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{On the things that mom and dad taught me.}

In which Ms. Karin Wilson remembers what her father taught her, Mr. Mitchell Kaplan is like Mark Twain and Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis's life doesn't have any dull parts.

November 30, 2014

Dearest Readers,

For the rest of the month, this newsletter will be devoted to the annual gift guide. Partly, this is because Southern booksellers have lots of great ideas for the perfect book to give any one on your holiday list. Also, her ladyship has family coming for the holidays, and she is madly business trying to make her house presentable, (with only partial success) and freezing cookie dough and containers of chili, in preparation for being invaded by several teenage boys.

So...happy reading! Happy shopping! Her ladyship has to go stir the pots on the stove.

Read independently. And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

In the Heart of the Dark WoodAllie Granderson had not cried once in the five hundred forty-two days since everything ended; even as she sat hunched and dying, she vowed not to cry on the five hundred forty-third. In her mind she saw the class turning to witness her final moments, mouths ajar and eyes wide. All else—the busywork of their ridiculous project, the joy of the coming holiday, the squeak of the gerbil wheel, and the gurgle of the fish tank—would be set aside. Everyone would stare as Allie sloughed off her mortal coil. Lisa Ann Campbell would sob into her sleeve from across the room. Not because Lisa Ann particularly cared for Allie’s well-being (or anyone’s, for that matter), but because she’d found cause to bawl at least once a day over something since the beginning of the school year. That small eruption would be more than enough to light the larger one in Tommy Robertson’s stomach. Tommy sat three seats up from Allie in Miss Howard’s classroom and spilled his breakfast nearly as regularly as Lisa Ann spilled her tears. His attacks would commence with a suddenness that defied belief; too often, the only foreshock would be the thrusting up of both hands in a vain attempt to gain the teacher’s attention. By then it was too late. “Touchdown Tommy”  was what the kids called him. The nickname was neither fair nor entirely accurate, but such things mattered little in sixth grade.

This was a fact Little Orphan Allie knew well.

-- Billy Coffey, In the Dark Wood (Thomas Nelson, 2014)

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Lady Banks' Gift Guide

Lady Banks' Gift Guide: Children's, Middle Grade and Young Adult Books

And Then Comes ChristmasAnd Then Comes Christmas

What a refreshing little book! Here we find a charming story about Christmas that manages to be full of magic without mainly focusing on Santa, his elves or flying reindeer. Rather, this beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of what truly makes Christmas special; all of the traditions and festivities that lead up to it. This book is great for teaching kids about things like- how to identify changes in the weather; Christmas decorating, shopping and present wrapping; and basically all of the fun things that go into making this holiday so exciting, specifically spending time with family. Yet perhaps the greatest thing about this little picture book is that you, the adult reader, will find yourself swallowed whole by the magic of Christmastime and suddenly with a big ‘ol list of traditions you ‘just can’t skip’ this holiday season! This book will win the hearts of kids 4-7 (as well as the adults reading it to them)! But don’t wait until Christmas to give this gift! Buy it now and share with your child-reader (listener) the joy of waiting for Christmas Day!

The Message of BirdsThe Message of the Birds

Full of gorgeous illustration, this seasonal children’s book focuses on the Christian story of Christ’s birth. The story is told through a dialogue of birds who have all, more or less, lost hope in singing ‘to all of the human’s that no longer listen’ to them. But when ‘the wise old Owl’ tells them the story of Jesus’ birth, they learn a ‘special song’ and with a renewed sense of purpose set forth to sing this message to all of the children of the world. This is the perfect option for those looking for something to read aloud to kids, which puts Christianity at the center of this Holiday season. Recommended for ages 4-7, this would be great for reading anytime leading up to and on Christmas day.

The Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the… Yes! This would be one in the same- the classic book treasure and household reading tradition for every lover of Christmastime storytelling. Most of us know the infamous poem, heck most of us have it memorized! However, what makes this version unique is Barbara Reid’s signature Plasticine illustration, which fills each page with astonishing detail and odd beauty. If this type of clay-esque artistry is your or your kid’s thing, than you can’t miss this version of America’s favorite Christmastime tale!

On Christmas DayOn Christmas Day

The amazing artwork of Phyllis Harris brings to life the unpublished work of Margaret Wise Brown, renowned children’s author of Goodnight Moon. This story wasn’t discovered until 20 years ago and it tells the Christian Christmas story of Christ’s birth. This is another great option for families wanting to place Jesus, rather than Santa, at the center of their Christmas tradition.

My True Love Gave to MeMy True Love Gave to Me

This is the ‘oh-so-perfect’ gift for that Young Adult reader on your holiday list whose life has become plagued by the ‘reading is so-uncool’ attitude (as well as those few treasures who still “shamelessly” love to read). This totally-rad (just kidding, really) collection of short stories is compiled by the hottest names in YA literature. This is the perfect holiday gift option for YA lovers, or fans of books like Hunger Games or Divergent.




Once Upon an AlphabetOnce Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters

This brilliant ‘big book’ for little readers (or listeners), is simply one of the best gift options out there for children this holiday season! Within these delightful 112 pages, the talented Oliver Jeffers exposes the magic of words, which he cleverly delivers with whimsy and humor. Made up of short stories for each letter of the alphabet, this is a great option for the new-reader on your Christmas list as well as to inspire the younger ‘future reader’. They will find everything from an octopus to a lumberjack within the pages, but perhaps most importantly, even the parents will appreciate your choice as they read aloud about a Bridge that was burned between friends and about L and M who make a good couple. 

Louise Loves ArtLouise Loves Art

If you have any kids on your shopping list this year, especially one who loves arts and crafts, Louise Loves Art is not to be missed! This adorable little tale is about celebrating creativity of all kinds, or rather how ‘to take your imagination and put it on the outside’. Yet, perhaps what makes Louise’s story even more precious is the duel aspect of sibling love and friendship. You see, Louise loves art but the only thing she loves more is her little brother named Art who she learns to forgive and empower, even after he ‘ruins’ her masterpiece with his own creativity. Truly a sweet story, this would be great for the little rising creator in your life but is suited for almost any kid between the ages of 4-8; and with only 1-2 sentences per page, it is perfect for new readers as well as an easy one to read aloud.


I just love that this adorable children’s book features a sloth! Coming from the author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and the brilliantly talented illustrator of the hit movie  Coraline, this sweet story features Sparky, a pet who has more to offer than what meets the eye. Be warned: if you put this little treasure under the tree for your 4-8 year old, they’ll be sure to have a new favorite animal! This lighthearted book will bring lots of laughs as you read slowwwwly through the pages.

The Rhino Who Swallowed a StormThe Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

In the debut Children’s book from LeVar Burton, the well-known longtime host of Reading Rainbow, we find a story-within-a-story which aids young-ones during difficult and scary times. The story begins when Mica Mouse becomes scared during a storm, which reminds her of the previous year’s hurricane. Seeking to comfort her, Mica Mouse’s father chooses to read a picture book, which happens to be about a rhino that swallows a storm, but then doesn’t know what to do with it.  Filled with beautiful illustrations, a host of animals and sweet symbolism, this would be a good gift option for any kid on your shopping list that might be going through a difficult transition.   

Skippyjon Jones: Snow WhatSkippyjon Jones: Snow What

From the NYT bestselling series, about a Siamese cat who thinks he’s a dog, we get a new Skippyjon adventure in the form of a fairytale retelling. Skippyjon’s alter-ego is a Chihuahua, which makes this an ‘impossible-not-to-laugh’ read-aloud book as you exclaim things like "Skippito" to your kids. In this little book Skippyjon embarks on an adventure through his closet to a wintery land, where he meets seven characters (AKA the “los Chimichangos”) that challenge him with his most dangerous task yet: to wake up Nieve Que, the frozen princess, by kissing her (and he can’t image a grosser thing)! This is a perfect gift for any kid between the ages of 4-7 but especially for the little guy or gal in your life who hates ‘girly fairy tales’, as this whole story begins when Skippyjon’s sisters read Snow White, sending him in search of a much cooler version of his own making.

Pete the Cat and the New GuyPete the Cat and the New Guy

The groovy cat is back and this time he’s here to teach children that “different is cool”; or in other words, to give every friendship a chance because you never know what awesome person you might meet. The fun illustrations in this addition to the infamous Children’s series won’t disappoint; and the story is one of virtue, providing the perfect chance to start a wonderful dialogue with your little one!


Wonder/ 365 Days of Wonder Box SetWonder/ 365 Days of Wonder Box Set

If you’re planning on giving books for Christmas, what’s better than a box set!? Especially one that’s made up of everything Wonder! This precious international bestselling series brilliantly uses humor and a lighthearted narrative to touch on heavy topics that all children encounter. Librarians, educators and readers young and old will adore this series about August “Auggie” Pullman, an ‘ordinary’ boy with facial abnormalities so severe that it sends kids screaming. This is a “feel-good” story about over-coming difficulties, looking beyond the outside and finding ‘wonder’ in people which you least expect; and it is guaranteed to leave readers feeling humbled and triumphant all at once.    

Bad MagicBad Magic

From the bestselling author of the Secret Series (“The Name of this Book is Secret”), comes a new series full of adventure, magic and mystery. About a boy named Clay, who is sent to a mysterious camp for juvenile delinquents after the magic he has used his whole life goes a bit further than he meant for it to. This fast paced, ‘full of guesses’ story keeps the pages turning making it a great gift choice for kids in grades 4-6.



The Mark of the DragonflyThe Mark of the Dragonfly         

If you’re buying for that book-loving pre-teen who is sitting on the cusp of “too cool to read“, you should seriously consider this one! Raved as the “steam-punk” book for kids, this is a great choice for fans of dystopian/fantasy and will keep even the most reluctant reader engaged. About an orphaned girl named Piper- who finds herself on an adventure and having to make difficult choices after she discovers a young girl with no memory, who has the ‘mark of the dragonfly’. This mark means that the girl is worth heaps of reward money once she is returned to the king- something Piper sets off to do until she realizes that family comes in the most unlikely forms.  

Pennyroyal AcademyPennyroyal Academy

Ohh, for the love of Merlin! If you’re looking for Middle Grade high fantasy, or for a series to fill the void in a kid’s Harry Potter, Percy Jackson-loving-heart, then look no further! Witches, princesses, dragons… oh my! What I appreciate most about this series is that it’s written to appeal to the same hearts that The Hobbit won over, but it features a female lead! She’s a strong, but not-over-the-top, main character who finds herself in an age-old battle between royalty and witches. 


Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming

This National Book Award winning memoir, written by Jacqueline Woodson, is a series of magnificent poems which depict what it was like growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps one of the factors that made this novel such a critical success is that it is written for a child-audience; in that it’s gorgeously simple, beautifully honest and gently straight to the point. That being said, I believe that this book would be a better gift-choice for educators, librarians, cultural/historical-lovers and/or poetry enthusiasts. While yes, this award-winning book was written in such a way that even children can enjoy, this is one that certain adults will appreciate much more!     

The Infinite SeaThe Infinite Sea

When an apocalyptic alien invasion leaves the world in shambles, Cassie and her companions find themselves in a life-or-death survival situation, and to make it worse, they have no idea who they can trust. The adrenaline-filled story continues in The Infinite Sea, the 2 nd book in the mega-hit 5th Wave Series. This is a great choice for any fan of YA dystopian thrillers and as an added bonus, the series also happens to have a movie in the works  with actress Chloë Grace Moretz set to play the lead. While this is definitely a sure bet for the YA book-lover, you will need to do a little sneaky, detective work to make sure that they’ve already read book one, otherwise this gift might be a bit of a bust! 

Coding for DummiesCoding for Dummies

This book isn’t necessarily just for teens, but it is a good option for that kid on your list who loves blogging, digital design or computer-technology in general. This one definitely isn’t for everybody, but for the right kid, it could be a good option. 

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Book & Author Gossip

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis
Lewis has found the ideal biographer in Alabaman Rick Bragg, an author and former New York Times writer who understands the texture and cadence of Lewis' life that started in Concordia Parish in eastern Louisiana near the Mississippi River. Bragg wrote that he "listened in the quiet gloom of his bedroom as he told me what was worth remembering. ... He remembered it as it pleased him. ... Day after day I was reminded of a line I once read; it was like any life, but with the dull parts taken out."

A Cappella Books celebrates 25th Birthday

Congratulations to A Cappella Books, Atlanta, Ga. which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the publication of A Cozy Infinity: 25 (Mostly) Atlanta Writers on the Never-Ending Allure of Books and Bookstores. Contributors include Pulitzer Prize-winner Hank Klibanoff, formerAtlanta magazine editor Rebecca Burns, James Beard Award-winning food writer John T. Edge, popular columnist Hollis Gillespie and celebrated local novelists Thomas Mullen, Susan Rebecca White, Anthony Grooms and Joseph Skibell. The title essay was penned by Esquire staff writer and Atlanta resident Tom Junod.

The Sire of Storytelling

If Mitchell Kaplan were an author instead of Florida's sire of storytelling, it's a good bet he'd fit the Mark Twain mold. No, we're not suggesting Kaplan's fate is tied to the romance and mystery of America's riverboats. Few authors wrote with more variety -- pulled forever by wanderlust, intellectual curiosity, and plain stubbornness -- than Twain. The man behind Huckleberry Finn never stood pat, publishing dozens of travelogues, political essays, and bits of poetry amid his timeless literature. Kaplan could rest on his own laurels: He's the man, after all, who cofounded Miami Book Fair International and then shepherded it into the nation's preeminent celebration of literature, poetry, and journalism.

Amazing Place

Writer and editor Marianne Gingher gave 21 authors a wide-open assignment: write about any subject they chose as long as North Carolina was at the core of the story. What she got for a collection of essays titled "Amazing Place" were stories as varied as the state's geography and arranged that way, from the mountains to the Piedmont to the coast. The book, available in March 2015, opens with poet and novelist Robert Morgan, who grew up on a farm in Henderson County. The Green River, woods and thickets framed his childhood. "That sense of intimacy with the place is so strong, I have compared every other place I've seen to it, to this day," writes Morgan, who has taught at Cornell University for more than 40 years.

Karin Wilson

As a 10-year-old working in her grandmother's Fairhope bookstore, Karin Wilson never imagined she would one day own the store. But following her grandmother's retirement in 1997, Wilson took over Page and Palette. "It ended up being such a huge blessing. I couldn't picture doing anything else," Wilson said.  

Best thing mom or dad taught you? My dad never let me quit anything. There were many instances growing up where I begged and pleaded but he instilled in me at an early age that if you sign up for something you see it through because you're invested for the long haul. This lesson has helped me in all aspects of my life from completing an Ironman even after I crushed my clavicle in a bike wreck a few months before the race to giving me the resolve to endure the hardships of being an independent bookseller.

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

The World Made Straight


Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property outside his North Carolina hometown, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours of passing in and out of consciousness, Travis is discovered by Carlton Toomey, the wise and vicious farmer who set the trap to protect his plants, and Travis’s confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world has begun.      Before long, Travis has moved out of his parents’ home to live with Leonard Shuler, a one-time schoolteacher who lost his job and custody of his daughter years ago, when he was framed by a vindictive student. Now Leonard lives with his dogs and his sometime girlfriend in a run-down trailer outside town, deals a few drugs, and studies journals from the Civil War. Travis becomes his student, of sorts, and the fate of these two outsiders becomes increasingly entwined as the community’s terrible past and corrupt present bear down on each of them from every direction, leading to a violent reckoning—not only with Toomey, but with the legacy of the Civil War massacre that, even after a century, continues to divide an Appalachian community.      Vivid, harrowing yet ultimately hopeful, The World Made Straight is Ron Rash’s subtlest exploration yet of the painful conflict between the bonds of home and the desire for independence.

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

In the Heart of the Dark Wood
by Billy Coffey

In the Heart of the Dark WoodA motherless girl hungry for hope . . . and the dream that could be leading her astray.

Almost two years have passed since twelve year-old Allie Granderson's beloved mother Mary disappeared into the wild tornado winds. Her body has never been found. God may have spilled out his vengeance on all of Mattingly that day--but it was Allie's momma who got swept away.

Allie clings to memories of her mother, just as she clings to the broken compass she left behind, the makeshift Nativity scene assembled in Allie's front yard, and to her best friend, Zach. But even with Zach at her side, the compass tied to her wrist, and the Nativity characters just a glimpse out the window, Allie cannot help but feel lost in all the growing up that must get done.

When the Holy Mother disappears from the yard one morning, Allie's bewilderment is checked only by the sudden movement of her mother's compass. Yet the compass isn't pointing north but east . . . into the inky forest on the outskirts of Mattingly.

Following the needle, Allie and Zach leave the city pavement behind and push into the line of trees edging on the Virginia hill country. For Allie, the journey is more than a ghost hunt: she is rejoining the mother she lost--and finding herself with each step deeper into the heart of the darkest woods she's ever seen.

Brimming with lyrical prose and unexpected discoveries, "In the Heart of the Dark Wood" illustrates the steep transition we all must undergo--the moment we shed our child-like selves and step into the strange territory of adulthood.

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More Okra Picks!

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 23, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Revival
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781476770383
4. The Escape
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455521197
okra5. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447

6. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
7. Prince Lestat
Anne Rice, Knopf, $28.95, 9780307962522
8. The Burning Room
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $28, 9780316225939
9. Let Me Be Frank With You
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692062
10. Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $28, 9780345544926
11. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708
12. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
13. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385353304
14. Some Luck
Jane Smiley, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307700315
15. Something Rich and Strange
Ron Rash, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062349347


1. 41: A Portrait of My Father
George W. Bush, Crown, $28, 9780553447781
2. Small Victories
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $22.95, 9781594486296
3. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
4. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
5. Make It Ahead
Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464880
6. Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Tony Robbins, S&S, $28, 9781476757803
okra 7. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223

8. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341
9. Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780553497359
10. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
11. Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty
David Dibenedetto, Harperwave, $25.99, 9780062242358
12. Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham, Random House, $28, 9780812994995
13. The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
14. One Nation Under Taught: Solving America's Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Crisis
Dr. Vince M. Bertram, Beaufort Books, $21.95, 9780825307447
15. Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Alan Cumming, Dey Street, $26.99, 9780062225061


1. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
2. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780553418361
3. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
4. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
5. The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton, Back Bay, $18, 9780316074292
6. Still Life With Bread Crumbs
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $16, 9780812976892
7. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451693577
8. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
9. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
10. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
11. Someone
Alice McDermott, Picador USA, $15, 9781250055361
12. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
13. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, $18, 9780316176491
14. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $17, 9780143125846
15. Dark Places
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341570


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
4. George Washington's Secret Six
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $16, 9781595231109
5. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Cynthia L. Copeland, Workman, $12.95, 9780761181798
6. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062236685
7. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
8. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
9. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2015
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986368
10. Unlikely Heroes
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761174417
11. Christmas Ideals 2014
Melinda Rumbaugh (Ed.), Ideals, $9.99, 9780824913465
12. Zealot
Reza Aslan, Random House, $18, 9780812981483
13. The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $17, 9780316346627
14. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172
15. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $16, 9780316056878


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9780553418354
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Hamlet
William Shakespeare, Washington Square Press, $5.99, 9780743477123
4. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
5. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553390568
6. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie, HarperTorch, $6.99, 9780062073488
8. Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse, Bantam Classics, $5.99, 9780553208849
9. Othello
William Shakespeare, Simon & Schuster, $5.99, 9780743477550
10. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935


1. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
2. The Animals' Santa
Jan Brett, Putnam Juvenile, $17.99, 9780399257841
3. Little Blue Truck's Christmas
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Harcourt, $14.99, 9780544320413
4. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
5. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
6. Skippyjon Jones Snow What
udy Schachner, Dial, $17.99, 9780803737891
7. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Eric Litwin, James Dean, Harper, $17.99, 9780062110626
8. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062198693
9. Frozen (Little Golden Book)
Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736430517
10. Little Elliot, Big City
Mike Curato, Holt, $16.99, 9780805098259


1. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
3. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
4. Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation)
Laura Hillenbrand, Delacorte Press, $19.99, 9780385742511
5. Minecraft: Construction Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685177
6. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
Rick Riordan, John Rocco (Illus.), Hyperion, $24.99, 9781423183648
7. Minecraft: Combat Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685160
8. Sisters
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
9. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
10. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
2. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Five)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423146735
3. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
4. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
5. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
6. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
7. Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)
Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375871153
8. Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After (Dork Diaries, #8)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781481421843
9. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner Prequel)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385742894
10. Waiting Is Not Easy! (Elephant & Piggie )
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423199571

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

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Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
The Children Act
Edge of Eternity
Some Luck
Something Rich and Strange
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty
The Motivation Manifesto
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Me Before You
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The Great Gatsby
Life After Life
The Signature of All Things
Dark Places
Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Wreck This Journal
Unlikely Heroes
Christmas Ideals 2014
The Tipping Point
Into the Wild
To Kill a Mockingbir
A Feast for Crows
Animal Farm
And Then There Were None
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Little Elliot, Big City
Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation)
Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation)


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores

WILD Book Club discusses THE WILDS  (book club)
12/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Poetry Book Club  (book club)
Charles Wright
12/02/2014, 07:00 pm
The Club at 1350 Main Street, Sarasota

Book Club Night with Stephanie & Anderson- Gift Buying Event!  (book club)
12/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Book Club Night with Stephanie & Anderson- Gift Buying Event!  (book club)
12/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Diane von Furstenberg - The Woman I Wanted to Be - Bal Harbour Shops  (author appearance)
Diane von Furstenberg
12/02/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Jennifer S. Holland presents Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom  (author appearance)
Jennifer S. Holland
12/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Mason James Cole - BUSTER VOODOO & Alex Jennings - HERE I COME and OTHER STORIES  (author appearance)
Mason James Cole
12/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Hunter Sharpless reads from his memoir Song of the Fool, w/music by Stephen Kellogg  (author appearance)
Hunter Sharpless
12/02/2014, 01:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Danielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo- This Is A Book For Parents Of Gay Kids  (author appearance)
Danielle Owens-Reid
12/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Muriel Summers -The Leader in Me  (author appearance)
Muriel Summers
12/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Derek Krueger- Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium  (author appearance)
Derek Krueger
12/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Serving up Memory - Camden Writers Book  (writers group)
12/02/2014, 05:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Book Signing - Eben Alexander with The Map of Heaven   (author appearance)
Eben Alexander
12/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Givens Books
Lynchburg, VA

Author Robert Macomber Returns to Copperfish Books!  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber
12/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Copperfish Books

AUTISM Book Club discusses LIFE, ANIMATED  (book club)
12/03/2014, 01:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

MALAPROP'S Book Club discusses TRAVELS WITH EPICURUS  (book club)
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

James W. Hall - The Big Finish  (author appearance)
James W. Hall
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Viviana Diaz Balsera & Rachel A. May - La Florida: 500 Years of Hispanic Presence - Gables  (author appearance)
Viviana Diaz Balsera
12/03/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Anne Byrn signs Anne Byrn Saves the Day! Cookbook  (author appearance)
Anne Byrn
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Ibrahima Seck - BOUKI FAIT GOMBO  (author appearance)
Ibrahima Seck
12/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Sacrificial Poets Touchstone Open Mic  (other event)
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Skip Mardsen - Stinky And The Nightmare and Cotton Ketchie - The Best Christmas Eve  (author appearance)
Cotton Ketchie
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

John Flanagan - Scorpion Mountain  (author appearance)
John Flanagan
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Carl Nordgren- Anung's Journey  (author appearance)
Carl Nordgren
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Linda Beatrice Brown- A Mother Knows Her Child  (author appearance)
Linda Beatrice Brown
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Ron Rash Reading  (author appearance)
Ron Rash
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

okraChef Sean Brock in conversation with Jason Isbell  (author appearance)
Sean Brock
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Holiday Party With Margaret Bradham Thornton  (author appearance)
Margaret Bradham Thornton
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

P.J. O'Rourke  (author appearance)
P.J. O'Rourke
12/04/2014, 11:30 am
Bookstore 1 Sarasota

Ernesto Ortiz - The Akashic Records  (author appearance)
Ernesto Ortiz
12/04/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Christopher Buehlman: The Lesser Dead  (author appearance)
Christopher Buehlman
12/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Laura Kelley - THE IRISH IN NEW ORLEANS  (author appearance)
Laura Kelley
12/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Author Event: Spell Booked (Retired Witches Mysteries) - Joyce Lavene  (author appearance)
Joyce Lavene
12/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Red Clay Ramblers - Carolina Jamboree  (other event)
12/04/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

okraLynn Chandler Willis- Wink of an Eye: A Mystery  (author appearance)
Lynn Chandler Willis
12/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

All Play Improv Troupe  (other event)
12/04/2014, 08:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Lynn Seldon author of Virginia’s Ring, Cocktails and Shrimp and Grits by Frank Lee  (author appearance)
Lynn Seldon
12/04/2014, 05:00 pm
Blue Bicycle Books
Charleston, SC

Marcia DeSanctis Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Marcia DeSanctis
12/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Daisy Cakes' Kim Nelson  (author appearance)
Kim Nelson
12/04/2014, 05:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Perre Coleman Magness, author of Pimento Cheese  (author appearance)
Perre Coleman Magness
12/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Sarah Kennedy Shares Her Critically Acclaimed City of Ladies  (author appearance)
Sarah Kennedy
12/04/2014, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Carrie Rollwagen -  (author appearance)
Carrie Rollwagen
12/05/2014, 12:00 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL

FOR KIDS - Jennifer Holland - Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom - Gables  (author appearance)
Jennifer Holland
12/05/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

CORAL GABLES GALLERY NIGHT OPENING - Skyscapes: Oil Paintings by LAURIE JULIA - Gables  (other event)
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Les Standiford, John Dufresne and Midtown Books Publisher Michael Zealy - REMEMBERING ANTHONY GAGLIANO - Gables  (other event)
12/05/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Sanibel Luminary Celebration with Ron Base  (other event)
12/05/2014, 06:00 pm
MacIntosh Books and Paper
Sanibel, FL

Michael Wiley Booksigning  (author appearance)
Michael Wiley
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Avid Poetry Series: Claudia Rankine and Lindsay Tigue  (author appearance)
Claudia Rankine
12/05/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Everyone is Gay co-founders Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo  (author appearance)
Kristin Russo
12/05/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Good Night, Sleep Tight (Safe from Snow) Story Hour  (other event)
12/05/2014, 05:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Illustrator Dinny St. John Signs Fred the Red Frog at Christmas in the Pass  (author appearance)
Dinny St. John
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

Author Event: Jenifer Ruff - Everett and Karen Scioscia - Kidnapped By The Cartel  (author appearance)
Jenifer Ruff
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Kel Landis III - The Little Book of Do  (author appearance)
Kel Landis III
12/05/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Julia Elliott--The Wilds  (author appearance)
Julia Elliott
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

A Percussive Christmas: Festival of Lights with Nathan Daughtrey & Friends  (other event)
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Rachel Lacey: UNLEASHED  (author appearance)
Rachel Lacey
12/05/2014, 01:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Bernie Schein Author of Famous All Over Town  (author appearance)
Bernie Schein
12/05/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Maggie Schein-Author of Lost Cantos of the Ourobouros Caves  (author appearance)
Maggie Schein
12/05/2014, 11:00 am
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Anne Byrn Saves the Day!  (author appearance)
Anne Byrn
12/05/2014, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Grand Illumination Celebration: Donna Deakins Shares The Real Santa of Miller & Rhoads  (author appearance)
Donna Deakins
12/05/2014, 05:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

High Seas Wranglers: The Lives of Atlantic Fishing Captains- Author, Terry Howard  (author appearance)
Terry Howard
12/06/2014, 05:30 pm
Copperfish Books

Day of signings featuring Tim Barnwell, Rose Love Bartlett, Ashley English, Kevan Frazier, Alena Hennessy, and Debby Maugans  (author appearance)
Tim Barnwell
12/06/2014, 11:00 am
Malaprops Bookstore

Joyce E. Brooks  (author appearance)
Joyce E. Brooks
12/06/2014, 12:00 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL

Eric Poses - All Things Equal, Inc. - Gables  (other event)
12/06/2014, 10:30 am
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

HANS ULRICH OBRIST - Ways of Curating - Miami Beach  (author appearance)
Hans Ulrich Obrist
12/06/2014, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Jorge Armenteros - The Book of I  (author appearance)
Jorge Armenteros
12/06/2014, 05:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Robert S. Carr - Digging Miami  (author appearance)
Robert S. Carr
12/06/2014, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Susan Klaus - The Flight of the Golden Harpy  (author appearance)
Susan Klaus
12/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Meet the Author of JUSTICE WHILE BLACK: Robbin Shipp  (author appearance)
Robbin Shipp
12/06/2014, 07:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Renee Rosen- What The Lady Wants  (author appearance)
Renee Rosen
12/06/2014, 02:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Four Poems and a Party  (other event)
12/06/2014, 01:00 pm
Winston-Salem, NC

KaKaLaK 2014 poets and artists read and discuss their work  (writers group)
12/06/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

DAVID LAMOTTE presents WORLDCHANGING 101  (author appearance)
David LaMotte
12/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Anne Byrn Saves the Day: 125 Guaranteed-To-Please, Go-To Recipes to Rescue Any Occasion  (author appearance)
Anne Byrn
12/06/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Brooke Kramb - Christmas Lights  (author appearance)
Brooke Kramb
12/06/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Daniel Wallace - The Cats Pajamas  (author appearance)
Daniel Wallace
12/06/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

It's a 'Polar Express' Morning!  (other event)
12/06/2014, 10:00 am
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Book Scouts Kickoff Event  (other event)
12/06/2014, 01:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Saturday Storytime  (other event)
12/06/2014, 10:30 am
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Andrew Lawler- Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization  (author appearance)
Andrew Lawler
12/06/2014, 02:00 pm
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

Authors Round the South

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