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On never forgetting the land you call home

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{On never forgetting the land you call home}

In which it is observed that hunting houses bear a marked resemblance to outhouses, in the age of technology the Savannah Book Festival celebrates the domestic arts, a lady never forgets how to hoe a straight row, Ms. Gin Phillips puts the pieces together and her ladyship decides to take them apart..

January 1, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
 Nightwoods  Red Mist  Jack Kennedy  Back to Work  Hemingway's Boat

 Crooked Letter Crooked Letter  Lake of Dreams  The House at Tyneford  Moneyball  Bossypants  Rejection Collection  Catcher in the Rye  To Kill a Mockingbird Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes  Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes  
Cat in the Hat
 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda 

 


Author Readings


Edie Meidav, author of Lola, California at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 11 2012)

Dr Cynthia Bulik, author of The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing Wha at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 11 2012)

Laurent Dubois, author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (January 12 2012)

Warren H. Phillips, author of Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at the Wall at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 12 2012)

Ellis Avery, author of The Last Nude at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (January 12 2012)

Carl Ernst, author of How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide with Select T at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 12 2012)

Dr Gary Small, author of THE ALZHEIMER'S PREVENTION PROGRAM at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 12 2012)

Randy Pierce, author of Pain Unforgiven at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (January 12 2012)

Gene Wojciechowski, author of The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (January 13 2012)

Suzanne Raether, author of Judaculla at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 13 2012)

Jim Newton, author of brings us Eisenhower: The White House Years at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 13 2012)

JOHN SNYDER, author of HILL OF BEANS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 13 2012)

Rebecca Macri, author of Mosaic Me at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 13 2012)

Allan Wolf, author of Watch That Ends the Night at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 13 2012)

Sean Keefer, author of "The Trust" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (01/13/2012)

Emery Lee, author of Fortune's Son at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (January 14 2012)

Dave Barry, author of Lunatics at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 14 2012)

James Stevens, author of Listening to Van Gogh at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (January 14 2012)

John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 14 2012)

Debra Moffitt, author of Awake in the World at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 14 2012)

Art Ramsay, author of The Tibetan Wisdom Code at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 14 2012)

Dean Hardy, author of Magnus Kir at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (January 14 2012)

Bobb Plott, author of Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains at Blue Ridge Books & News in Waynesville, NC  (January 14 2012)

Albert Howard Carter, author of Clowns and Jokers Can Heal Us: Comedy and Medicine at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (January 14 2012)

Jan Bozarth, author of The Fairy Godmother Academy #5: Sumi's Book at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 14 2012)

David Joy, author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC  (January 14 2012)

Dave Barry, author of Lunatics at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 15 2012)

Julian Sher, author of Somebody's Daughter at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 15 2012)

STARSKelly Starling Lyons, author of Ellen's Broom at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 15 2012)

John M. Barry, author of ROGER WILLIAMS AND THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN SO at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 16 2012)

Avrum Weiss, author of Change Happens: When to Try Harder and When to Sto at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (January 17 2012)

Gin Phillips, author of Come In and Cover me at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL  (January 17 2012)

Stephen Hren, author of Tales from the Sustainable Underground: A Wild Jou at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 18 2012)

Mari Sampedro-Iglesia Sampedro-Iglesia, author of The Heroes Among Us at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 18 2012)

John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (January 18 2012)

Christine Najac, author of Food Lovers' Guide to Miami & Fort Lauderdale at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 18 2012)

Misha Angrist, author of Here Is a Human Being at Regulator Bookshop in durham, NC  (January 18 2012)

Gaston Levy, author of Beyond the Soul at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 18 2012)

Jeffrey Brantley, author of True Belonging: Mindful Practices to Help You Over at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (January 19 2012)

Steve Heine, author of Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Relig at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 19 2012)

Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (January 19 2012)

Michael Revere, author of War, Madness and Love at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (January 19 2012)

Brad Taylor, author of All Necessary Force at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (January 19 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jay Searcy, author of The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 comes home to at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN  (January 29 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oscar Nash, author of Next Time at Muse Book Shop in Deland, FL  (02/18/2012)

Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC  (February 23 2012)

Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 23 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House To Our House - Great for Owners at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA  (February 25 2012)

Sara Arnold and Steve Hoffius, author of "The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Ch at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/02/2012)

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

Stephanie McAfee, author of "Diary of a Mad Fat Girl" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/16/2012)

Jodi Picoult, author of Lone Wolf at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (March 17 2012)

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

STARSKirk Neely, author of "Banjos, Barbecue and Boiled Peanuts" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (03/30/2012)

Brad Crowther, author of "The Ninth Man" at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (04/06/2012)

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


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Dearest readers,

This weekend, her ladyship is installing the last of a series of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in her library. She will then have (almost) enough shelf space for her beloved books. If one does not count the piles of advanced reading copies in the back room.

Library Wall

It is satisfying to come, at last, to the end of such a long project. It has taken almost a year for the shelves to be installed--they had to be built, first, which was no small task. The shelves they replaced had to be relocated. The books they held had to be taken down, dusted (the only dusting they will receive for the next ten years, barring such as results from use and the taking down and putting up of -various volumes) and re-categorized in ways that appealed to her ladyship, the editor, and following several rules her ladyship adopted from her long career as a bookseller. To whit, she must needs start every new subject on a new shelf, and one never, ever allows a subject to cross from the bottom shelf of one case to the top shelf of the next. This is anathema. Unless, of course, both cases are entirely devoted to that subject. Such as is the case with her two full bookshelves devoted entirely to biographies of writers.

So by the end of this weekend, after nearly a year of waiting, all of her ladyship's books will be in their proper places upon their new shelves.

And then her ladyship plans to take them all down again and re-arrange them. By country of origin rather than by author.

happy reading! 


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 1, 2012

Columbia, SC -January 9, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, January 1, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

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

Hardcover Fiction


1. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
2. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
3. 11/22/63
Stephen King, Scribner, $35, 9781451627282
4. The Litigators
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535137
5. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
6. 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307593313
7. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
8. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
9. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
10. Nightwoods
Charles Frazier, Random House, $26, 9781400067091
11. The Leopard
Jo Nesbø, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307595874
12. Salvage the Bones
Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury, $24, 9781608195220
13. The Drop
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316069410
14. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307269997
15. Red Mist
Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399158025

Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $35, 9780679456728
2. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
3. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $25.95, 9780393081817
4. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $30, 9780374275631
5. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
6. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
7. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
8. Guinness World Records 2012
Guinness, $28.95, 9781904994671
9. Jack Kennedy
Chris Matthews, S&S, $27.50, 9781451635089
10. Back to Work
Bill Clinton, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307959751
11. The Swerve
Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $26.99, 9780393064476
12. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
13. Then Again
Diane Keaton, Random House, $26, 9781400068784
14. Hemingway's Boat
Paul Hendrickson, Knopf, $30, 9781400041626
15. Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd, Blue Rider, $14.95, 9780399158568

Trade Paperback Fiction


1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307949493
4. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
5. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553
6. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
7. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
8. Freedom
Jonathan Franzen, Picador, $16, 9780312576462
9. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
10. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
John le Carré, Penguin, $16, 9780143120933
11. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
12. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671

13. The Lake of Dreams
Kim Edwards, Penguin, $16, 9780143120360
14. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
15. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
3. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
4. Moneyball
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393338393
5. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
6. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
7. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
8. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012
Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 9781571985446
9. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $12.99, 9781600571480
10. At Home
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767919395
11. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin, Harper, $14.99, 9780061583261
12. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
13. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
14. The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, $18, 9781439170915
15. The Best of the Rejection Collection
Matthew Diffee, Workman, $13.95, 9780761165781

Mass Market


1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949486
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
3. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
4. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
6. Minding Frankie
Maeve Binchy, Anchor Books, $7.99, 9780307475497
7. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
9. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789

Children's Illustrated


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. If You Give a Dog a Donut
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper, $16.99, 9780060266837
3. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

4. Home for Christmas
Jan Brett, Putnam, $17.99, 9780399256530
5. I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655983
6. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book
Rufus Butler Seder (Illus.), Workman, $14.95, 9780761163732
7. Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241
8. The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800011
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
10. The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95, 9780395389492

Children's Interest


1. War Horse
Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545403351
2. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
5. LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
Hannah Dolan, DK Publishing, $18.99, 9780756686970
6. The Future of Us
Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler, Razorbill, $18.99, 9781595144911
7. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
8. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810984257
9. The Outcasts
John Flanagan, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399256196
10. Darth Paper Strikes Back
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419700279

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
5. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
6. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $27.99, 9780375856112
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810970687
8. Crossed (Matched Trilogy, Book 2)
Ally Condie, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525423652
9. Eragon (Inheritance Cycle, Book 1)
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $10.99, 9780375826696
10. Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, #2)
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $19.99, 9781416975885

 

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Good Gossip

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

"Theatrical Outfit and Georgia State University have announced the second annual Southern Writers Onstage series, organized by Pearl McHaney. Presented four Mondays at 7:30pm February through April at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Featuring work by Southern writers Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner and original music. Performers include the New Agrarians, E. Roger Mitchell, Kim Brockington and John Maxwell." Southern Writers Onstage 2012

"Fascination with our lifestyle identity has exploded into a profound component of our contemporary culture.  Amid warp-speed technology there is a yearning to nest and to excel in the domestic arts." Savannah Book Festival showcases lifestyle authors

Hunger Games" US Weekly magazine is shooting a spread on the Hunger Games filming, and is featuring Malaprops because the cast hung out there a lot during filming. it’s supposed to happen sometime next week – could be a good Hunger Games hit." Hunger Games movie at Malaprops

"Sometimes I wonder what our hunting culture looks like to those who "aren't from around here." I see pickups transporting hunting houses that look like outhouses. I imagine some New Yorker thinking of the stereotypical Southerner with an outhouse in the back yard. I think of infants outfitted in Mossy Oak Real Tree "onesies" to college coeds in camouflage leggings gone shocking pink." Dodging the bullet

"“He was a non-materialist who kind of prided himself on his ‘uniform’ of no socks, shorts any time of year and a shirt that hadn’t seen an iron.” Writer, filmaker David Turner Warner dies

""Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" Slavery examples in GA school worksheet upsets parents

"On the last day of December, Spellbound Children’s Bookshop in Asheville, N.C., closed, but for good reasons." Spellbound Children's Bookshop moving

"Robbins enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops to help win freedom for his kinsmen.  Blacks generally were not allowed to hold ranks as officers, but Robbins achieved the rank of sergeant-major, the highest enlisted rank allowed." NC State Highway Marker honors Civil War Veteran, Inventor

Render Unto the Valley"Senehi's recent novels have centered on Southern families caught in a struggle to hold onto their land in the face of encroaching development. "It's the love of the land," she says. "It's universal." Characters based on people active in conserving the land

"One of the nice things about writing novels for a living is that you can explore fields you wouldn't otherwise. The big picture of archaeology has always intrigued me, particularly in terms of fiction writing. The idea of people who make their living piecing together the lives of people in the past, getting to know them through concrete objects, is intriguing to me." Interview with Montgomery, AL native Gin Phillips

“Slavery by Another Name: Paintings and Assemblages by Robert Claiborne Morris,” currently on display at the Telfair Academy, Morris integrates portraits of the re-enslaved, maps of slave mines, historic newspaper articles, blood money and letters to the Department of Justice pleading for mercy in his mixed-media paintings." Art & Soul

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

Burning Bright: StoriesHis great-aunt had been born on this land, lived on it eight decades, and knew it as well as she knew her husband and children. That was what she'd always claimed, and could tell you the week when the first dogwood blossom would brighten the ridge, the first blackberry darken and swell enough to harvest. Then her mind had wandered into a place she could not follow, taking with it all the people she knew, their names and connections, whether they still lived or whether they'd died. But her body lingered, shed of an inner being, empty as a cicada husk.

Knowledge of the land was the one memory that refused to dissolve. During her last year, Jesse would step of the school bus and see his great-aunt hoeing a field behind her farmhouse, breaking ground for a crop she never sowed, but the rose were always straight, right-depthed. Her nephew, Jesse's father, worked in an adjoining field. The first few times, he had taken the hoe from her hands and led her back to the house, but she'd soon be back in the field. After a while neighbors and kin just let her hoe. They brought meals and checked on her as often as they could. Jesse always walked rapidly past her field. His great-aunt never looked up, her gaze fixed on the hoe blade and the dark soil it churned, but he had always feared she'd raise her eyes and acknowledge him, though what she might want to convey Jesse could not say.

Then one March day she disappeared.                 

--Ron Rash, "Into the Gorge" Burning Bright: Stories (Ecco, 2010)

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Okra Picks


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

The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels

Most of the wealth in Dove Creek, West Virginia, is in the earth-in the coal seams that have provided generations with a way of life. Born The Evening Hourand raised here, twenty-seven-year-old Cole Freeman has sidestepped work as a miner to become an aide in a nursing home. He's got a shock of bleached blond hair and a gentle touch well suited to the job. He's also a drug dealer, reselling the prescription drugs his older patients give him to a younger crowd looking for different kinds of escape.

In this economically depressed, shifting landscape, Cole is floundering. The mining corporation is angling to buy the Freeman family's property, and Cole's protests only feel like stalling. Although he has often dreamed of leaving, he has a sense of duty to this land, especially after the death of his grandfather. His grandfather is not the only loss: Cole's one close friend, Terry Rose, has also slipped away from him, first to marriage, then to drugs. While Cole alternately attempts romance with two troubled women, he spends most of his time with the elderly patients at the home, desperately trying to ignore the decay of everything and everyone around him. Only when a disaster befalls these mountains is Cole forced to confront his fears and, finally, take decisive action-if not to save his world, to at least save himself.

The Evening Hour marks the powerful debut of a writer who brings originality, nuance, and an incredible talent for character to an iconic American landscape in the throes of change.

Bloomsbury | January 2012 | 9781608195978

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An Indie Bookstore you should know

The Carlos Museum Bookshop at Emory University

Mandala

The Carlos Museum Bookshop stocks hundreds of titles on art, archaeology, history, and mythology for both adults and children, with an emphasis on the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. The Museum Bookshop is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5 pm, offering a unique selection of books, jewelry, statuary, cards, world music, DVDs, and other gift items. To place an order, contact the Bookshop at  404-727-0509  or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or print out an order form.

Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism

MandalaThis beautiful catalogue to the upcoming exhibition explores the various manifestations of the mandala, explaining its symbolism, its function as art and spiritual device, and its correlation with our physical reality. Its many full-color illustrations include the many different kinds of mandalas, including paintings, three-dimensional works, and ritual objects, all drawn from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art as well as museum and private collections worldwide. The catalogue is now available in the Museum Bookshop, but quantities are limited. Contact the Bookshop to reserve your copy today.

GREAT WINTER READS:  CALEB'S CROSSING BY GERALDINE BROOKS
From the bestselling author of People of the Book, this novel is based upon a fragment of history:  in 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. The narrator of the book is a woman who, at the age of twelve, encounters Caleb, the young son of a Wampanoag chieftain, and the two forge a secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. This is a beautifully written novel about the conflicts and attractions between very different cultures and traditions in colonial America.
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STARS Authors on Tour

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

Jessica JamesFeatured: Jessica James
from Geettysburg, PA

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Jessica James is the award-winning author of two Civil War novels set in Virginia. After spending 18 years in a newspaper newsroom as an editor, she turned her attention to writing fiction. In 2011 she was honored to receive the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, named after a 19th century author she highly esteems. She possesses a master's degree in communications and a bachelor's degree in public relations/journalism. 

Noble CauseBook: Noble Cause

Winner of numerous national awards, Jessica James has received critical acclaim for this page-turning story of honor, self-sacrifice, and enduring love. Praised by both historians and romance readers since its original release in 2008, the award-winning historical fiction novel Shades of Gray now has a new ending in this special 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Commemorative Edition entitled Noble Cause.James uniquely blends elements of romantic and historical fiction in this deeply personal and poignant tale that, according to one reviewer, transcends the pages to settle in the very marrow of the reader 's bones. This is the tale of Colonel Alexander Hunter, a dauntless and daring Confederate cavalry officer, who, with his band of intrepid outcasts, becomes a legend in the rolling hills of northern Virginia. Inspired by love of country and guided by a sense of duty and honor, Hunter must make a desperate choice when he discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he vowed to his men he would destroy. Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the paths of these two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever. Destined for an honored place among the classics of the America Civil War, Noble Cause is a book to read, and keep, and remember forever.2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Regional Fiction2011 Finalist in Next Generation Indie Award contest in Romance and Historical Fiction catgories

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

Lori Beard-Daily

Atlanta, GA 1/26/2012-1/26/2012

Mark Hainds

Jacksonville, FL 2/17/2012-2/19/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 2/19/2012-2/21/2012

Jessica James

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

 


Lady Banks' Bookshelf


Holy Ghost GirlHoly Ghost Girl by Donna M. Johnson

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

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

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

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

Gotham Books | 9781592406302 | October 2011 |$26


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

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

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

Howard Books | 9781451628470 | October 2011 | $25


Yankee Doodle DixieYankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton

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

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

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

Thomas Dunne Books | 9780312556938 | September 2011 | $24.99


Little Black DressLittle Black Dress by Susan McBride


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

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

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

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


Jersalem MaidenJerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner

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

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

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

Harper | 9780062004376 | May 2011 | $14.99

 

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