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{On dive bars and red clay realism}

In which her ladyship marvels at the literary quality of her mail order seed catalog, Susan Kelly wonders if she is a southern writer because she mentions K-Mart, a man considers the magical nature of staircases and basement cellars, a gentleman remembers reading poetry aloud to Tennessee Williams, Mr. Alan Shapiro hedges his bets, and it is proved there really are quite a lot of dead mules in Southern literature.

January 8, 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!
 Nightwoods  Private  Rules of Civility  Through My Eyes  Real Marriage

 Greater Journey  Nearing Home  The Great Gatsby  Devil in the White City  The Warmth of Other Suns  Pulphead  The Artist's Way  The Catcher in the Rye If Fried Chicken Could Fly  A Sick Day for Amos McGee  
Pete the Cat
 

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Act

The Devil's Arithmetic

The Cheshire Cheese Cat 


Author Readings


Layli Phillips Maparyan, author of The Womanist Idea at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (January 20 2012)

Kami Kinard, author of The Boy Project at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 20 2012)

Beth Webb Hart, author of Sunrise on the Battery at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 20 2012)

Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 20 2012)

Andrea Cremer, author of Bloodrose at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 20 2012)

Kim Edwards, author of "Lake of Dreams" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (01/20/2012)

Chris Matthews, author of Jack Kennedy, Elusive Hero at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 21 2012)

Stacey Cochran, author of The Loneliest at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 21 2012)

JAY RUBENSTEIN, author of ARMIES OF HEAVEN at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 21 2012)

Doug McDaniel, author of Historic North Knoxville at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN  (January 21 2012)

Brandi Perry, author of Whisper on the Bayou at Horton's Books & Gifts in Carrollton, GA  (01/21/2012)

L.C. Fiore, author of Green Gospel at Literary Book Post in Salisbury, NC  (January 21 2012)

Kim Edwards, author of The Lake of Dreams at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 21 2012)

Jay Asher, author of The Future of Us at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 21 2012)

STARSSheila Ingle, author of Courageous Kate, Daughter of the American Revoluti at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 21 2012)

Patricka Daley-Pledger, author of Everyday Focus at Wild Iris Books, Inc. in Gainesville, FL  (January 21 2012)

Robin Whitley, author of In a Southern Closet at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 21 2012)

Miranda Kinneally, author of Catching Jordan at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (January 21 2012)

Kenneth D. Tunnell, author of Once Upon A Place: The Fading of Community in Rura at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN  (January 22 2012)

STARSAnne Barnhill, author of At the Mercy of the Queen at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 22 2012)

Jubal Tiner, author of Press 53 Spotlight Anthology at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 22 2012)

Kaliana , author of Six Secrets of True Manifestation at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 22 2012)

Helen Davis, author of Our Mark On This Land at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 22 2012)

Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 23 2012)

STARSAnne Barnhill, author of At the Mercy of the Queen at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (January 23 2012)

Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 23 2012)

Andy Andrews, author of How Do You Kill 11 MILLION PEOPLE? at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (January 23 2012)

Johanna Moran, author of The Wives of Henry Oades at Bookstore 1 Sarasota in Sarasota, FL  (January 23 2012)

Carl T. Bogus, author of Buckley at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 24 2012)

Nick Lake, author of In Darkness at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 24 2012)

Alan Shapiro, author of Broadway Baby at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 24 2012)

Stuart Isacoff, author of A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, th at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 24 2012)

Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds: A Love Story at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (01/24/2012)

Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 25 2012)

Roger Williams, author of The Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (January 25 2012)

R.J. Ellory, author of A Quiet Vendetta at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 25 2012)

Renée Stephens, author of Full Filled at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 25 2012)

Alex Beard, author of Crocodile Tears at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (January 25 2012)

Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education o at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 25 2012)

Eric Weiner, author of Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 26 2012)

Lynne Barrett, author of Magpies at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 26 2012)

Lee Stein, author of The Fallback Plan at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 26 2012)

Carolyn McKinstry, author of While The World Watched at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 26 2012)

Ellen Weiss, author of ROBERT R. TAYLOR AND TUSKEGEE: An African American at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 26 2012)

Tim Dorsey, author of Pineapple Grenade at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 26 2012)

Nevada Barr, author of The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (January 26 2012)

Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (January 27 2012)

Keith Jardim, author of Near Open Water: Stories at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 27 2012)

Bill Harrison, author of Black August at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (January 27 2012)

JESSICA SPEART, author of "Winged Obsession" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (01/27/2012)

Leigh Stein, author of The Fallback Plan: A Novel at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 27 2012)

Chad Nance, author of Chad Nance discusses Hillbilly Highway at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (January 28 2012)

Nancy Wengel Wengel, author of The Right Triangle at Yawn's Books & More in Canton, GA  (January 28 2012)

Cate Tiernan Tiernan, author of Darkness Falls: Immortal Beloved, Book 2 at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 28 2012)

Suzanne Strange, author of Weavers of the Crystal Domes at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 28 2012)

Stanley L Bradley Bradley, author of Peter's Quest at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (January 28 2012)

Jay Searcy, author of The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 comes home to at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN  (January 28 2012)

Garret Freymann-Weyr, author of French Ducks in Venice at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 28 2012)

Sandra Walters, author of The Story of Thornby at Muse Book Shop in Deland, FL  (01/28/2012)

Nick Bruel, author of Bad Kitty for President at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 28 2012)

STARSAnne Barnhill, author of At the Mercy of the Queen at Literary Book Post in Salisbury, NC  (January 28 2012)

Jack Gardner, author of Uptown at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 28 2012)

Jeannie Whayne, author of Delta Empire at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR  (January 28 2012)

Tony Abbott, author of If Words Could Save Us at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 29 2012)

M.C. Roberts , author of Introspection at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 29 2012)

Lisa Alther, author of Washed in Blood at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN  (January 29 2012)

Nick Bruel, author of Bad Kitty for President at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 29 2012)

Ann Hood, author of Little Lion at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 29 2012)

Barbara Lukavsky, author of The Road Home: Finding My Way at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 30 2012)

Ann Hood, author of Angel of the Battlefield at Bookstore 1 Sarasota in Sarasota, FL  (January 30 2012)

Gin Phillips, author of Come In and Cover me at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 30 2012)

Randy Fertel, author of The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 30 2012)

Lucia Greenhouse, author of fathermothergod at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 31 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Lemuria Books in JACKSON, MS  (January 31 2012)

Gin Phillips, author of Come In and Cover Me at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (January 31 2012)

Kathy Hester, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (January 31 2012)

Drew Magary, author of The Postmortals at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 31 2012)

Alan Shapiro, author of Broadway Baby at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/01/2012)

Drew Magary, author of The Postmortal at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 1 2012)

Lisa Alther, author of Washed In The Blood at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 1 2012)

Naomi Benaron, author of Running the Rift at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 1 2012)

Kaihan Krippendorff, author of Outthink the Competition at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 2 2012)

Alan Shapiro, author of Broadway Baby at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 2 2012)

Lisa Alther, author of Washed in the Blood at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 2 2012)

Lawrence Lohr, author of And Then They Stood: Old Textile Mills of the Caro at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/02/2012)

Stephen Hren, author of Tales from the Sustainable Underground: A Wild Jou at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 2 2012)

Taylor Stevens, author of The Innocent at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 2 2012)

Mary Foster, author of Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/03/2012)

STARSAnne Clinard Barnhill, author of At the Mercy of the Queen at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (February 3 2012)

STARSOkra Pick!Rose Senehi, author of Render Unto the Valley at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (February 3 2012)

Carl Ernst, author of How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide with Select Tr at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/03/2012)

Beth Aldrich, author of Real Moms Love to Eat at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 4 2012)

Gloria Robinson, author of African American Religious Experiences: A Case Stu at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (February 4 2012)

Sherri Patterson, author of Mad Lyfe of an NBA Wife at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 4 2012)

STARSSigne Pike, author of Faery Tale at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/04/2012)

Patricia Schultz, author of 1000 Places To See Before You Die at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (February 4 2012)

Tim Dorsey, author of Pineapple Grenade at Muse Book Shop in Deland, FL  (02/04/2012)

STARSAnne Barnhill, author of At the Mercy of the Queen at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (February 4 2012)

Hugh McColl, author of From the Highlands to High Finance at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 4 2012)

Pat Davies, author of Wizard Jasper and the Lost Princess at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 4 2012)

Oran Hesterman, author of Fair Food at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 6 2012)

Adrian Bejan, author of Design in Nature at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 6 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (February 7 2012)

Alan Shapiro, author of Broadway Baby at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 7 2012)

Randy Fertel, author of The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (February 8 2012)

Beth Holmgren, author of Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and Am at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (February 8 2012)

Arun Abey, author of How Much is Enough? at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 8 2012)

Henry Alford, author of Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Guide to M at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 8 2012)

Kristin Hannah, author of Home Front at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 9 2012)

Lisa Gardner, author of Catch Me at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (February 9 2012)

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 9 2012)

Tim Dorsey , author of Pineapple Grenade at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 9 2012)

Stephanie Tyson, author of Well, Shut My Mouth!: The Sweet Potatoes Restauran at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/09/2012)

James Maxey, author of Greatshadow: Book One of the Dragon at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 10 2012)

Alex George, author of A Good American at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL  (02/10/2012)

Scott Poole, author of Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/10/2012)

STARSOkra Pick!Rose Senehi, author of "Render Unto the Valley" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (02/10/2012)

Beth Revis, author of A Million Suns, and Fracture at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/11/2012)

Judith Toy, author of Murder as a Call to Love at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (February 11 2012)

Don Van Natta, author of Wonder Girl at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (February 11 2012)

Garret Freymann-Weyr, author of French Ducks in Venice at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/11/2012)

Kerby & Mary Neill, author of Binding Their Wounds: America's Assault on its Vet at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/11/2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/12/2012)

Jacqueline Ogburn, author of Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the Worl at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 13 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (February 13 2012)

Annie Baker, author of Circle Mirror Transformation at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/13/2012)

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (February 13 2012)

Stephanie McAfee, author of Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (February 14 2012)

Dan Furst, author of Surfing Aquarius: How to Ace the Wave of Change at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/15/2012)

Sydney Nathans, author of To Free a Family at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (February 15 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 15 2012)

STARSMindy Friddle, author of Secret Keepers at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (February 16 2012)

Danny Kofke, author of A Simple Book or Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (02/16/2012)

Naomi Benaron, author of Running the Rift at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 16 2012)

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 16 2012)

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

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sister at Park Road Books in Charlotte, 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)

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

STARSOkra Pick!Rose 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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

STARSKarla Telega, author of Box of Rocks at Swift Books in Orangeburg, SC  (December 24 2012)


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Dearest readers,

Her ladyship, the editor, would like to extol a rarely celebrated category of southern literature: the gardener's seed catalog. These wonderful missives arrive in the very darkest, coldest days of winter, holding out the hope and promise of a beautiful, and bountiful spring only weeks away.

And who writes the descriptions in these catalogs, her ladyship wonders?

"Dean's Purple Pole Beans: Dean received these beans as a gift from a student whose family brought it to Frost Bottom, TN, where they settled 150 years ago. Plants form a gorgeous purple and green screen loaded with vivid six inch purple beans."

"Cherokee White Flour Dent Corn: Seed was collected from an elderly Cherokee woman in the Tuckasegee area of North Carolina. Makes great flour. Important historical variety."

southern exposure seed exchangeHonestly, one feels guilty for not growing an entire field of Cherokee White Flour Dent corn. Hey ladyship can only be grateful that the writers are using their powers for good, instead of writing for shoe catalogs or cigarette companies.

Filled with bright drawings of perfect plants never touched by the blight or pests that her ladyship seems to battle all summer in her own little plot, these seed catalogs are an exercise in both frustration and irrepressible optimism. Her ladyship likes to place stars besides the varieties she would like to grow. And then, because there are invariably far too many stars, when she has turned the last page she flips back to the beginning and carefully, ruthlessly strikes out the items she can't or doesn't have the room to grow.  Then ruthlessly strikes out more. And more. And if her ladyship only had several more acres in her back yard, she might have room enough for everything that is left.

Happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 8, 2012

Columbia, SC -January 19, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, January 1, 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 Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
3. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
4. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
5. Salvage the Bones
Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury, $24, 9781608195220
6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307269997
7. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
8. Nightwoods
Charles Frazier, Random House, $26, 9781400067091
9. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
10. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
11. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
12. Private: #1 Suspect
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316097406
13. The Drop
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316069410
14. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
15. 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307593313

Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
2. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
3. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
4. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
5. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
6. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $30, 9780374275631
7. Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow, Harper, $26.99, 9780062007285
8. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $25.95, 9780393081817
9. Real Marriage
Mark Driscoll, Grace Driscoll, Thomas Nelson, $22.99, 9781400203833
10. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
11. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $37.50, 9781416571766
12. Nearing Home
Billy Graham, Thomas Nelson, $19.99, 9780849948329
13. Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd, Blue Rider, $14.95, 9780399158568
14. Pity The Billionaire
Thomas Frank, Metropolitan, $25, 9780805093698
15. Jack Kennedy
Chris Matthews, S&S, $27.50, 9781451635089

Trade Paperback Fiction


1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307949493
3. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
4. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner, $14.95, 9780547735023
6. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553
7. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
John le Carré, Penguin, $16, 9780143120933
8. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
9. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
10. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
11. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
12. The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
13. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
14. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
15. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
2. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
4. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
5. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
6. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012
World Almanac, $12.99, 9781600571480
7. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. The Social Animal
David Brooks, Random House, $16, 9780812979374
10. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin, Harper, $14.99, 9780061583261
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
12. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
13. Pulphead
John Jeremiah Sullivan, FSG, $16, 9780374532901
14. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
15. The Artist's Way (10th Anniversary Ed.)
Julia Cameron, Tarcher/Penguin, $16.99, 9781585421466

Mass Market


1. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
6. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
7. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
9. Minding Frankie
Maeve Binchy, Anchor, $7.99, 9780307475497
10. If Fried Chicken Could Fly
Paige Shelton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425245859

Children's Illustrated


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Philip Christian Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illus.), Roaring Brook, $16.99, 9781596434028
3. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

4. If You Give a Dog a Donut
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $16.99, 9780060266837
5. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
6. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824
7. I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655983
8. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
9. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670059836
10. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts
Victoria Kann, Victoria Kann (Illus.), HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780061989230

Children's Interest


1. War Horse
Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545403351
2. Every Thing On It
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $19.99, 9780061998164
3. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
5. Wildwood
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $17.99, 9780062024688
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
7. Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
A.J. Hartley, Emily Osborne (Illus.), Razorbill, $16.99, 9781595144096
8. The Devil's Arithmetic
Jane Yolen, Puffin, $6.99, 9780140345353
9. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
10. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
Carmen Agra Deedy, et al., Peachtree, $16.95, 9781561455959

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
5. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $27.99, 9780375856112
6. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
8. Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House #47)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868252
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810994737
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136

 

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Good Gossip

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

"Edgar Allan Poe fans waited long past a midnight dreary, but it appears annual visits to the writer's grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the "Poe Toaster" shall occur nevermore." The end of a tradition?

"The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts." Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow nominated for Outstanding Literary Work

Crow"Most of the moments of Tommy and Moses' friendship happen when they are isolated from society. This is really the only way that a black and a white boy could develop a friendship at the end of the 19th century in the South. Left to their own devices, they react to one another as human beings, and color doesn't matter."  Interview with Barbara Wright

"I remembered North Central as the place where my musician friend Maria Williams played some of her early gigs as a bassist. It had been, at that time, the type of place from which aspiring musicians escaped as quickly as possible. “Dives” would have been too upscale a description for some of the fleapits we frequented." Coming down from the road trip

By Accident"What makes fiction Southern? Is it references to grits and K-Marts and “mama’n’em,” what I like to term red clay realism? Am I a Southern author because I wrote in How Close We Come, that “the discarded Christmas trees in the curb look like tipped over Southern belles, upended, with their underwear and petticoats showing”?" Susan Kelly: Saturdays in the South

My Friend Tom"We read our poems to one another, feeling as true poets do, that poetry must be heard before it can be committed to the page. And when not reading, in his living room, I looked and listened and thus got to know Tom well and became familiar with all the sights and sounds that he confronted every day and night in that household he depicted so forcefully in The Glass Menagerie" My Friend Tom

When the Dust Finally Settles"The novel attacks staleness. Southern fiction often gets mired in mud holes of stereotypes. This story splashes through them like an open-throttled John Deere." Kat Meads breaks the rules of southern fiction

"Nancy D. Hargrove of Starkville, a William L. Giles Professor Emerita, is funding a twice-yearly literary contest organized through the university's national literary journal, Jabberwock Review." Announcing the Hargrove Literary contests

Broadway Baby"For me, writing is just writing," Shapiro says. "I write my poems word by word and sentence by sentence. And that's how I wrote Broadway Baby. And, in a way, I kind of hedged my bets." Broadway Baby

"Powell himself considers that his birth in Gainesville, Florida, in 1952, is enough to make him a Southern writer – though like Florida itself, which he says is "too much on the edge" to be considered part of the true South, the author says he's not "one of the boys. The boys don't quite know what to make of me." Leaving cuddly realism behind

"During his own life lived in the American south, he says, "I have never laid eyes on an actual dead mule."" The literary significance of dead mules

Lewis Nordan: Humor, Heartbreak, and Hope"If you've ever wondered why a childhood house, staircase, attic, cellar, chest, wardrobe or secret copse of trees can seem magical, then the lyrical explorations of Nordan, Welty and Bachelard are a good place to begin." Professor contributes to Lewis Nordan book

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Another CountryI am facing Duni'skwalgun'i, an ancient word rooted in rock.

Trivial names have no power, and this is clearly a powerful place. Mooney notes: "Duni'skwalgun'i--the double peak known as the Chimney Tops, in the Great Smoky Mountains about the head of Deep Creek, in Swain County, North Carolina. On the north side is the pass known as Indian Gap. The name signifies a 'forked antler,' from uskwalgu, antler, but indicates that the antler is attached in place, as though the deer itself were concealed below."

So a great deer breathes here, concealed in this mountain pass, which may explain the fog wreathed on these slopes in early spring. Uskwalgu. Duni'skwalgun'i. Such words seem made of the fractured rock, each edgy syllable taken directly from nature, just as the name of the wolf derived from the broken sound that rises and cracks on the air above where wolves have gathered. An unseen wolf can make itself suddenly present by howling its name.

--Christopher Camuto, "Islands" Another Country: Journeying Towards the Cherokee Mountains (University of Georgia Press, 2000)

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Okra Picks


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

The Confession by Charles Todd

William Morrow & Company | January 2012 | 9780062015662

The ConfessionScotland Yard's best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case that reaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series.

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own.

Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer's body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name--and who put a bullet in his head? Were the "confession" and his own death related? Or was there something else in the victim's past that led to his murder?

The inspector's only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man's neck, that leads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything to protect themselves from notoriety. For notoriety brings the curious, and with the curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act of evil that even now can damn them all.

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An Indie Bookstore you should know

 

The little indie that could: a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of magic brings Erin Morgenstern to Foxtale Book Shoppe.

FoxTale Book ShoppeWoodstock, Georgia was not a planned stop on the tour for New York Times bestselling author Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, but she has decided to make a special trip. Why? Because there are some booksellers in the town who really, really, really love her new book.

When the owners of FoxTale Book Shoppe read The Night Circus, they knew it would resonate with a wide range of their customers, so it became their hand-sell title of the season.  One special customer loved the book so much she offered to design a window display for the store.  FoxTale posted a picture of the window on their Facebook page, which then caught the eye of their Random House rep, who raved all over the social network universe.

Night Circus Window

Erin Morgenstern was concluding her hardcover tour, with no plans to include a stop in Atlanta, no plans that is, until the window display image reached her via Twitter.  "I gasped.  I did," she said later.  Quickly, a dialogue was established between author and the FoxTale owner, Ellen Ward, leading to the involvement of Erin's Random House publicist, and --as if by magic-- a date was decided upon for the author to visit FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia, and witness firsthand the enthusiasm her debut novel has inspired.

Erin Morgenstern will be at Foxtale Book Shoppe on January 27 at 7 pm.  The event is ticketed. More information is available on their website.

FoxTale Book Shoppe, located in historic downtown Woodstock, GA, is Cherokee County’s newest and most exciting independent bookstore. Its eclectic mix of books includes hardcovers, paperbacks, new and used books in all genres. There's Mystery, Romance, Memoir, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Religious, Science Fiction, Cooking, Poetry, Writing, Young Adult, Children’s -- You name it, we’ve probably got it - or can get it for you.
In addition, FoxTale carries a wide range of merchandise - Cards, Journals, Calendars, Pens, Wooden Games and Puzzles, Educational Toys, Mugs, Candles, Chocolates, T-Shirts, magazines and our ever-famous Fedoras. Gift cards and gift baskets are also available. So much to see and enjoy!

FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 E. Main St., #138
Woodstock, GA 30188
770-516-9989
www.foxtalebookshoppe.com
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Author 2 Author: Tayari Jones


Tayari JonesSilver Sparrow, the latest novel by Atlanta author Tayari Jones, is a “love story… full of perverse wisdom and proud joy,” declares O Magazine.  Dana Lynn Yarboro’s father is a bigamist. So is Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon’s daddy. The girls, born four-months apart, are sisters, who live in the same town and share the same daddy, but only Dana knows the truth of that. And as Dana learns, truth doesn’t always set you free; sometimes it binds you to a past you cannot shed. Join Karen Spears Zacharias as she and Tayari Jones discuss Silver Sparrow.

Silver Sparrow

KAREN: How did the story of Dana Lynn Yaraboro and Bunny Chaurisse Weatherspoon first present itself to you? 

TAYARI: The jumping-off point was a person, actually—my older sister, Maxine. My dad is not a bigamist. I have to say that every time! But he has two daughters from before he met my mother. When I was a girl, I was fascinated with Maxine. In my home, I was the only daughter, and I always dreamed of having a sister—an ally. I guess I fantasized that there was someone out there who understood me, and there was this sister ten years older who lived 500 miles away that I barely knew. This is crazy, but I believe I have been missing my sisters my whole life. In every one of my books, someone has a sister that is far away—geographically or emotionally. So that is always kicking around in my heart and mind. Then, one day, I was out with friends and someone mentioned a case of bigamy in the news. So my obsession found itself a new plotline. And boom! It was on.

KAREN: Did you consider this a story of sisters or one of daughters and fathers? 

TAYARI: Sisters. Definitely sisters. But in my case, when I think about sisters, I also think about fathers.  

KAREN: Do you go into a novel with an outline or knowing the outcome in advance?

TAYARI: I never know how a story is going to end. I approach a novel as a question and I write to find the answer.  The desire to know what happens next is what makes me sit down at my desk each day.  I have the same feeling of breathless anticipation writing the novel that I want a reader to have as she turns the pages. 

KAREN: Dana’s high school friend calls her an “outside” child. There was a time in this country when an illegitimate child may have felt like an “outsider.” But don’t you think all that has changed over the past twenty years?

TAYARI: I think we have made a lot of progress in terms of acknowledging children born to unwed mothers, but children born outside a man's marriage are still shunned.  The "sin" of the mother is passed on to the child.  Also, the man may want to shield his wife from the humiliation that is embodied by the secret son or daughter. In my opinion, if a wife chooses to forgive her husband for fathering children with another woman, that forgiveness must come with compassion for the child.  If there is one takeaway from Silver Sparrow I hope that it is that we should retire the term "illegitimate."  Every person is legitimate.  Every person is a human being worthy of respect.

KAREN: This is your third novel.  How has your experience with Silver Sparrow been different than with your earlier novels?

TAYARI: Silver Sparrow has amazed me by reaching so many readers from so many different backgrounds.  I am just back from a fifty-city book tour where I have met hundreds of readers.  It seems like Silver Sparrow is connecting across lines of race, gender, generation, everything— because this idea of secret families is more prevalent than you would think.  There is a silent invisible contingency out there— secret children and even the "public" children who have hidden siblings.  It's something that people want to talk about.

KAREN: We ought to despise James for cheating on his wife, but instead, we see how he stumbled into love with Gwen. But cheating on one’s spouse is never all that accidental, is it?

TAYARI: I don't think that anything in life is accidental, but I think that much of life in unplanned.  One thing I learned in writing this book was to not think of terms like "cheating" and "illegitimate."  That sort of language— even lurking in my head—limited my imagining of the story.  In order to pull this novel together, I had to be open hearted to all the characters, to be willing to hear them out.  It may have been helpful that I am not married, so I didn't have a really strong stake in protecting marriage as an institution.  My only allegiance here was to my characters, to honestly reporting the stories that they shared with me.

KAREN: One of my favorite characters in the book was Raleigh, who seems absolutely unlucky in almost every area of his life, with the exception of Mrs. Bunny who had the decency to care for him. While James is the cad who exploits two women and fathers two daughters, Raleigh is his straight-man. A devoted friend who would likely make a devoted husband, yet, the women overlook him, don’t they?  

TAYARI: I don't know that women overlook Raleigh. I know that Raleigh has his hands full helping his brother manage these two women and their two daughters.  I don't really think about the characters in categories like James is the cad and Raleigh is the good guy.  They are each good and each caddish.  I mean, James is also supporting two families.  In his own way, he is a family man times two. At the same time, James is a terrible liar and Raleigh helps him keep this damning secret.  So who is the good guy here?  Or is there a good guy?  It's my goal to write characters who don't fit easily into our ready-made boxes.

KAREN:
What were the challenges for you in writing this story?

TAYARI: The hardest thing was to differentiate the voices of the daughters.  They have so much in common— same age, same social class more or less, they live in the same city.  It was hard to make sure that they each sounded different.  I had to read Silver Sparrow aloud four times before I was sure I got it right.  It was an intense experience!

KAREN: What writers have had the greatest influence on your own work? 

TAYARI: Toni Morrison is my role model.  I wish that I could say that she has influenced me more than she has. I mean, who doesn't want to be influenced by a great American genius?

KAREN: What’s next for you?

TAYARI: Another page, another chapter, another book.  I am at Harvard on fellowship this year, doing some research, trying to find my way.  The one thing I can say for sure is that this novel is going to be set in Atlanta, but I suspect you knew that already.

Karen Spears Zacharias
A SILENCE OF MOCKINGBIRDS
April 2012. MacAdamCage
Order your copy today!

 

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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.

Featured Author:  Daleen Berry from Morgantown, WV

Jessica JamesHer newspaper career began at age eight on a bicycle along a country road as a Grit delivery girl, where the most enjoyable part of that job wasn't collecting her customers' money--it was reading the serial installments of the fictional story that appeared in each issue. Since her work first appeared in public in 1979, Daleen Berry has produced about 3,000 articles. Much of her reporting has covered domestic violence, rape and child sexual abuse cases. Ms. Berry has reported for and edited newspapers in West Virginia, Texas and California, and was a stringer for the Associated Press. She also was editor-in-chief of two law enforcement journals she produced, where she met and interviewed police officers from all over the country. Most recently her work appeared in "The Daily Beast," when she covered the La'Shanda Armstrong case. Ms. Berry’s memoir, SISTER OF SILENCE, was honored with first place at the 2006 West Virginia Writers’ Conference in the “Appalachian Theme” category. She took second-place from the 2007 Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association for her weekly column, “Many Factors Involved When Mothers Kill,” and first-place in 1990 for her investigative journalism work from the West Virginia Press Association. In 2004, while editor of The Columns, her staff received a record number of awards from the Society of Collegiate Journalists. She speaks out wherever she can, about the dangers facing single-parent families and children. She seeks to help audiences understand the crucial connection between empowerment and self-esteem, and how crucial it is to shatter the same silence that almost killed her and her four children.

Burning Bright: StoriesBook: Sister of Silence
Nelly Bly Books | 9780615388601 | 18.99

Forced into a shotgun wedding after her high school was featured on national television for having the highest number of pregnant teens in the United States, Daleen found herself married to a coal miner who kept her barefoot and pregnant. By age twenty-one she had four children. Sister of Silence is the amazing story of her personal journey, and how she went from being a teen mom to an award-winning journalist determined to break the silence that shatters women and children's lives.

website | blog | press kit | facebook

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

Lori Beard-Daily
Atlanta, GA 1/26/2012-1/26/2012

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
Dickson, TN 2/11/2012-2/11/2012
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
Orange Beach, AL 1/25/2012-1/28/2012
St. Simons Island, GA 2/18/2012-2/18/2012

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

Nancy Naigle
Newport News, VA 2/5/2012-2/5/2012
Suffolk, VA 2/28/2012-2/28/2012
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012-8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012-9/9/2012

 


Lady Banks' Bookshelf


Holy Ghost GirlHoly Ghost Girl by Donna M. Johnson

"What a life! "Holy Ghost Girl" takes you inside a world where God and sin and miracles and deceit and love are so jumbled together you can't tell them apart. Donna Johnson sorts through her story with great insight, compassion and humor, giving us an indelible portrait of a charismatic preacher and the faithful who so desperately believed in him." -Jeannette Walls, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Glass Castle"

A compassionate, humorous story of faith, betrayal, and coming of age on the evangelical sawdust trail.

She was just three years old when her mother signed on as the organist of tent revivalist David Terrell, and before long, Donna Johnson was part of the hugely popular evangelical preacher's inner circle. At seventeen, she left the ministry for good, with a trove of stranger-than-fiction memories. A homecoming like no other, "Holy Ghost Girl" brings to life miracles, exorcisms, and faceoffs with the Ku Klux Klan. And that's just what went on under the tent.

As Terrell became known worldwide during the 1960s and '70s, the caravan of broken-down cars and trucks that made up his ministry evolved into fleets of Mercedes and airplanes. The glories of the Word mixed with betrayals of the flesh and Donna's mother bore Terrell's children in one of the several secret households he maintained. Thousands of followers, dubbed "Terrellites" by the press, left their homes to await the end of the world in cultlike communities. Jesus didn't show, but the IRS did, and the prophet/healer went to prison.
Recounted with deadpan observations and surreal detail, "Holy Ghost Girl" bypasses easy judgment to articulate a rich world in which the mystery of faith and human frailty share a surprising and humorous coexistence.

Gotham Books | 9781592406302 | October 2011 |$26


Moonlight on LinoleumMoonlight on Linoleum: A Daughter's Memoir by Terry Helwig

""I invited the child I was once to have her say in these pages. I am the one who came out on the other side of childhood; she is the one who searched for the door."

"In the tradition of "The Glass Castle" comes a debut memoir about a woman's hopeful life despite the sad results of her mother's choices. "Moonlight on Linoleum" is an affecting story of a girl who rose above her circumstances to become an early and faithful caretaker to her five siblings. It is about the power one finds in sisterhood to thrive in a difficult and ever-changing landscape as the girls bond in unconditional love despite constant upheaval and uncertainty. In these pages, Teresa Helwig crafts a moving portrait of a mother she loved completely even as she struggled to understand her.

Howard Books | 9781451628470 | October 2011 | $25


Yankee Doodle DixieYankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton

"A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter "became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa's poised to go to the next level--because whether in Vermont snow or in Memphis heat, Dixie heroine Leelee Satterfield is never too far from misadventure, calamity...and ultimately, love.

Having watched her life turn into a nor'easter, 34-year-old Leelee Satterfield is back home in the South, ready to pick back up where she left off. But that's a task easier said then done...Leelee's a single mom, still dreaming of the Vermonter who stole her heart, and accompanied by her three best friends who pepper her with advice, nudging and peach daiquiris, Leelee opens another restaurant and learns she has to prove herself yet again. Filled with heart and humor, women's fiction fans will delight in this novel.

Thomas Dunne Books | 9780312556938 | September 2011 | $24.99


Little Black DressLittle Black Dress by Susan McBride


"I'll read anything by Susan McBride."--Charlaine Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author

Two sisters whose lives seemed forever intertwined are torn apart when a magical little black dress gives each one a glimpse of an unavoidable future.

Antonia Ashton has worked hard to build a thriving career and a committed relationship, but she realizes her life has gone off track. Forced to return home to Blue Hills when her mother, Evie, suffers a massive stroke, Toni finds the old Victorian where she grew up as crammed full of secrets as it is with clutter. Now she must put her mother's house in order--and uncover long-buried truths about Evie and her aunt, Anna, who vanished fifty years earlier on the eve of her wedding. By shedding light on the past, Toni illuminates her own mistakes and learns the most unexpected things about love, magic, and a little black dress with the power to break hearts . . . and mend them.

William Morrow & Company | 9780062027191 | August 2011 | $14.99


Jersalem MaidenJerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner

"Talia Carner uses beautiful language, exquisite storytelling, and detailed research to transport the reader into the world of old Jerusalem . . . This is a book to savor and discuss."--Jewish Book World

In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris--and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient "Jerusalem maiden."

But when a surprising opportunity forces itself on to her preordained path, Esther finds her beliefs clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her entire life--forcing her to confront the most difficult and damning question of all: To whom must she be true, God or herself?

Harper | 9780062004376 | May 2011 | $14.99

 

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