Lady Banks

Quiet thoughts on summer reading


{Quiet thoughts on summer reading }

In which the neglect of Confederate literature is pondered, a political candidate's wife shares her many uses for Doritos chips, the shriveled up shoes in a museum exhibit make a woman cry, a woman experiences a brief bout of insanity and marries a Yankee, and now keeps a .38 in her glove box, and Ms. Claire Cook resolutely ignores her shaking knees to make a bid for Dancing with the Stars. They have not, alas, called her back.

June 3, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
A Land More Kind Than Home The Cove Robert B. Parker's Lullaby They Eat Puppies, Don't They? Killing Lincoln The Art of Intelligence Mrs. Kennedy and Me Jesus Calling The Power of Habit Starting and Closing The House at Tyneford The Leftovers The Great Gatsby Iron House Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey Lost in Shangri-La SEAL Team Six Moonwalking With Einstein The Devil in the White City Outliers The Hobbit Only Time Will Tell Snuggle Puppy Misty of Chincoteague The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Turtle in Paradise Yellow Submarine The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Author Readings

 

Lawrence Powell, author of The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 06/09/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/09/2012

August Palumbo, author of Assassin Hunter, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/09/2012

Mary Kay Andrew, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/09/2012

Jay Province, author of The Summer Set, will be appearing at Sundial Books, 06/09/2012

Teresa Giudice, author of Fabulicious, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/09/2012

Leonard Pitts, author of Freeman, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/09/2012

Elizabeth Scott, author of Miracle, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/09/2012

Adam Perry Lang, author of Charred & Scruffed, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/09/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Prompt Writing Class on 06/09/2012

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Appalachian Lifestyles Festival on 06/09/2012

Angel Lawson, author of Wraith, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/09/2012

Doug Crandell, author of They're Calling You Home, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/09/2012

Susan Woodring, author of Goliath, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/09/2012

Literary BookPost is hosting the event 52nd Annual NSSA Awards Weekend Book Signing on 06/10/2012

James Macomber, author of Love is Murder, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 06/10/2012

Ruth Moose, author of Neighbors and Other Syrangers: Stories, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/10/2012

Park Road Books is hosting the event Jessie Carthy, Anne Barnhill and Maureen Sherbondy - Poetry Reading on 06/10/2012

Sander Hicks, author of Slingshot to the Juggernaut: Total Resistance to Secrecy and War Is Total Love for the Truth, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/10/2012

Claire Cook , author of , will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/11/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 06/11/2012

David Clay Large, author of Munich 1972, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/11/2012

Leonard Pitts, author of Freeman, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 06/11/2012

Kevin Hearne, author of Tricked, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/11/2012

Paddy Lynch PhD, author of , will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 06/11/2012

Lawrence Lessig, author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/11/2012

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event William Henry Curry on Shakespear's Influence on 06/11/2012

John Forbes, author of Unbroken, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/11/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event NORTH CAROLINA STAGE COMPANY READING on 06/11/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/12/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Bayard Rustin Centennial: Lessons Learned Part II on 06/12/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/12/2012

Lisa Alther, author of Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance, will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 06/12/2012

Lauren Kate, author of Raoture, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/12/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/12/2012

Bob Garner, author of Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue: North Carolina's Favorite Food, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/12/2012

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 06/12/2012

Christopher Tilghman, author of The Right-Hand Shore, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/12/2012

Kwami Daes, author of Home is Where: An Anthology of African-American Poetry from the Carolinas, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/12/2012

Kevin Hearne, author of Tricked: Book Four of The Iron Druid Chronicles, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/12/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event CHINESE MEDICINE HEALTH SERIES WITH KATH BARTLETT on 06/12/2012

Joseph Maiolo, author of My Turkish Missile Crisis : A Memoir from the Frontline of October 1962, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/13/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event The Myth and Meaning of Adrienne Rich: An Evening of Poetry and Prose on 06/13/2012

Mark Shriver, author of A Good Man, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/13/2012

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 Regulator Bookshop, 06/13/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 06/13/2012

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 06/13/2012

Mark Ethridge, author of Fallout, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/13/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 06/13/2012

Rebecca Godwin, author of Keeper of the House, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/13/2012

Richard Ford, author of Canada, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/13/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities: 2012 Election Series on 06/13/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/13/2012

Tsoknyi Rinpoche, author of Open Heart, Open Mind, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/14/2012

Ace Atkins, author of The Lost Ones, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 06/14/2012

Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 06/14/2012

Mary Miley Theobald, author of Death By Petticoat, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/14/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/14/2012

Richelle Mead, author of The Golden Lily, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/14/2012

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, author of Exit, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/14/2012

Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/14/2012

Danny T. Ferguson, author of The Titanic Atonement, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 06/14/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/14/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 06/14/2012

John M. Barry, author of Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/14/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 06/14/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Flyleaf Poetry Reading & Open Mic Series Featuring Malaika King Albrecht & Chris Vitiello on 06/14/2012

Jeffery Deaver, author of XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/14/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/15/2012

 

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 06/15/2012

Melanie Gideon, author of The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/15/2012

Frances Osbourne, author of Park Lane, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/15/2012

Melanie Gideon, author of Wife 22, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/15/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/15/2012

Kimberly Brock , author of The River Witch, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/15/2012

Steven Hunter, author of Mount Magazine, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 06/16/2012

Claire Cook , author of Best Staged Plans, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/16/2012

Greg Stokes, author of Mother Did You Know, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/16/2012

Kay McGarry, author of A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/16/2012

John Lewis, author of Across That Bridge, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/16/2012

John Wood, author of The Names of Things, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/16/2012

Kimberly Brock , author of The River Witch, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/16/2012

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/17/2012

Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/18/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event COMIX CLUB DISCUSSES MY FRIEND DAHMER on 06/18/2012

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

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

 

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

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

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Coffee with the Poet on 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

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

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

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

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

Mark Hainds , author of Year of the Pig, will be appearing at Cavalier House Books, 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

Josip Novakovich, author of , will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 06/24/2012

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

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Authors Round the South
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Dearest readers,

Two days ago her ladyship, the editor surrendered to the demands of the season and turned on her air conditioner. It is a thing she resists until the last possible moment, since by flipping that particular switch she must also commit to closing all her windows and doors, no longer allowing the breeze from the ocean too whip through her house, shotgun-style, sending grocery lists and unpaid bills to the floor.

It is, officially, summer.

To Kill a MockingbirdAnd it is, therefore, the time of the summer reading list. If you of school age, this means a long list of American classics at which Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird will be featured at the top. If you are past the age of entrance exams, then "summer reading" lists usually mean light and fun "beach books" of the sort that are easy to slip into and slip out of, but leave you with a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, rather like a good sandwich. Such as any of the books on this list.

The Illustrated ManBut her ladyship's summer reading stack was reshuffled this week on hearing the sad news of the death of Mr. Ray Bradbury. Readers like to talk of "transitional" books--those beloved books that become our stepping stones between the world of children's literature and the world of "grown-up" books. The first grown up books her ladyship reached for on her parents' bookshelves were the battered paperback copies of Mr. Bradbury's stories. The Golden Apples of the Sun. R is for Rocket. The Illustrated Man. S is for Space. The Martian Chronicles. I Sing the Body Electric. Such lovely, beautiful, sad and strange stories. It would not be overstating things to say that Mr. Ray Bradbury made her ladyship the kind of reader that she is today--the kind who has faith that in literature, all things are possible.

Dandelion WineSo it is in his memory and with feelings of immense gratitude that her ladyship moved the most summery of his stories to the top of her reading list. Had she any to hand, she would raise a glass of Dandelion Wine in his honor. Rest among the stars, Mr. Bradbury.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending May 27, 2012

Columbia, SC -June 3, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, May 27, 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. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692048
2. In One Person
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664126
3. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
4. Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, Holt, $28, 9780805090031
okra5. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

6. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446572996
7. Home
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $24, 9780307594167
okra8. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780061804199

9. Sacré Bleu
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779749
10. Stolen Prey
John Sandford, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399157684
11. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
12. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $26.99, 9780061257094
13. Deadlocked
Charlaine Harris, Ace, $27.95, 9781937007447
14. Robert B. Parker's Lullaby
Ace Atkins, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158032
15. They Eat Puppies, Don't They?
Christopher Buckley, Twelve, $25.99, 9780446540971

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35, 9780679405078
2. It Worked for Me
Colin Powell, Tony Koltz, Harper, $27.99, 9780062135124
3. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
4. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159015
5. Prague Winter
Madeleine Albright, Harper, $29.99, 9780062030313
6. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
7. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
8. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
9. The Art of Intelligence
Henry A. Crumpton, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594203343
10. This Is How
Augusten Burroughs, St. Martin's, $24.99, 9780312563554
11. Mrs. Kennedy and Me
Clint Hill, Gallery, $26, 9781451648447
12. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
13. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $25, 9780307460981
14. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $28, 9781400069286
15. Starting and Closing:
John Smoltz, Don Yaeger, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062120540

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
5. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077
6. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
7. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
8. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
9. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
10. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
11. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
12. The Leftovers
Tom Perrotta, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312363550
13. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
14. Iron House
John Hart, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9781250007018
15. The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451617481

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
3. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $20, 9781416571773
4. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
5. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
6. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
7. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
8. Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061988356
9. SEAL Team Six
Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250006950
10. Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
12. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
13. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
15. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158

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. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
4. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345339683
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
8. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
9. The Affair
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246305
10. Only Time Will Tell
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $9.99, 9780312539566

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. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803735828
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
6. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
7. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
8. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
9. Snuggle Puppy
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9780761130673
10. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $15.99, 9781423151289

Children's Interest

1. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
2. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
4. Misty of Chincoteague
Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illus.), Aladdin, $5.99, 9781416927839
5. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
6. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Sean Covey, Fireside, $15.99, 9780684856094
8. Turtle in Paradise
Jennifer L. Holm, Yearling, $6.99, 9780375836909
9. Yellow Submarine
The Beatles, Candlewick, $8.99, 9780763658540
10. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
John Boyne, David Fickling, $8.99, 9780385751537

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. The Serpents Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140573
5. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
6. The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #6)
Michael Scott, Delacorte, $18.99, 9780385735353
7. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
8. Theodore Boone: The Accused
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425762
9. Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!
James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316206716
10. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
John Grisham, Puffin Books, $7.99, 9780142417225

 

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

Abandoned QuarryGLEN HELEN
for Robert Morgan

If landscape is language
then this one is water-worried,
soluble, pecked, and scarred.
I've come here for poetry.

solid footing, and to listen
for underground gurgles
in grottoes, sinkholes,
rock shelves, and caverns--

Hopewell people mounded
this soil, heard their gods
speak in things dissolving.
If I walk deep enough

in the ice-carded glen
I'll hear poetry's earliest
syllables loud as lichens
on stones the sea left.

--John Lane, Abandoned Quarry (Mercer University Press, 2011) 9780881462418

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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).

"Most folks in the high country probably aren’t familiar with Robert Penn Warren’s story and may not know the various songs, but I will guarantee that anyone whose roots reach very deep in the mountain soil has an understanding of blackberry winter along with dogwood winter, redbud winter, and catbird winter. Blackberries

A Tree Grows in BrooklynLilli Leight loves A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. The 15-year-old loves the classic novel’s exploration of perseverance, tenacity and hard luck, as well as the metaphor shared by its title, so much that she is reading it for the fourth time.  So it should come as no surprise that for her bat mitzvah project, Lilli decided to create a “reading ecosystem” for homeless children. Coral Gables teen wins national award for donating books to homeless kids

For many, Southern literature has always been a bit like coming home, and through reading, we're able to explore colorful relationships within the Kentucky hollers and hills, chase fireflies across North Carolina coves, nibble creamy pralines on a cobbled street in Savannah, snoop around antebellum mansions, and dip our toes into mysterious bayous. "Summer" and "Southern" are the ties that bind the fearlessness and fragility of the South's literary mannerisms and mores. Sizzling summer southern fiction

In Washington last month, Republican Rep. Ron Paul sat down for breakfast with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The same day, Mr. Paul's wife, Carol, sporting an apron bearing the slogan "End the Fed," was in her Texas kitchen melting chocolate chips for her Easy Oreo Truffles. The Gold Standard of Political Cookbooks

“The 2012 On the Same Page festival promises to be our most exciting yet,” said Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council and chairwoman of the festival. “Starting with an exceptional group of authors who will share their work, to the special events and opportunities that will take place throughout the festival, Ashe County will simply be the place to be this September for those who enjoy the arts and the great outdoors.” Authors who will read from their works, participate in question and answer sessions, talk with fans at “lunch with an author” events, and/or serve on a panel for a special discussion at venues across West Jefferson, include D.G. Martin, the host of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,” as well as Libby Bagby, Tim Gautreaux, Georgann Eubanks, Gyleen Fitzgerald, Vicki Lane, A.J. Mayhew, Jim Minick and Lee Smith. On the Same Page

Freeman“One of the most poignant things I learned from that book was the men and women wrote letters, haunted the offices of the Freedmen’s Bureau, and walked hundreds of miles in search of their mothers and brothers and sisters and sons and husbands and wives. “The idea that freed men and women would strive to be reunited that way, against such impossible odds, struck me as a profound and inspiring statement about the importance they attached to family and to loved ones. It also struck me that this is an aspect of history about which most of us have no clue" A love story among the ruins of slavery

To my mind, there are three key reasons for the neglect of Confederate literature. The first is an assumption made by several generations of historians and literary critics: that there wasn’t much of the stuff and in any case it wasn’t very good. At first blush this assumption seems sound. Interview with Coleman Hutchinson

In Katherine Anne Porter’s story “Old Mortality,” eight-year-old Miranda looks through an old trunk of “dowdy little wreaths” and “moth-eaten bunches of pink ostrich feathers” that once belonged to a long-dead Victorian aunt and feels even further removed from her. For me, looking through vintage clothing and old mementoes does exactly the opposite. Seeing a physical reminder of an ancestor or historical figure almost always makes the person seem more real to me. There are shriveled-up shoes and bullet-pierced wool jackets in the Atlanta Civil War museum that just about make me cry to look at; they turn something that once seemed distant into something I can easily imagine.  These faded things

Beach House MemoriesMonroe knows how to weave a tale and this is one of her very best. She creates vibrant characters of all ages and has them live and love in the paradise-like world of the South Carolina low country. It is a magical place in many ways, especially in the words with which Monroe describes it. Beach House Memories is the book of the summer

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Author Gossip

Claire CookFeatured: Claire Cooke
Author of Wallflower in Bloom, Must Love Dogs

 I also wrote advertising copy for a now defunct shoe company (not my fault!)

Wallflower in Bloom

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More gossip:

Natasha Trethewey“The appointment of Natasha Trethewey is a very welcome event,” said Dana Gioia, a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and an early admirer of her work. “She writes out of the complicated history of the region, and even from her own complicated history.” New Laureate Looks Deep Into Memory

arenNatasha TretheweyI want to make you laugh and cry, but when you finish the book you shouldn’t want to stick your head in an oven Karen White, author next door

There are probably better ways to start off a fond remembrance of somebody, but I was actually glad when I found out that Harry Crews died. Remembering Harry Crews

Harry CrewsThere’s one thing that author Megan Roberts ‘10 MFA won’t put in her poems, short stories or novel. “I try not to include sweet tea,” she says. “We’ve had enough already. The South is changing.” Southern author takes matters into her own hands

 Flannery O'Connor“I have found that anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the Northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.” Flannery O'Connor Reads A Good Man is Hard to Find

Pfeiffer was her husband's best editor and critic, and her wealthy family provided moral and financial support, including the conversion of an old barn to a dedicated writing studio at the family home in Piggott, Ark. The marriage covered some of Hemingway's most productive years, and the couple had two children. But the "unbelievable happiness" met with "final sorrow" Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage

Sally BernathyI lived in Dallas for twenty years until I had a brief bout of insanity, married a Yankee and moved up north to Missouri. I have since recovered my sanity, divorced the Yankee and now kill off evil ex-husbands in my books. Living in the North these many years, I have worked hard to preserve my Southern identity. I have the Texas state flag over my bed, license plates on my car that say "TXS SAL," and a .38 in the glove box. Sally Berneathy is a southerner

Maryann McFaddenOne of the story's key ideas is that we're prone to telling white lies or lies by omission when we feel that telling the whole truth may keep us from getting what we want. Lucy lies in bed one night ".exhausted, her mind continuing to go over the past, the puzzle still trying to work itself in her brain. Why did she seem to avoid the truth in some of the most important moments of her life?" The Booklover by Maryanne McFadden

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  ,
Charlotte, NC 06/15/2012 - 06/15/2012
Greenville, SC 06/16/2012 - 06/16/2012
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  ,
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012 - 6/17/2012
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

Lisa Wingate  ,
Duck , NC 5/8/2012 - 5/17/2012

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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).

Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, LA

Cavalier House Books

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Land More Kind Than HomePhotographs of well-known authors who have visited the store adorn the walls. I gave a reading and signed books under the watchful eyes of Eudora Welty, John Grisham, Larry Brown, and Richard Ford. Wiley Cash's Best Day Ever


Naked Came the Leaf PeeperThirty years is quite an accomplishment. More than Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin or Hank Williams had on the planet. Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was President, there were only 226 million Americans and Raiders of the Lost Ark was the top-grossing movie. And Osama Bin Laden was working for the U.S. CIA against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Malaprops Bookstore Celebrates 30 Years

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


The Secrets of Mary Bowser

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Secrets of Mary BowserBased on a remarkable true story, "The Secrets of Mary Bowser" is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.

All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.

Life in the North brings new friendships, a courtship, and a far different education than Mary ever expected, one that leads her into the heart of the abolition movement. With the nation edging toward war, she defies Virginia law by returning to Richmond to care for her ailing father--and to fight for emancipation. Posing as a slave in the Confederate White House in order to spy on President Jefferson Davis, Mary deceives even those who are closest to her to aid the Union command.

Just when it seems that all her courageous gambles to end slavery will pay off, Mary discovers that everything comes at a cost--even freedom.

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Read This! Okra Picks


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

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy ButtonsPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and Dean James (illustrator)


Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt--the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song--after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of thebestselling Pete the Cat books.

Read the first chapterPete the Cat

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The Lower RiverThe Lower River: A Novel, by Paul Theroux
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 9780547746500)
“As Ellis Hock nears the end of his long career — and his marriage — he does what many of us do at a time of great change: reassess the trajectory of our lives by going back to a time when we were truly happy. For Ellis that time was in his twenties, when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Lower River of Malawi. He decides to return, but the Africa of his sixties is but a shadow of the Africa he left behind, and the idealism he arrives with quickly vanishes in the desperation that covers his beloved village.” — Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

The InnocentsThe Innocents: A Novel, by Francesca Segal
(Voice, $25.99, 9781401341817)
“Although the plot of The Innocents follows the ‘man in love with his wife’s cousin’ formula, it is anything but stale and predictable. Caught in the loving web of his huge Jewish family, Adam Newman struggles to do the right thing while being true to himself and honest with others. Through wonderful, sometimes tragic and often quirky characters, Segal offers finely honed truths about humanity. I highly recommend this book — a wonderful summer read with some guts to it!” — Susan Tyler, The Book Bin, Onley, VA

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Author 2 Author: Claire Cook and Beth Hoffman


Claire Cook

Wall Flower in BloomClaire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie version of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the bestselling author of nine novels. (Read excerpts and find book club questions at http://ClaireCook.com and follow Claire at facebook and twitter.)

Join us as the talented and generous Beth Hoffman, NYT bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, interviews Claire Cook about her new novel, Wallflower in Bloom, released this week. It’s a June IndieNext pick, and Publishers Weekly called it “fun and inspiring” and said Cook’s “humor and narrative execution are impeccable.”

Beth: I became an instant fan when I first read Must Love Dogs, and have remained one ever since. I’m tickled how we’ve become friends over the past few years, so it’s a special treat to be interviewing you today.

Claire: Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy life to interview me, Beth. You have been such a true blue friend and supporter, and I adored CeeCee and can’t wait to read your next novel!

Beth: Welcome to the South, honey! How long have you been living in Atlanta and how did that come about?

Claire: Well first of all, let me just say that I was born in Virginia, so I think I should get a tiny bit of Southern street cred for that! As for the move, my daughter graduated from Emory University and stayed in Atlanta. I have two sisters and a stepmother here, too. I've always loved Atlanta, and two of my earlier novels have scenes set here.  So I think it felt like home even before my husband and I moved here last November. I love the friendliness of Atlantans and also the fact that they are such huge readers - practically everyone I've met belongs to a book club. And the gardens are amazing - each morning I rush outside to see what else is in bloom. There's a palm tree in my front yard - you don't get that in New England!

Beth: There’s so much buzz about Wallflower in Bloom. What was your inspiration?

Claire: Wallflower in Bloom began in kind of a crazy way: GalleyCat asked its Facebook readers which author they’d most like to see on Dancing With the Stars. Amazingly, I was one of the authors nominated, along with David Sedaris and Jodi Picoult!

I have the most amazingly supportive readers, and they got all excited and started voting like crazy – and I won the popular vote! GalleyCat sent the petition off the DWTS producers. Everyone started asking me if I’d really do it. “Of course, I would,” I said, my knees shaking. “Not just for me, but for midlife women everywhere.”

I totally would have done it, shaky knees and all, if Dancing With the Stars had ever called, which they haven’t - yet! But I have to admit it was a lot less stressful to turn the experience into the jumping off point for Wallflower in Bloom.

What was intriguing to me was the thought of a non-celebrity suddenly dropped into a celebrity world. And then I started thinking what if the heroine was the personal assistant to her famous brother, who was the family star. And what if she somehow used his connections to find her own fifteen minutes of fame? 

Beth: I love how vibrant and awake to life you are. Your positive attitude is infectious. Do you have a favorite saying?

Claire: Midlife rocks!

Beth: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

Claire: Totally thrilled to finally be living my dream!

Beth:  Ah, I like that you brought up the subject of dreams. Looking back over your career, can you pinpoint a moment or event when you recognized that your dream had truly become a reality?

Claire: That’s such an interesting question. In some ways, just having the guts to stare down my fear and insecurity and write that first book made the dream a reality. In other ways, being an author is more a journey than a destination, so I just try to enjoy the good things when they happen and not worry too much about whether they’ll ever happen again or let any one thing become the measure of my success. What I focus on is trying to become a better writer with each book, which is really the only thing I can control.

Beth: What is the greatest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

Claire: Hmm, probably finding the time to do it all. I love writing. I love interacting with readers and book clubs and booksellers and librarians. I love interviews and social networking. But I also love reading, and walking, and trying new things, and hanging out with friends and family. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance.  

Beth: If you had to pick, which book of yours is your favorite?

Claire: The one I haven’t written yet!

Beth:Love that answer! I’m curious, when do you write?

Claire: I write first thing in the morning, as soon as I wake up. I find that the longer I procrastinate, the less creative I am and the harder it gets to buckle down and get to work. It also feels great to know that I’ve accomplished my daily page goal and it’s not still hanging over my head. Then in the afternoons, I catch up on email - and Facebook and Twitter.

Beth: You’ve worked incredibly hard and have enjoyed many years of success. What advice would you give to emerging writers?

Claire: To rise above the negativity. To write the book that only you can write. To read widely and voraciously. And to go to the For Writers page at ClaireCook.com. I truly believe in sharing with up-and-coming writers, so you’ll find lots more there!

Beth: Thank you so much, Claire. This was fun! Congratulations on the launch of Wallflower in Bloom.

Claire: Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity, Beth. Now get back to work on that novel!

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