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{The rare Southerner who can't tell a story.}

In which Mr. Charles Wright is named poet laureate, and isn't sure what to do, somebody is turning Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil into a musical--one can only wonder why it took so long--and Ms. Patti Callahan Henry is afraid she is about to enter Crazy Land, but Ms. Mary Alice Monroe tells her not to worry, she belongs there.

June 22, 2014

Dear readers,

Charles Wright has succeeded Natasha Tretheway as the nation's Poet Laureate, the second time in a row, a Southerner has been named. Why is that, do you think? What is it about southerners and poetry? They seem to be especially good at it.

CaribouA self-described "God-fearing nonbeliever," Wright began writing poetry when he was stationed in Italy with the army in the 50s. But his route to a literary life seemed doubtful. While attempting to write fiction at Davidson College in North Carolina, he came to the conclusion that he was "the rare Southerner who couldn't tell a story. (Anyone who reads his poetry will know that his conclusion was premature.) 9780374119027

Here's a nice profile of Wright's literary career.

And another southerner, and former poet laureate herself (of the state of North Carolina) recommends the collection Six Poets of the Mountain South for those of you looking for a good introduction to Wright's work. 9780807135600

But if you aren't in the mood for poetry of the "meditative, image-driven lyric" style, then how about a couple of good southern stories? Two favorite southern gal pal writers have new novels out this month: Patti Callahan Henry, The Stories We Tell, and Mary Alice Monroe, Summer Wind.

There's no stopping them when they get together--they just took over her ladyship's letter this week!

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.

AppalachiaReturned to the Yaak Cabin, I Overhear an Old Greek Song

Back at the west window, Basin Creek
Stumbling its mantra out in a slurred, midsummer monotone,
Sunshine in planes and clean sheets
Over the yarrow and lodgepole pine--
We spend our whole lives in the same place and never leave,
Pine squirrels and butterflies at work in a deep dither,
Bumblebee likewise, wind with a slight hitch in its get-along.

Dead heads on the lilac bush, daisies
Long-legged forest of stalks in a white throw across the field
Above the ford and deer path,
Candor of marble, candor of bone--
We spend our whole lives in the same place and never leave,
The head of Orpheus bobbing in the slatch, his song
Still beckoning from his still-bloody lips, bright as a bee's heart.

--Charles Wright, Appalachia (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999) 9780374526245

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Book & Author Gossip

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: The Musical

Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilThe long-aborning musical adaptation of John Berendt’s Georgia-drenched best-seller Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil moved closer to reality with a reading last week overseen by Rob Ashford and cast that included Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Leslie Uggams, Peter Cincotti, Jessica Molaskey, Michael Park and Jake Robinson (The Carrie Diaries, upcoming in HBO’s The Leftovers and NBC’s Odyssey).



Okra Pick!Flowing with the River of Life

A Long Time GoneThere is a rhythm to the writing of Karen White. It has a pace, a beat, a cadence that is all its own. It creates a flow of words like a river surging forward from the first page to the last page. This is certainly the case with White's latest novel, A Long Time Gone. The reader gets swept up by the story right from the start and barely comes up for breath until all has been revealed. This makes this southern saga of life in Mississippi one of White's best, and that means it is very, very good.

Wild Iris Books Recognized

Wild Iris Books, home to Gainesville’s feminist community, is one of the last bookstores of its kind in the U.S., according to a story published last week in PolicyMic Magazine, and it plans to stay that way. Owners Erica Merrell and Cheryl Calhoun have kept Florida’s only feminist bookstore running through donations and volunteers. . . . “(National Women’s Liberation), as individual women, do our best to shop at and support Wild Iris,” said Kendra Vincent, chair of Gainesville’s National Women’s Liberation. The store essentially takes the dying art of bookselling and adds feminism behind it, Merrell said.

Okra Pick!Under Magnolia

Under Magnolia“Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” inverts the geometry of Mayes’s Tuscan books, placing Fitzgerald in the foreground as she tunnels back to the 1940s and ’50s, when her parents, charismatic yet explosive Garbert and beautiful, fragile Frankye, were “fated to the one-mile-square town, wearing out the streets with their heels and tires, wearing out their expectations, wearing out their love.”

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STARS Authors

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.

Meet Patti Callahan Henry & Mary Alice Monroe

Patti Callahan HenryNew York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry has published ten novels: Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Between the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, Driftwood Summer, The Perfect Love Song, Coming up for Air, And Then I Found You, and the upcoming The Stories We Tell—which will be released by St. Martin’s Press in June 2014. Hailed as a fresh new voice in Southern fiction, Henry has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and in audiobook by Brilliance Audio.

Henry has appeared in numerous magazines including Good Housekeeping, skirt! magazine, South magazine, and Southern Living. Two of her novels were Okra Picks and Coming up For Air was selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List. She is a frequent speaker at fundraisers, library events and book festivals. A full-time writer, wife, and mother of three—Henry lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Patti Callahan Henry grew up in Philadelphia, the daughter of an Irish minister, and moved south with her family when she was 12 years old. With the idea that being a novelist was “unrealistic,” she set her sights on becoming a pediatric nurse, graduating from Auburn University with a degree in nursing, and from Georgia State with a Master’s degree in Child Health. She left nursing to raise her first child, Meagan, and not long after having her third child, Rusk, she began writing down the stories that had always been in her head. Henry wrote early in the mornings, before her children woke for the day, but it wasn’t until Meagan, then six, told her mother that she wanted “to be a writer of books” when she grew up, that Henry realized that writing was her own dream as well. She began taking writing classes at Emory University, attending weekend writers’ conferences, and educating herself about the publishing industry, rising at 4:30 AM to write. Her first book, Losing the Moon, was published in 2004.

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The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tella powerful novel about the stories we tell and the people we trust.

Eve and Cooper Morrison are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and deeply involved in the community. She owns and operates a letterpress studio specializing in the handmade; he runs a digital magazine featuring all things southern gentlemen. The perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new, Eve and Cooper are the beautiful people. The lucky ones. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Georgia family.But things may not be as good as they seem.Eve’s sister, Willa, is staying with the family until she gets "back on her feet." Their daughter, Gwen, is all adolescent rebellion. And Cooper thinks Eve works too much. Still, the Morrison marriage is strong. After twenty-one years together, Eve and Cooper know each other. They count on each other. They know what to expect. But when Cooper and Willa are involved in a car accident, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories—what Cooper says, what Willa remembers, what the evidence indicates—Eve has to find out what really happened. And what she’s going to do about it.

A riveting story about the power of truth, The Stories we Tell will open your eyes and rearrange your heart.


Mary Alice MonroeMary Alice Monroe is the New York Times best selling author of more than a dozen novels and one children's book. She is an active conservationist, serving as a board member of the South Carolina Aquarium and The Leatherback Trust. She's also a member of the local turtle team. Learn more about Mary Alice at

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The Summer Wind

The  Summer Wind"The Summer Wind" is the second book in Monroe's Lowcountry Summer trilogy, following the "New York Times" bestselling "The Summer Girls." This series is a poignant and heartwarming story of three half-sisters and their grandmother, who is determined to help them rediscover their southern roots and family bonds. 

It's midsummer and Eudora, nicknamed Dora, is staying at Sea Breeze, the family's ancestral home on Sullivan's Island. For years, Dora has played the role of the perfect wife and mother in a loveless marriage. Now her husband filed for divorce, her child is diagnosed with autism, and her house is on the market. Dora's facade collapses under the weight of her grief and she suffers "broken heart syndrome." Mamaw and the girls rally around Dora--but it's up to Dora to heal herself as she spends the summer prowling the beach, discovering the secrets of the island and her heart. This is a summer of discovery for all the women of Sea Breeze. Carson returns from Florida to face life-changing decisions, Lucille confronts a health scare, and an unexpected visitor has Harper reconsidering her life's direction. 

When tropical storm winds batter the island, the women must band together and weather the tempest--both the one outside their windows and the raging sea of emotions within each of them. They must learn again what it means to be a sister. It is up to Mamaw to keep the light burning at Sea Breeze to guide the girls through the lies, the threats, and the rocky waters of indecision to home.

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Patti Callahan Henry

Mary Allice Monroe

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Author 2 Author: Mary Alice Monroe and Patti Callahan Henry

 Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe  

Mary Alice Monroe and Patti Callahan Henry are southern authors, colleagues and best of friends. They both have novels released in June: Mary Alice Monroe's The Summer Wind June 17 and Patti Callahan Henry's The Stories We Tell a week later, June 24, 2014.  The two authors have often spoken together and will again June 25 at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta.  Patti and Mary Alice talk about their books and writing.

Mary Alice Monroe:  From the moment I laid eyes on you standing on my front porch with a big smile, I knew we were kindred spirits. We sat down on my sofa and didn't stop talking for hours!  You were on book tour and came to the Isle of Palms for a signing.  It's such a good story; care to finish it?

But then there I was, standing on your front porch with a suitcase ready to stay the night and I thought, What if she is crazy and I’m about to enter Crazy-Land?

Patti Callahan Henry: From the moment we started talking on the phone, I knew we’d be the best of friends. But then there I was, standing on your front porch with a suitcase ready to stay the night and I thought, What if she is crazy and I’m about to enter Crazy-Land? But of course that wasn’t true.  We've been friends for so long since then. We've spent hours and days talking about myth and story and writing. How would you say our friendship has influenced your writing?

Mary Alice Monroe:  I'd have to say it's the soul-connecting kind of encouragement and support we give each other that has helped me dig deeper and continue working the long hours under deadline. Writing is a solitary career, yet we need to bounce ideas and discuss problems with someone we can trust.  That person for me is you. 

Another inspiration for my writing is the landscape itself.  You and I both feel a deep connection to the lowcountry. When I read your books I resonate to your words when you describe rivers and winding creeks, moonlight and sultry nights.  Why does the lowcountry speak to you?

Patti Callahan Henry: I’m not sure we can ever really say why something resonates, especially a landscape. It’s something hardwired internally that allows certain areas of the world to vibrate inside of us. The Lowcountry is one of those places for me. I feel my heartbeat. I hear my thoughts. I am equally stunned and soothed by the rivers, estuaries and marshes. We spend as much time as possible there as a family, and my daughter now goes to school in Savannah. My stories have all been set there, and my heart lives there.

Although you actually do live in the Lowcountry, you travel and give so much of your time to environmental issues and also to writers and readers, how do you find the time to do all of this and still produce a book a year?

Mary Alice Monroe:  It's a challenge, for true.  Yet, it's my life! You know I'm kind of a hermit when I'm home.  I shut out the noise and focus to write, garden, work with animals (especially now as the sea turtle season begins).  I have a lot on my plate but my passion fuels my energy.  I enjoy sharing all I've learned through the power of my stories, both in written form and when I speak.  But Patti, my children are all grown now.  When they were younger, like yours, I didn't have as much time to devote to volunteering.

With those young kids, I know you have an active family and family struggles are featured in your new novel, The Stories We Tell.   This is a rich, emotional story about marriage, discovering new truths, reconciliation and redemption. Were any of the characters based on your life? How did they influence the character’s development?

Patti Callahan Henry: Not one of the characters is based on people in my life. As usual, there might be a curious amalgam in each character but I did not fashion a single character after a loved or known person in my life. I did use some teenage actions I have witnessed or been a part of in raising three high-spirited teenagers (was that a nice way to say it?). I have not owned a letterpress and I definitely can’t write a song (or even sing one). So these characters are born of imagination and the murky world of storytelling.

On the topic of our new books, what was the spark of the idea for The Summer Wind? I know it is the second book in a trilogy about three sisters. Where did the idea begin? With the sisters or with the dolphins?

Mary Alice Monroe:  With the dolphins, of course!  I've gone out on the waterways with NOOA to photo ID and to capture and do medical tests on the resident dolphins.  We've learned that nearly half are sick. How could I not want to get that info out there? In the past four years I've helped rehab injured dolphins and I volunteer at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida. Of all the animals I've worked with--and I've been involved with a lot-- the dolphins are the most intelligent and socially aware. I'm an intuitive writer and I like to say that the animals tell me what my story is about. The dolphins taught me about the importance of communication and connection, of family and community bonds.  And they reminded me to enjoy life and to laugh! These lessons inspired the themes of The Lowcountry Summer trilogy of a dysfunctional southern family on Sullivan's Island whose lives are changed by the presence of one wild dolphin and one remarkable summer.

The dolphins were my inspiration, but In The Stories We Tell, I know you had a few themes that inspired you. Can you tell me about that?

Patti Callahan Henry:  I was inspired by the beauty and handmade world of letterpress and typography. In our fast-paced world where image is everything in social media and branding, where does the handcrafted, honest life fit in? I imagined a woman who valued not only the image of her life and family but also the creative life that nourished her. I saw these two worlds colliding as she struggled to keep both worlds alive in a tension of opposites. Eventually something had to unwind, which of course it did. As an ex-nurse who specialized in closed head injuries, I was also inspired by the constantly wavering life of memory and imagination. What is real? What is imagined or remembered? How accurate is our memory, especially after a head injury? These fascinating questions pulled the story along as I uncovered the answers. I’m always inspired by storytelling and the ultimate ability of creativity to heal a heart, a life and an injured brain.
Mary Alice, what is your favorite part of your new novel? What is the thing that kept your passion moving forward?

Mary Alice Monroe:  Writing a trilogy has been a new experience.  I have these people in my head that are fully fleshed out and over three years I am steadily moving all their lives forward toward the conclusion that will come at the end of the third novel.  Although each book focuses on one woman,  all the characters' stories move forward in each novel toward a final climax.  I know what that ending is and I am excited to weave all the threads and tie all the knots so the readers will--hopefully--sigh with contentment on closing the final book! And... they'll learn a lot about dolphins in the process.     

Patti, one of the most interesting things to me about your new book was how the heroine, Eve Morrison, owns a Printing Press company and she is printing a series of cards called "Ten Good Ideas."  I just love this concept and wonder where the idea came from? 

Patti Callahan Henry:  The Ten Good Ideas play an interesting role in the story, originating from Eve and her sister, Willa’s childhood reimagining of the Ten Commandments. When they were young, they thought the Ten Commandments were too full of things NOT TO DO and they wanted to make a list of lovely things TO DO. Now that they are adults, they are turning this inspired list into a card line, which pushes the story forward in interesting ways.

It is through this card  line that Eve learns one of her most important lessons in the search for truth—that just because something looks good doesn’t mean it is good.

SO, Mary Alice, what would you say is the most important lesson your heroine learns on her search?

Mary Alice Monroe: Easy to answer now, but in the beginning stages of the novel I couldn't get into the heroine, Dora.  The Summer Wind  is "her" book.  Instead, however, I wrote more about Carson (who had the primary focus of The Summer Girls) and her involvement with the charming dolphin, Delphine.  After all, I spent all that time with dolphins! My editor gently, firmly, reminded me that this was Dora's story and asked me to develop Dora's storyline more.

It  was only later, after digging deeper, that I understood why Dora was so hard to write.  She isn't glamorous or exciting.  She is "every woman."  A little closer to home. Dora is a southern housewife burdened with expectations, and  "shoulds." She is unappreciated and feeling she never measures up to her sisters, or the standards set by her mother and society.  Who can, really? Instead, as her world crumbles, she feels  shame.  I think a lot of readers will identify with Dora and cheer her on, as I did, when she struggled to discover her strengths and talents to feel empowered  to say, "I am enough!"  Once I got it, I was excited to tell her story.

Patti, your stories are always about the redeeming power of love. What keep Eve from seeing the truth and the real love in this novel?

Patti Callahan Henry: Eve wants to be good and right and true. She wants to keep her family together and love her family completely. She wants to be a good wife and a good mother. Her feelings for Max oppose all of these desires, therefore she fights and rationalizes her feelings for him. She tells herself that she cares about him only because they work so well together; it is a kind of denial that allows her to keep her life together and neat until it all begins to unravel.

Mary Alice, if you had to choose one final message for the reader to take away from this novel, what would it be?

Mary Alice Monroe:    I'll let a story by Douglas Adams answer this: 

"Humans believe they're smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc. and all dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around.

Dolphins believe they are smarter for exactly the same reasons."

And Patti, what would be the final message you’d want the reader to take away?

Patti Callahan Henry :  I like the reader to choose the most important theme. I am continually stunned by the ability of readers to show me something about my work that even I don’t see. It is often in the writing that I begin to see the themes; I don’t set out to push a theme forward. Now that the novel is finished and entering the world, I can see the themes more clearly. There is our ability to see the truth when we don’t want to see it; trusting our intuition. I wrote about the struggle between family and work and the need to please others at the expense of our creative life. I wrote about love and being a mother and the powerlessness that comes with motherhood when you can’t fix something for your child. I wrote about the elusive nature of memory and imagination. The more obvious theme rests in the question, “What is infidelity?” and how do we deal with it? I think that if I had to choose the most important theme for me it would be the message about the ability of creativity to both open our eyes and also to heal our hearts.

The Stories We Tell (St. Martins Press) will be released in hardcover on June 24th, 2014. A powerful novel about The Stories We Tell and the people we trust.

The Summer Wind (Gallery Books, June 17) is the second book in The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. Book One, The Summer Girls is available in paperback now.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 15, 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. Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Diana Gabaldon, Delacorte, $35, 9780385344432
2. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
3. The Hurricane Sisters
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132529
4. Mr. Mercedes
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781476754451
okra5. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780

6. Midnight in Europe
Alan Furst, Random House, $27, 9781400069491
okra 7. Natchez Burning
Greg Iles, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062311078

8. The Smoke at Dawn
Jeff Shaara, Ballantine, $28, 9780345527417
9. The Matchmaker
Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316099752
10. Save the Date
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9781250019691
okra 11. A Long Time Gone
Karen White, NAL, $25.95, 9780451240460

12. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616203214
13. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
14. The Vacationers
Emma Straub, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594631573
15. The Last Kind Words Saloon
Larry McMurtry, Liveright, $24.95, 9780871407863


1. Hard Choices
Hillary Rodham Clinton, S&S, $35, 9781476751443
2. One Nation
Ben Carson, Candy Carson, Sentinel, $25.95, 9781595231123
3. Carsick
John Waters, FSG, $26, 9780374298630
4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty, Belknap Press, $39.95, 9780674430006
5. Think Like a Freak
Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, Morrow, $28.99, 9780062218339
6. Tibetan Peach Pie
Tom Robbins, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062267405
7. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
8. Good Talk, Dad
Bill Geist, Willie Geist, Grand Central, $27, 9781455547227
9. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $28, 9781400064168
10. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $29, 9780316204361
11. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
12. Flash Boys
Michael Lewis, Norton, $27.95, 9780393244663
13. Clouds of Glory
Michael Korda, Harper Torch, $40, 9780062116291
14. Killing Jesus
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805098549
15. Players First
John Calipari, Michael Sokolove, Penguin Press, $28.95, 9781594205736


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780307588371
2. And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $16, 9781594632389
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062255662
okra4. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $16, 9781594632709

5. The Silver Star
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9781451661545
6. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
7. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
okra 8. The Tilted World
Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062069191

9. The Last Original Wife
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062132475
10. Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen, Grand Central, $15, 9780446556149
11. The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling, Mulholland, $18, 9780316206853
12. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
13. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
14. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15, 9781451673319
15. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
okra3. The Astronaut Wives Club
Lily Koppel, Grand Central, $17, 9781455503247

4. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062301673
5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 9780812979329
6. Lawrence in Arabia
Scott Anderson, Anchor, $17.95, 9780307476418
7. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849922077
8. Orange Is the New Black
Piper Kerman, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812986181
9. Confessions of the World's Best Father
Dave Engledow, Gotham, $18, 9781592408894
10. One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $16.95, 9780767919418
11. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
12. The Guns at Last Light
Rick Atkinson, Picador USA, $20, 9781250037817
13. A Higher Call
Adam Makos, Berkley, $17, 9780425255735
14. The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel, Back Bay, $17, 9780316240055
15. Man Made Meals
Steven Raichlen, Workman, $24.95, 9780761166443


1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780345514400
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
3. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
8. Inferno
Dan Brown, Anchor, $9.99, 9781400079155
9. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780765370624
10. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
3. The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
Mo Willems, Disney Press, $16.99, 9781423190875
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
6. Frozen (Little Golden Book)
Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736430517
7. I Love My Daddy
Giles Andreae, Emma Dodd (Illus.), Disney/Hyperion, $6.99, 9781423199700
8. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061906220
9. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288
10. Three Bears in a Boat
David Soman, Dial Books, $17.99, 9780803739932


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
2. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
3. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
4. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
5. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
6. We Were Liars
E. Lockhart, Delacorte, $17.99, 9780385741262
7. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545669931
8. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
9. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
10. Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, $18.99, 9781250012579


1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062289858
2. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
3. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951
4. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
6. City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments, #6)
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $24.99, 9781442416895
7. Soccer on Sunday (Magic Tree House, #52)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780307980533
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
9. Frozen: A Tale of Two Sisters (Step Into Reading Series)
Melissa Lagonegro, Maria Elena Naggi (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736431200
10. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

Hurricane Sisters
The Smoke at Dawn
Save the Date
A Long Time Gone
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
Jesus Calling
Clouds of Glory
Killing Jesus
Players First
The Tilted World
The Last Original Wife
The Cuckoo's Calling
Farenheit 451
The Astronaut Wives Club
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Confessions of the World's Best Father
Guns at Last Light
Monuments Men
Man Made Meals
The Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord of the Flies” height=
Ender's Game
The Diary of a Young Girl
Three Bears in a Boat


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

Jenny Milcham - Ruin Falls  (author appearance)
Jenny Milcham
06/27/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Pearl Cleage at Charis! Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs  (author appearance)
Pearl Cleage
06/27/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Webb Hubbell: When Men Betray  (author appearance)
Webb Hubbell
06/27/2014, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Patti Callahan Henry discusses her new novel The Stories We Tell  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry
06/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Elizabeth Gilbert
06/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Earl Swift – Auto Biography  (author appearance)
Earl Swift
06/27/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

WomenSpeak open mic  (other event)
06/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Mary Ann Claud – The Dancin’ Man  (author appearance)
Mary Ann Claud
06/27/2014, 04:00 pm
The Book Shelf
Tryon, NC

Mary Ann Claud  (author appearance)
Mary Ann Claud
06/27/2014, 04:00 pm
The Book Shelf
Tryon, NC

Book Your Lunch With Patti Callahan Henry  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry
06/27/2014, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

YA Book Club  (book club)
06/28/2014, 03:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Charis Celebrates the Atlanta Issue of Original Plumbing  (other event)
06/28/2014, 04:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Okra Pick!Alexandra Duncan - SALVAGE  (author appearance)
Alexandra Duncan
06/28/2014, 05:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Storytime with Betsey Anderson, author of Maggie Goes to Maine!  (author appearance)
Betsey Anderson
06/28/2014, 11:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

06/28/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

James Salzman – Drinking Water: A History  (author appearance)
James Salzman
06/28/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Luncheon with Marie Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
06/28/2014, 12:00 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Author event: George Nyman - Love Lost in Time Relativity  (author appearance)
George Nyman
06/28/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Carolina Kinder's Storytime  (other event)
06/28/2014, 10:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Saturday Storytime!  (other event)
06/28/2014, 11:00 am
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Author event with Karen Sloan-Brown, author of A New Season: The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings Book 2  (author appearance)
Karen Sloan-Brown
06/28/2014, 01:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Kathryn O'Sullivan- Murder on the Hoof   (author appearance)
Kathryn O'Sullivan
06/28/2014, 11:00 am
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Thomas J. Gilroy – The Holy Hand Grenade: How to get what you really want, really!  (author appearance)
Thomas J. Gilroy
06/29/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Bob Rogers - Laced Chameleon  (author appearance)
Bob Rogers
06/29/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Eric Mann - Playbook for Progressives  (author appearance)
Eric Mann
06/30/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Wendy Wax  (author appearance)
Wendy Wax
06/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Roswell, GA

Okra Pick!Lisa Howorth: Flying Shoes  (author appearance)
Lisa Howorth
06/30/2014, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Mary Alice Monroe- The Summer Wind  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
06/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Charlotte, NC

Politics of Food Book Club  (book club)
06/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Women in Lively Discussion (WILD) Bookclub  (book club)
07/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Patrick Lee Lucas -Modernism At Home: Edward Loewenstein's Mid-Century Architectural Innovation  (author appearance)
Patrick Lee Lucas
07/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Bob Woodruff  (author appearance)
Bob Woodruff
07/01/2014, 05:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Launch Party for Erika Marks  (author appearance)
Erika Marks
07/01/2014, 07:00 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

Sacrificial Poets Touchstone Open Mic  (other event)
07/02/2014, 06:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Autism Bookclub  (book club)
07/02/2014, 12:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Malaprop's Bookclub  (book club)
07/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Quincey Heatley  (author appearance)
Quincey Heatley
07/03/2014, 05:30 pm
Burry Bookstore
Hartsville, SC

Coral Gables Gallery Night Opening - Double Take by Maggie Evans Silverstein  (author appearance)
Maggie Evans Silverstein
07/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Breakfast 'Serial' Book Club  (book club)
07/05/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Breakfast 'Serial' Book Club  (book club)
Mary Pope Osbourne
07/05/2014, 11:15 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Charles Van Bibber-A Marine Relates His Vietnam Experiences  (author appearance)
Charles Van Bibber
07/05/2014, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Suzanne Adair – A Hostage to Heritage  (author appearance)
Suzanne Adair
07/05/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Love Your Indie Author/Bookstore Celebration!  (other event)
07/05/2014, 10:00 am
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

POETRIO  (other event)
07/06/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Okra Pick!Wilton Barnhardt discusses his novel Lookaway, Lookaway  (author appearance)
Wilton Barnhardt
07/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Okra Pick!Wilton Barnhardt – Lookaway, Lookaway  (author appearance)
Wilton Barnhardt
07/08/2014, 06:30 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Terry McMillan  (author appearance)
Terry McMillan
07/08/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Elsie's Brioche and Books Club  (book club)
Orhan Pamuk
07/09/2014, 09:00 am

Patti Callahan Henry  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry
07/09/2014, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jeff VanderMeer  (author appearance)
Jeff Vandermeer
07/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Special Pre-School Storytime with Darren Farrell, Author of Thank You, Octopus!  (author appearance)
Darren Farrell
07/10/2014, 10:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Jeff VanderMeer  (author appearance)
Jeff Vandermeer
07/10/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Adam Sosby and Sam Stephenson -Bull City Summer  (author appearance)
Adam Sosby
07/10/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

David Webb Discusses His Findings on Judaculla Rock  (author appearance)
David Webb
07/11/2014, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Suzanne Palmieri  (author appearance)
Suzanne Palmieri
07/11/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Author Luncheon Series: Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
07/11/2014, 12:00 pm
Blue Bicycle Books
Charleston, SC

Picture Book Club  (book club)
07/12/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Breakfast 'Serial' Book Club  (book club)
Mary Pope Osborne
07/12/2014, 11:15 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Rose Senehi Presents Her Latest Blue Ridge Novel  (author appearance)
Rose Senehi
07/12/2014, 02:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
07/12/2014, 10:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

James Applewhite – Cosmos: A Poem  (author appearance)
James Applewhite
07/12/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Meet The Authors: Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser!  (author appearance)
Walt Wolfram
07/12/2014, 06:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Author event: KD Davis - Watered by the Vine: Daily Devotions for Single Women  (author appearance)
KD Davis
07/12/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Dicy McCullough - Tired of Being Little  (author appearance)
Dicy McCullough
07/12/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Darren Farrell- Thank You, Octopus  (author appearance)
Darren Farrell
07/12/2014, 05:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Robert Patton  (author appearance)
Robert Patton
07/13/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

The Flyleaf Book Lovers Club Discusses The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida  (book club)
07/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Jennifer Verdolin- Wild Connection  (author appearance)
Jennifer Verdolin
07/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Laura Lane McNeal discusses her novel Dollbaby  (author appearance)
Laura Lane McNeal
07/15/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Conn Iggulden  (author appearance)
Conn Iggulden
07/15/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Duke Young Writers  (other event)
07/15/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Young Adult Book Club  (book club)
07/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Dr. Cristy Kessler  (author appearance)
Dr. Cristy Kessler
07/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Karen Holmes  (author appearance)
Karen Holmes
07/17/2014, 10:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Meet the Author: Tom Eamon  (author appearance)
Tom Eamon
07/17/2014, 05:30 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Okra Pick!Women Writers Writing Women's Stories with Anne Barnhill and Barbara Claypole White  (author appearance)
Barbara Claypole White
07/17/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Ezekiel J Walker- The Medea Factory  (author appearance)
Ezekiel J Walker
07/17/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Suzanne Palmieri Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Suzanne Palmieri
07/17/2014, 05:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Kobo Writing Life Presentation  (writers group)
07/18/2014, 01:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Lydia Netzer Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Lydia Netzer
07/18/2014, 05:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Picture Book Club  (book club)
07/19/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Joseph Wheelan – Bloody Spring  (author appearance)
Joseph Wheelan
07/19/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Meet the Author: John Sauls  (author appearance)
John Sauls
07/19/2014, 05:30 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Meet the Author: Nancy Welch  (author appearance)
Nancy M Welch
07/19/2014, 11:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Brenda Remmes – The Quaker Cafe  (author appearance)
Brenda Remmes
07/20/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Cookbook Club  (book club)
07/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Picture Book Club  (book club)
07/26/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Author Lynn Tincher  (author appearance)
Lynn Tincher
07/26/2014, 01:00 pm
A Reader's Corner Bookstore
Louisville, KY

Meet the Author: Ashley Terrell  (author appearance)
Ashley Terrell
07/26/2014, 11:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Meet the Author: Rochelle Alers  (author appearance)
Rochelle Alers
08/02/2014, 10:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Authors Round the South

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