{Read. Buy. Give. Learn.}

In which her ladyship, the editor, thinks that truth may not always be stranger than fiction, but it is always as interesting.

December 22, 2013

Dearest Readers,

What books were under your tree? Here are some of the books her ladyship, the editor,  has either put under hers, or made sure to put under the trees of friends and family.

by William Ferris. The Storied South features the voices of 26 of the most luminous artists and thinkers in American southern culture. University of North Carolina Press (9781469607542) $35.00

Her ladyship is a great fan of Bill Ferris’s mission to preserve the voices of the culture of our American South. His earlier book on the Mississippi Delta Blues was a wonder. This, which captures the voices of the storytellers as well as the singers, is just as beautiful a project.


by Mary Oliver. Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting readers to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Penguin Books (9780143124054) $16.00

The truth is, her ladyship never can’t resist the poetry of Mary Oliver. At the moment the book on everyone’s coffee table is “Dog Songs” -- Oliver’s paean to her own four footed best friend. But A Thousand Mornings is the farther-reaching collection.



A Field Guide to American HousesA FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN HOUSES
by Virginia Savage McAlester. A fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed edition of the most widely acclaimed guide to American houses—for any and all interested in domestic architecture. Knopf Publishing Group (9781400043590) $50.00

Her ladyship grew up down the block from a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Such an experience breeds in one more than a passing interest in architecture and historic neighborhoods. Alas, at the time there was no such thing as a field guide to American Houses. How wonderful that oversight has been rectified.

Shakespeare's Restless WorldSHAKESPEARE’S RESTLESS WORLD
by Neil MacGregor. The New York Times-bestselling author of A History of the World in 100 Objects brings the world of William Shakespeare and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I into focus. Viking Adult (9780670026340) $36.00

I suppose it is entirely possible to love Shakespeare without loving everything about the era in which he wrote. But if you are the kind of reader to likes to immerse yourself into the ambiance--even the fragrant ambience of Elizabethan England--then books like Shakespeare’s World are a source of hours of entertainment.

by Jesmyn Ward. A stirring memoir from the 2011 National Book Award-winning author of Salvage the Bones. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A modern rejoinder to Black Like Me, Beloved, and other stories of struggle and redemption—beautifully written.” Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (9781608195213) $26.00

Jesamyn Ward could write a grocery list and it would still be something her ladyship would want under her  Christmas tree.  But her recent memoir, a powerful and intense memory of her brothers, offers so much more food for thought.

by Betsy K. White. “Of great value to museum curators, collectors, scholars, and dealers for identifying the makers of early decorative arts in Virginia and Tennessee.” —Mike Bell, Curator of Furniture, Tennessee State Museum. University of Tennessee Press (9781572338760) $39.95

Okay, so the description reads “of great value to museum curators” -- which, her ladyship acknowledges, is a somewhat narrow target audience. But it is also the perfect book for kind of person who can’t resist hunting through the crowded shelves in roadside antique shops or scour the tables set up for yard sales, moving sales and weekend flea markets. Which, let us be honest, is a much much wider target audience.

Mississippi Hill Country BluesMISSISSIPPI HILL COUNTRY BLUES 1967
by George Mitchell. More than 100 black-and-white photographs by Mitchell capture the musical discovery and the geniuses of Mississippi’s Hill Country blues. University Press of Mississippi (9781617038167) $40.00

We all know what the blues sound like. But what do they look like?



A Reader'[s Book of DaysA READER’S BOOK OF DAYS
by Tom Nissley. A witty and addictively readable day- by-day literary companion filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of such authors as Martin Amis, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Zadie Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, and many more. W.W. Norton & Company (9780393239621) $24.95

A myriad of great moments in literature, both off and on the page, make A Reader’s Book of Days an irresistible “reader’s diary.” But the most appealing thing about the book isn’t the gossipy tone it takes towards our favorite writers, it’s the reading lists that are included for every month of the year. Because books should always lead us to….more books.

Happy reading, and shopping, independently!

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

The Storied SouthWe would work from sunup to sundown in flat lands of cotton. Just as far as you could see would be cotton. It would be hot, and you would be doing this repetitive thing. You would do from one end of a row to the other, and what would be just unbelievably long. You had to do something, something to keep your mind occupied. I would look up at the clouds, and I got to a place where I could make pictures out of clouds. I would be picking cotton, hoeing cotton, or whatever we would be doing,  and I would be making pictures up. Sometime s I would stop and draw in the sand. And at night--when I would go home--I  would draw some of those things I had seen in the clouds. Even now, I can look up and make up whole illustrations across the sky. That had to do with that raw, austere thing to survive.

--Benny Andrews, in The Storied South by William Ferris (UNC Press, 2013)

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Lady Banks' Receipt Book

The books lying open on her ladyship's kitchen counter.

Around the Southern TableHoppin’ John Bake

1/2 (16 oz) package dried black-eyed peas
4 cups chicken broth, plus additional for rice
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
3 bacon slices
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese

1. Rinse and sort peas according to the package directions. Cover with water 3 inches above peas; let soak 8 hours. Drain and rinse well.

2. Combine peas and 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes. meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions, using chicken broth instead of water.

3. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat, turning once, 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons dripping in skillet. Crumble bacon. Cook bell pepper and next 2 ingredients in hot drippings, stirring often. 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in salt and pepper.

4. Preheat oven to 350F. Grate cheese on the large holes of a box grater.

5. Remove black-eyed peas from broth using a slotted spoon. (You should have about 3 cups peas.) Discard broth. Add peas to bell pepper mixture. Add rice, crumbled bacon, and 1 cup of cheese. Stir gently  to combine. Transfer to a lightly greased 11x7 baking dish or 6 lightly greased ramekins. Top with remaining cheese.

6. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

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Lady Banks' Housekeeping Book

Country wisdom from practical people.

Old Farmer's AlmanacThe 1793 Old Farmer's Almanac, first published in 1792

An almanac, by definition, records and predicts astronomical events (the rising and setting of the Sun, for instance), tides, weather, and other phenomena with respect to time. So what made The Old Farmer's Almanac different from the others? Since his format wasn't novel, we can only surmise that Thomas's astronomical and weather predictions were more accurate, the advice more useful, and the features more entertaining.

Based on his observations, Thomas used a complex series of natural cycles to devise a secret weather forecasting formula, which brought uncannily accurate results, traditionally said to be 80 percent accurate. (Even today, his formula is kept safely tucked away in a black tin box at the Almanac offices in Dublin, New Hampshire.)

Thomas's last edition, in 1846, was not much different from his first, over 50 years earlier. However, in that time he established The Old Farmer's Almanac as America's leading periodical by outselling and outlasting the competition. He died in 1846 at the age of 80, supposedly reading page proofs for the 1847 edition.

House and Home Superstitious (File under, “it can’t hurt”)

  • Scatter Solomon's seal on the floor to banish serpents and venomous creatures from the room.
  • To protect your house from lightning, gather hazel tree branches on Palm Sunday and keep them in water.
  • Add caraway seeds to chicken feed to keep poultry from wandering. Feed the seeds to homing pigeons to help them find their way back.
  • Stuff fennel in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against witches.
  • Never carry a hoe into the house. If you do so by mistake, carry it out again, walking backward to avoid bad luck.
  • Never walk under a ladder, which is Satan's territory. If you must do it, cross your fingers or make the sign of the fig (closed fist, with thumb between index and middle fingers).
  • If you give a steel blade to a friend, make the recipient pay you a penny to avoid cutting the friendship.
  • Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbor will become an enemy.
  • Never pound a nail after sundown, or you will wake the tree gods.
  • Nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck. An empty hornets' nest, hung high, also will bring good luck to a house of any age.
  • When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.

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Book & Author Gossip

William Faulkner said that if the life of a writer was walking around New Orleans with fellow writer Sherwood Anderson, talking to people and drinking, then being a writer was the thing to be. Faulkner wrote about the city often during the year he lived in the French Quarter, and he's one of many authors, visitors and natives who found a muse in the Crescent City. That interest in the city is the centerpiece of N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature, a new anthology of plays, poems, fiction and essays compiled by writer and Dillard University professor Nancy Dixon. 200 Years of NO Lit

Return to Tradd StreetNew American Library announces the publication of “Return to Tradd Street” by New York Times Bestselling author Karen White. The fourth and final book in White’s national bestselling Tradd Street series featuring fan favorites Melanie Middleton and Jack Trenholm. Karen White

In 1918, Zelda Sayre, later Zelda Fitzgerald, won a prize for this story, which she published in the Sidney Lanier High School Literary Journal. She was seventeen or eighteen years old when she wrote it; she would soon meet F. Scott Fitzgerald, her escape hatch from the restrictive world of Montgomery, Alabama, into a tumultuous life of literary striving. The story was recently unearthed, and the Fitzgerald estate was surprised to learn of its existence. Zelda Fitzgerald

A Land More Kind Than HomeThe Western North Carolina Historical Association is pleased to announce that writer, Wiley Cash, is the 2013 winner of its Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Wiley Cash is being honored for his book A Place More Kind than Home published by William Morrow. The book has already achieved status as a New York Times best seller and has received several other major literary awards. More awards for Wiley Cash

Conroy doesn't focus as much on his father's cruelty in this book as he does with his evolution into humanity. A bridge was crossed in their relationship and this is the main portrait that is painted. Don Conroy was a mess as a father but he became a loving and attentive grandparent. His conversion awakened a realization in his children that perhaps he could be loved. The Death of Santini

1962. Beaufort, S.C. Eighteen-year-old Pat Conroy boards a Greyhound bus for his first year at the Citadel. In the seat next to him is a pretty girl in a paisley dress. She's reading The Feminine Mystique, bound for Berkeley.  The bus pulls into the Greyhound station on Wentworth Street. Pat looks out the window. The basketball coach is there, as are a row of fellow knobs sweating in the August sun. Red-faced upperclassmen are screaming their heads off at them.  Pat sits back down, the girl passes him a cigarette, they head out for the West Coast. What if?

Looking for MeThe early days of my youth were lived on my grandparents’ farm. Winters were often harsh, and I remember times when the wind whipped the snow into great drifts that reached the eaves of the barn. On brutally cold nights I’d wear thermals and pull a flannel nightgown over my head. Then I’d go into the kitchen and stand on the floor grate by the stove. While the heated air billowed my nightgown, I would talk with my mom and grandma while they prepared supper. Beth Hoffman remembers

The world of William Faulkner will come to life when the Pascagoula Public Library hosts the national traveling exhibit, "Faulkner's World: Photographs of Martin Dain." Faulkner Exhibit

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

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

Authors traveling right now:

Bryan RobinsonBryan Robinson

  • North Carolina, Charlotte

    date02/22/2014 to 02/23/2014

  • North Carolina, Asheville

    date03/07/2014 to 03/08/2014

CD MitchellC.D. Mitchell Request author

  • Georgia, Dahlonega

    date03/07/2014 to 03/08/2014

  • Alabama, Fairhope

    date03/28/2014 to 03/29/2014

  • Arkansas, Jonesboro

    date04/03/2014 to 04/05/2014

  • Georgia, Epworth by the Sea

    date06/13/2014 to 06/18/2014

Elizabeth O. DulembaElizabeth O. DulembaRequest author

  • Georgia, Atlanta

    date03/14/2014 to 03/16/2014

  • Georgia, Blue Ridge

    date 04/04/2014 to 04/05/2014

  • Georgia, Atlanta

    date 09/12/2014 to 09/14/2014

Kaye Wilkinson BarleyKaye Wilkinson BarleyRequest author

  • Alabama, Birmingham

    date 02/08/2014 to 02/09/2014

  • Maryland, Bethesda

    date 05/02/2014 to 05/05/2014

  • North Carolina, Boone

    date 06/28/2014 to 06/29/2014

  • Tennessee, Nashville

    date 08/21/2014 to 08/24/2014


Susan M. BoyerSusan M. BoyerRequest author

  • South Carolina, Spartanburg

    date 01/16/2014 to 01/17/2014

  • Florida, Panama City

    date 02/01/2014 to 02/02/2014

  • Alabama, Birmingham

    date 02/08/2014 to 02/09/2014

  • Georgia, Dahlonega

    date 03/07/2014 to 03/09/2014

  • South Carolina, Greenville

    date 04/07/2014 to 04/08/2014

  • South Carolina, Bluffton

    date 05/14/2014 to 05/15/2014

  • South Carolina, Columbia

    date 05/16/2014 to 05/18/2014

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

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Bookstore Gossip

That Bookstore In Blytheville is now under a new management that has a long history with the historic local shop. Chris Crawley and Yolanda Harrison, not to be confused with Dr. Yulanda Harrison from Osceola, have taken over the management of That Bookstore In Blytheville, an opportunity Crawley, who spent his childhood in the store, said he had been looking for, for more than three decades. TBIB

For two and a half years, Mitchell Kaplan taught English literature at Southridge Senior High School, never really knowing the impact he would leave on his students.  But on Saturday he was greeted by some of his students from the classes of 1983 and 1984 in the courtyard of his Books & Books store in Coral Gables, which he founded 32 years ago.  Books & Books

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Indie Holiday Catalogs: Nonfiction

The Death of SantiniTHE DEATH OF SANTINI
by Pat Conroy. In this powerful and intimate memoir, the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, find some common ground at long last. Nan A. Talese (9780385530903) $28.95

“In this powerful, superbly written memoir, Conroy tells the story of his family - the violence, the estrangements, the divorces, the mental breakdowns, and the suicide.  This tumultuous tale is also full of love, reconciliations, and lots of humor.  But most of all, in The Death of Santini, Conroy brilliantly brings his intense, combative father to life.  I stayed up all night reading this book!” Helen at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC

This is the Story of a Happy MarriageTHIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE
by Ann Patchett. From the bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto, a collection of autobiographical writings going back across Patchett’s entire life, covering her early writing and friendships, travel, marriage, and opening a bookstore. Harper (9780062236678) $27.99

“Patchett, whose novels are known for their insight and stark truths, tells the deeply personal story of her own relationship with love in this collection of essays.” Linda, Malaprop’s

David and GoliathDAVID AND GOLIATH
by Malcolm Gladwell. The #1-bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw offers his most provocative—and dazzling—book yet, drawing upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us. Little, Brown and Company (9780316204361) $29.00

“From the bestselling author of Outliers, The Tipping Point, and Blink, Malcolm Gladwell's newest book bases its premise on the ancient battle between David and Goliath. He argues that a smaller opponent can defeat a larger opponent when they begin to think unconventionally. To succeed, the small guy doesn't need to play by the same rules as the big guy. He cites examples from business to guerilla warfare to a below average basketball team that went nearly undefeated with the full court press. Yet another incredibly interesting, inspiring and informative must-read from Gladwell.” Christian at Inkwood Books

Other great gift books

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Southern Indie Bestsellers: Highlights

For the week ending December 15, 2013. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
2. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537131
3. The First Phone Call From Heaven
Mitch Albom, Harper, $24.99, 9780062294371
4. The Gods of Guilt
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $28, 9780316069519
5. Aimless Love
Billy Collins, Random House, $26, 9780679644057
6. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg, Random House, $27, 9781400065943
okra7. Guests on Earth
Lee Smith, Shannon Ravenel Books, $25.95, 9781616202538

8. The Good Lord Bird
James McBride, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594486340
9. Dog Songs
Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204784
10. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Viking, $28.95, 9780670024858
okra11. Someone Else's Love Story
Joshilyn Jackson, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062105653

12. The Valley of Amazement
Amy Tan, Ecco, $29.99, 9780062107312
13. S.
J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst, Mulholland, $35, 9780316201643
14. The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton, Little Brown, $27, 9780316074315
15. Command Authority
Tom Clancy, Putnam Adult, $29.95, 9780399160479


1. Things That Matter
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $28, 9780385349178
2. The Death of Santini
Pat Conroy, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385530903
3. The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Garden & Gun Magazine, HarperWave, $27.99, 9780062242389
4. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $29, 9780316204361
5. The Bully Pulpit
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $40, 9781416547860
6. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781595231031
7. One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780767919401
8. Killing Jesus
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805098549
9. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Little Brown, $26, 9780316322409
10. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
11. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062236678
12. Stitches
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594632587
13. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697
14. The Men Who United the States
Simon Winchester, Harper, $29.99, 9780062079602
15. History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time
Brad Meltzer, Workman, $24.95, 9780761177456


1. Dear Life
Alice Munro, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307743725
2. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
3. The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin, Bantam, $15, 9780345528681
4. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272
5. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
6. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
7. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $14, 9780385346856
8. The Round House
Louise Erdrich, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062065254
okra9. The House Girl
Tara Conklin, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062207517

10. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $15, 9780812982626
okra11. Life After Life
Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel Books, $14.95, 9781616203221

12. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160
13. This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Diaz, Riverhead, $16, 9781594631771
14. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
15. The Last Runaway
Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $16, 9780142180365


1. Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh, Touchstone, $17.99, 9781451666175
2. Unlikely Loves
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761174424
3. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
4. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
5. Orange Is the New Black
Piper Kerman, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812986181
6. Rude Bitches Make Me Tired
Celia Rivenbark, Griffin, $14.99, 9781250029232
7. The World Almanac and Book of Facts
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $13.99, 9781600571824
8. Awkward Family Holiday Photos
Mike Bender, Doug Chernack, Three Rivers Press, $15, 9780307888136
9. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986030
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
11. Think Happy, Be Happy
Workman, $8.95, 9780761177579
12. Dog Shaming
Pascale Lemire, Three Rivers Press, $15, 9780385349345
13. The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel, Back Bay, $17, 9780316240055
14. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
15. Brain on Fire
Susannah Cahalan, S&S, $16, 9781451621389


1. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017
2. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780765370624
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789
5. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316769488
6. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024
7. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
8. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition
Merriam-Webster, $7.50, 9780877799290
9. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981
10. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530578


1. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
2. Santa! A Scanimation Picture Book
Rufus Butler Seder, Workman, $14.95, 9780761177258
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780394800790
4. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, Harper, $17.99, 9780062275561
5. The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95, 9780395389492
6. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
7. What Does the Fox Say?
Ylvis, Svein Nyhus (Illus.), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9781481422239
8. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062110626
9. The Night Before Christmas
Clement Clarke Moore, Holly Hobbie (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316070188
10. An Otis Christmas
Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399163951


1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
2. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
3. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Barbara Robinson, HarperTrophy, $5.99, 9780064402750
5. Frog Trouble . . . and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $16.95, 9780761171768
6. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 9780763660406
7. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Limbaugh, Threshold Editions, $19.99, 9781476755861
8. Fortunately, the Milk
Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illus.), Harper, $14.99, 9780062224071
9. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
10. God Got a Dog
Cynthia Rylant, Marla Frazee (Illus.), Beach Lane, $17.99, 9781442465183


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711329
2. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
3. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
5. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
6. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
7. The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423146728
8. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545586177
9. When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions)
Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316123051
10. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
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In This Issue

Special to the
Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list); Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list); Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Guests on Earth
The Tilted World
Someone Else's Love Story
Command Authority
The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time
Life After Life
This Is How You Lose Her
The Last Runaway
Rude Bitches Make Me Tired
Think Happy, Be Happy
The Monuments Men
Heaven Is for Real
Brain on Fire
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Feast for Crows
The Racketeer
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
The Polar Express
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

Author Readings

Events at Southen Indie Bookstores

Theresa Levitt-   (author appearance)
Theresa Levitt
12/29/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Book Signing- My Pen Pal Santa by Melissa Stanton  (author appearance)
Melissa Stanton
12/28/2013, 02:00 pm
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Leanna Sain- Wish  (author appearance)
Leanna Sain
01/17/2014, 05:30 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Flyleaf Book Lovers Club discusses The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  (book club)
12/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Pre-School Story Time  (other event)
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Politics of Food Book Club  (book club)
12/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Linda Balesta: Operation Mockingbird  (author appearance)
Linda Balesta
12/28/2013, 03:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Stories & Sweets With Suzanne Woods Fisher  (author appearance)
Suzanne Woods Fisher
01/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Authors Ed and Deb Higgins  (author appearance)
Ed and Deb Higgins
Copperfish Books

Meet the Chef- Norman Van Aken/Author & Book Signing  (author appearance)
Norman Van Aken
12/30/2013, 01:00 pm
Hooked On Books
Islamorada, FL

Daniel Chapela -- Vinotinto F.C.   (author appearance)
Daniel Chapela
12/27/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

WORDSPEAK – Tigertail's Teen Spoken Word Project   (other event)
12/27/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Alex Segura -- Silent City   (author appearance)
Alex Segura
12/30/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Deeny Kaplan Lorber -- Waiting at Joe's  (author appearance)
Deeny Kaplan Lorber
01/02/2014, 08:00 am
Books & Books Inc.

James Roche - Hardway to Heaven  (author appearance)
James Roche
01/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Bowen Craig Book Launch for HITCHHIKING WITH SALMON  (author appearance)
Bowen Craig
01/11/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

KAREN WHITE BOOK LAUNCH!  (author appearance)
Karen White
01/07/2014, 06:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Bridging Differences Book Club  (book club)
01/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

WILD Book Club  (book club)
01/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

01/12/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

01/13/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Mystery Book Club  (book club)
01/13/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

YA/Teen Book Club *New*  (book club)
01/14/2014, 05:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble  (author appearance)
Nick Bruel
01/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sue Monk Kidd  (author appearance)
Sue Monk Kidd
01/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

SO FUN WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN! RTD columnist Bill Lohmann and photographer Bob Brown -Back Roads: People, Places and Pie from Around Virginia  (author appearance)
Bill Lohmann
12/20/2014, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Danielle Laporte takes us through The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul  (author appearance)
Danielle Laporte
01/07/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Meet Bad Kitty  (author appearance)
Nick Bruel
01/11/2014, 02:00 pm
Spellbound Children's Bookshop
Asheville, NC

Doug McFarland One  (other event)
12/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC

Chris Bellamy- Bubba-fied  (other event)
12/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC

First Friday Author Round Up- Judy Diller & Linda Mayton  (author appearance)
Judy Diller
01/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Lynn Cullen  (author appearance)
Lynn Cullen
01/09/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Book Club Night with Stephanie & Anderson  (book club)
01/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Deborah Johnson - The Secret of Magic  (author appearance)
Deborah Johnson
01/22/2014, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Lionel Vatinet - A Passion for Bread  (author appearance)
Lionel Vatinet
01/25/2014, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

James Scott - The Kept  (author appearance)
James Scott
01/30/2014, 05:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Wiley Cash -This Dark Road To Mercy  (author appearance)
Wiley Cash
02/10/2014, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Authors Round the South