{On the dangers of making moonshine by moonlight.}

In which August 9th is Book Lover’s Day in Carrollton, Georgia, although no one seems to know why, Karen Spears Zacharias explains the difference between journalism and fiction, somebody needs to tell David Sedaris’s father that his son is a national treasure, and Susan Reinhardt’s mother likes to pretend her daughter is a virgin.

July 8, 2013

Dearest Readers,

Have you read these yet?

Over the holiday weekend, while most people were grilling hot dogs and setting off fireworks in their back yards, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance announced the winners of the 2013 SIBA Book Award:
Back in the Day Backery CookbookThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreA Land More Kind Than HomeStand Up That MountainDescentThree Times Lucky
The odds are, if you love southern literature, you’ve read one or two. Now you have three or four more books for your tbr stack.

Happy reading!

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

United States, Essays 1952-1992In 1976, I reviewed Tennessee Williams’s Memoirs. We had been friends form the late forties ot the early sixties; after that, we say very little of each other (drink/drugs), but I never ceased to be fond of what I called the Glorious Bird. Readers of my review, who have waited, I hope patiently, to find out Tennessee’s reaction should know that when next we met, he narrowed his cloudy blue eyes and said, in tones that one of these biographers would call “clipped,” “When your review appeared my book was number five on the nonfiction best-seller list of The New York Times. Within two weeks of your review, it was not listed at all.”

I last saw him three or four years ago. We were together on a televised Chicago talk show. He was in good form, despite a papilla on the bridge of his nose, the first sign, ever, of that sturdy rubbery body’s resentment of alcohol. There were two or three other guests around a table, and the host. Abruptly, the Bird settled back in his chair and shut his eyes. The host’s habitual unease became panic. After some disjointed general chat, he said, tentatively, “Tennessee, are you asleep?” And the Bird replied, eyes still shut, “No, I am not asleep but sometimes I shut my eyes when I am bored.”

--Gore Vidal, “ Tennessee Williams: Someone to Laugh at the Squares With” in United States: Essays 1952-1992 (Random House) 9780767908061

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Lady Banks' Receipt Book

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

Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New OrleansLeon’s Skillet Cornbread
After “Exchange Alley” published a request for a cornbread recipe made in a cast-iron skillet, a reader in Mandeville sent this one. The result is cornbread that is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, it’s easy to remember the old substitution trick: For every cup of buttermilk called for in the recipe, use 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup. Let it set for a few minutes before using.
(makes 6 to 8 servings)

2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
about 2 cups buttermilk
3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

Sift the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large glass or metal mixing bowl (not plastic). Mix in the eggs and enough buttermilk to make a loose, soupy batter.

On the stove top, heat the vegetable oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet until smoking slightly. Carefully swirl the skillet to coat the interior with oil, then carefully pour the hot oil into the batter and stir until the oil is blended into the batter.

Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Place the skillet in the hot over and bake the cornbread for about 25 minutes, or until a few brown spots appear on the top. Serve hot.

--Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker, Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. 9780811865777

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Lady Banks' Housekeeping Book

Country wisdom from practical people.

Smokehouse Ham, Spoonbread & Scuppernong WineThe phases of the moon

“I’ll tell you about making whiskey, Joe,” my late moonshiner friend Theodore (Thee) King of Hiawassee, Georgia,  told me. “The weather and the time of year and the right phase of the moon is when you make whiskey. Don’t never cook in a sweet mash on the new of the moon. If you do, it’ll puke in your still and you’ll never get it settled down. You want to cook it in the dark nights, on the dark of the moon.”

…Planting crops was considered best during the “fruitful” days of the month, such as those under the fertile “water signs”--Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces. Crops that would yield an aboveground harvest--such as beans, okra, tomatoes, and cabbage--were to be planted when the moon was waxing…getting brighter. The belowground crops--potatoes, beets, turnips---should be planted on the dark of the moon.

Many mountain people felt that the tender “eyed” vegetables--beans ad peas and potatoes--needed to be in the ground by Good Friday. Otherwise they were sure to weep and even cry their eyes out over the Crucifixion.

--Joseph E. Dabney, Smokehouse Ham, Spoonbread & Scuppernong Wine (Cumberland House, 2010) 9781402239137

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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).

A Long Day at the End of the WorldIn his debut memoir A Long Day at the End of the World (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Hendricks explores the complexity of finding out his father’s body was left to rot out in rural Georgia with hundreds of other corpses. Forced to confront his relationship with his father, as strained in life as it became in death, Hendricks takes us along for his pilgrimage to the “final place of unrest for a restless man.” A Long Day at the End of the World 9780374146863

Holly Goddard Jones’s debut collection of short stories, Girl Trouble, was set in the meagre town of Roma, Kentucky; now her first novel follows the same community, but draws it together with a murder. In one sense, though, The Next Time You See Me also feels like a story collection. The Next Time You See Me

Whistling Past the GraveyardBut what really got me is the intensity and the enormity of all the situations Starla finds herself in. Some situations are so intense that I nearly wanted to put the book down. I just didn’t see how she and Eula could find a good way out of the stickiness they always find themselves in! But I just had to keep trudging on to find out what happened. I couldn’t help myself… Whistling Past the Graveyard 9781476707723

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Author Gossip

The Sound and the FuryFranco told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that he plans to next adapt the classic, "The Sound and the Fury," with his "As I Lay Dying" and "This Is the End" castmate Danny McBride co-starring in the production. The "Oz The Great and Powerful" star says his brother Dave Franco and "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm are also attached to the project. Franco to adapt The Sound and the Fury 9780679732242

I finished the book and one of my earliest thoughts was, I hope I have done these people justice. They give so much in life, they're in there doing the real thing. I ordered and read a lot of the books that I know are often used in training people who care for the elderly. Sixty seconds with Jill McCorkle 9781565122550

Life After LifeJournalism is exacting. Fiction is imagining. Journalism is fenced in. Fiction is wide-open space. Journalism demands the truth. Fiction seeks universal truths. Journalism thrives through accountability. Fiction throws caution to the wind. Karen Spears Zacharias

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

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

Authors traveling right now:

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

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Bookstore Gossip

Bookstores in Carrollton are expecting a surge in customers on August 9th, because this is Book Lovers Day. The origin of this holiday is unknown, but the purpose is to help people experience the benefits of reading. If you take a look around Horton’s Books & Gifts, which is Georgia’s oldest bookstore, you can enjoy mental stimulation, memory improvement and vocabulary expansion. The Oldest Bookstore in Georgia

When stacked one on top of the other, the books at Blue Bicycle Books reaches a whopping 1,565 feet, a drastic comparison to the Saint Matthews steeple which is only 265 feet. And the stack only continues to grow. Blue Bicycle Books

In her essay The Bookshop Strikes Back, published as a one-off hardcopy edition in the UK to inspire booksellers and readers as part of Independent Booksellers Week, the Orange Prize and PEN/Faulkner award-winning novelist chronicles the shop's beginning. "When I look back on all this now I'm dizzied by the blitheness that stood in place of any sort of business sense, the grand gesture of walking over to the roulette table and betting it all on a single number," Patchett admits. Ann Patchett flies the flag for indie bookshops.

Finding Fairhope: Page and Palette

Wild Iris Books reopened Tuesday in its new location at 22 SE Fifth Ave., just off Main Street behind the building housing the Citizens Co-Op and the Civic Media Center.  The self-described feminist bookstore originally opened in 1992. It closed its location at 802 W. University Ave. in December, with the owners saying they could no longer shoulder the costs of a rent increase and the closing of the in-store café that had shared expenses. Wild Iris Books

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
Mother of Rain

MOther of Rain

Mother of Rain

Maizee Hurd was an easy target for hard times, according to Burdy Luttrell, the town healer. Burdy is a Melungeon woman with striking features and mysterious ways who owns the land the Hurds leased following their marriage on June 3, 1940.

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Read This! Okra Picks and Recommendations from Quarter Moon Books in Topsail, NC and Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC

Okra Picks

Click on a book to download the first chapter

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman The Time Between by Karen White Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

Recommended Reading Quarter Moon Books (Topsail, NC) and Quail Ridge Books and Music (Raleigh, NC)

The Orphan MasterFrom Quarter Moon Books

The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman is an historical mystery, set in 17th Century New Amsterdam, soon becoming Manhattan. In early New York, there are a massive influx of Dutch settlers, many of whom are orphaned children.  The Orphan Master is the person in charge of all the newly arrived orphans.  Zimmerman draws an evocative portrait of the period, showing interactions between settlers and natives, and following the training of the first female merchant. In this rich environment, there is also a mystery, a set of killings and all the victims are orphans. 9780143123538
And the Mountains EchoesAfter The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Sons Khaled Hosseini continues to write about the children of Afghanistan.  In his latest work, And the Mountains Echoed, he tells of the next generation, coming out of the turmoil of warfare and invasion.  Many of the children’s parents survived the Russian invasion of Afghanistan.  The third novel by Hosseini is as beautiful and moving as his first two, up to the standard we have come to expect. Definitely a must read. 9781594631764




Summer Reading from Quail Ridge Books:

Little GreenLittle Green by Walter Mosley
I loved Walter Mosley’s new Easy Rawlins mystery — Little Green. Easy’s life is in his friends’ hands, and after a two month recovery from an automobile wreck (no accident), Easy is asked to help people in trouble. Easy’s friends are fascinating — one (Mouse) is a cold-blooded killer with a big heart (except toward his victims) who will do anything to help his friends. --Nancy 9780385535984




The FirebirdThe Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Nicola possesses the gift of psychometry: divining facts about an object through touch. Reluctantly, she embraces her ability in order to help authenticate a wood carving thought to have belonged to Empress Catherine of Russia. Kearsley credibly moves to and from the 21st and 18th centuries to unravel the mystery of the Firebird and to tell the stories of two fascinating young women. I was particularly moved by her development of the historically based 18th century characters. This intriguing novel of historical fiction, romance, and parapsychology was impossible to put down. - Samantha 9781402276637


City of WomenCity of Women by David Gillham
“You avert your eyes enough times, and finally you go blind. You don’t actually see anything any longer.” Sigrid is forced to look outside of the walls she has put up around herself and must make decisions about what is right, what is wrong, and where she will stand. This debut novel is a thriller, a love story, a story of courage and the many unknown heroes who made life and death decisions in the face of the horror that was Berlin in 1943. Gillham’s language is stunning and his characters are real, with all their flaws and all their bravery. This is a book that will stay with me for a long, long time. - Rene 9780425252963


Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
This is classic David Sedaris, our modern day, quirkier Mark Twain, not afraid to take on any subject, regardless of whom it offends or how personally embarrassing it may be, from the pleasures of a colonoscopy to the childraising errors made by today’s parents. As usual, my favorites are the stories of David’s family (Memory Laps is worth the price of the book and then some) which are simultaneously hysterically funny and painfully true (emotionally, if not factually!). David Sedaris is a national treasure (tell his dad if you see him). - Sarah 9780316154697


CookedCooked by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan is a master at examining American culture, history, politics, and, especially, science, through our food. In Cooked he takes the four elemental cooking methods and explores all of the above. He starts with Fire and a trip to Ayden, North Carolina to learn from the pit master at the Skylight Inn, then accompanies Ed Mitchell (the first pit master at Raleigh’s the Pit) on road trips to Wilson and Manhattan. Equally fascinating are his investigations into Water (braising), Air (in search of the perfect loaf of bread), and Earth (fermentation). Reading a book by Michael Pollan is always informative, thought provoking, and lots of fun. - Sarah 9781594204210

The Guns at Last LightterThe Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson
This long awaited third volume of Atkinson’s World War II trilogy is full of memorable scenes, from Eisenhower standing on a rooftop watching the ships launch across the channel on the morning of D-Day, to wounded soldiers, unable to move, drowning on the beaches when the tide came in, to Roosevelt, thin and gray at Yalta, trying to craft a peace for the future. Vivid portraits of generals emerge — Eisenhower, Montgomery, Patton, Bradley, and more. But the heart of this book are letters soldiers wrote home. A monumental history book. - Helen 9780805062908


Look Up!Look Up! Bird-watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Written with humor and intelligence, this picturebook is bursting with details and surprises about our feathered friends. Colorful illustrations are full of personality. Wonderfully engaging for kids 5 and up. 9780763645618

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Author 2 Author: Elaine Neil Orr talks to Susan Reinhardt

I met Susan Reinhardt in the process of interviewing her and before it was over we had ventured into about every topic imaginable.  Her energy and humor are contagious.  One look at her website and the discovery of all of her upside down women on jacket covers and I knew I was in the company of a woman who would let it fly.  Susan writes smartly and with humor about topics that scholars (like me) take up with great seriousness.  Instead of writing a book about “The Madwoman in the Attic” and harkening back to Charlotte Bronte, Susan writes a book about the girl next door, the Cracked Southern Belle, who maybe, just maybe, has a few things in common with the reader.  She’s failed at one or two things (such as marriage); she’s disappointed her mother (who hasn’t?); she’s trying to make a rebound, but getting out of bed can be so very hard to do. 

Susan ReinhardtSusan’s bestselling book of humor, Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size 6, is now in its seventh printing. Her book, Don't Sleep with a Bubba, was A Book of the Year winner, and Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin is her best-selling collection of hilarious culinary disasters with a dash of PG-13 humor and a smidgeon of sex. All were published by Kensington in New York City.

Susan spent ten years working on Chimes From a Cracked Southern Belle.  Let me tell you: if you take a bite out of this book, you’re not going to be able to stop.  A bite is like a petit four.  You’re going to want the whole cake.  The novel was the focus of our conversation.

Elaine:  You've done four, very successful non-fiction books and a serial novel with several other Western North Carolina writers.  What was the spark for Chimes

Chimes from a Cracked Southern BelleSusan:  I come from a wonderful but kooky line of fabulous storytellers and close family. The mother in the novel, the one who always throws out a Proverb with her own moral attached, is loosely based on my own beloved mom who likes to pretend, in her mind, we’re still virgins. The premise of the novel actually happened in my town many years ago. A young woman married to a preacher was mowed down by him in his church van, then stabbed with Phillip’s screwdrivers, but she survived and went on to live a great life. The book is upbeat and doesn’t focus on the near-murder, but more on the loveable and outrageous characters who get her life back on track.

Elaine:  You now have at least two book jackets with women on their heads down and bottoms up.  Talk about that a bit.

Susan:  That’s funny. I just realized that. The first jacket was done by my publisher in New York a few years ago. That shot was of a woman with a firm ass in “Granny Panties.” My cover for Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle is actually of me, disguised to a degree. I thought the cover looked like a real bell, the way the dress sort of balloons out. I also had the photographer photo-shop some cellulite off my right leg. I held a contest with various possible covers, and my readers and friends chose the upside shot.

Elaine:  You’ve said one thing you couldn’t do without is girlfriends.  In CFACSB, does Dee survive through her girlfriends?

Susan:  I, personally, couldn't survive without my girlfriends, the laughter, compassion and understanding they bring. But Dee, the main character, is just trying to move forward after the near-murder, and is finding friendships in the unlikeliest places, such as through the women in the nursing home where she works, and even the in the company of her out-of-control mother and way-kooky Aunt Weepie. It is the love of these women, and a special someone from her past, who lead her to the joy she knew she'd one day discover.

Elaine:  Most writers have schedules. When do you write, given that you have a full-time job as a journalist and have two children and your husband lives in another city?

Susan:   I get going around 11 p.m. and write until about 2 a.m. After taking my daughter to high school, I usually go back to bed for a couple hours, then get up and do my “day job.” I’m a vampire in that my blood flows better after midnight.

Elaine:  Your writing has been so well received.  What books have most inspired your writing and your style?

Susan:  I first fell completely in love with Anne Tyler. My favorites are Ladder of Years and The Accidental Tourist. I also decided to write humor after reading A Confederacy of Dunces, which won the Pulitzer after the author’s suicide. To date, that’s my favorite book. But I read just about anything: Memoirs, literary fiction, chick lit, non-fiction, classics. Being well-rounded by what I read, I think, helps a writer.

Elaine:  How did the Sarah Palin imitation evolve?

Susan:  The day she was all over the news for being the vice presidential candidate I happened to be in Dillard’s. The women at the Lancome counter all pointed and whispered. They asked me if I was Sarah Palin. I’m asked that all the time when I wear my hair up and put on glasses like hers. I then decided to learn to impersonate her voice and style, a skill I’ve had since childhood, learning to mimic others. It’s one of those strange talents I have, like still riding at unicycle way into middle age.

Elaine:  You say you only do yoga in full lipstick. Are beauty tips and products featured a lot in your writings? Why
do most Southern women fret over such things?

Susan:  My mother always had tons of lipsticks. Back then, you couldn’t return them if the color didn’t suit you. My lips are so pale, that I don’t feel alive and happy unless I slap on some lipstick. I have an addiction, but luckily, I have a CVS discount card and get the buy-one-get-one-free deals when I need my fix. It’s like “lip crack,” not that I do crack, mind you. I have a lot of “Southern” friends who don’t wear lipstick. They decorate themselves in tattoos instead. Asheville is the funky Tattoo City of America. I’m not ready to go that route, even though on some it’s rather attractive. I bought some fake tattoos with my book cover on them and plan to give them out with lots of other fun book “swag” like funeral home fans and fridge magnets.

Elaine:  What was your biggest moment as a writer, that moment you thought: "Maybe I have arrived?"

Susan: I’m still waiting…

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 30, 2013

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.


1. Inferno
Dan Brown, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385537858
2. And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594631764
3. Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307272591
4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062255655
okra5. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594486401

6. The Son
Philipp Meyer, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062120397
7. The Last Original Wife
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132468
8. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
9. Revenge Wears Prada
Lauren Weisberger, S&S, $25.99, 9781439136638
10. The Silver Star
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $26, 9781451661507
11. TransAtlantic
Colum McCann, Random House, $27, 9781400069590
okra12. Looking for Me
Beth Hoffman, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, $27.95, 9780670025831

13. Sisterland
Curtis Sittenfeld, Random House, $27, 9781400068319
14. Ladies' Night
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9781250019677
15. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur Books, $27.99, 9780316176484


1. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697
2. Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949
3. The Unwinding
George Packer, FSG, $27, 9780374102418
4. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
5. Cooked
Michael Pollan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204210
6. Eleven Rings
Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205118
7. Bunker Hill
Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking, $32.95, 9780670025442
8. But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!
Julia Reed, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250019042
9. American Gun
Chris Kyle, Morrow, $29.99, 9780062242716
10. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
11. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $27, 9781451617528
12. The Guns at Last Light
Rick Atkinson, Holt, $40, 9780805062908
13. Wheat Belly
William Davis, Rodale, $25.99, 9781609611545
14. Dad Is Fat
Jim Gaffigan, Crown Archetype, $25, 9780385349055
15. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Viking, $28.95, 9780670025817


1. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272
2. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
4. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160
5. World War Z
Max Brooks, Broadway, $14.95, 9780770437411
6. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
7. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
8. Joyland
Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, $12.95, 9781781162644
9. The Chaperone
Laura Moriarty, Riverhead, $16, 9781594631436
10. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $15, 9780812982626
11. City of Women
David R. Gillham, Berkley, $16, 9780425252963
12. The Summer Girls
Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery, $16, 9781476709000
13. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
14. A Hologram for the King
Dave Eggers, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307947512
15. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $13.99, 9781451673319


1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe, Vintage, $15, 9780307739780
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
4. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
5. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
6. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $15, 9780812981667
7. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019
8. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $16, 9780374533557
9. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $15.99, 9780060009427
10. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
11. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307886279
12. The Black Count
Tom Reiss, Broadway, $16, 9780307382474
13. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172
14. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
15. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
3. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780812550702
4. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
8. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Dell, $7.99, 9780440246138
9. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
10. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024


1. Steam Train, Dream Train
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9781452109206
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus
James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062198716
5. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
6. Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703843
7. Where's Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection
Martin Handford, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763661786
8. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
9. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800165
10. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
4. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
5. The Moon and More
Sarah Dessen, Viking, $19.99, 9780670785605
6. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
8. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254
9. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Putnam, $18.99, 9780399162411
10. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763644321


1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
2. Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Dork Diaries, #6)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442449633
3. Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill
James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Little Brown, $14, 9780316231756
4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780439023511
5. Theodore Boone: The Activist
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425779
6. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
7. Theodore Boone: The Accused
John Grisham, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142426135
8. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951
9. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
10. The Name of This Book Is Secret (The Secret Series)
Pseudonymous Bosch, Little Brown, $7.99, 978031611369
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In This Issue

Special to the
Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list) Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!

The Last Original Wife
Revenge Wears Prada
Looking for Me
Ladies' Night
But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!
American Gun
The Girls of Atomic City
Wheat Belly
The Chaperone
City of Women
The Summer Girls
Fahrenheit 451
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Into the Wild
Lord of the Flies
Defending Jacob
Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe
Green Eggs and Ham
Because of Winn-Dixie

Author Readings

(events in BOLD are STARS authors available for readings and meetings with bookclubs and other groups)

Poetry Book Club  (book club)
07/10/2013, 05:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Live music: Amy Oelsner, Lougow  (other event)
07/10/2013, 08:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
07/10/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Lee Ann Brown & Lamar Wilson poetry reading  (author appearance)
Lee Ann Brown
07/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

James' Choice Book Club  (book club)
07/10/2013, 12:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

Alex Bledsoe discusses Wisp of a Thing  (author appearance)
Alex Bledsoe
07/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Peter M. Wolf - MY NEW ORLEANS, GONE AWAY  (author appearance)
Peter M. Wolf
07/10/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!Susan Crandall signs WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall
07/10/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

An Evening with Neil Gaiman  (author appearance)
Neil Gaiman
07/10/2013, 06:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Annotations: Authors @ Cheekwood with Ruta Sepetys  (author appearance)
Ruta Sepetys
07/10/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Malaprop's Bookclub  (book club)
07/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Book Club  (book club)
07/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Winston-Salem, NC

Steve Liebowitz -- Devorah: Books One of the Covenant and the Scrolls  (author appearance)
Steve Liebowitz
07/10/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Matthew Guinn - The Resurrectionist  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn
07/11/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Stephen Kiernan and Chris Bohjalian  (author appearance)
Stephen Kiernan
07/11/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author Event - Mary Alice Monroe's The Summer Girls  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
07/11/2013, 11:00 am
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Alex Bledsoe - Wisp of a Thing  (author appearance)
Alex Bledsoe
07/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Pre-School Story Time w/ special guest author Linda Ashman  (author appearance)
Linda Ashman
07/11/2013, 10:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading & Open Mic  (other event)
07/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Brett Martin: Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: from the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad  (author appearance)
Brett Martin
07/11/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Author event with John Hunter - Author of World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements  (author appearance)
John Hunter
07/11/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Debra Moffitt
07/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Kiese Laymon -- Long Division  (author appearance)
Kiese Laymon
07/11/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
07/11/2013, 06:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC

Alabama Writers Conclave  (writers group)
07/12/2013, 10:00 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Joe Cobb Crawford Returns to City Lights  (author appearance)
Joe Cobb Crawford
07/12/2013, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Okra Pick!Kim Boykin- The Wisdom of Hair  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin
07/12/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

ALEX BLEDSOE READING & SIGNING  (author appearance)
Alex Bledsoe
07/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Pattie Mallette -- Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom  (author appearance)
Pattie Mallette
07/12/2013, 12:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Federico Andahazi -- El libro de los placeres prohibidos  (author appearance)
Federico Andahazi
07/12/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Ida Tomshinsky -- The Chronicle of Hats in Enjoyable Quotes  (author appearance)
Ida Tomshinsky
07/12/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

John Englander -- High Tide  (author appearance)
John Englander
07/12/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Write to Publish  (writers group)
07/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author Event - Mich Weiss and Kevin Maurer discuss Hunting Che  (author appearance)
Mitch Weiss
07/13/2013, 02:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Martha McKiever - Finn's Trail of Friends  (author appearance)
Martha McKiever
07/13/2013, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
07/13/2013, 10:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Perry Kelly Presents His Memoir  (author appearance)
Perry Kelly
07/13/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Sarah Morgan, Singer/Songwriter In the Cafe at 7 p.m.   (other event)
07/13/2013, 07:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Kathleen Delaney Launch Party  (author appearance)
Kathleen Delaney
07/13/2013, 02:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Kids Express Yourself Art Workshop  (other event)
07/13/2013, 11:00 am
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn
07/13/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books

Florida Authors Academy Workshop  (writers group)
07/13/2013, 10:00 am
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Sandra J. Robson Booksigning  (author appearance)
Sandra J. Robson
07/13/2013, 01:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

DB JACKSON Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
D.B. Jackson
07/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Four Poems and a Party  (author appearance)
Ann Deagon
07/13/2013, 01:00 pm
Winston-Salem, NC

Alabama Writers Conclave   (writers group)
07/13/2013, 10:00 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Live Music in the Courtyard: Transition Blues Band  (other event)
07/13/2013, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Yosie Crespo -- La ruta del pajaro sobre mi cabeza  (author appearance)
Yosie Crespo
07/13/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Children's Story Time  (other event)
07/13/2013, 11:00 am
A Reader's Corner Bookstore
Louisville, KY

Actor’s Playhouse Preview  (other event)
07/13/2014, 12:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Pattie Mallette  (author appearance)
Pattie Mallette
07/14/2013, 03:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Live music: Opportunist (Hot Springs) Fauxnz (Fayetteville)  (other event)
07/14/2013, 09:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Wiley Cash  (author appearance)
Wiley Cash
07/14/2013, 02:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

YA for not-so-Y-As Book Club  (book club)
07/14/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Medicinal Weed Walk Around Greater Little 5 Points Area  (other event)
07/14/2013, 10:45 am
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

SUMMER DOODLE EXTRAVAGANZA for children  (other event)
07/14/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Alabama Writers Conclave  (writers group)
07/14/2013, 10:00 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Mark Kurlansky  (author appearance)
Mark Kurlansky
07/15/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Lyle Estill discusses Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability  (author appearance)
Lyle Estill
07/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Okra Pick!Susan Crandall, WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall
07/15/2013, 07:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness by Stephanie McAfee  (author appearance)
Stephanie McAfee
07/15/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books

Kent Wascom, Publishers Weekly's First Fiction 2013 Pick for The Blood of Heaven NOT TO BE MISSED!  (author appearance)
Kent Wascom
07/15/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

MONETTE CHILSON Presents SOPHIA RISING  (author appearance)
Monette Chilson
07/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Adam Johnson -- The Orphan Master's Son   (author appearance)
Adam Johnson
07/15/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

MANY STORIES, ONE MIAMI DISCUSSION -- My Beloved World  (other event)
07/16/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Jon D'Amore -- The Boss Always Sits in the Back   (author appearance)
Jon D'Amore
07/16/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Kent Wascom  (author appearance)
Kent Wascom
07/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Barry's Classics Book Club  (book club)
07/17/2013, 12:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

Okra Pick!Susan Crandall talk/signing Whistling Past the Graveyard  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall
07/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Leonard Adkins - Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway  (author appearance)
Leonard Adkins
07/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

T. DeLene Beeland shares The Secret World of Red Wolves  (author appearance)
T. DeLene Beeland
07/17/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Ray McAllister  (author appearance)
Ray McAllister
07/17/2013, 02:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC

Matthew Guinn - THE RESURRECTIONIST  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn
07/18/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Kent Wascom discusses The Blood of Heaven  (author appearance)
Kent Wascom
07/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Writing for Excellence and Publication  (writers group)
07/18/2013, 05:45 pm
Winston-Salem, NC

Michelle Buckman - Rachel's Contrition  (author appearance)
Michelle Buckman
07/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Cathleen Schine  (author appearance)
Cathleen Schine
07/18/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Ann Ipock  (author appearance)
Ann Ipock
07/18/2013, 04:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC

Brad Herzog Author Event  (author appearance)
Brad Herzog
07/19/2013, 03:00 pm
Spellbound Children's Bookshop
Asheville, NC

Julia Keller - A Killing in the Hills  (author appearance)
Julia Keller
07/19/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Dale Neal  (author appearance)
Dale Neal
07/20/2013, 11:00 am
Winston-Salem, NC

Judith Davis Kuhn  (author appearance)
Judith Davis Kuhn
07/20/2013, 02:00 pm
Winston-Salem, NC

Okra Pick!Talk by Susan Crandall  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall
07/23/2013, 05:30 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

Okra Pick!Anton Disclafani - The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls  (author appearance)
Anton DiSclafani
07/25/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Okra Pick!Read It & Eat with Karen White  (author appearance)
Karen White
07/26/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Miriam Rubin signing Tomatoes a Savor the South cookbook  (author appearance)
Miriam Rubin
08/02/2013, 03:00 pm
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Winston-Salem, NC

George Bishop - The Night of the Comet  (author appearance)
George Bishop
08/06/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Authors Round the South