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{On why you shouldn't feed a dog liquored peaches}

In which Her ladyship revisits her favorite books from childhood, a dog learns not to eat peaches, Mr. James Bond will always be thirty years old, Mr. Billy Bob Thornton visits wrecked cars, and people actually read the exhibit cards in the Caron McCullers museum.

February 5, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
 A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

Rules of Civility

The Litigators

The Rope

Taken

Strategic Vision

Jesus Calling

Through My Eyes

Distrust That Particular Flavor

The Great Gatsby

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

Emily, Alone

The Peach Keeper

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Duke Sucks

Poser

Lord of the Flies

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

It's Time to Sleep, My Love

BEcause of Winn-Dixie


Author Readings


Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sister at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 17 2012)

Peter Selgin, author of 179 Ways to Save a Novel at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 17 2012)

Celisa Steele, author of How Language Is Lost at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (February 17 2012)

STARSNicole Seitz, author of "Beyond Molasses Creek" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/17/2012)

Rina Jakubowicz, author of Choose Peace at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 17 2012)

Jeffery Wells, author of The Atlanta Ripper at Bound To Be Read Books in Atlanta, GA  (February 17 2012)

STARSValerie Nieman, author of Blood Clay at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (February 17 2012)

STARSMarjory Wentworth, author of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/17/2012)

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (February 18 2012)

Nancy Kay, author of Finding Me Again at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (February 18 2012)

Matt Kramer, author of A Book of Poems from the Smallest of Towns at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 18 2012)

Sydney Nathans, author of To Free A Family: The Journey of Mary Walker at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (02/18/2012)

Chuck Barrett, author of The Toy Maker at Books Plus in Amelia Island, FL  (February 18 2012)

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 18 2012)

Oscar Nash, author of Next Time at Muse Book Shop in Deland, FL  (02/18/2012)

Kyle Harper, author of Moving Beyond Mind at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (February 18 2012)

Daniel Ladinsky , author of A Year with Hafiz, and I Have Fallen in Love with at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/18/2012)

Meika Loe, author of AGING OUR WAY: LESSONS FROM LIVING 85 AND BEYOND at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (February 19 2012)

Jack Gardner, author of Uptown at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 19 2012)

Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 20 2012)

Alan Huffman, author of We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Si at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (February 21 2012)

Ruth Vander Zee, author of Woman Meets Jesus at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 21 2012)

Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (February 21 2012)

J. Conrad Guest, author of January's Thaw at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (February 21 2012)

Deborah Scroggins, author of Wanted Women at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (February 21 2012)

Connie Fleenor, author of On the Hard in Paradise at Undercover Books & Gifts in Christiansted, VI  (February 21 2012)

Paula Broadwell, author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 22 2012)

John L. Busch, author of Steam Coffin at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (February 22 2012)

Lindsey Mann, author of Food Not Lawns: An Intro to Edible Landscaping at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (February 22 2012)

Wayne Pacelle, author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to De at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 22 2012)

Gene Baur, author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about An at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 22 2012)

Jean-Vincent Blanchard, author of Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of Franc at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 22 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara Arnold and Steve Hoffius, author of "The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Ch at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/02/2012)

Gordon Ball, author of East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (March 2 2012)

Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 2 2012)

Brannon Sirmon, author of That’s War at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 2 2012)

Les Standiford, author of Bringing Adam Home at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (March 2 2012)

Cindy Valenti-Scioto, author of A Heart Like Mine & A Heart Like Yours at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 2 2012)

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

Okra Pick!Tim Owens, author of The Search Committee at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 3 2012)

Lois Wilson, author of ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA  (March 3 2012)

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

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

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

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

Lucy Ferriss, author of The Lost Daughter at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 7 2012)

Randy Wayne White, author of Chasing Midnight at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (March 8 2012)

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (March 8 2012)

Okra Pick!STARSRose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (March 9 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

Okra Pick!Tim Owens, author of The Search Committee at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 15 2012)

Okra Pick!Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (March 15 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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


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Dearest readers,

Would you give your child a book about a doll made of twigs whose head is eaten by a squirrel, while the doll knows what is happening? How about a book where a family moves away and leaves one of their children behind because they forgot he was there? What about a children's story where a mother must face off against a crazy woman who is threatening to smash her babies?

Source: tomfolio.com via Nicki on Pinterest

 

Recently her ladyship, the editor has been enjoying herself on Pinterest, a rather fancy way to create lists of things (with pictures!) and share them with friends. On a whim, she decided to create a list of some of her favorite books from childhood, that no one now has ever heard of.

Lynchings, abandonment, neglect, being eaten alive....good heavens. No wonder so many of these books have fallen by the way side. Some of these stories make vampires seem sweet and cuddly! The most benign book in the collection is a story about a kitten, a mouse and a puppy who never get anything to eat since their owner the parson walks in his sleep and eats all their food before they can. They are becoming very desperate. Especially when he also starts playing the organ in his sleep in the middle of the night!

Source: royalbooks.com via Nicki on Pinterest

 

Flossie and Bossie, a special favorite of her ladyship's (it was written by of all people Eva Le Gallienne, the Broadway actress and producer) may seem like a story about bullying--a pretty popular hen is mean to the shy, scraggly one. But life is never so simple. The pretty hen learns to be kind and the shy hen learns to be brave, and they become the best of friends.

In truth, however, although her ladyship acknowledges that children's books often have dark themes, she does not remember any of these stories as dark (although they are occasionally scary). She remembers them as stories of triumph. Of children solving problems, animals finding resolutions, people overcoming adversity because they were clever and brave and kind and had friends who stood by them.

Happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 5, 2012

Columbia, SC -February 15, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, February 5, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

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. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
2. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
okra3. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Joshilyn Jackson, Grand Central, $25.99, 9780446582353

4. Believing the Lie
Elizabeth George, Dutton, $28.95, 9780525952589
5. Raylan
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062119469
6. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $26, 9780812992793
7. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
8. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
9. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
10. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
11. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
12. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
13. The Rope
Nevada Barr, Minotaur, $25.99, 9780312614577
14. Taken
Robert Crais, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158278
15. 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307593313

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
2. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
3. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
4. Elizabeth the Queen
Sally Bedell Smith, Random House, $30, 9781400067893
5. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
6. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
7. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
8. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
9. Strategic Vision
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Basic Books, $26, 9780465029549
10. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
11. Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow, Harper, $26.99, 9780062007285
12. The End of Illness
David B. Agus, M.D., Free Press, $26, 9781451610178
13. Ameritopia
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $26.99, 9781439173244
14. Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd, Blue Rider, $14.95, 9780399158568
15. Distrust That Particular Flavor
William Gibson, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158438

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
3. The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
4. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
5. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
6. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671
7. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
9. Emily, Alone
Stewart O'Nan, Penguin, $15, 9780143120490
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John le Carré, Penguin, $16, 9780143120933
11. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553
12. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
13. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
14. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
15. The Peach Keeper
Sarah Addison Allen, Bantam, $15, 9780553385601

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
2. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
3. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
4. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
6. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
Neil White, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780061351631

7. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
8. Blood, Bones & Butter
Gabrielle Hamilton, Random House, $16, 9780812980882
9. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin, Harper, $14.99, 9780061583261
10. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
11. Duke Sucks
Reed Tucker, Andy Bagwell, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250004635
12. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
13. Just Kids
Patti Smith, Ecco, $16, 9780060936228
14. Poser
Claire Dederer, Picador, $15, 9781250002334
15. The Social Animal
David Brooks, Random House, $16, 9780812979374

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
3. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
4. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
5. The Sentry
Robert Crais, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425245729
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509
8. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
9. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
10. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935

Children's Illustrated

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Llama Llama Nighty-Night
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $5.99, 9780670013272
3. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts
Victoria Kann, Victoria Kann (Illus.), HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780061989230
4. Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), HarperFestival, $4.99,97 80061235962
5. I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655983
6. Bad Kitty for President
Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook, $13.99, 9781596436695
7. Hug Time
Patrick McDonnell, LB Kids, $6.99, 9780316182959
8. A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka, Schwartz & Wade, $16.99, 9780375858611
9. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

10. It's Time to Sleep, My Love
Eric Metaxas, Nancy Tillman (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312673369

Children's Interest

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
4. War Horse
Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545403351
5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
6. Wildwood
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $17.99, 9780062024688
7. The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling, $6.99, 9780394820378
8. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763644321
9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
10. Every Thing On It
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $19.99, 9780061998164

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
5. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $27.99, 9780375856112
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810994737
7. Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House #47)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868252
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810983915
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810970687

 

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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).

God's Secretaries" The poet Andrew Hudgins has identified the King James Bible as the most important work in Southern literature" Living in the Belt with the Good Book

"We've added some comfy chairs" Quarter Moon Books opens wine bar

". . .my nine bookcases are so full that the overflow is lined against the wall, stacked 2 feet deep behind the couch on my living room floor." A bookstore worth the trip

007 Carte Blanche" Deaver had two requirements before he agreed to tackle a Bond novel — it had to be set in the present day with Bond still in his mid-30s." Jeffery Deaver at the Savannah Book Festival

" When my children were young, they became adept at luring me into a bookstore because they knew I could not refuse to buy them a book.  Toys, I could turn down; candy, a definite NO.  But a book–I’ve always been a sucker for a book." Do you have a favorite indie bookstore?

"These once-famous plays provide a peek into the confusing ways in which people of varied backgrounds saw themselves as part of a regionally, culturally and ethnically diverse nation." North South Race Class

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"The cast of "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" toured the house and I went with them. They were awestruck and looked at everything, read all the exhibits."  Celebrate Carson McCullers' birthday

“Stories live forever,” Mrs. Due liked to say. “Storytellers don’t.” Patricia Stephens Due

"He (my father) would take my brother and I ... to car wrecks and he would stand there and smoke Lucky Strikes and stare at the car wreck for two hours while my brother and I were like 'why are we here?' That was how he connected with us." Billy Bob Thornton on Jayne Mansfield's Car

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

The Blueberry YearsWhy Hooch won't eat peaches

"Hooch always eats and drinks whatever I do," he looks at me, pauses, then adds, "including beer. If I'm having a hot dog, he has to have a hot dog. If  I'm eating some Doritos, he has to have some, too. He just whines and hops around aggravating me until I have to give in.

"So one day I was sitting on my porch sipping some whiskey. Now, have you ever had Merry Berry?" he asks me.
"You mean moonshine with canned fruit in it?"
He nods.
"I've heard of it but never tried. Sounds potent."

"Well this was liquor poured into a jar full of peaches. Let them peaches steep for a month and nothing better. One peach probably equals three shots of whiskey."

Bear takes a berry out of his bucket and eat it, slow and easy.
"So old Hooch sees me eating a peach from this jar, and he starts his whining and begging, jumping from side to side, tugging on my pants. I tell him, 'You don't really want this. I know you don't.' But he don't listen. So I give him a peach and just like that, he gulps it down.

"That don't slow him down. He wants another and starts pulling my pants again, so I give him another." Pause as he pretends to sling a peach to his dog. "And then another, and another, and another." Each time, he says, "another," Bear flicks his wrist, the imaginary fork throwing the imaginary peach. "I give that mutt five of them peaches. Pretty soon, ol' Hooch, he starts wobbling across the porch. He's looking a little green, you know, a little frothy at the mouth. I says to him, "I told you, Hooch, but you wouldn't listen.' The he leans out over the porch and vomits all five of those peaches into the yard.

"Now if I ever offer a peach to the old dog, he absolutely refuses."

And then Bear gets on his hands and knees and becomes his dog Hooch. he snarls and shakes his head, red hair flying, loose jowls trembling as he imitates the mutt's emphatic, growling "No" to any peach, liquored or plain.

Jim Minick, from The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family (Thomas Dunne 2010)

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Okra Picks


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

The Search Committee by Tim Owens
Tyndale House, January 2012

The Search CommitteeA mismatched team of seven hit the road in an Econoline church van on a mission to find a new pastor. They don't agree on much other than the stops at Hardee's for coffee and a biscuit. But they stick to the call, trying to slip undetected into worship services across the Southeast--all in hopes of stealing a preacher for their congregation. Each member is wrestling to balance their own busy life and personal struggles. And they're trying to keep their issues to themselves. Forced to spend countless hours together, these very different personalities from different generations begin to bond. And their lives are profoundly changed as they love and support each other through the difficulties in each of their lives.

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Great Bookstores


An Indie Bookstore you should know

Quarter Moon Books & Gifts

Quarter Moon Books & Gifts in Topsail Beach, NC

StorefrontQuarter Moon Books
708 S. Anderson Blvd.,
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
910.328.4969 | 800.697.9134 
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Now with comfy chairs! (Oh, and a wine bar)  Because nothing complements a book on the beach like a glass of good chardonnay. 
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A quaint, family-friendly getaway on the coast of North Carolina, a good book and a cup of coffee, a cozy, familiar shop filled with funky treasures. Quarter Moon Books and Gifts, located in Topsail Beach, NC, has long been a popular gathering spot for residents and visitors alike. The whimsical store welcomes you to explore its collection of unique titles and wares.
Since 1995, Quarter Moon Books and Gifts has been part of the daily schedule of hundreds of residents and visitors -- a place to start their day with fresh-brewed coffee, to meet and make friends, and to find that special something to evoke fond memories of Topsail Beach or inspire a friend to come.

Christmas parade golf cart
(The Christmas Parade Golf Cart Float!)

In addition to being a beloved hangout, Quarter Moon is known for promoting local artists and authors through special events. Our first author luncheon featured seven regional authors and attracted 70 book lovers from all over Eastern North Carolina.

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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.

Gigi AmateauFeatured Author:
Pamela Bauer Meuller of Jekyll Island, GA

"Pamela is an award-winning author. She has won the Georgia Author of the Year Awards three times. She takes risks by writing in different genres and publishing great titles. She is a supportive member and encourager of Georgia Writers Association." Lisa Russell, President, Georgia Writers Association

Georgia Author of the Year Pamela Bauer Mueller was raised in Oregon and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She worked as a flight attendant for Pan American Airlines before moving to Mexico City, where she lived for eighteen years. Pamela is bicultural as well as bilingual. After returning to the United States, Pamela worked for twelve years as a U.S. Customs inspector. Pamela took an early retirement from U.S. Customs to follow her husband, Michael, who received an instructor position at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia. They reside on Jekyll Island, Georgia with their cats, Morgan and Sukey Spice. Pamela completed The Kiska Trilogy, Hello, Goodbye, I Love You, Aloha Crossing, Neptune's Honor, An Angry Drum Echoed, Splendid Isolation and the recently released Water To My Soul in Georgia.

Water to My SoulBook: Water to My Soul
Pinata Publishing, 2012

Teen-aged Eliza Lucas, better suited for the drawing rooms at Drayton Hall than the sun-baked fields of Wappoo Plantation, fought and overcame grief, treachery and an impossible love. Indefatigable in purpose and energy, she was able to provide the struggling new colonies in a critical time with a staple crop—indigo—saving the faltering economy and bracing it for the battle for sovereignty. Her strong will and streak of independence extended beyond the business world and into her personal life.

With her successful cultivation of the indigo plant, Eliza Lucas Pinckney changed the economy of the colonies, making her mark on the agricultural industry, southern society and the Crown of England. Based on her rich letters and eloquent journals, this true story reveals the perseverance, independence and true grit that sustained this colorful woman’s journey to a better future for herself, her family, her society and our fledgling democracy.

Pamela Bauer Mueller
Amelia Island, FL 2/16/2012-2/18/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 3/16/2012-3/16/2012
Walterboro, SC 4/27/2012-4/28/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012-6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012-11/11/2012

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

Kala Ambrose
Raleigh, NC 2/25/2012-2/26/2012
Cary, NC 3/17/2012-3/17/2012

Daleen Berry
Savannah, GA 2/14/2012-2/16/2012
Charlotte, NC 2/13/2012-2/14/2012
Charlottesville, VA 2/10/2012-2/12/2012
Winter Haven, FL 2/17/2012-2/24/2012

Nancy Cohen
Bonita Springs, FL 3/22/2012-3/22/2012
Estero, FL 3/24/2012-3/24/2012

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

Mark Hainds
Jacksonville, FL 2/17/2012-2/19/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 2/19/2012-2/21/2012
St. Simons Island, GA 2/18/2012-2/18/2012

Jessica James
Amelia Island, FL 2/16/2012-2/21/2012

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

Nancy Naigle
Suffolk, VA 2/28/2012-2/28/2012
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012-8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012-9/9/2012

Tracy A. Spaine
Wilmington, NC 2/10/2012-3/2/2012
Raleigh, NC 2/18/2012-2/18/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 5/5/2012-5/7/2012

Millie West
Charleston, SC 3/11/2012-3/11/2012

Renea Winchester
Roswell, GA 2/23/2012-2/23/2012
Marietta, GA 2/26/2012-2/26/2012
Sandy Plains, GA 3/14/2012-3/14/2012
Alpharetta, GA 3/21/2012-3/21/2012
Lawrenceville, GA 3/15/2012-3/15/2012
Sylva, NC 3/27/2012-3/27/2012


Lady Banks' Bookshelf


 

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

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

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

"...it 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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