them. When would you go? Where would you go? Who would you want to meet?And most importantly, why do you think you chose this time?

WH: I would return to pre-contact Native America. I don’t glorify the noble savage; I know they burned down forests and over-hunted some species. I realize that tribes routinely slaughtered each other and starved to death in winter. And I’ve spent enough time with indigenous people today to understand that they are human beings who share the basic desires and dreams and disappointments as we do.

But of all the world’s civilizations, the first people of North America seemed to have been one of the most sustainable. I’d like to know how they made it work. I’d like to understand where we went wrong. Was it the advent of agriculture? Or the advanced weaponry of warfare? Were the natives doomed to be decimated by European diseases and domination? Could it have turned out differently?

I’d also like to see the North American continent before Europeans arrived. I’d like to see the fecundity of life, the sheer numbers of wolves and bears in the forest, the oceans teeming with whales and dolphins, the skies darkened by birds. I’d like to see Cumberland Island, raw and wild, with saber-toothed cats prowling the forests and thousands of turtles nesting on its beaches.

Most of all, I’d like to live with the indigenous people who first settled in the mountain valley that I call home. How did they experience it? I’d like to see if I could last more than a few weeks surviving off the land with them, gleaning some of their lived wisdom. Would I long for the comforts of modernity? Could I learn to attune myself more keenly to nature’s rhythms? Walking in their worn moccasins, could I deepen my experience of life? 

JM: Thanks, Will! If you wouldn't mind a companion, I'll join you on this one.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending September 7, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, September 21, 2014. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit


1. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
okra 2. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447

3. Personal
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780804178747
4. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708
5. The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell, Random House, $30, 9781400065677
6. The Secret Place
Tana French, Viking, $27.95, 9780670026326
7. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
8. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $25.95, 9780385352109
9. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
10. The Story of Land and Sea
Katy Simpson Smith, Harper, $26.99, 9780062335944
okra11. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780

12. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594633119
13. Wolf in White Van
John Darnielle, FSG, $24, 9780374292089
14. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $26.95, 9780399167065
15. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385353304


1. World Order
Henry Kissinger, Penguin Press, $36, 9781594206146
2. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
3. 13 Hours
Mitchell Zuckoff, Twelve, $28, 9781455582273
4. What If?
Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 9780544272996
5. What I Know for Sure
Oprah Winfrey, Flatiron, $24.99, 9781250054050
6. The Mockingbird Next Door
Marja Mills, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205194
7. The Happiness of Pursuit
Chris Guillebeau, Harmony, $25, 9780385348843
8. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel, Blake Masters, Crown Business, $27, 9780804139298
9. A Spy Among Friends
Ben Macintyre, Crown, $27, 9780804136631
10. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Naomi Klein, S&S, $30, 9781451697384
11. My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football
Paul Finebaum, Gene Wojciechowski, Harper, $26.99, 9780062297419
12. Learning to Walk in the Dark
Barbara Brown Taylor, HarperOne, $24.99, 9780062024350
13. Factory Man
Beth Macy, Little Brown, $28, 9780316231435
14. One Nation
Ben Carson, M.D., Candy Carson, Sentinel, $25.95, 9781595231123
15. Hard Choices
Hillary Rodham Clinton, S&S, $35, 9781476751443


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780553418361
2. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
4. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $17, 9780143125846
5. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
6. This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper, Plume, $16, 9780142181713
7. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780061122415
8. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Bantam, $18, 9780553393705
9. The Mathematician's Shiva
Stuart Rojstaczer, Penguin, $16, 9780143126317
10. We Are Water
Wally Lamb, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780061941030
11. The Redeemer
Jo Nesbo, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307742988
12. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
13. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062255662
14. The Best of Me
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $15, 9781455556557
15. The Good Lord Bird
James McBride, Riverhead, $16, 9781594632785


1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812974492
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Reza Aslan, Random House, $18, 9780812981483
4. Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders
Lindsey Pollak, HarperBusiness, $16.99, 9780062323316
5. The Bully Pulpit
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $22, 9781416547877
6. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Cynthia L. Copeland, Workman, $12.95, 9780761181798
7. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
8. The Heart of Everything That Is
Bob Drury, Tom Clavin, S&S, $17, 9781451654684
9. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
10. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $16, 9781451617535
11. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
12. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 9780812979329
13. The Men Who United the States
Simon Winchester, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062079619
14. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2015
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986368
15. Men We Reaped
Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury, $16, 9781608197651


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9780553418354
2. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780345514400
5. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543240
6. Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780440215622
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553390568
9. Anthem
Ayn Rand, Signet, $7.99, 9780451191137
10. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488


1. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
4. Otis and the Scarecrow
Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399163968
5. Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $17.99, 9780803735842
6. Llama Llama Trick or Treat
Anna Dewdney, Viking Children's Books, $5.99, 9780451469786
7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
8. Uni the Unicorn
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Random House, $17.99, 9780385375559
9. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
Keith Richards, Theodora Richards (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316320658
10. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
2. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
3. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories
Dr.Seuss, Random House Books for Young Readers, $15, 9780385382984
4. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
5. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illus.), Amulet, $13.95, 9781419712180
6. Sisters
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
7. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
8. Minecraft: Combat Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685160
9. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
10. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934


1. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
2. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
3. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
4. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, Book 2)
Rick Yancey, Putnam, $18.99, 9780399162428
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
6. The Boxcar Children
Gertrude Chandler Warner, Albert Whitman, $5.99, 9780807508527
7. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545504904
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
9. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner Prequel)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385742894
10. Treasure Hunters
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Little Brown, $14.99, 9780316207560

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

The Story of Land and Sea
The Husband's Secret
The Mockingbird Next Door
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
Be the Message: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
Factory Man
Goodnight Darth Vader
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
The Alchemist
The Crucible
The Light Between Oceans
The Great Gatsby
Sharp Objects
Heaven Is for Real
Wreck This Journal
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Lord of the Flies
The Scarlet Letter
Pete the Cat and the New Guy
Three Bears in a Boat
Lego Star Wars: The Dark Side


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

Larry Baker - The Education of Nancy Adams  (author appearance)
Larry Baker
09/29/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

One Book One New Orleans Tweetchat - UNFATHOMABLE CITY  (other event)
09/29/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

POETRY READINGS  (other event)
09/29/2014, 04:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Susan Eaddy, Illustrator of My Love for You is the Sun  (author appearance)
Susan Eaddy
09/29/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

okraWiley Cash leads us down This Dark Road to Mercy  (author appearance)
Wiley Cash
09/29/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books and Books - Marcelo Pakman: Texturas de la imaginación  (author appearance)
Marcelo Pakman
09/30/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

UNC Humanities Spotlight on Scholars: Democracy in Senegal with Michael Lambert, Associate Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studie  (other event)
09/30/2014, 04:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Tim and Denise Duffy- We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America's Music  (author appearance)
Tim and Denise Duffy
09/30/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Leanne Ely-Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Wihtout Going Crazy  (author appearance)
Leanne Ely
09/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Carin Siegfried- An Insider's Guide to a Career in Book Publishing  (author appearance)
Carin Siegfried
09/30/2014, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Debby Campbell, author of Life with My Father Glen Campbell  (author appearance)
Debby Campbell
09/30/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Jeff VanderMeer brings us Acceptance  (author appearance)
Jeff Vandermeer
09/30/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

AUTISM Book Club discusses MOZART AND THE WHALE  (book club)
10/01/2014, 01:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Malaprop's Book Club discusses WINESBURG, OH  (book club)
10/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Karen Kingsbury - Angels Walking - Grand Cayman  (author appearance)
Karen Kingsbury
10/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Author Event: Leanne Ely - Part-time Paleo  (author appearance)
Leanne Ely
10/01/2014, 06:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Jason Mott- The Wonder of All Things  (author appearance)
Jason Mott
10/01/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr Wayfaring Stranger  (author appearance)
Doug Orr
10/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Robert Edsel signing The Monuments Men, Saving Italy, and Rescuing Da Vinci  (other event)
Edsel, Robert
10/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Stevens Center Downtown Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem, NC

We Welcome Back Earl Swift with His Latest - Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream  (author appearance)
Earl Swift
10/01/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

W. SCOTT POOLE presents VAMPIRA: DARK GODDESS OF HORROR  (author appearance)
W. Scott Poole
10/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Book Club Night with Stephanie & Anderson  (book club)
10/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

James Nolan: You Don't Know Me: New and Selected Stories  (author appearance)
James Nolan
10/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Ken Wheaton - SWEET as CANE, SALTY as TEARS  (author appearance)
Ken Wheaton
10/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Tracey Jackson and Paul Williams sign GRATITUDE & TRUST  (author appearance)
Tracey Jackson
10/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Tom Maxwell- Hell: My Life in the Squirrel Nut Zippers  (author appearance)
Tom Maxwell
10/02/2014, 05:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr – Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia  (author appearance)
Doug Orr
10/02/2014, 06:30 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: - The Widow's Handbook - Poetic Reflections On Grief- Anthology  (author appearance)
Connie Fisher
10/02/2014, 05:30 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Leanne Ely-Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Wihtout Going Crazy  (author appearance)
Leanne Ely
10/02/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Maurice Horwitz: My Life as a Diet  (author appearance)
Maurice Horwitz
10/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Annual Book Club Party  (other event)
10/02/2014, 05:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Katherine Cann & George Fields  (author appearance)
Katherine Cann
10/02/2014, 05:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Connie Weis- Book Signing & Brownie Tasting!  (author appearance)
Connie Weis
10/02/2014, 12:30 pm
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

First Friday Author Round Up-Yvette Araujo, Stephen Gregory, Karen Kurtz, Alice Mitchell  (author appearance)
Yvette Araujo
10/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Carl Hiaasen - Skink-No Surrender  (author appearance)
Carl Hiaasen
10/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Alan Gratz signs THE LEAGUE OF SEVEN  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz
10/03/2014, 04:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Julia Kennedy Calendar Launch Party  (other event)
10/03/2014, 06:30 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

First Friday Meet the Author: Kim Boykin!  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin
10/03/2014, 05:00 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Author Event: Joanne Meusburger - No Turning Back  (author appearance)
Joanne Meusburger
10/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Kami Garcia- Unmarked  (author appearance)
Kami Garcia
10/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Becky Billingsley- Author of Lost Myrtle Beach  (author appearance)
Becky Billingsley
10/03/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Romance Authors Eden Glenn, Cheri Clifton and Leanna Sain  (author appearance)
Eden Glenn
10/04/2014, 03:00 pm
Blue Ridge Books

Breakfast 'Serial' Story Time  (other event)
B.J. Novak and Aaron Becker
10/04/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Becky Cannon Book Launch Party, Book Talk, & Signing  (author appearance)
Becky Cannon
10/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

T.A. Barron  (author appearance)
T.A. Barron
10/04/2014, 11:00 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Grand Festival of Books  (book festival)
10/04/2014, 10:00 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Dr. Francisco Delgado - Vivir más ¡y mejor! Cómo llegar a 100 años  (author appearance)
Francisco Delgado
10/04/2014, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Rosalind Bund and Kathleen Howard with The Monsters Three!  (author appearance)
Rosalind Bund
10/04/2014, 11:00 am
Roswell, GA

Vincent van Gogh: Theologian with a Brush  (author appearance)
Charles Davidson
10/04/2014, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Perre Coleman Magness – Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook  (author appearance)
Perre Coleman Magness
10/04/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

John Warley – A Southern Girl  (author appearance)
John Warley
10/04/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Perre Coleman Magness – Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook  (author appearance)
Perre Coleman Magness
10/04/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr – Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia  (author appearance)
Fiona Ritchie
10/04/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mike Curato: LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY  (author appearance)
Mike Curato
10/04/2014, 12:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

POETRIO  (other event)
10/05/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Marc Pulver & Robert Shostack - Living Life with Autism   (author appearance)
Marc Pulver
10/05/2014, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Open Mic Night!  (other event)
10/05/2014, 06:30 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Ellen Rogers- Deadly Trust  (author appearance)
Ellen Rogers
10/05/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Dr. Laurence Avery -Mountain Gravity  (author appearance)
Laurence Avery
10/05/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

30th Anniversary!  (other event)
10/05/2014, 01:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Fall Preview  (other event)
10/06/2014, 06:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

WILL PYE discusses his book BLESSED WITH A BRAIN TUMOR  (author appearance)
Will Pye
10/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

BRIDGING DIFFERENCES Book Club discusses THE GOOD LORD BIRD  (book club)
10/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Francine Bryson signs Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen!  (author appearance)
Francine Bryson
10/06/2014, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Jeffrey Renard Allen - Song of the Shank - Gables  (author appearance)
Jeffrey Renard Allen
10/06/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

S. C. Gwynne signs REBEL YELL  (author appearance)
S. C. Gwynne
10/06/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Bob Garner discusses his book Food That Makes You Say Mmm-mmm  (author appearance)
Bob Garner
10/06/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

WILD Book Club discusses GOODNIGHT JUNE  (book club)
10/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

THE BODY ELECTRIC launch party with BETH REVIS  (author appearance)
Beth Revis
10/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Poetry Book Club  (book club)
Vijay Seshadri
10/07/2014, 07:00 pm
The Club

FOR KIDS! Jasper Fforde - The Eye of Zoltar - Gables  (author appearance)
Jasper Fforde
10/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

UNC Humanities Spotlight on Scholars: Archaeology in Egypt with Jennifer Gates-Foster, Assistant Professor of Classics  (other event)
10/07/2014, 04:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Ezra Greenspan discusses William Wells Brown: An African-American Life  (author appearance)
Ezra Greenspan
10/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Riley MacPherson- The Silent Sister  (author appearance)
Riley MacPherson
10/07/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Linda Tirado--Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America  (author appearance)
Linda Tirado
10/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Alan Gratz Event!  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz
10/08/2014, 05:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

SARA BENINCASA presents her YA novel GREAT  (author appearance)
Sara Benincasa
10/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

10/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Sofia Friedman - Yoga Does It  (author appearance)
Sofia Friedman
10/08/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Rita Fidler Dorn - Strands of Rhyme - Gables  (author appearance)
Rita Fidler Dorn
10/08/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

The Right Reverend Kee Sloan signs and Reads from JABBOK  (author appearance)
Kee Sloan
10/08/2014, 04:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

UNC Humanities' Humanities in Action: Capitalism with a Human Face  (other event)
10/08/2014, 04:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Thug Kitchen at The Root Cellar  (other event)
10/08/2014, 08:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Marie Lu discusses her new young adult novel The Young Elites  (author appearance)
Marie Lu
10/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Preschool Storytime  (other event)
10/08/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Charla Muller - Pretty Takes Practice  (author appearance)
Charla Muller
10/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Diane Chamberlain- The Silent Sister  (author appearance)
Diane Chamberlain
10/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

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