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{Art and literature are the new peanut butter and chocolate}

In which her ladyship visits every poetry section of the bookstores in Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Patti Callahan Henry is warned not to take pictures of the ladies shucking oysters, Ms. Maureen Detweiler gives up the recipe for her famous mint juleps, Mr. James C. Nicholson honors the greatest two minutes in sports, and Ms. Flannery O'Connor frightens Ms. Katherine Ann Porter with a shotgun.

March 11, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
Chasing Midnight

The Healing

The House I Loved

The Thief

A Good American

One Thousand Gifts

Jesus Calling


The Great Gatsby

Sarah's Key


Fifty Shades of Grey

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

Moonwalking with Einstein

Duke Sucks

The Devil in the White City


The Glass Castle

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Portrait of a Spy

Sanibel Flats

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

Bad Kitty for President

The Easter Egg

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Here Come the Girl Scouts


Same Sun Here

Author Readings

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

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

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

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

Frances Mayes, author of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 23 2012)

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

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

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

Paul Winick, author of Cancer Dreams at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 24 2012)

Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 24 2012)

Toshiba Austin Smith, author of I'm Not Your Friend Mommy at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/24/2012)

Jan McCanless, author of Wyatt Earp, GAP Pickles & Thoughts on Home at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 24 2012)

Bill C. Malone, author of Music From the True Vine: Mike Seeger’s Life & Mus at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 24 2012)

Howard Loring, author of Piercing the Elastic Limit at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 24 2012)

Judith Toy, author of Murder as a Call to Love at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 25 2012)

Stephen Dau, author of The Book of Jonas at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 26 2012)

Okra Pick!Jessica Maria Tuccelli, author of Glow at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (March 26 2012)

Okra Pick!Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 26 2012)

J.A. Jance, author of Left for Dead at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 26 2012)

Terry Cline, author of Return of Edgar Cayce at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 27 2012)

Lisa McCourt, author of Juicy Joy at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 27 2012)

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

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

Bart Ehrman, author of Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesu at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 27 2012)

Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks Into a Bar at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 28 2012)

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

Jen Marlowe, author of The Hour of Sunlight at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 28 2012)

Joyce Allen, author of Those Who Hold the Threads at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 28 2012)

Johah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 29 2012)

Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 29 2012)

Sam Dixon & Anne Edwards, author of Stayin Put at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/29/2012)

STARSMelinda Rainey Thompson, author of I've Had It Up To Here With Teenagers at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (03/29/2012)

Milenko Milanovic, author of Slow Dying: The Bosnian War Prison Camp at Visoko at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 29 2012)

Delilah Dawson, author of Wicked As They Come at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 30 2012)

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

Anne-Marie O'Connor, author of The Lady in Gold at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 30 2012)

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (March 30 2012)

Arthur Brooks, author of Adventures of Caterwaul the Cat: Feline Pie at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 31 2012)

Chaplain Steve Butler, author of We Do Remember You at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (March 31 2012)

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, author of The Acid Reflux Solution at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 31 2012)

Amber Dermont, author of The Starboard Sea at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (March 31 2012)

Terry Jones-Brady & Peggy Sijswerda, author of A Mosaic Heart & Still Life with Sierra at Page After Page in Elizabeth City, NC  (03/31/2012)

Winston Groom, author of Shiloh, 1862 at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/02/2012)

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

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (04/03/2012)

Peter Golden, author of Comeback Love at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (April 4 2012)

Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (April 4 2012)

Cheryl & Griffith Day, author of Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/05/2012)

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

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

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Literary BookPost in Salisbury, NC  (April 7 2012)

Ron Rash, author of The Cove at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/10/2012)

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

Paul & Angela Knipple, author of The World in a Skillet at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/12/2012)

Robert A. Pastor, author of The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 12 2012)

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

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

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

Mark K. Updegrove, author of Indomitable Will at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 17 2012)

Wendy Reed, author of Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/18/2012)

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

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

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

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/27/2012)

Tennant McWilliams, author of Chaplain's Conflict: Good and Evil in a War Hospit at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/27/2012)

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

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

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

Biran Latell, author of Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (May 4 2012)

Ron Rash, author of The Cove at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/11/2012)

STARSMary Alice Monroe, author of Beach House Memories at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/14/2012)

Oneal Smalls, author of Blessed Be the Ties that Bind at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/18/2012)

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/25/2012)

Okra Pick!Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/01/2012)

Jeff Shaara, author of A Blaze of Glory at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/08/2012)

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/12/2012)

STARSMary Ann McFadden, author of The Book Lover at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/15/2012)

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (06/19/2012)

STARSKaren White, author of Sea Change at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/22/2012)

Angie LeClercq, author of A Grand Tour of Gardens at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/29/2012)

Authors Round the South

Dearest readers,

THer ladyship, the editor found herself with an unexpectedly free afternoon on a recent trip to Atlanta and was persuaded to spend the Normally an activity her ladyship avoids with the same determination that she applies to putting off appointments to the dentist, in this instance she was more easily convinced, as her good friend Ms. Wanda Jewell had suggested a tour of local bookstores in the area.

An afternoon spent wandering around various small bookstores hardly counts as "shopping" no matter how much money one spends in the process (and her ladyship did, indeed, spend money--a little more than she had planned but she feels not a whit guilty about it).  Over the space of three hours she visited four bookstores, finding in each case some book she didn't realize she had been looking for, and some small experience that, let us be honest, will never be truly replicated online, no matter how many ways one can "share" a photo on Facebook.

The Cure at TroyAt Bound to be Read Books, she discovered The Cure at Troy, Seamus Heaney's rendition of Philoctetes, and she and Wanda guessed the "word of the day" puzzle on the blackboard behind the counter, thus winning a free candy bar, which they forgot and left in the car, where it melted over their driving directions.

Changing is Not VanishingAt Charis Books, her ladyship found a copy of Changing is Not Vanishing, a collection of early American Indian poetry and a coffee mug from a local artist.  She and Wanda met Lynda, one of the store's founders, although now she is enjoying a well-earned retirement, apparently by still working in the store, part time.

At A Cappella Books, her ladyship picked up a copy of Tread the Dark, poems by David Ignatow. And here her ladyship must confess that she did not begin her little shopping spree with the intention of hitting up every poetry section in every bookstore, but that is what happened. Some flowers turn their faces to the sun. Her ladyship seems to always face the poetry case in a bookstore. It is a hitherto unexplored aspect of the laws of physics. A Cappella Books had her favorite shelf signs. Henry Miller and James Joyce each rated their own labels.

The Flower SeekerFinally we ended up at Eagle Eye Books, where her ladyship determinedly walked past the outdoor dollar sale racks--not quite trusting her own self discipline--and found herself, once again, in front of the poetry section.  She decided that she had to have a copy of Philip Lee Williams' The Flower Seeker, an epic poem about Mr. William Bartram. Then, to forcibly break the hold poetry had exercised over her all afternoon, she also bought the Library of America collection of the writings of Mr. Thomas Jefferson. And she was introduced to Greti, the most diligently-working staff member at the shop. Greti is the store dog, and wanders up and down the aisles carrying fliers to the customers in little pockets on her back pack.

By the end of the day her ladyship had a bag full of books--which is something easily achieved online--and a head full of happy memories--which is not.

Happy reading! 

her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 11, 2012

Columbia, SC -March 22, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, March 11, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and

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

Hardcover Fiction

1. Chasing Midnight
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $25.95, 9780399158315
2. Kill Shot
Vince Flynn, Atria, $27.99, 9781416595205
3. The Expats
Chris Pavone, Crown, $26, 9780307956354
4. The Wolf Gift
Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307595119
5. Lone Wolf
Jodi Picoult, Atria, $28, 9781439102749
6. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
7. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
okra8. The Healing
Jonathan Odell, Nan A. Talese, $26, 9780385534673

9. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
10. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
11. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
12. The House I Loved
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312593308
13. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
14. The Thief
Clive Cussler, Justin Scott, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399158612
15. A Good American
Alex George, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399157592

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Revelations
Elaine Pagels, Viking, $27.95, 9780670023349
2. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
3. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
4. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $28, 9781400069286
5. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
6. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
7. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
8. Bringing Up Bébé
Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594203336
9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
10. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $30, 9780374275631
11. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
12. Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd, Blue Rider, $14.95, 9780399158568
13. One Thousand Gifts
Ann Voskamp, Zondervan, $16.99, 9780310321910
14. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
15. Ameritopia
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $26.99, 9781439173244

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
2. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
3. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454560
5. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
7. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
8. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
9. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
11. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $13.99, 9781250004345
12. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
13. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307472984
14. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Writer's Coffee Shop, $29.99, 9781612130286
15. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
3. Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
4. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
5. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin, Harper, $14.99, 9780061583261
6. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
7. Duke Sucks
Reed Tucker, Andy Bagwell, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250004635
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
10. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
11. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
12. The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander, The New Press, $19.95, 9781595586438
13. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
14. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
15. What to Expect When You're Expecting
Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel, Workman, $14.95, 9780761148579

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
3. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307742537
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. Portrait of a Spy
Daniel Silva, Harper, $9.99, 9780062073143
8. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
9. Sanibel Flats
Randy Wayne White, St. Martin's, $7.99, 9780312926021
10. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741

Children's Illustrated

1. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
2. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
5. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
6. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
7. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
8. Bad Kitty for President
Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook, $13.99, 9781596436695
9. The Easter Egg
Jan Brett, Putnam, $17.99, 9780399252389
10. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $8.99, 9780547366203

Children's Interest

1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
4. Here Come the Girl Scouts!
Shana Corey, Hadley Hooper (Illus.), Scholastic, $17.99, 9780545342780
5. The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
Emily Seife, Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545457828
6. Wildwood
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $17.99, 9780062024688
7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
8. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
okra9. Same Sun Here
Silas House, Neela Vaswani, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763656843

10. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
5. Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy)
Lauren Oliver, Harper, $17.99, 9780061978067
6. Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House #47)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868252
7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
8. Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House, #43)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375856518
9. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $18.99, 9781423113393
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136

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Good Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

No Pictures Allowed
(with thanks to Patti Callahan Henry)

"Possibly to avoid confrontation with my mother, it was in high school that I began my love affair with southern writers" a St. Patrick’s Day I will never forget

Binocular Vision"It’s like one of those movies about the small-town football team that goes all the way to win the state championship.  You want to stand up and cheer because it’s just so right." Edith wins!

" In 1895, the Sunny South became the first publication in Atlanta to officially endorse equal suffrage rights for women in the United States. In this editorial from the February 9, 1895 issue of the  Sunny South (right), the unnamed writer asserts that women deserve the chance to be heard and suggests their participation could be the answer to society’s ills." The Sunny South

" Art and literature collaborations are the new peanut butter-and-chocolate combo around here" Art-lit showcase in DeLand

" When the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival starts next week, attendees will line up for one of their favorites: A mint julep." Mint juleps and Girl Scout cookies.

" You know, it's such a cliché to be a Southern writer. People make jokes about it. But the truth of the matter is that it's so much a part of who I am." Novelist King to read at Flagler College

Pulphead"Sullivan seeks out subjects designed to repel the culturally sophisticated: an evangelical Christian rock concert; an embittered, dying, 92-year-old Southern writer, capable of racist and anti-Semitic invective; the Tea Party; perennially tanned cast members of the MTV reality series The Real World. And just when you expect a snide aside or a dismissive eye-roll, Sullivan surprises you—shames you—with empathy for his subjects." American Sentiment: John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead

" If the sign of a successful new independent bookstore is to make each customer feel as though every title in the shop was specially selected with them in mind, then I believe the sign of a successful used bookstore is to fill the shop with titles the customer never knew they wanted, indeed, never knew existed, but now realize they can’t live without." A visit to The Book Lady Bookstore

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl"One day while I was washing dishes, she walked in (without knocking, of course). She came into the kitchen where I was steadily washing dishes, pulled a tape measure from her pocket, & stretched it across my shoulders. I turned around & in horror asked, “what are you doing!!??” “I was just making sure you were gonna fit in that 52 inch tub I ordered for the bathroom,” she said."  Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl” Winners

" For the peoples of the rural South, their great variety of music, song and story provided their Shakespeare, their dance music, their news and the fabric of their daily lives." Mike Seeger at the Virginia Festival of the Book

" Instead of slinging sweet tea and burgers for Charleston’s countless tourists last summer, I spent my days reading, researching and talking about literature. No, I wasn’t enrolled in any summer class; I was helping English professor Julia Eichelberger with her book of Eudora Welty’s letters on gardening." The Summer I Read Her Mind

" I asked Betty what odds a young female poet faced in 1960s North Carolina. “Poetry,” she said, “had a hard time gaining traction among women writers in the South. Part of the reason is that there were so many good models to follow in fiction—Katherine Anne Porter, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Doris Betts. They were like comets. But the poetry world was controlled by the universities in the South, and women didn’t have access to the faculty lounges and English departments back then." Two Poets

Geraldine Brooks will headline the Savannah Book Festival’s spring luncheon at noon, May 3. The seventh annual Alabama Book Festival will be on Saturday, April 21 at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery.

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

Flannery O'Connor: In Celebration of GeniusTalking to Flannery O'Connor

My mentor in that English Department, the late C. Hugh Holman, told me about taking Katherine Anne Porter to Andalusia. After they had seen peacocks and other poultry and were resting with cool drinks indoors, Porter asked if there were never any problems with marauding dogs. O'Connor drew a drapery aside and from behind it lifted a leaning--rifle or shotgun. She sighted down the barrel through the window glass. "Not any more," she allegedly said, and then replaced the gun. Later Hugh drove a silent Porter quite a long way from the farmhouse while she stared blankly through the windshield, at last turning to say to him with a sigh, "That woman scares me to death."

Was this story true? Apocryphal? In The Habit of Being I find only that in March of 1958 Porter came with the Gossets and "two professors from North Carolina."

Perhaps he told me because he sensed that in some ways Flannery O'Connor scared me to death as well.

--Doris Betts, "Talking to Flannery O'Connor" in Flannery O'Connor: In Celebration of Genius edited by Sarah Gordon(University of South Carolina Press, 2010)


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Read This!: Bookseller Staff Picks

From the Spring 2012 Children's Indie Next List

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, Adam Rex (Illus.)
“Despite the title, this book is not about Chloe and the lion so much as it is about the author Barnett and illustrator Rex, who have problems agreeing on certain aspects of the book and have to work out their disagreements before the book can go on. In the style of Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka, Chloe and the Lion is a perfect read-aloud, guaranteed to solicit laughter from both children and adults!” — Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC 

The Cloud SpinnerThe Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool, Alison Jay (Illus.)
“There once was a boy who could make amazing things by spinning the clouds into fabric richer than the finest silks. He only used a few of the clouds for himself, but when the king sees what the boy can do, he demands that all of his family’s clothing be made from clouds. As the king’s demands increase, the boy uses more and more clouds, there is less and less rain, and the world becomes drier and hotter. Seeing the greed of her father and the need of the people, the king’s daughter steals all of the cloud clothing and returns it to the boy who sends the clouds back to the sky. With Alison Jay’s timeless illustrations, this book is certain to become a classic.” — Emily Grossenbacher, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS

The Duckling Gets a Cookie?The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod, Freya Blackwood
“The award-winning Ormerod offers five precious stories starring this unlikely duo, charmingly illustrated by Blackwood. Incredibly patient Bear is the hero and the loving foil for the endlessly demanding Maudie. Together they make a perfect pair, mirroring the relationship between parent and child. Adorable!” — Jeanne Snyder, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

Robert Zombie FrankensteinRobot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon
“It doesn’t get much better than robots trying to outdo each other! Two robots are just two robots, but what if one is a robot zombie — or a robot zombie Frankenstein — or perhaps a robot zombie Frankenstein pirate! You get the picture. The illustrations are brightly colored geometric shapes that invite young readers to use their imaginations. If you need a message, there’s the pie. Isn’t it better for two competing robots to share a cherry pie? Kids and adults alike will be happy to dive in!” — Rona Brinlee, The Book Mark, Atlantic Beach, FL

Curveball: The Year I Lost My GripCurveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
“This is a funny, heart-breaker of a teen sports book that isn’t about sports and isn’t just for boys. Life is throwing curveballs at Pete. His pitching arm is gone but he won’t admit it to his friends, and his grandpa is acting weird but his mom won’t admit it to him. With the help of the grandfather’s cameras and an almost-girlfriend in a photography class, Sonnenblick charms us into following Pete as he faces his can’t-talk-about fears. Not to be missed!” — Jeanne Snyder, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

EmbraceEmbrace by Jessica Shirvington
“Violet Eden has never had an easy life. Uprooted from her school, she slowly and shyly begins making new friends, including the gorgeous Lincoln. Life is looking up until she discovers that she is part angel and must make the choice to embrace her destiny or forever live in fear, running from those who want her dead. Violet must decide her own destiny and in the process hope to uncover the secrets that seem to be all around her. An exciting read with an original twist on angel mythology” — Emily Grossenbacher, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS

EverneathEverneath by Brodi Ashton
“This is Twilight for mythology lovers, with elements of the stories of both Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice. Seventeen-year-old Nikki Beckett, who’s just returned from a century — equivalent to six months of Earth time — in the underworld of Everneath, finds out she has a mere six more months before being taken back to the underworld — this time for good. A captivating story of love, loss, and immortality.” — Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Quarantine by Lex Thomas
“When a fast-acting, manufactured virus that can be harmlessly carried by teenagers but is deadly to adults invades a high school, the government decides to barricade the students inside and leave them to their fates. Quickly gangs form and violence reigns supreme. However, the kids not in gangs find a leader in one of their own to rise up and challenge the hierarchy. At this high school, survival of the fittest means staying alive to see tomorrow.” — Meaghan Beasley, Island Bookstore, Duck, NC

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Okra Picks

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

The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event by James C. Nicholson
University Press of Kentucky, March 2012

"I have witnessed every modern Derby beginning in 1964 and have been privileged to write about the Derby many times. Through all of that involvement, however, I could never say that I really had my arms around just how the race came to be so embedded into the American soul. Now, Jamie Nicholson has provided that insight" -- Edward L. Bowen, author of nineteen books on Thoroughbred racing

The Kentucky DerbyEach year on the first Saturday in May, the world turns its attention to the twin spires of Churchill Downs for the high-stakes excitement of the "greatest two minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby. No American sporting event can claim the history, tradition, or pageantry that the Kentucky Derby holds. For more than 130 years, spectators have been fascinated by the magnificent horses that run the Louisville track. Thoroughbreds such as Secretariat and Barbaro have earned instant international fame, along with jockeys such as Isaac Murphy, Ron Turcotte, and Calvin Borel. The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event calls this great tradition to post and illuminates its history and culture.

Rising from its humble beginnings as an American variation of England's Epsom Derby, the Kentucky Derby became a centerpiece of American sports and the racing industry, confirming Kentucky's status as the Horse Capital of the World. James C. Nicholson argues that the Derby, at its essence, is a celebration of a place, existing as a connection between Kentucky's mythic past and modern society. The Derby is more than just a horse race -- it is an experience enhanced by familiar traditions, icons, and images that help Derby fans to understand Kentucky and define themselves as Americans. Today the Kentucky Derby continues to attract international attention from royalty, celebrities, racing fans, and those who simply enjoy an icy mint julep, a fabulous hat, and a wager on who will make it to the winner's circle.
Nicholson provides an intriguing and thorough history of the Kentucky Derby, examining the tradition, spectacle, culture, and evolution of the Kentucky Derby -- the brightest jewel of the Triple Crown.

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Great Bookstores

An Indie Bookstore you should know

Flyleaf BooksFlyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd 
(Historic Airport Rd) Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to Foster's Market, Kitchen & Flying Burrito
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am-9 pm, Sun. 10-5 
Phone: (919) 942-7373 
Email: info (at)

Flyleaf Books is a full-service, community-oriented independent bookstore. We are locally-owned by three long-time Chapel Hillians (Jamie Fiocco, Land Arnold & Sarah Carr) and aim to play to our strengths: our love and knowledge of books, our commitment to providing stellar customer service, and our experience in the book trade.

Flyleaf Books is mostly new books, but we do feature select used books and a few rare titles. We also carry a selection of cards, jewelry, gifts and book-related products, mostly created by local artisans. We have a large childrens' and young adult section as well.

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STARS Authors on Tour

STARSWhat are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

LIsa WingateFeatured Author: Lisa Wingate
travels from Clifton, TX

Request Lisa for your book club or group!

Lisa Wingate will be in Duck, NC from 5/8/2012-5/17/2012

Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author. Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and general markets in mainstream fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles, Crossings Book Club, Women’s World Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and have been short-listed for various awards, including the Oklahoma Book Award, and the ACFW Book of the Year Award, which her book Never Say Never won in 2011. Lisa also spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa for the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.


Blue Moon BayBlue Moon Bay

STARRED Booklist Review: Heather Hampton thinks it’s a done deal. She convinced her uncles to sell the family land in Moses Lake, Texas, so it can be used for an industrial plant. Best of all, it will be her first major project as an architect. Except for her family, Heather has no love for the town, having been moved there against her will during her senior year of high school. She left as soon as she could and never looked back, until now. After a disastrous journey, she arrives at Moses Lake to finalize her plans. Much to her surprise, there’s strong opposition to the plant, even though it will provide jobs to the community, and her own brother is on the other side. Even the town banker, Blaine Underhill, whom Heather remembers as big man on campus, is against the project, although it’s sure to lead to economic growth for the town. Versatile and popular Wingate (Larkspur Cove, 2011) presents a warm and expressive modern twist on the parable of the Prodigal Son, or, in this case, Prodigal Daughter, that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. — Shelley Mosley
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More STARS Authors:
see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Lynne Barrett
Greensboro, NC 3/29/2012-3/30/2012
Sarasota, FL 4/7/2012-4/7/2012
Tampa, FL 4/16/2012-4/16/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller
Walterboro, SC 4/27/2012-4/28/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012-6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012-11/11/2012

Nancy Cohen
Estero, FL 3/24/2012-3/24/2012

Emily Cooper
Spartanburg, SC 4/13/2012-4/14/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore
Charlottesville, VA 3/21/2012-3/24/2012
Little Rock, AR 4/12/2012-4/14/2012
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012-6/17/2012
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012-8/22/2012

Mark Hainds
Hattiesburg, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Montgomery, AL 4/20/2012-4/21/2012
Starkeville, MS 5/15/2012-5/17/2012
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy
Hattiesburg, MS 4/11/2012-4/13/2012
Oxford, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Natchez, MS 4/19/2012-4/19/2012
Tupelo, MS 4/21/2012-4/21/2012
Grenada, MS 4/28/2012-4/28/2012
Greenwood, MS 5/5/2012-5/5/2012
Jackson, MS 5/11/2012-5/12/2012
Birmingham, AL 5/18/2012-5/18/2012
Athens, GA 5/19/2012-5/19/2012
Waynesville, NC 6/5/2012-6/5/2012
Hendersonville, NC 6/6/2012-6/6/2012
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012-6/24/2012

sr johannes
Pensacola, FL 3/31/2012-4/7/2012

Alma Katsu
Nashville, TN 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Asheville, NC 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Raleigh, NC 4/22/2012-4/23/2012
Virginia Beach, VA 5/4/2012-5/5/2012

George Leibowitz
The Villages, FL 4/2/2012-4/7/2012

John Malik
Chapel Hill, NC 5/4/2012-5/7/2012

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

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

Dorothy St. James
Bethesda , VA 4/27/2012-4/29/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012

David Taylor
Richmond, VA 4/4/2012-4/4/2012
Baton Rouge, LA 10/26/2012-10/27/2012

Lori Verni-Fogarsi
Bracey, VA 5/1/2012-9/1/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 7/21/2012-7/22/2012

Tamra Wilson
Asheville, NC 5/17/2012-5/17/2012

Renea Winchester
Sylva, NC 3/27/2012-3/27/2012

Lady Banks' Bookshelf


Monsters in America Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting by W. Scott Poole

"Poole's connection of the monster to American history is a kind of Creature Features meets American cultural history. Here we not only meet such monsters but also discover America's cultural monstrosity."--John W. Morehead, editor,

Salem witches, frontier wilderness beasts, freak show oddities, alien invasions, Freddie Krueger. From our colonial past to the present, the monster in all its various forms has been a staple of American culture. A masterful survey of our grim and often disturbing past, Monsters in America uniquely brings together history and culture studies to expose the dark obsessions that have helped create our national identity.Monsters are not just fears of the individual psyche, historian Scott Poole explains, but are concoctions of the public imagination, reactions to cultural influences, social change, and historical events. Conflicting anxieties about race, class, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs, science, and politics manifest as haunting beings among the populace. From Victorian-era mad scientists to modern-day serial killers, new monsters appear as American society evolves, paralleling fluctuating challenges to the cultural status quo. Consulting newspaper accounts, archival materials, personal papers, comic books, films, and oral histories, Poole adroitly illustrates how the creation of the monstrous "other" not only reflects society's fears but shapes actual historical behavior and becomes a cultural reminder of inhuman acts.

Baylor University Press | 9781602583146 | October 2011 |$29.95

Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with God Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with God by Steven Haymon

Stress is a condition most people know little about until its dramatic effects take charge of their lives. It can manifest itself in simple inappropriate behaviors towards ourselves or one another or reach the more intense impact through mood disorders, addictions and physical illnesses. Using sound Biblical teachings, this valuable resource examines stress, its impact on you and your relationships and then delivers answers to understanding, coping and living the healthy life God intends. The well organized chapters allow the reader to learn: How people react to stress and the many faces it wears How addictions intensify our reaction to stress How spirituality can combat the effects of stress How anger, unforgiveness and sin can contribute to stress How God?'s love helps reduce stress How to use God?'s gifts on the journey to overcoming the multiple levels of stressWith scriptural index, additional resources, and life changing directions for individuals, pastors, counselors, therapists and others who work in the helping professions, this reference book is a valuable source of answers to the daily struggles that create stress and the coping skills to live a healthier life. Strong endorsements from Christian counselors and pastors.

Greater Insight Publishing | 9780979933110 | September 2011 | $16.99

1000 Places to See Before You Die 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

" tells you what's beautiful, what's fun, and what's just unforgettable--everywhere on earth." --Newsweek

The world's bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 New York Times bestseller, 1,000 Places reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. And now the best is better. There are 600 full-color photographs. Over 200 entirely new entries, including visits to 28 countries like Lebanon, Croatia, Estonia, and Nicaragua, that were not in the original edition. There is an emphasis on experiences: an entry covers not just Positano or Ravello, but the full 30-mile stretch along the Amalfi Coast.

Every entry from the original edition has been readdressed, rewritten, and made fuller, with more suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. And throughout, the book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz, but also moderately priced gems that don't compromise on atmosphere or charm.

The world is calling. Time to answer.

Workman Publishing | 9780761156864 | November 2011 | $19.95

Mile Marker Zero Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West by William McKeen 

"Mile Marker Zero is a wonderful zinger of a book. Never before have the literary traditions of the Conch Republic been mined for such gold nugget anecdotes. McKeen has once again proven why he is perhaps the most lucid and imaginative professor of journalism history in modern-day America. Every page sings a story worth a  Jimmy Buffett song." --Douglas Brinkley

True tales of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in America's southernmost city. 

For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the twenties. For others, later, there was Greenwich Village, Big Sur, and Woodstock. But for an even later generation--one defined by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Tom McGuane, and Hunter S. Thompson--there was another moveable feast: KeyWest, Florida. 

The small town on the two-by-four-mile island has long been an artistic haven, a wild refuge for people of all persuasions, and the inspirational home for a league of great American writers. Some of the artists went there to be literary he-men. Some went to re-create themselves. Others just went to disappear--and succeeded. No matter what inspired the trip, Key West in the seventies was the right place at the right time, where and when an astonishing collection of artists wove a web of creative inspiration. 
Mile Marker Zero tells the story of how these writers and artists found their identities in Key West and maintained their friendships over the decades, despite oceans of booze and boatloads of pot, through serial marriages and sexual escapades, in that dangerous paradise. 

Unlike the "Lost Generation" of Paris in the twenties, we have a generation that invented, reinvented, and found itself at the unending cocktail party at the end--and the beginning--of America's highway.

Crown Publishing Group | 9780307592002 | October 2011 | $25.00

A New Turn in the South A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson

When Hugh Acheson, a chef from Ottawa, settled in Georgia, who knew that he would woo his adopted home state and they would embrace him as one of their own? 

In 2000, following French culinary training on both coasts, Hugh opened Five and Ten in Athens, a college town known for R.E.M., and the restaurant became a spotlight for his exciting interpretation of traditional Southern fare. Five and Ten became a favorite local haunt as well as a destination--Food & Wine named Hugh a "Best New Chef" and at seventy miles away, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution named Five and Ten the best restaurant in Atlanta. Then came the five consecutive James Beard nominations. 

Now, after opening two more restaurants and a wine shop, Hugh is ready to share 120 recipes of his eclectic, bold, and sophisticated flavors, inspired by fresh ingredients. In A New Turn in the South, you'll find libations, seasonal vegetables that take a prominent role, salads and soups, his prized sides, and fish and meats--all of which turn Southern food on its head every step of the way. Hugh's recipes include: Oysters on the Half Shell with Cane Vinegar and Chopped Mint Sauce, shucked and left in their bottom shells; Chanterelles on Toast with Mushrooms that soak up the flavor of rosemary, thyme, and lemon; Braised and Crisped Pork Belly with Citrus Salad--succulent and inexpensive, but lavish; Yellow Grits with Sauteed Shiitakes, Fried Eggs, and Salsa Rossa--a stunning versatile condiment; Fried Chicken with Stewed Pickled Green Tomatoes--his daughters' favorite dish; and Lemon Chess Pies with Blackberry Compote--his go-to classic Southern pie with seasonal accompaniment. 

With surprising photography full of Hugh's personality, and pages layered with his own quirky writing and sketches, he invites you into his community and his innovative world of food--to add new favorites to your repertoire.

Clarkson N. Potter Publishers | 9780307719553 | October 2011 | $35.00


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