Lady Banks

On carneys, cotton candy, and Coca-Cola (the sounds and smells of summer)


{On Carneys, cotton candy, and Coca-Cola}

In which Mr. Ron Rash discusses “interiority, introversion, and The Cat in the Hat” with a straight face, Mr. Richard Ford goes to Canada (thereby setting the unexpected in motion), and Mr. Porter is not one to suffer fools gladly, which may explain why no one wished to publish his memoir.

June 10, 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!
Spring Fever Bring Up the Bodies The Cove A Land More Kind Than Home Robert B. Parker's Lullaby The Shoemaker's Wife Deadlocked The Columbus Affair The Lost Ones My Cross to Bear The Art of Intelligence Stand Up That Mountain Sea Change Freeman The Dovekeepers To Heaven and Back The Glass Castle How to Read Literature Like a Professor Into the Wild Then Again The Devil in the White City The Psychopath Test Lord of the Flies 1984 The Hobbit Fahrenheit 451 Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes How Babysit a Grandpa  Tickle Time! Hatchet The Giver  Planet Tad


Author Readings

 

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/19/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event ALL ROMANCE ALL THE TIME BOOKCLUB DISCUSSES THE NEXT ALWAYS on 06/19/2012

Michael Parker, author of The Watery Part of the World, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/19/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/19/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Bayard Rustin Centennial: Lessons Learned Part 3 on 06/19/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/19/2012

John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/19/2012

John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/20/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/20/2012

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 06/20/2012

Gregory David Roberts, author of Shantaram, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 06/20/2012

Patrick J. O' Connor, author of The Last Will and Testament of Lemuel Higgins, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/20/2012

Richard Streitmatter, author of Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/20/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Culinary Historians of Piedmont NC on 06/20/2012

Mike Hubbard, author of Storming the State House, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 06/20/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event 50 SHADES OF GREY DISCUSSION on 06/20/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP: ANN PATCHETT'S on 06/20/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/21/2012

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event June Book Club on 06/21/2012

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/21/2012

Don and Diane Wells, author of Mystery of the Trees, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 06/21/2012

Jose Ignacio Valenzuela, author of Salida de emergencia , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/21/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Blast From the Past Reading Series on 06/21/2012

Amanda Bennett, author of The Cost of Hope: A Memoir , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/21/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 06/21/2012

Janet Goss, author of Perfect on Paper, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/21/2012

Page & Palette is hosting the event Storytime: Summer Beach Stories on 06/21/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 06/21/2012

M. Dickson, author of The Day I Dumped My Dad, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 06/21/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Cliterati Open No-Mic Featuring Art-Amok All Stars Gabe, Hillary, and Malika on 06/21/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Storytime on 06/21/2012

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Meet & Greet for Delegate to Congress Candidate Stacey Plaskett on 06/21/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event CITC presents 3rd Thursday Theater at Sundial! on 06/21/2012

Ruth Salvaggio, author of HEARING SAPPHO IN NEW ORLEANS: : The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/21/2012

Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 06/21/2012

Leonard Pitts, author of Freeman, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/21/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Coffee with the Poet on 06/21/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 06/21/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event SMALL BUSINESS CONVERSATION on 06/22/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event CALLING ALL WRITERS FOR PITCHAPALOOZA! on 06/22/2012

Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/22/2012

Mary Alice Monroe, author of Beach House Memories, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/22/2012

Jim Harrison, author of The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/22/2012

Janet Goss, author of Perfect on Paper, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/22/2012

Ruth Watson, author of Blackberry Days of Summer, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/22/2012

Literary BookPost is hosting the event Downtown Salisbury's Arts Night Out on 06/22/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/22/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust to Dust, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 06/22/2012

Alma Katsu , author of The Reckoning, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/22/2012

Bascom Wilson, author of Misguided Justice, will be appearing at Page After Page, 06/23/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust to Dust, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 06/23/2012

T. L. Bailey, author of Amulet of Kvasir, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 06/23/2012

Steve Lang, author of In the Company of Wolves, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/23/2012

JR Wagner, author of Exiled, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/23/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Book Arts Workshop Part 2 on 06/23/2012

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/23/2012

Teresa Giudice, author of Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/23/2012

Jennifer Nicole Lee, author of The Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/23/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event The Great Durham Turtlefest on 06/23/2012

Mark Hainds , author of Year of the Pig, will be appearing at Cavalier House Books, 06/23/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pitchapalooza: Attention Writers! Come Pitch Your Book on 06/23/2012

Fiona Zedde, author of Nightshade!, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/23/2012

Juli-ette Robin Goldston, author of Bowtie Brownlee Goes to School, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/23/2012

Warren Gray, author of Mountain Wolf, will be appearing at Sundial Books, 06/23/2012

Jill Jennings, author of Dead Man?s Flower, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 06/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy , author of Puzzled by Pink, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/23/2012

Geoff Wyss, author of How, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/23/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Improved Lighting Reading Series - in the Breezeway! on 06/23/2012

Bev Swanson, author of From This Day Forward, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/24/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Special Sunday Children?s Story Time with Sarah Frances Hardy on 06/24/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Cynthia Joyce Clay -- Flesh and Blooders Play Reading on 06/24/2012

Steven Raichlen, author of Island Apart, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/24/2012

Maureen D. Lee, author of Sissieretta Jones: The Greatest Singer of Her Race, 1868-1933, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/24/2012

Kate Lombardi, author of The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/24/2012

Sam Bracken, author of My Orange Duffel Bag, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/25/2012

Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/25/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Duke Young Writers Camp Reading on 06/25/2012

W. Glenn Jonas, author of Nurturing the Vision: First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812 2012, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/25/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 06/25/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Science Fiction Book Club on 06/25/2012

Rebecca Lang, author of Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in the 30 Minutes or Less, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/26/2012

Jeaniene Frost, author of Once Burned, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/26/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MALAPROP'S CO-HOSTS HAL ACKERMAN AT THE NC STAGE COMPANY on 06/26/2012

Herman Wouk, author of Marjorie Morningstar, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 06/26/2012

Heather Andrea Williams, author of Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/26/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 06/26/2012

Selden Richardson, author of The Tri-State Gang in Richmond, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/26/2012

R. J. Smith, author of THE ONE: The Life and Music of James Brown, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/26/2012

Wendy Wax , author of Ocean Beach, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/26/2012

Richard Ford, author of Canada, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/26/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Book Mark, 06/26/2012

Country Bookshop Inc is hosting the event Bookshop Bookclub on 06/26/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Literary Fiction Book Club on 06/26/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Scott's Bookstore, 06/27/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR ADHD WITH COACH RUDY on 06/27/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/27/2012

Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of The Rise of Marco Rubio , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/27/2012

Lisa Alther, author of Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/27/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities Election Series on 06/27/2012

Gabrielle Javier, author of No Ordinary Woman, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/28/2012

Mallory McDuff, author of Sacred Acts: How Churches Are Working to Protect Earth?s Climate, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/28/2012

Pam Stone, author of I love me a turkey butt samwich, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 06/28/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/28/2012

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event June Book Club on 06/28/2012

Alexandra Fuller, author of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/28/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 06/28/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/28/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/28/2012

Wendy Watkins, author of The Joy Factor, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/28/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Storytime on 06/28/2012

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event Yawn?s Book Club on 06/28/2012

Susan Tucker, author of NEWCOMB COLLEGE, 1886-2006: Higher Education for Women in New Orleans, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/28/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event KEITH FLYNN & ASHEVILLE POETRY REVIEW PRESENT THE MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE WINNERS on 06/29/2012

Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/29/2012

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Meet the Poets: Ben Kopel & Kim Vodicka on 06/29/2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, author of Sugarbutch Chronicles, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/29/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event Poetry Reading - Chincoteague Writers Group on 06/29/2012

Tom Corcoran, author of The Quick Adios (Times Six), will be appearing at Book Mark, 06/29/2012

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Page After Page, 06/30/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/30/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event AUTOGRAPHING: Marco Rubio -- An American Son on 06/30/2012

Michael Buchanan, author of The Fat Boy Chronicles, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/30/2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, author of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/30/2012

Lisa Kline, author of Summer of the Wolves, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/30/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event CLASSICS BOOK GROUP: Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov on 06/30/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at My Sister's Books, Inc., 06/30/2012

That Bookstore in Blytheville is hosting the event Where's Waldo Celebrates Birthday in July!! on 07/01/2012

Natalie Burns, author of If You are Concerned or Naked, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/01/2012

Inkwood Books is hosting the event MARCO RUBIO autographs AN AMERICAN SON - TICKETED EVENT on 07/01/2012

Martin Handford, author of Where's Waldo WOW Collection, will be appearing at Page After Page, 07/01/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Cavalier House Books, 07/03/2012

Sheila Ingle, author of Fearless Martha, A Daughter of the American Revolution and Courageous Kate, A Daughter of the American Revolution, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 07/04/2012

Morgan James, author of Quiet the Dead, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 07/04/2012

Page & Palette is hosting the event First Friday Author Round Up with Stephanie Lawton, Jim Lee, Mallory McDuff on 07/06/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/09/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 07/10/2012

Wendy Wax , author of Ocean Beach, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/10/2012

Ann B Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 07/12/2012

E.L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, will be appearing at Page After Page, 07/13/2012

Terry Michelsen, author of Soaring on Wings of Word, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 07/13/2012

Lindi Peterson, author of Summer's Song, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 07/14/2012

Jeanette DePatie, author of The Fat Chick Works Out!, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 07/14/2012

Jillian Medoff, author of I Couldn't Love You More, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/19/2012

Roberta Klein, author of Robert Swedroe; The Collages of Robert M. Swedroe, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 07/19/2012

Donald McKale, author of Nazis After Hitler, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 07/25/2012

Jennifer Arnold, author of Through A Dog's Eyes, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 07/26/2012

Mike Bunn, author of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 08/25/2012

Kevin Gillespie, author of Fire in My Belly, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 11/06/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 6/19/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/22/2012

Angie LeClercq, author of A Grand Tour of Gardens, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/29/2012


Authors Round the South
www.authorsroundthesouth.com



Dearest readers,

A little while ago her ladyship mused upon some of the books that have had a near-eternal presence on the high school summer reading list. But one must be realistic. We do not have a near-eternal presence in high school (what a dreadful thought).  And really, you know, there are other books that have been written since To Kill a Mockingbird.

This edition of the Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book finds summer reading suggests from two different booksellers--Nancy Olsen of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC and Janet Geddis of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA. You will be grateful to hear that Catcher in the Rye appears nowhere on either list.
The summer reading list: it’s not just for high school students anymore.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 10, 2012

Columbia, SC -June 19, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, June 10, 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. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
2. Spring Fever
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312642716
3. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692048
4. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
5. In One Person
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664126
6. Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, Holt, $28, 9780805090031
7. A Blaze of Glory
Jeff Shaara, Ballantine, $28, 9780345527356
okra8. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780061804199

okra9. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

10. Robert B. Parker's Lullaby
Ace Atkins, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158032
11. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $26.99, 9780061257094
12. Deadlocked
Charlaine Harris, Ace, $27.95, 9781937007447
13. The Columbus Affair
Steve Berry, Ballantine, $27, 9780345526519
14. The Lost Ones
Ace Atkins, Putnam, $25.95, 9780399158766
15. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
2. The Amateur
Edward Klein, Regnery, $27.95, 9781596987852
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
4. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
5. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
6. Cronkite
Douglas Brinkley, Harper, $34.99, 9780061374265
7. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $32.5, 9781439127704
8. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35, 9780679405078
9. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
10. I Am a Pole (and So Can You!)
Stephen Colbert, Paul Hildebrandt (Illus.), Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455523429
11. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
12. American Grown
Michelle Obama, Crown, $30, 9780307956026
13. The Art of Intelligence
Henry A. Crumpton, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594203343
14. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159015
15. Stand Up That Mountain
Jay E. Leutze, Scribner, $27, 9781451679007

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
2. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
3. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
4. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
stars5. Sea Change
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451236760

6. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
7. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077
8. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
9. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
10. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
11. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
12. Freeman
Leonard Pitts, Jr., Agate Bolden, $16, 9781932841640
13. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
14. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
15. The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451617481

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
4. To Heaven and Back
Mary C. Neal, Waterbrook Press, $14.99, 9780307731715
5. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
6. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
7. The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Elizabeth Letts, Ballantine, $16, 9780345521095
8. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $20, 9781416571773
9. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
10. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
11. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
12. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172
13. Then Again
Diane Keaton, Random House, $16, 9780812980950
14. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
15. The Psychopath Test
Jon Ronson, Riverhead, $16, 9781594485756

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
3. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
4. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
5. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345339683
9. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
10. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780345342966

Children's Illustrated

1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
okra2. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589

3. Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803735828
4. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
7. How to Babysit a Grandpa
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illus.), Knopf, $16.99, 9780375867132
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
9. Tickle Time!
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9780761168836
10. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824

Children's Interest

1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
2. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
3. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
5. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
6. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
7. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, Harper, $7.99, 9780061120268
8. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
9. Planet Tad
Tim Carvell, Doug Holgate (Illus.), Harper, $12.99, 9780061934360
10. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
2. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. The Serpents Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140573
5. Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, #4)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442411920
6. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
7. Stunning (Pretty Little Liars, #11)
Sara Shepard, Harper, $17.99, 9780062081896
8. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
9. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
10. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)
Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, $17.99, 9780316176194

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Carny shows and Coca-Cola

Slow DollarOpening night at Dobb’s Annual Harvest Festival carnival and the mild moonlit evening seemed to have brought out half of Colleton County to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl, swings, and Ferris wheel, to throw quarters onto a red dot, sling rope rings around Coke bottles, or toss Ping-Pong balls into bowls of live goldfish against a cacophony of music, clacking machines, and hucksterism.

The air was sweetly redolent of hot grease, fried dough, grilled meats, and spun sugar and one whiff was all it took to send me straight back to childhood, holding my mother’s hand, riding on the shoulders of one of my many older brothers, or clinging to my daddy’s pant leg, a little farm girl so dazzled by the bright lights that I thought I’d stumbled into Oz.

--Margaret Maron, Slow Dollar (Grand Central)

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Book Gossip

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

When Tom Perry was a boy growing up in Ararat, Va., visits to his grandparents' home in Mount Airy meant he could walk a few doors up the street to the Mount Airy Public Library.  "I'd go up and spend the afternoon at the library," said Perry, who is now a book publisher. "It was my first library." Mount Airy sponsors it’s first book festival

Porter had a reputation for not suffering fools gladly, and his comments about some of his colleagues in the Northern war effort were apparently deemed too acid for public consumption, even decades after The Late Unpleasantness.  Making, or at least editing, history

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Author Gossip

Karen WhiteFeatured: Karen White
Author of Sea Change

"For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn't realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever..." For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew's ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia. But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn't know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife's death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew's family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place--or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

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More gossip:

Ron RashTopics of conversation include:  The South, Southern writers, Southern culture, William Faulkner, Flanner O’Connor, underestimation, Appalachia, Appalachian Studies, North Carolina, the woods, farm life, interiority, introversion, The Cat in the Hat, illiteracy, violence, murder, Katherine Anne Porter, running, obsessiveness, injury, discipline, intuition, images, success, confidence, film, Susanne Bier, Winter’s Bone, the future, plans, aging, LA, and book tour. Episode 77: The Ron Rash Podcast

Ms. Tretheway was a 19-year-old in college when her stepfather murdered her mother. She says of her mother’s death, “Strangely enough, that was the moment when I both felt that I would become a poet and then immediately afterward felt that I would not. I turned to poetry to make sense of what had happened…” Why Am I Here and What Difference Does it Make?

Richard FordIt's part of his job as a writer, Ford says, to set the unexpected into motion.  "I have a theory," he tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden, "...that someplace at the heart of most compelling stories is something that doesn't make sense." Richard Ford Goes to Canada

 

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

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

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

Kimberly Brock  ,
Greenville, SC 06/16/2012 - 06/16/2012
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  ,
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012 - 8/22/2012

Mark Hainds  ,
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy  ,
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012 - 6/24/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  ,
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012 - 6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012

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

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

Lori Verni-Fogarsi  ,
Elizabeth City, NC 7/21/2012 - 7/22/2012

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Bookstore 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).

Alabama BooksmithAlabama Booksmith
2626 19th Place South
Birmingham, AL 35209
Tel: (205)870-4242 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If there is a defining moment in what was to become The Alabama Booksmith, it happened on August 21, 1995 at exactly six o'clock sharp, when the store hosted Don Keith, author of THE FOREVER SEASON for its first reading and signing. Since that evening, several hundred writers have signed and read in the store and at events around the state. The Booksmith brings books and authors to reading groups, libraries and schools as well as huge conferences like READ ALABAMA Jasper, THE OTHER COVERED BRIDGE in Oneonta and ON THE BRINK in Jacksonville.

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OrchardistPatchett, the author of "Bel Canto," "Truth and Beauty," and "State of Wonder," says owning an independent bookstore has been a great exercise in balancing the introverted writer, one needing solitude, with the extroverted business owner. And isn't that a balance with which we all struggle, seeking to prioritize what we need for ourselves with what we want to give to others? if we value our neighbors, we have to support them

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


“The writing is bright and insightful, the characters fabulously flawed.”
-- Anderson McKean, Page and Palette Bookstore, Fairhope, AL

Shine Shine Shine

Shine Shine Shine

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Read This! Okra Picks


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

Shine Shine ShineShine Shine Shine by Lydia Nezter

When Maxon met Sunny he was seven years, four months and eighteen days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together.

Now, twenty years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be "normal." She's got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in one another: a wondrous, strange relationship formed from urgent desire for connection. But now they're parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying in the hospital. Their marriage is on the brink of imploding, and they're at each other's throats with blame and fear. What exactly has gone wrong?

Sunny wishes Maxon would turn the rocket around and come straight the hell home.

When an accident in space puts the mission in peril, everything Sunny and Maxon have built hangs in the balance. Dark secrets, long forgotten murders, and a blonde wig all come tumbling to the light. And nothing will ever be the same...

A debut of singular power and intelligence, "Shine Shine Shine" is a unique love story, an adventure between worlds, and a stunning novel of love, death and what it means to be human.

Read the first chapterShine Shine Shine

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Avid BookshopBooks We Love from Avid Bookshop

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The NewlywedsThe Newlyweds by Nell Fredenberger:
If you don't want to buy this book for the cover alone, buy it because it is really good. Freudenberger updates the classic "fish out of water" story by following her fish, a Bangladeshi woman named Amina, back to her native waters. (Tyler, Intern)

A Hologram for the KingA Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers:
Eggers's latest feels like a piece of art due to its beautiful embossed cover. The story is straightforward yet deep with implications regarding the current state of America in a recession and the larger global world with no borders. Fans of Mr. Eggers will not be disappointed. (Rachel, bookseller)

Blue Like JazzBlue Like Jazz by Donald Miller:
This book delves into the connection between human nature and spirituality. Miller tinkers with the questions of modern religion with a straightforward voice and humorous anecdotes. Enlightening and amusing, this is thought-provoking as well as entertaining. (Molly, intern)

 

 

Quail Ridge Books & MusicThe Summer Reading List from Quail Ridge Books
via Our State Magazine

A Death at the White Camellia OrphangeA Death at the White Camellia Orphanage by Marly Youmans (Mercer $24)
After his little brother is murdered at the orphanage, 11-year-old Pip runs away and travels the South by riding the rails in this gripping, beautifully written picaresque Depression-era novel. Your heart will be moved by the people Pip meets and his quest for family.

Alice BlissAlice Bliss: A Novel by Laura Harrington (Penguin $15)
A profoundly moving story of a 15-year-old girl whose beloved father is deployed to Iraq. Alice is a true heroine – passionate, strong-minded and intelligent – and the story is fully realized as her family, friends, and the whole community cope with what thousands of other military families are experiencing.

A Vacation on the Island of Ex-BoyfriendsA Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends by Stacy Bierlein (Elephant $16)
An insightful, delightful collection of short stories that explores the many dimensions of a woman’s heart through the experiences of a diverse and unique cast of ladies. The worlds invented here are inspiring and unique, original in the manner through which the physical landscape never fails to inform the emotional one.

FreemanFreeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Agate $16)
This fine historical novel portrays America’s story at the end of the Civil War just after the assassination of President Lincoln. A freed slave leaves Philadelphia to travel to the deep south to try to find his wife, and in a parallel story a headstrong white woman leaves her Boston home to open a school for free bondsmen in Mississippi. This Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist tells a gripping, powerful, disturbing story of love.

Louise's GambleLouise’s Gamble by Sarah Shaber (Severn $28.95)
An intelligent, historical mystery (after Louise’s War) about a young widow from the N.C. coast who works in the OSS in Washington, D.C., during World War II. When she befriends a war refuge, she is drawn into a dangerous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies, banished royalty and Sicilian aristocracy–placing not only her job, but her life, in jeopardy.

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